Way back in once upon a time time, I learned about a new Mexican dive that was sooo good, it could bring the coldest of assholes to tears.
Soooo good that it was worth the 30 minute drive from Tampa.
Soooo good that it would make you come back for breakfast, lunch and dinner… multiple times a week.
Soooo good that it would make you stop cooking at home altogether.
Soooo good that eating just 1 thing off this diverse menu might make you punch someone that speaks of “the Bell”.
Soooo good that someone needs to call Guy from triple D.
Soooo good that it would make my friend Kristen ask us to go there 351,882 times within the past 6 months.
Yo, it’s THAT good.
So, after multiple attempts, we finally planned a girl’s lunch at this little, hole-in-the-wall strip mall dive called Capital Tacos.
A few of us from this side of town decided to carpool over to Land O’ Lakes, and as we drove, we drooled over the online menu and tried to decide what we would order. With creations like the “Catawampus”, the “Billy Yank” and the “Peacemaker” (any of which you can order as tacos, burritos, nachos, or salads), the decision was NOT easy.
I swear at some point we crossed the Florida/Georgia line, but before we knew it, we were pulling in, and joining our friends, already downing beers and looking like little kids on Christmas morning, awaiting the face-stuffing hour.
Capital Tacos is tiny, however, if it gets too crowded, there is some seating outside on the porch. And you know what? If you can’t find a place to sit, plop down on the curb in the parking lot. You’ll forget about not having a chair as soon as you take your first bite.
There aren’t any waiters here. You walk up to the counter, place your order, pay, then wait for the magic to happen. Within minutes, you’ll be called back to the window (via license plate tags they’ll hand you as you pay) to grab your meal and your beverage (beer, bottled drinks, sangria, and homemade sodas on tap!).
Then, you feast.
In silence, preferably.
You don’t need distractions in your life when it comes to enjoying Capital Tacos. So tell your friends to pipe down and savor each bone-shaking, orgasmic, moment and contemplate proposing marriage to one of the cooks so that you can have free Capital Tacos any damn time you please.
Now I’ve only been once, so I can only tell you what I enjoyed, which was the Federale taco and the Ranger taco, but I will say this. From what my friends have claimed, everything on the menu is delicious. Even the breakfast options… specifically the “dirty potatoes.” And I cannot disagree. The Federale was one of the best things I have ever eaten. Hands down.
If you haven’t tried Capital Tacos, remove the excuses from your brain (see above) and go. Go NOW. Run. Believe the hype. You won’t regret it!
And because Capital Tacos is practically a day trip for this Seminole Heights girl, I’ll need something to calm my cravings in between visits.
Layer in this order:
A drizzle of bbq sauce recipe here
Bacon wrapped shrimp recipe here
Corn salsa recipe here
Homemade ranch (use homemade mayo if possible and add a bit of hot sauce for a kick!) recipe here
Warm corn tortillas, and toppings (lettuce, tomato… the world is yours!)
STUFF in your face. Repeat. And shed a small tear of regret that it’s not Capital Tacos. (it’s good though, so make it, and share. It’ll hold you over until your next visit!).
Have you tried Capital Tacos?