CASUAL DINING – dine in or food-to-go
POPPO’S TAQUERIA — 212 C Pine Avenue, Anna Maria
Poppo’s is a fantastic little Mexican food place similar to a Chipotle style restaurant, albeit with a great deal more charm and much better food. Poppo’s is notable for the fact that it is part of a small family-owned chain; there are three other nearby locations in the Bradenton area.
Poppo’s sits in a small, cute strip center along Pine Avenue with several other adjacent businesses all connected with a wide wooden boardwalk. The wooden floors continue into the restaurant, which has a fun and casual atmosphere and decor. On the right sits a big wooden bar where you can order from a selection of good, local craft beers, as well as wines. A large flat screen TV sits at the back wall of the bar. On the left side of the space is where you order your food and non-bar drinks – the bottled sodas and beers sit in large coolers filled with ice. All menus are written on giant chalkboards, and while there are standard items you can get, the real fun is in the “build your own” burritos, tacos, bowls, etc. Like that they had a small and large size bowl. They make the tortillas fresh on the spot with a press out of some dough balls so you know the tortilla you get is perfect every time. The quesadillas and burritos were all amazing, also loved the gourmet popsicles!
All of the ingredients sit in large trays, and you simply go down the line, loading your creation with protein/meats, beans, rice, veggies, salsa, sour cream, onions, guacamole, cilantro, etc. All the ingredients are local, fresh, high quality, and delicious. Not to be missed are the chips and salsa – you have to ask for them first if you want them, and each order of chips is made for you fresh. Fresh tortillas and the salsa are fantastic. Quesadillas and burritos are amazing!
At mealtimes, this place can have a line out the door, but the service is efficient, and it moves quickly. We discovered that they take Apple Pay and have to say, that really is a nice convenience. As long as you’re carrying your phone, you’re covered for your meal.
There is very little inside seating – two small tables and possibly ten seats at the bar. But, why would you want to sit inside? This is Anna Maria Island 🙂 A variety of funky tables and chairs are set up around the boardwalk outside. You can order your food “to go”, or do what we do and enjoy eating outside and taking in the local scene. Totally casual, you and your family can come straight from the beach, still in t-shirts, swim trunks, flip-flops and sunscreen.
OPEN ~ Sunday 11 AM – 8 PM
Monday 11 AM – 8 PM
Tuesday 11 AM – 8 PM
Wednesday 11 AM – 8 PM
Thursday 11 AM – 8 PM
Friday 11 AM – 8 PM
Saturday 11 AM – 8 PM
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