Awards and Recognition

Chef and restaurateur Rene Valenzuela likes to say Taco Bus is one of those “overnight successes that was 30 years in the making.”

The Taco Bus family is honored to be recognized by many accolades, and featured on prominent TV shows over the years. A few of our honors to date:

2021 Creative Loafing Best Best Food Truck/Vendor
Taco Bus is Readers Pick for Best Food Truck of 2021!

2021 Creative Loafing Best Best Tacos
Taco Bus is Readers Pick for Best Tacos of 2021!

2021 Creative Loafing Best Best Mexican Restaurant
Taco Bus is Readers Pick for Best Mexican Restaurant of 2021!

2021 Florida’s 10 Best Taco Restaurants: 2021 Winners by Florida Rentals
Florida’s 10 Best Taco Restaurants: 2021 Winners.

2021 3 Best Food Trucks in Tampa, FL by threebestrated.com
Taco Bus Best in Tampa.

2020 Creative Loafing Best Best Food Truck
Taco Bus is Readers Pick for Best Food Truck of 2020!

2018 Creative Loafing Best Food Truck
Taco Bus is Readers Pick for Best Food Truck of 2018!

2017 Creative Loafing Best Food truck
Taco Bus is Readers Pick for Best Food Truck of 2017!

2017 Tampa Bay Times
Holy guacamole: Taco Bus announces four new Tampa Bay locations

2017 WTSP 10 News
Taco Bus plans improvements ahead of major expansion

2017 Tampa Bay Business Journal
Why Tampa’s Taco Bus is expanding in an overheated restaurant market

2017 WFLA TV Coverage of the El Jefe Competition
El Jefe Burrito Eating Championship OFFICIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

2017 ABC Action News
Calling all professional eaters, the Taco Bus ‘El Jefe Burrito Eating Championship’ is here!

2017 Tampa Bay Times
Days left to qualify for Tampa burrito eating championship

2017 Creative Loafing
Think you can eat a burrito called El Jefe in under 15 minutes?

2016 Creative Loafing Best Food Truck
Taco Bus is Readers Pick for Best Food Truck of 2016!

2016 Creative Loafing Best Late Night Restaurant
Taco Bus is Readers Pick for Best Late Night Restaurant of 2016!

2015 Creative Loafing Best Food Truck
Taco Bus is Readers Pick for Best Food Truck of 2015!

2015 Creative Loafing Best Late Night Restaurant
Taco Bus is Readers Pick for Best Late Night Restaurant of 2015!

Food Network
Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives gets on the Tampa Taco Bus and experiences “the best torta I’ve ever had”

Food Network
On the Road Restaurant Recommendations

Travel Channel
Adam of Man vs. Food joins Chef Rene for a Taco Bus feature.

Cooking Channel
Cooking Channel features Taco Bus’ Rajas Con Queso recipe

2014 USA TODAY
10 Best Foodie Spots in Tampa/St. Petersburg

2014 BEST OF THE BAY: CHOWING TAMPA BAY-STYLE
Taco Bus named one of the region’s favorite nosheries and watering holes

2014 THE HUFFINGTON POST
Taco Bus named among 15 “Can’t Miss Dining Experiences” in Tampa Bay

2014 SOUTH TAMPA MAGAZINE
features Chef Rene

2014 BUZZFEED
Taco Bus named among Nation’s 25 Most Popular Food Trucks of 2013

2013 BEST OF THE BAY READERS PICKS
Best Mexican Restaurant, Best Bargain Restaurant, Best Food Truck & Best Late Night Restaurant

2012 VOXXI
feature on the “Taco Bus Revolution”

2011 FLORIDA MAIN STREET AWARDS
Outstanding Business of the Year (St. Pete location)

2011 NATION’S RESTAURANT NEWS
Nation’s Restaurant News features Chef Rene

TAMPA BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL
Why Tampa’s Taco Bus is expanding in an overheated restaurant market

CBS 10 News
Taco Bus plans improvements ahead of major expansion

TAMPA BAY TIMES
Holy guacamole: Taco Bus announces four new Tampa Bay locations

 

Our loyal fans made each of these awards and recognitions possible. We are humbled by and grateful for your support and thank you for taking this journey with us.