‘Tampa Bay Taco Takeover’ starts on Taco Tuesday, benefits homeless program

It’s Taco Tuesday, meaning it’s time to eat as many tacos as you want -- guilt-free -- because the "Tampa Bay Taco Takeover" event is all for a good cause.

Event organizers said it will benefit the Homeless Empowerment Program, which helps low-income families and individuals with housing, food, clothing, and other support services.

Last year, the Bay Area saw a nearly 50% increase in homeless veterans.

Creative Loafing teamed up with more than 25 local restaurants to offer taco and drink specials. Proceeds will go to HEP.

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Tampa Bay Taco Takeover runs through May 4 and wraps up with a vote for Tampa Bay’s ultimate and favorite taco. However, some restaurants will extend their specials through May 5, or Cinco de Mayo.

Taco Bus took the title last year. 

Additional information, including specials for each restaurant, can be found at tampabaytacotakeover.com. You can learn more about HEP on the program’s website: www.hepempowers.org.

The following restaurants are participating, but more may be added to the list: 

  • ATO Lakeland
  • Caracara
  • Catrinas Tacos and Tequila Bar
  • Chicken and Taco Loco
  • Cider Press Cafe
  • Fuzzy's Taco Shop
  • Gallito Taqueria
  • Gourmet Pizza Company
  • Haven
  • Jackson's Bistro
  • Jake's Coastal Cantina
  • Jimmy's Tacos
  • Mad Dogs & Englishmen
  • Muchachas
  • Paul’s Landing
  • Red Mesa Cantina
  • Riveters
  • Shuffle
  • Taco Baby
  • Taco Bus
  • Taco Dirty
  • Tacos Las Californias
  • The Living Room on Main
  • The Patio
  • The Pub
  • Urban Cantina
  • Xochitl Cocina Mexicana
  • Zukku Sushi