XT Munchies serves Mexican-inspired delights to Tampa

We are huge Xtreme Tacos fans — the shop offers the level of spice and the massive portions we crave. So, when we found out the minds behind Tampa’s standout mobile taqueria were opening something new, we couldn’t help but salivate. Introducing XT Munchies.

This restaurant is serving up authentic Mexican street fare at 5705 North Nebraska Avenue. What has us buzzing more than anything is XT Munchies signature Pinãs Locas.

Take your choice of three fresh fruits (options: watermelon, pineapple, mango, jicama, papaya, cucumbers) and pile them inside a massive pineapple rind. The fruit is then topped with chamoy, chile powder, freshly squeezed lime juice, a chile tamarind candy stick, sour gummie bears, a chile lollipop, and spicy peanuts — it’s the best $7 we ever spent.

Strawberry horchata is a must try

Beyond sensational and refreshing fruit cups, XT Munchies offers a list of aguas frescas engineered to save you from oppressive Florida heat. Treat yourself to a super sweet strawberry horchata, or give yourself a fresh limeade kick.

What do you need to munch on?

Drinks and fruit starters are great, but with a name like XT Munchies we’re really here for snacks. This restaurant delivers in spades.

The vegan tamales — spicy rajas or refried beans wrapped in a plantain leaf — are absolutely addicting, and may be one of the best vegan snacks we’ve ever tried in Tampa Bay.

Top vegan snacks in all of Tampa Bay

Get super cheesy, like dad joke cheesy, with the Mac and Queso dish. Melty macaroni noodles are covered in XT Munchies’ homemade white cheddar queso with mozzarella and topped off with parmesan cheese. Savory doesn’t even begin to describe it.

New to our palates is the elote. It’s corn on the cob smothered in mayonnaise, chile powder, cheese, and freshly squeezed lime juice. It’s now our favorite way to eat corn, and honestly the only way we’ll eat it going forward.

Oh, and you can cover that bad boy with Flaming Hot Cheetos if you dare. We urge you to be daring, you won’t regret it.

Snack prices range from $3.50 for a quesadilla made with mozzarella cheese on a 10-inch tortilla, to $8 for a hearty breakfast sandwich, which includes ham, eggs, mozzarella, tomatoes, and onions pressed on sourdough bread with mayonnaise.

Save room for dessert

If you somehow have room for dessert, then go with the tres leches rice pudding.

You can keep up with the restaurant’s newest dishes and deals by following them on Facebook and Instagram. You can also keep up with Xtreme Tacos and where in Tampa they’ll be next by following the restaurant on Facebook.

What’s your favorite new restaurant in Tampa Bay? Let us know in the comments.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

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