Tampa Fave: bartaco

Last Friday my friend Ashley and I had the best girls lunch at one of our most favorite restaurants in Tampa - bartaco! It's sitting pretty in the middle of historic Hyde Park Village, an upscale open air shopping area with gorgeous trees, brick sidewalks, and a centrally located park with umbrella covered tables and a cascading fountain. Bartaco has the perfect little shaded outdoor terrace and nearly every table indoors and out has a great view of the circle. Most of the windows roll up allowing the breeze to roll through while the screens keep those Florida bugs away. 

It is one of the cutest spaces around and the food is amazing! The guacamole is heavenly and I highly recommend the chopped salad too. I'm addicted to the chicken, cauliflower, and mahi mahi tacos and though I haven't strayed off of the taco menu quite yet, their off the menu secret taco is incredible. The current secret taco is Crispy Avocado - it's gluten free, vegetarian, and can easily be made vegan friendly. It's a fried avocado with sweet and tangy Veracruz Slaw in a steamed corn tortilla topped with a cilantro vinaigrette.

Big thank you to the bartaco management and staff for having us and giving us a taste of the secret taco! You guys are the absolute best!