September 03, 2015
If you are looking for an authentically good taco, look no further than Acapulco Mexican Grocery Y Taqueria on North MacDill on the corner of Cypress and MacDill. This little hole-in-the-wall grocery is one of the best finds in Tampa. The tacos are packed with flavor to the last bite.
The tacos are served in the back of a small grocery, cooked by a short round cherub-faced woman from Mexico who speaks only Spanish…how much more authentic can you get? There are only five tables in this quaint restaurant with 5 bar stools overlooking the small flattop grill where all the cooking is done.
I’m as gringo as it gets so I don’t venture too far off the reservation (or should I say the border) for I pretty much always order the same thing: 3 SOPES (fried thick tortillas) topped separately with beef, chicken, and pork, re-fried black beans, chopped onion, Cortija cheese, lots of fresh cilantro, all served with a lime wedge, red salsa, and salsa verde. I throw in a couple soft tacos for good measure.
While the overall menu is small, for the more daring palate you can also order your taco with tripe, beef tongue, crispy pork rinds, and even brains. I told you it was authentic. The bottom line is, if you want a really good taco – Acapulco Mexican Grocery is a really good place to find one.