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In-N-Out Burger seems to be the chain Tampa Bay fast food lovers are waiting for. But the next best thing to this former Californian? It’s Del Taco. I lived in Cali for about 6 years and probably went to Del Taco twice as often as In-N-Out.

The Tampa Bay Times reported back in 2021 that seven Del Taco restaurants would open in the area over the next few years. Right now there are a couple locations in Orlando. Kissimmee and Melbourne have one. And the closest to us opened in Bradenton at 5610 Manatee Avenue. That one’s open until midnight tonight if you have the late night munchies.

A press release put out last month said that northern Tampa Bay and specifically Pasco County are next. Franchisee Tom Edwards says he’s been a fan of the chain for a long time and thinks it’ll be a hit here in the Tampa area.

If you’ve never been to a Del Taco, it’s almost a hybrid of all the fast food restaurants. Obviously they have tacos, but they also sell pretty solid burgers, fried chicken entrees, salads, french fries and more.

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