223 S Howard Ave., Tampa, FL 33606
Cost range: 1.0-10.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
More in this neighborhood: South Tampa
Chris Rivas opened his first Urban Cantina in downtown Tampa in 2010, following up with a second restaurant on S Howard Avenue in one of those locations that has been a revolving door over the years (Infusions Tea, Hooker Tea Company, Bric, Strings n Rings). What's the lure? Tacos. Very competent, on handmade soft corn tortillas without an overload of toppers beyond the requested protein (or veggies, but warning: there's broccoli in there!). Pico de gallo, shredded cabbage, a swirl of sour cream or a dab of queso fresco, those kinds of things, often served with Mexican rice and very demurely flavored refried beans in a lively, lucha libre themed dining room.
Hours: 4-10 p.m. Sun.-Mon., 4-11 p.m. Tue.-Thur., 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Fri.-Sat.