El Sid Taqueria – Restaurant Review
It’s been the “Taco” of the town since they opened last August and I did stop by and was impressed with what I tasted at that time. They still had a lot of renovation to do, so I waited until that was completed to pay them an official visit. Chef Timm has only been with the company for about a year now and this is one of his first major projects with CountrySide Citrus after being brought on board. Vero has been severely lacking good Mexican food choices, so I was happy to have another option. So, do the tacos live up to the hype I’ve been hearing about? Keep reading to find out!
Located on Ocean Drive, they are between The Beach Shop and Costa d’Este. There is only street parking available, so in peak times such as lunch or in season, it might be hard to find a spot to park. There are a few outside tables and a few counter seats inside, so if they are busy, you may have to take your food to go. The inside has been almost completely renovated and looks great! The old truck set into the wall is where you pick up your order through the passenger side window. On the day I visited, it was at 2:00 pm and they still had very consistent traffic coming through for tacos and ice cream.
Now let’s dive right in and see what this place has to offer and what I had to eat!
When they brought this over to me, the first thing I noticed was that the corn chips were freshly made and smelled very much like Frito Lay corn chips. These are made specifically for El Sid in small batches by a Mexican family located in LaBelle, FL. They are quite delicious as is the guacamole. It had a rough chop and everything was so fresh.
This is definitely a unique way to serve Shrimp Cocktail that I’ve not seen before. When they first brought this out, I thought it was soup, but after stirring it up it has quite a few shrimp in it. It’s served cold with a side of crackers. The “cocktail” sauce had tons of flavor with no heat. The shrimp tasted fresh and were delicious!
Served on a corn tortillas, they made with seasoned steak (left) and Carnitas (right), shaved cabbage, sliced radish, onions, cilantro, cojita cheese, a slice of jalapeno, and a lime wedge. The menu description says feta cheese, but it seemed more like cojita to me by how it crumbled and tasted. The corn tortillas held together really well, the meat was seasoned to perfection, and I really loved the shaved cabbage. All in all a great taco!
While they are known for their orange ice cream, did you know that they also have Key Lime Pie available too? This is one of my absolute favorite desserts, so I had to get a slice. It’s creamy, not too sweet, and just the right amount of key lime juice to “tweak the cheeks”!
I’ve eaten my fair share of tacos over the years, and these are some of the best I’ve found in Vero. Each order is freshly prepared, so there might be a short wait, but it’s well worth it. I did try a sample of their new lime margaritas that are coming soon, and it was so good! These will be so refreshing on a hot summer day. If you love tacos as much as we do here at Vero Beach Foodie, then stop by and check these guys out, we know you won’t be disappointed!
El Sid Taqueria
Address: 3300 Ocean Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone: (772) 234-8299