December 04, 2011

TacoSon Mexican Grill - St. Pete location

Welcome to St. Pete, TacoSon!
TacoSon Mexican Grill has been open in Tampa for over a year. Today (December 4th) is the grand opening of their St. Petersburg location. TacoSon St. Pete is located in the former home of Panchero’s Mexican Grill on 22nd Avenue North. Since this is so close to home, I had high hopes of good Mexican food to make up for the waste of space that was Panchero’s.

I decided to take a chance and see how TacoSon was doing on their first day of St. Pete business. The grand opening special, tacos for 99 cents, drew me in. How could I pass that up? In addition, it would help me figure out how much potential the place has. If they can’t make a good taco, how good can they really be? I ordered 5 soft tacos on flour tortillas: 2 Pollo (chicken), 2 Carne Asada (steak), and 1 Cochinita Pibil (shredded pork). I also ordered a small Chips and Guacamole for $1.50 and a medium fountain soda ($1.89). Grand total was $9.92 after tax and tip. Not bad for lunch for 2 people.

Sauces on the table - chimichurri and TBD?
The order is placed with the cashier, and the food is brought to your table once it is prepared. I waited less than 5 minutes for my to go order to be ready. Driving to TacoSon, placing my order, and driving home took less than 15 minutes round trip.

5 soft tacos topped with cilantro, tomato, and onions
The tacos are served with shredded cabbage, onions, cilantro, and tomatoes. Soft tacos normally run $1.99. Cheese is an additional 25 cents per taco and sour cream is 30 cents (dislike!). Hard tacos include cheese and sour cream for $1.99. The Carne Asada was very salty to me, and very fatty. The chicken was well marinated, and the pork was tender and moist. The guacamole was smooth and pale. I wondered if it is mixed with sour cream? It was nowhere near as good as Chipotle’s guacamole, but for $1.50 the price is right. The guacamole was filled with cilantro, onions, and tomatoes. A large Chips and Guacamole is $4.50. Also available are Chips and Salsa ($1.25 small, $2.25 large) and Queso and Chips ($1.75 small, $4.50 large).

I will definitely pay TacoSon another visit in a few weeks. In addition to tacos, they have other Mexican classics (burritos, tortas, tostadas, flautas, chimichangas, nachos, and ceviche). They also serve breakfast: scrambled eggs, tomatoes, onions, cheese, your choice of meat (chorizo, ham, turkey ham) in a burrito, taco, totra, or plato. TacoSon runs daily specials, which are $5.75 for lunch and $6.75 for dinner.

2510 22nd Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

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