Wine Dine and Play: Poppo's Taqueria

Poppo's Taqueria


Gourmet Organic Taqueria Street Food
Anna Maria Island, Florida USA
Cuisine Style: Mexican, Organic
Average Price: $
Overall Rating: 4/5
Dined in September 2017
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Poppo's Taqueria Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 


Executive Chef:
Heather Saunders

















Owners:
Patrick and Rowen Coleman











Poppo’s Taqueria has four locations in and around the Bradenton area; family owned and operated Mexican inspired, but a fully organic restaurant. Fresh ingredients, passion, and a no-compromise approach mission statement that redefine a casual ‘street food’ style dining experience makes Poppo’s unique. My wife and I stopped at the Anna Maria Island store for some refreshments and nibbles to get out of the heat and discovered a treasure, a hidden Taqueria unlike any other I have been to. 


Menu:
    • Tacos
    • Burritos 
    • Quesadillas
    • Bowls
    • Hot and Cold Fillings
    • Sides
    • Desserts
Virgil’s Root Beer is purified carbonated water, unbleached cane sugar, caramelized unrefined cane sugar, citric acid, herbs, and spices. It is Gluten Free, has no Preservatives, no Caffeine, no GMO’s, and no artificial anything!
Virgil's Rootbeer picture courtesy of Poppo's
Jarritos sodas, sold in 80% of all Mexican States, is free of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). They started with coffee, then evolved to mandarin, tamarind, lime, and fruit punch.
Brewed in Sarasota, eight flavors perfect for those of you who like a probiotic boost to go with their meal. Vegan certified, gluten and GMO, and dairy free, and certified organic.  The process begins with a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast) and lets the process of fermentation take place. Then they blend in cinnamon, cayenne, raspberry leaf, turmeric, and more to create a sparkling and effervescent tea.
This is their line of fountain beverages that has its origins based on the Objectivism of Ayn Rand’s novel and the independent thinking of the Atlas Society. It took us a minute to dig up this little gem, but we’re glad we did! This unique line of sodas is made with real sugar and no high fructose corn syrup. It is a wonderful alternative to the standard giants.

From burritos to quesadillas, bowls, and tacos Poppo’s has you covered. Hot fillings for their custom tacos include natural spiced beef shoulder, organic black beans, natural chicken thighs with ancho spice, grass-fed pork carnitas, wild Florida boar chorizo, and  Tempeh from Rhapsody Natural Foods in Cabot, Vermont. Tempeh is a fermented soy protein that is well loved by vegetarians and vegans for its health benefits and hearty flavor.

House-made tortilla and dips
When sourcing their produces, they make sure that as much of it as possible is organically grown, to include ‘whole’ fresh produce, and most importantly, no processed items of any kind. My wife and I enjoyed some drinks from the bar where they source local and craft beers, followed by some natural organic tortilla chips made fresh daily and served with cold dipping sauces that were perfect on this very warm day. 

Taco picture courtesy of Poppo's

Dessert:
We did not have dessert on this trip, though the Pop Craft company based out of Sarasota provides the desserts with select flavors. Pop Craft uses locally sourced, seasonal whole food to create the frozen confections and they choose only the very best and sustainable ingredients.

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Final notes, review basics, observations and more pictures:

Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about. My ratings are by the stars I award (from 0 to 5). The rating is calculated on a point accumulation of six separate factors based on individual experience. They include wine and other beverage selections, plate presentation, customer service, restaurant or café ambiance, food quality, and wow factor. To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

Overall from this experience, and the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ section, based on my individual experience and rating, I give Poppo's Taqueria a 4 out of 5 stars, meaning that they not only exceeded my expectations but were far above the average dining experience of most restaurants, and were just  outstanding.
Scores are detailed in the factor chart below:

Formula Factor Conclusions and Overall Ratings
Max Points Possible:
Total Points Awarded:
Total Points deducted:
Ambiance
10
8
2
Food quality
10
10
0
Plate presentation
8
8
0
Customer service
7
6
1
Alcohol and other beverages
2
2
0
Total regular points awarded
37
34
3
Total percentage — less the Bonus

0.918918918918919

“Wow” factor BONUS
5
0
0
Total bonus percentage

0

Total percentage and bonus for a final star rating

0.918918918918919

Stars Awarded (see chart below)
             0 - 5
4

**A full break down and explanation of the observations and point disbursement is available in the linked article above. To receive a detailed copy of your score, feel free to contact me at any time and I will provide it to you.**


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Overall Star Rating:
4 of 5 Stars: 
92% Rating with a 2 point “wow” bonus
An Outstanding Dining Experience
Restaurant style:
Casual dining
Cuisine Style:
Mexican
Allergen or dietary accommodations: 
Farm to Fork, Grass Fed, Local, Non-GMO, Organic, Sustainable, Vegetarian Options
Reservations:
Not Required
Walk-Ins:
Accepted
Dress code:
Casual attire
It’s Florida, everybody wears flip-flops!
Child policy:


The Restaurants reviewed on this site may have a kids menu or cater to them; however, for full enjoyment of food and wine, it is recommended that kids not to be in attendance, unless they have been trained in proper etiquette. 
If not then:
Hire a Babysitter! 
Experiences:
Contemporary, Rustic, and a Neighborhood Gem.
Payments:
Cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
Parking:
A Public lot, or Street meter parking

Wifi
The restaurants reviewed on this site may have Wi-Fi, but do not require you to go online, because the excitement of the food and wine alone will keep you too entertained instead of checking your social media and emails.
Noise level:
Low
Smoking:
Nonsmoking restaurant, and nonsmoking patio
Patio or terrace:
Yes





Food Prices 
(excludes, alcohol, taxes & 20% gratuity’s)

$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricey)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)


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Poppo's Taqueria:

212C Pine Ave
Anna Maria, Florida 
34216, USA



Contact Information: 
Restaurant website:
Maître d or host:
(941) 254-7941
Website Contact:
Serving hours:
Eastern Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC - 5:00)
Mon-Sun
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Social Media 
Accolades:
Facebook link                






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