My love for tacos isn’t a secret, but it’s time I share it with the world with a bit more vigor. Steph’s Taco Blog is a series dedicated to trying and recommending (only if they’re good!) awesome taco joints found throughout the sunshine state.
To get you acquainted with my taco passion, please see the below meme which accurately sums up my relationship with tacos:
Now that I’ve established my expertise – let’s get down to business.
WICKED CANTINA. I have driven past many times while visiting Anna Maria Island expressing excitement that AMI has a mexican (really it’s tex-mex) restaurant yet somehow never making it inside.
Recently (with my taco buddies in tow – John, Sarah, and Jimmy), I finally got to eat tacos, way too many chips, and drink 3 too many margaritas at Wicked Cantina. Two days in a row. #noregrets.
Let’s start with those chips. In my opinion, you can judge any tex-mex / mexican joint by the quality of their chips and salsa. If they can’t get this simple staple right, then the food probably isn’t going to be much better. Wicked Cantina makes their chips and salsa fresh everyday and between the four of us, we went through two baskets of chips and two servings of salsa. We could have eaten more, but had to leave room for tacos and margaritas. I love chips that are nice and crispy without tasting burnt, and salsa with just a hint of heat, and Wicked Cantina nails it on both accounts.
I had a hard time picking out which tacos to try, but I’ve been on a carnitas kick (this recipe is awesome if you want to make some at home) so I went for the Carnitas Street Tacos. Carnitas are usually just pork, cilantro, and onion in a corn tortilla but I loved the addition of spicy sauce. Plus, the tacos are mini so I didn’t feel as guilty eating 3.
If I had to complain about one thing I’d say I wasn’t crazy about the texture of the corn tortillas, but they were a step up from the kind you get in the grocery store. Black Rooster Taqueria in Orlando still holds the award for tastiest corn tortillas.
When we went back for lunch the very next day, I got the shrimp tacos which are also delicious. Perfectly breaded/fried (not overcooked at all) with chipotle aioli. John gave the grouper tacos a big stamp of approval, Jimmy ate the Wicked Tacos both days in a row, and Sarah was with me on the shrimp tacos.
I also have to shout out the mango margaritas because if you’re a margarita fan, you know that sometimes flavored margaritas can be WAY too sweet. I got a frozen house margarita first for $5 but quickly switched to mango and was hooked. This is the first mango margarita I’ve ever had that actually tastes like mango. I maybe had 6 in 2 days. (Who’s counting though, am I right?)
Anyone who reads this blog already knows I love Anna Maria Island, and now that I have found yet another place to enjoy tacos I’m even more in love. Major bonus that Wicked Cantina is located right across the street from the beach with an unobstructed gulf view from their outdoor patio. And ALL of the servers are incredibly friendly – I thank them for not making fun of all of us for eating tacos two days in a row.
Tasty tacos, good prices, perfect mango margaritas, laid back vibe, and beach views….Wicked Cantina get’s the Steph’s Taco Blog official stamp of approval.
*PS – I was not paid for this post in any way. I just love Wicked Cantina’s tacos so much they needed their own blog post.