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Xtreme Tacos restaurant brings popular Mexican food to Tampa’s SoHo area

Expect the full menu from owners Sofie Warrenbrand and Uzi Ramirez’s original Waters Avenue location as well as a few new items.
From left: The Xtreme fried grouper taco, the Tijuana-style pork al pastor taco and the Xtreme pork al pastor taco from beloved Tampa Mexican joint Xtreme Tacos.
From left: The Xtreme fried grouper taco, the Tijuana-style pork al pastor taco and the Xtreme pork al pastor taco from beloved Tampa Mexican joint Xtreme Tacos. [ Courtesy of Xtreme Tacos ]
Published Sep. 25, 2019|Updated Sep. 27, 2019

Xtreme Tacos has tapped into the SoHo district of Tampa with its popular Mexican eats.

Owners Sofie Warrenbrand and Uzi Ramirez, who first launched Xtreme Tacos on Waters Avenue in 2017 before going mobile with a food truck last year, brought the full menu from their original location as well as a few new items to 223 S Howard Ave. earlier this week. Favorites making a comeback at the restaurant in soft-opening mode include chicharrones, elote and aguas frescas.

Most recently occupied by Peruvian fusion spot Chakana, the 1,000-square-foot space with 40 to 50 seats takes some pressure off Ramirez and Warrenbrand’s food truck, which Warrenbrand said they feel is at capacity, while helping them reach a different community of diners not far from where they got their start.

The restaurant operates 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. In the process of hiring more staff, Warrenbrand and Ramirez will eventually extend their hours on Friday and Saturday to cater to the after-hours SoHo crowd if they can find enough help.

And before you ask: Nope, they aren’t sweating their neighbor Taco Dirty.

“I almost feel like we’re not competing because their food is very different from ours. People like what they sell, and people like what we sell. It all depends what you’re in the mood for,” Warrenbrand said. “We’re actually excited that it will bring some more exposure to us if people are looking for authentic Mexican."

Xtreme Tacos' new SoHo restaurant is at the corner of S Howard Avenue and W Platt Street in Tampa.
Xtreme Tacos' new SoHo restaurant is at the corner of S Howard Avenue and W Platt Street in Tampa. [ Courtesy of Xtreme Tacos ]

Xtreme Tacos specializes in traditional Mexican cuisine with an American twist. For example, the signature Xtreme taco is served on a homemade corn tortilla but loaded with California-style ingredients, among them cabbage, guacamole and cheese. Guests also pick their desired protein; choices range from the vegetarian-friendly sriracha cauliflower to classic options like lengua or tripe.

The rest of the menu — primarily built upon burritos, bowls, tostadas, sopes, quesadillas, nachos and taquitos that guests order and pay for at the counter — follows a similar formula.

“You get a fair mix here, but the base of everything is definitely authentic Mexican,” Warrenbrand said.

Xtreme Tacos' new SoHo restaurant features between 40 and 50 seats in Tampa.
Xtreme Tacos' new SoHo restaurant features between 40 and 50 seats in Tampa. [ Courtesy of Xtreme Tacos ]

In addition, a beer and wine license allows the restaurant to offer red sangria, made with its fruity aguas frecas flavors like pineapple, hibiscus and watermelon, alongside Corona and Modelo in bottles. The restaurant wants to add a 7venth Sun Brewery beer, too, as a nod to where its food truck will continue to park in Seminole Heights, Wednesday through Sunday.

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Warrenbrand said Seminole Heights’ XT Munchies, the Mexican-inspired snack shop that she and Ramirez premiered last year, is on hiatus until they get the SoHo restaurant running smoothly.

After closing their Waters Avenue location in 2018, Ramirez and Warrenbrand expected to open a new brick-and-mortar outpost with wine and beer at 5609 N Nebraska Ave. in Seminole Heights. And they still do. However, architectural plans and permitting from the city, which Warrenbrand said they just received, have held up the location’s arrival.

Construction on the slightly larger Seminole Heights space will begin in a week or two, with the restaurant shooting for a debut in three or four months.

“We want to bring our food to as many people as we can without losing the quality and standard people have grown to love us for," Warrenbrand said. "We just want people to not worry about growth. Seminole Heights is going to be our main location, and we know that everything will be just as good in any location that we have.”

(813) 304-2639. xtremetacos.com.

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