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Southwest Florida is known for many things, and one of those things are good old-fashioned street tacos. If you’re vacationing in Florida, you can find some of the best tacos in Fort Myers, also known as the City of Palms. In fact, some of the best tacos in Florida are from Southwest Florida.
Tacos joints come in all shapes and sizes. The perfect taco will be different for everyone. In my humble opinion, a good taco is made from five ingredients: a freshly made corn tortilla, your choice of meat, onions, cilantro and a decent squeeze of lime juice.
If you agree with this statement, you’ll probably enjoy Taquería San Julian. The best part is that there’s one in South Fort Myers and East Naples. If you decide to dine in, they have tortilla chips that taste like they were made that morning, and three mouthwatering hot sauces to choose from at all the right spice levels. In addition to tacos, Taquería San Julian Fort Myers also serves up quesadillas and tostadas de ceviche. Taco and quesadilla options include pork, steak, head, tongue, beef, chicken, sausage, tripe and shrimp. They come with onions and cilantro. Additional toppings include avocado, tomato and cheese.
Tacos and Tequila Cantina serves up traditional tacos and then some. The newly opened Fort Myers location has conventional tacos, but they’re also known for putting your favorite entrees into a warm and delicious taco shell. If you’ve ever wanted to try a Philly cheesesteak taco or maybe a cheeseburger taco, Tacos and Tequila Cantina has some of the best tacos in Fort Myers; you’ll want to try them all. Other popular options include the Baja taco and California taco. The Baja features a favorite Florida fish, mahi mahi, which comes either beer-battered and fried or grilled with jalapeño cilantro slaw and avocado crema. The California also stars grilled chicken, but it comes with tomatoes, bacon, guacamole, cilantro lime ranch dressing and Monterey jack cheese.
This taco shop is easy to miss at first. It’s a hidden gem located in a Chevron gas station in San Carlos Park. But don’t let that stop you! These tacos are downright delicious. The ingredients are fresh, the tacos are made to order and they’re always good. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the hand-pressed tortillas warming on the griddle when you walk in. That’s always a good sign.
Just one more gas-station taco spot, we promise. Celaya is off of Crystal Drive in the back of a Discount Tobacco and Beer store in The Villas neighborhood. But, don’t let that deter you. These tacos are worth it. They are some of the best tacos in Fort Myers and they come layered with chopped-up meats and dustings of cilantro and onions. They also serve up steamy and tender tamales.
This taco shop’s roots are in Fort Worth, Texas, and it’s a much different take on tacos than the counters hidden in gas stations and the hole-in-the-wall restaurants we mentioned earlier. The colors are bold and bright. It almost feels more like a family-friendly bar than a dedicated taco shop, but the fun, light vibe is perfect for south Fort Myers. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop serves breakfast tacos all day, and they’re also known for their margaritas, especially the frozen ones.
This relatively new Fort Myers taco shop shares its space with a beer garden. What better combination is there than tacos and beer? Tacos come in three different styles: street style with cilantro and onions, Baja with cabbage, tomatoes and a spicy cream sauce, and finally, gringo-style with cheese, lettuce and tomatoes. They also have potato tacos, which are worth a try. What are they? Picture a deep friend scoop of mashed potatoes and cheese on a flour tortilla. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s simple and delicious and wonderful.
The California Burrito’s food truck has been a welcome sight on the corner of Colonial Boulevard and U.S. 41 since 2016. According to an article from the local Fort Myers newspaper, the food truck opened partly because its owners missed the types of tacos they were used to getting in California. Tacos are topped with cilantro, onions and your choice of meat. California Burrito’s also offers super tacos. These come with meat, cheese, avocado, cilantro, onions, tomatoes and sour cream. Fillings include steak, al pastor (pork), chorizo, shredded chicken with a chipotle tomato sauce, grilled chicken, chicharron or cecina, a thin marinated steak.
It’s not a vacation to Southwest Florida without grabbing some of the best tacos in Fort Myers. Trust us; you can’t go wrong with any of these choices. You can try one a day, if you’d like. There’s something about biting into warm, fresh tortillas full of spicy, tangy goodness. It takes all of your worries away and puts you in vacation mode. Try them all or try a few. Let us know what your favorites are in the comments section!