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“Wonderful meal!”
Review of Fresh Taqueria

Fresh Taqueria
Price range: $10 - $20
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Description: Fresh Taqueria has an eclectic menu that fuses Mexican Spanish and Southern cuisines. Our menu changes frequently depending upon what is available from local farms. We offer many gluten free and vegetarian options on our menu. Our food is prepared fresh daily sourced from local and sustainable sources. We are located in the red building across from suntrust on Periwinkle Way. Our parking lot is the third driveway west of the restaurant (the empty lot with our sign out front).
Reviewed February 10, 2013

The food was amazing! It was such a refreshing change from the high priced, low quality fare offered on the Island. I had vegan and vegetarian tacos and roasted corn. My husband had tortilla soup, fish tacos and Cuban bruschetta. Everything was delicious. Dessert was fresh strawberries with creme on toasted, cinnamon tortillas. Yum! They also had an interesting wine, beer and hard cider selection, as well as soft drinks. Staff was top notch, friendly and helpful.

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

We stopped in to pick up dinner to take back to our hotel because our daughter and i were desperately craving Mexican food while we were visiting Sanibel Island.

Parking is kind of a pain - there's no parking adjacent to the building, their parking is down the street a bit, and not all that clearly marked (at least not when we arrived around 5:30pm). Once you do manage to park, it's not at all obvious where the entrance is when you approach the building (it's on the side of the restaurant). I can totally understand the reviewers who complained about the decor - I would describe the furniture as cheap/flimsy looking, and the room feels rather unfinished. I can't comment on the table service, but the young man who got us menus and took our order was very pleasant. The owner stopped to greet us, and brough my daughter a glass of water while we waited for our food. She was a wealth of information about the island.

The food (we ordered several different kinds of tacos, and a salad) was GREAT (even after a 20 minute ride back to our room), full of fresh ingredients and great flavors. I highly recommend this restaurant if you want good food and aren't too particular about the atmosphere.

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

This restaurant offers a combination of latin-inspired tapas and taco dishes, craft beers, wine and cocktails. Everything was flavorful and prepared with fresh ingredients. We tried the manchego-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates, which were fabulous, and the homemade potato chips topped with dried salmon and capers, delicious! Also had the shrimp bisque, guacamole, and shrimp tacos, all very good. Nearly everything on the menu (except the beer) was gluten-free or could be made gluten-free by substituting corn for flour tortillas (a concern for me because I'm gluten intolerant).

The decor is a little strange. I think they were going for a hip, European minimalist look but missed the mark a bit. But no matter, the food more than makes up for it. Overall, it was the best meal we had on the island during our weeklong stay.

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Reviewed January 28, 2013

As residents, we've long hoped for variety in dining here that extends beyond traditional casual adequate touristy fare and embraces ethnic and regional influences like every other metropolitan area. So we were delighted when Fresh Taqueria opened and excited when we received a positive review from a friend of ours. Unfortunately, when expectations are high and the delivery on those expectations is so dismally low, your opinions tend to crash and burn like Thelma and Louise off the cliff.

What's wrong? It's a charming little joint that could be something, but failed us on our one visit in so many ways. The atmosphere tries to be upscale and hip, but after first blush it begins to feel short-changed; why would anyone make the conscious choice to seat people on uncomfortable, cheap plastic chairs, and drape an extension cord to a "chandelier," etc.? The table we were seated at had a finish like a Jackson Pollock painting — only upon closer inspection and feel (ugh, it was my setting), that wasn't the color orange at all like another part of the table — it was crusted, dried cheese that hadn't been cleaned. With its Cuban-Mexican theme and menu, you'd assume chips and salsa are a gratis welcome. Not here, you have to buy 'em. The service wasn't poor, but considering there weren't a lot of people in the joint when we dined, it was increddddddibbbbbllllllly slow. Plus the Tapas menu is expensive, the portions are sparse, and there's nothing on the menu that's tailored to children (we brought our three).

In summary, we came, we saw, we got sticky, we felt a little dirty, we ate, we overpaid, we went home, we all ate dinner again at home.

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

We were told this was the 'hottest new restaurant on the island,' so decided to try it. The menu is very limited, and the wait staff was disorganized and not only were they not helpful, but when we were told that some items were 'not at all spicy,' they came out as 'spicy' and inedible for a few in our party. The tapas that were about $3.50 each were very tiny, little tortillas with about a teaspoon of 'whatever' on them. The drinks were pricey, and watered down (they had some nice beers on the menu). One cocktail came out in a cracked glass, so another was ordered, but never delivered. BUT.. both were on the bill! When the bill came, it was not itemized, and we asked if the tip was included, and we were told, "no," but after giving the waitress the credit card, we asked to see the itemized bill, and there, in bright red, was an 18% gratuity, included in the total. To our waitresses annoyance, we asked for another bill, and to pay again. She said, "I didn't do your total." Then the owner came out and said, "Sorry, someone else did the bill." Then the other waitress came out and said, "I didn't do the bill." Three waitresses, no one did the bill. Hmmm... We know that because there are many Europeans visiting the area that restaurants will frequently include the gratuity in the bill, but to deny doing this three tiimes, and not giving us the itemized bill.... smacks of 'bilking the customer' to me. Bad food, bad service, feeling cheated: cross this one off the list.

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