Best Of 2018

Best no-frills taco spot: LA FIESTA

Don’t get me wrong — I’m all about these fancy new taco spots, but I’ll take any opportunity to simplify things and save a few bucks. Taqueria Mi Mexico on Armenia Avenue does the trick. However, the soft-shell options and tortas at Port of Tampa market La Fiesta take the cake when it comes to simple, in-and-out Mexican food that packs authentic flavor and character. Despite the closure of Stoney’s across the street, it’s still nice to grab a single from the cooler, pour it into a pre-packaged michelada cup from the store, and have a post-lunch stroll around the neighborhood. 1202 S. 22nd St., Tampa. 813-241-2477, lafiestamexicanstore.business.site. —Ray Roa