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Mexican food lovers-unite! This February 22nd and 24th, 2019, celebrate National Margarita Day (22nd) AND National Tortilla Chip Day (24th) and get your fiesta on! Each of the featured restaurants offers delicious Mexican fare with yummy chip and dip options and of course, Margaritas to wet your whistle!

Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar

Head over to Westshore and check out Rocco’s Tacos for a true bite out of Mexico. Their environment is all about being fun and casual while hosting different diverse crowds. Rocco’s takes pride in the flavors that they source directly from Mexico. For National Tortilla Chip Day, you’ve got to try the guacamole prepared right at your table! For the margarita lovers, Rocco’s offers 425 different tequila options! Their sour Margarita mix will leave you thirsty for more as you taste flavors unlike anywhere else!

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Besito Mexican

After years of travel around Mexico, restauranteur John Tunney poured his heart and soul into Besito’s cuisine and people. Since 2006, Besito has been the spot to feel and experience Mexico’s spirit by paying homage to the heart and soul of the beloved cuisine. Besito takes pride in its ingredients being locally sourced and always fresh. Their guacamole is made tableside and served with deliciously warm tortilla chips and salsa de tomate y jalapeño. Besito’s Margarita list boasts 12 different margaritas to try, including the Classic Margarita.

Miguel’s Mexican Seafood & Grill

A fan favorite in Tampa, Miguel’s offers an upscale dining experience with traditional Mexican fare and seafood. Miguel’s boasts their authentic Mexican flare as well as Tampa’s fresh seafood. The atmosphere is electric and beautifully done, right down to the glassware. Miguel’s chips and queso comes in both white or yellow cheeses and will send your taste buds to the moon! Miguel’s offers Top Shelf tequilas as well as premium tequilas to take your margarita to the next level! Order a glass or order a pitcher. Make it frozen, or keep it on the rocks! Miguel’s options allow guests to have fun with their food and drink and leave full and satisfied.

Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant

For one-of-a-kind recipes made fresh to order every single time, try Margarita’s Mexican Restaurant! With food originating from Margarita Island in Venezuela, Margarita’s blends Latin American food with a Mexican flare. The atmosphere is relaxed and family-friendly, with food that is carefully selected by Margarita’s. All of the dishes are prepared right there in the kitchen and are fresh every single day! Their margarita selection is always changing with both frozen margaritas and classic on the rocks margaritas! Head over to Davis Island and try it out!

Green Lemon

If you love the Ciccio restaurant group’s restaurants, you have to try Green Lemon! Located on South Howard Avenue, Green Lemon is the perfect, wallet-friendly Mexican restaurant for everyone. During the day, Green Lemon is the perfect spot for lunch with the family or friends, by night, Green Lemon lowers the lights and hosts the perfect atmosphere for gargantuan margaritas and fun music! Be sure to order the Trio Dip with homemade chips, guacamole, queso and salsa followed by a delicious margarita! What sets Green Lemon apart is the size of the ‘ritas! Choose from a 16 oz, 24 oz, or a 60 oz margarita and take your tequila game to the next level!

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Taco Dirty

Also part of the Ciccio chain is Taco Dirty! One of the newest Ciccio style restaurants to hit the Bay, Taco Dirty is Mexican style food with a Chipotle-style process. Much like other Ciccio restaurants, once you walk in, you choose a bowl, or taco, etc., and load it up! The service is quick and efficient and is the perfect spot for on the go Mexican style cuisine with a twist! Taco dirty offers all sorts of chips and dip including the classics as well as frozen margaritas! Yum!

Miguelitos Taqueria Y Tequilas

If you love Miguel’s and want more, check out Miguelitos! Brought to the Bay Area by the creators of Miguels, Miguelitos is Tampa’s tequila bar as well as a delicious Mexican restaurant. Sit outside on the patio or take a seat inside! What sets Miguelitos apart from the rest is their -5 Degree Tequila Tap! That’s right. Tampa’s only spot for -5 Degree tequila, perfectly chilled every single time is at Miguelitos. There is truly nothing else like this! Miguelitos offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with your choice of classic appetizers of tapas! Check out their Queso Fundido with melted jack cheese, chorizo, roasted poblanos, and mushrooms served with hot flour tortillas!


Bartaco is to Tampa as Disney World is to Kissimmee! If you live in the Tampa area and haven’t tried Bartaco, you’ve been missing out! Located in the heart of Hyde Park, Bartaco is home to delicious cuisine and a beautiful atmosphere. The interior is reminiscent of the coast with white-washed walls, basket-style light fixtures, beautiful wooden tables and features, and the iconic white check button up, white jean combo that the staff wear. This is the perfect spot for a pop in lunch, a nice dinner date, or anything else in between! Enjoy a clean menu with delicious taco and not taco options as well as chips and guac or salsa, and of course margaritas! The Bartaco margarita contains libuelula joven tequila, combier liqueur, d’orange, agave syrup, and lime juice! It’s as good as it sounds! Try it out!

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Urban Cantina

Located right in the middle of Downtown Tampa, Urban Cantina is the perfect casual Mexican restaurant for the whole fam! Urban Cantina is right around the corner from Tampa staple, Eddie & Sam’s and boasts deliciously simple Mexican style cuisine! The atmosphere is laid back with a unique flair and welcomes guests of all ages to take a seat and enjoy. What sets Urban Cantina apart is their “Skinny Mexican” menu with healthier alternatives to the classic cuisine. Try out the “Holy Guacamole” or the “Chips & Queso” before ordering a drink… or two!

Cantina Laredo

Drive over to Wesley Chapel and head straight to Cantina Laredo! Located in the heart of Wiregrass Mall, this is the perfect spot to indulge in authentic Mexican food after a long day of shopping! The cuisine at Cantina Laredo is inspired by the modern twist of Mexico City. Order your favorite chip and dip and sip on a Casa Rita while you relax and wait for your delicious meal to arrive.

Whether you prefer National Tortilla Chip Day or National Margarita Day, you will not be disappointed with any of these options! Go on the 22nd, go on the 24th, or go both days and switch it up! Eat all of the tortilla chips your heart desires and drink your margaritas responsibly!

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For more Mexican food options check out Date Night Around the World: Mexican Edition or check out International Food Options in Tampa Bay for other cuisine ideas!