Rocco’s Tacos Update 1

Dear Readers,

Just FYI I have learned from Rocco Mangel that Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar is opening soon in Orlando. Rocco Mangel communicated to me that Rocco’s Tacos should be open in July or August in the SW Orlando area. It will be located on Restaurant Row where the Sambra Room used to be at. This place is also adjacent to the Timpano Chophouse. Back to Rocco’s. I recently had lunch at Rocco’s Tacos in downtown West Palm Beach on Clematis street. The Guacamole $12 prepared tableside with Rocco Chips was a hit for starters. I also enjoyed the Rocco’s tacos (Tacos $2.95-$4.25 or platters come with 2 tacos for $10-$12.50 range. I sampled several of the 8 different choices of tacos they had on the menu. The tacos were fabulous! I also enjoyed the vibrant atmosphere Rocco’s had. This will be a great addition to the Orlando restaurant community.

Rocco will be sending me a press release soon and I will be sharing that with you guys!
more info on Rocco’s Tacos @

See official media release below.
South Florida Mexican Restaurant Expands to New Territory with Largest Restaurant to Date

(November 21, 2011) West Palm Beach, FL – Owners Rocco Mangel & Big Time Restaurant Group today announced plans for a fifth Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar in Orlando, Florida. Set to open during spring 2012, the new 8,200-square-foot restaurant with a 2,000-square-foot patio and bar overlooking West Sand Lake will be located in the former Samba Room space on “Restaurant Row.” This marks the brand’s first restaurant outside of South Florida and the largest Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar to date.

Since opening the first Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar in West Palm Beach, FL in 2007, the brand has become South Florida’s go-to destination for authentic Mexican dining in a vibrant atmosphere. The new indoor/outdoor restaurant with several large private banquet rooms will offer the same full-sensory dining experience complete with upbeat music, live mariachi bands on occasion and free tequila pourings by Rocco himself. Diners can sample from over 225 varieties of tequila, nibble on guacamole prepared tableside and enjoy a traditional Mexican dinner at the playful restaurant that embodies the true spirit of Mexico. Similar to other Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bars, the Orlando destination will be decorated with authentic Mexican flair purchased by Rocco himself at small villages throughout Mexico and Rocco’s signature star-shaped, punched-metal lantern chandeliers.

“I’m beyond excited to introduce the Rocco’s Tacos brand to the Orlando market,” says owner Rocco Mangel. “Orlando is a thriving city that I’ve always loved and I’m confident that we can be a great addition to the scene and energy.”

While the superior cuisine and cheerful décor have put the Rocco’s Tacos brand on the map, it’s Rocco’s “welcome to my house” attitude, contagious energy and show-stopping sense for creating an unforgettable experience that draws patrons in again and again. When regulars hear the buzzword “Tequila!” echo through the restaurant, everyone prepares for Rocco to take his spot on the bar top, dancing feverishly in his legendary shiny-white shoes. The scene reads like one out of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, sans the angry bikers. Rocco steps on ‘stage’ with a bottle of Patron in hand, ready to pour into eager guest’s mouths. This exhilarating display of merriment has made Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar a cherished destination and this location will be no exception.

The new Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar will be located at 7468 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando, FL 32819.

About Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar: Brought to life by charismatic owner Rocco Mangel, Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar presents a full sensory Mexican dining experience complete with live mariachi bands and free tequila pourings. Sample from over 225 varieties of tequila, either alone or mixed with Rocco’s famous homemade Margarita sour mix, nibble on guacamole prepared tableside or enjoy a traditional Mexican dinner at the playful restaurant that embodies the true spirit of Mexico. Visit Rocco at one of three locations. 224 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL | 561.650.100; 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, FL, 561.416.2131; 1313 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL | 954.524.9550. Coming soon: Palm Beach Gardens and Orlando!

About Big Time Restaurant Group: Founded in 1993 by Todd Herbst, Bill Watson and Lisabet Summa, Big Time Restaurant Group is a South Florida-based restaurant operator with five distinct concepts that appeal to a broad range of customers. Offering a variety of stylish, relaxed and inviting options, their restaurants are premier destinations for cocktails, dining and events. Today, Big Time Restaurant Group operates nine locations including City Oyster & Sushi Bar, Big City Tavern, City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill, Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar and Grease Burger Bar.

Sloppy Taco Palace STP 5

Well the local guy has been on a search for some good tasty tacos lately.  I asked myself where can I find good tacos in town besides going to a traditional tex mex joint?  I must say I do like the tacos at PRs and Pacos both in Winter Park, both are local, however, I found another local spot that serves up delicious tacos. STP or Sloppy Taco Palace is the name and tacos is their game. This little dive bar is located off of Kirkman Rd and Conroy in a strip shopping center.  It is more of a bar than a restaurant in my opinion.  It appears the place is owned by some Bostonians by seeing all the Boston Red Sox, Patriots memorabilia hanging up. STP is my opinion wears many hats and it appears their concept  is working being a sports bar- restaurant, a dive bar, and a place to watch live bands perform Thur -Sat (no cover).  But make no mistake about it,  the kitchen is always open for business and they know how to make good tacos.

My guest and I started off with the chips with House salsa $2.50. The chips were well done and crispy and  the salsa consisted of fresh tomatoes and fresh veggies, the salsa was kinda on the sweet side but good. STP also has hot salsa as well. It was your typical chips and salsa nothing fancy but good.  For another starter we also tried the chicken  quesadilla $5.75. It was served with fresh pico and sour crème. It was served nice and hot, the chicken was tasty and tender, fresh peppers and onions with melted cheese.  Arguably the best quesadilla I have had in a long time and my guest agreed.  

Clearly, the main attraction here is their  ” Sloppy Tacos”. It’s not called Sloppy Taco Palace for the heck of it.  I ordered the ground beef Sloppy Tacos $3.50.   Their Sloppy Tacos are dripping with coarsely chopped pico de gallo and drenched with chile con queso in a fried flour tortilla shell. The meat choices are ground beef, steak, pork or chicken. All are sloppy, moist, and tasty. They all hit the spot after a long day of doing whatever you’re doing. I also tried a regular steak taco $2.50 hard shell. It was loaded up with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese, and steak. I thought the steak was a little on the salty side. Stick with the Sloppy Tacos, they are to die for. And yes they are a little sloppy but that’s what napkins are for.

On another note, according to their website, STP has buck fiddy ($1.50) tacos til close on Wednesdays. That is a food steal, guys. That is almost taco bell prices but STP is no Taco Bell.

We were there on a Saturday evening right before 7. The bartender was tending bar and also all the tables outside the bar. There is only about 12-15 tables in the place, some our high tops as well. Anyway, he was doing a good job for a one man show, help arrived at 7. One person. The place is small so it does not take a lot to support but a couple of more hands or bodies would of done wonders for the service. Regardless, I would still go back, the Sloppy Tacos are really amazing.

If you want to go to a dive bar that has good cold beer and decent priced drinks and wonderful Sloppy Tacos you can’t go wrong with STP folks.   

There is plenty of parking available.

STP is open Monday – Friday @ 11.30am for lunch- til close (per the website). Friday and Saturday STP is opened til 2am. 

STP is located in the Kirkman Shoppes Plaza

4892 S Kirkman Rd

Orlando, Fl 38211

ph# 407-574-6474

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