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It’s Cinco de Mayo so our thoughts today turn to fajitas and margaritas. Being someone who lived in California for a good chunk of years, I was spoiled by great authentic Mexican food. I’m glad I lived in California. But I’m glad I left. I love the Florida life. However, the legit Mexican food and drinks is something I really miss. Fortunately we have some just-as-good spots here in the Tampa area. For food, here are my 5 picks. But let’s focus on margaritas.

  • Clearwater

    Huarache Azteca
    22097 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL
    (727) 290-7836
    My favorite thing here is their homemade salsa. Stop by during happy hour for 2 margaritas with lemon and tamarind for $6.

  • Largo

    Fiesta Taqueria
    1479 Belcher Rd Ste B Largo, FL 33771
    (727) 223-9118
    You’re going to get a great meal here to go along with your margarita. Take it from someone who lived in California for quite a few years… this is legit Mexican food. And the prices are more than reasonable.

  • Plant City

    Taco Loco Latin Food
    2006 W Reynolds Street, Plant City, FL 33563
    (813) 752-8841
    If you like big drinks, this is the spot. The burritos are just as enormous. The “Death By Burrito” is the thing to get here. It’s got seasoned ground beef, rice, beans, mozzarella, guac, lettuce and sour cream. And for margaritas, there are some BOGO deals to check out.

  • Riverview

    El Patron Grill and Cantina
    7210 US-301 Riverview, FL 33578
    (813) 915-5933
    What makes their margaritas stand out… the fresh ingredients. The coconut margarita is a popular one here. Drinks are on the pricier side though. If you’re not a fan of coconut, the passion fruit margarita is a good choice. Try the chipotle burrito topped with pico de gallo, queso and pineapples.

  • Ruskin

    Los Amigos Restaurant
    17 7th Ave NE Ruskin, FL 33570
    (813) 419-4921
    Los Amigos Restaurant has a wine-based Margarita so for some it may not hit the spot. But if you like something a little different, give it a try. Their Beef Soup is a favorite too.

  • Tampa

    Taco Dirty
    2221 W Platt St Tampa, FL 33606
    (813) 314-7900
    Taco Dirty is a part of the Ciccio Restaurant Group so you know you’re in for something good. The Frozen Mango Margarita for $3.75 is a deal.

  • Tampa

    Giraffe Bar at Busch Gardens
    10165 McKinley Dr Tampa, FL 33612
    If you like a Margarita with a spicy kick, try The Masai Margarita cocktail consists of Milagro Silver Tequila, Spicy Pineapple, and Lime.

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