Whether you crave the tang of a Tex-Mex fajita or the strong taste of epazote found in authentic Mexican cuisine, Sarasota restaurants offer it all. Both Tex-Mex restaurants (characterized by a blend of American and Mexican spices and ingredients) and Mexican ones (whose meals will consist only of spices and ingredients used in a traditional Mexican kitchen) pepper Sarasota. Although Florida lies closer to Cuba than Mexico, many Mexican families settle along the Florida coast. As a result, many Mexican and Tex-Mex eateries will be locally-owned by Mexican families who know the secrets of both types of cuisine. BBOnline recommends these top notch Mexican food restaurants during your stay in Sarasota.
4023 South Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida 34231
El Adobe serves traditional Mexican cuisine alongside American fare like burgers, salads and steaks, making this restaurant an excellent choice if one person loves Mexican but the other doesn't. Locals rave about the food, although many visitors pass this location by because its exterior can be misleading. Most meals cost less than $10, with a few entrees in the teens. El Adobe has a full liquor bar.
Mi Pueblo - Traditional Mexican Food and Atmosphere
4436 Bee Ridge Road
Sarasota, Florida 34233
University Walk Plaza
8405 Tuttle Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 34243
These two Sarasota restaurants offer real Mexican food, including a secret recipe mole sauce. Their menus include some Tex-Mex offerings, such as fajitas, as well as regional dishes like the Tampa Bisteco, but they specialize in authentic Mexican cuisine. The University Walk location on Tuttle Avenue in Sarasota also offers vegan dishes and an organic menu. With two locations, you'll surely find one close to your Sarasota Bed and Breakfast.
2720 Stickney Point Road
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Toro Bravo serves regional Mexican food as well as Tex-Mex, including sopapillas and enchiladas. The kitchen can (and will) make any of their entrees meatless or vegan upon request. Although this restaurant is in a strip mall, don't pass it by. People rave not only about the authenticity of the food but also about their tilapia, served with a chipotle sauce made with mangoes (both mangoes and tilapia are almost always fresh in this part of Florida). Meals here generally cost less than $10, and Toro Bravo will email you a coupon for signing up as part of their online club (free). If you happen to be visiting a Sarasota Inn on your birthday, take advantage of Toro Bravo's free birthday meal.
Two Senoritas Famous Mexican Food
1355 Main Street
Sarasota, Florida 34236
This Tex-Mex restaurant (like many Mexican and Tex-Mex Sarasota restaurants) serves hearty portions of traditional Tex-Mex favorites as well as burgers, salads and a few other departures from the traditional Tex-Mex menu. One of their specialities? Try an Agacate Relleno, a California avocado filled with crab meat and shrimp. Two Senoritas also has a $4.99 Cantina menu, a creative bar menu they serve from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can get lunch for less than $10 and dinner for less than $15.