One of the things I miss most about California is the authentic Mexican food. Every trip home, I am sure to stop by some of my favorite hole-in-the-wall taquerias and indulge in delicious tacos, aguas frescas and paletas. Living in Tampa, I have found a few places that I enjoy and most recently, I found a new place in West Tampa that has excellent food and friendly service…..La Teresita Tex-Mex and Bakery. If you live in Tampa than you have been to La Teresita located on Columbus Drive, close to Raymond James Stadium. I have only been to La Teresita once and the food was delicious. This new concept is located next door and is a part of the La Teresita family. The bakery portion of the restaurant has been open since September of 2010 and they just recently added a full menu featuring Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine.
I have gotten to know family member and key employee, Francisco Capedevila and his fiancee Jamie, of La Teresita Tex-Mex while working at EATS! They come in on Monday nights and bring delicious bakery items for the staff. This past week they invited me to come in and try their new concept and I, of course, accepted. I had lunch there today and the food was fantastic. As soon as I walked in I was warmly greeted by the familiar faces of Francisco and Jamie. Francisco brought me a fresh basket of chips and salsa while I looked over the menu. He recommended I try their guacamole as well as both agua de horchata (cinnamon rice milk) and agua de piña (pineapple water). Having been to Mexico several times, I appreciate aguas frescas and these were as authentic as they come.
I was impressed with their salsa and guacamole, both of which had the perfect blend of seasonings and spices. I had to stop myself from devouring the whole plate of guacamole, as I knew I had other dishes to try.
The menu that they offer is quite extensive with selections such as assorted seafood dishes, pork chops, fajitas, steaks, tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, enchiladas and more. I chose a Tostada de Cochinita Pibil, which is shredded pork marinated in Achiote and bitter orange and then slow roasted in a smoker. This method of preparation is based on a 5,000 year old Mayan recipe. It was served on a bed of beans and topped with lettuce, tomatoes and Cojita cheese. Along with that I tried a taco with Mexican shredded beef. Both were absoultely fantastic.
After eating lunch, I was tempted by the assorted bakery items, but was just too full to have anything. Everything is prepared fresh daily and having tried several of their baked goods before, I know how delicious they are. I decided to take something to go so I could enjoy it later when I was not so full. As I was browsing the selection of scrumptious items, I was thinking about Valentine’s Day and how a selection of baked goods would make the perfect Valentine’s gift. I took a few pictures of some of my favorites.
**Vanilla Flan Cake
**Cheesecake with Strawberry Glaze
**Chocolate Chip Cannolis
La Teresita Tex-Mex & Bakery is open 11 am – 8 pm Sunday through Thursday and 11 am – 9 pm Friday and Saturday. They are located at 3242 W. Columbus Drive in West Tampa. I will be going back to try some other items on their menu as well as more of their pastries. If you are looking for a great place to grab a quick bite, I highly recommend La Teresita Tex-Mex & Bakery. The service is impeccable and they food is outstanding.Share this Post[?]