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Brookside’s new Macho Taco: Mexican food to-go or delivery

Brookside’s Michael Forbes Bar and Grille has launched a “ghost kitchen.”

Macho Taco operates out of the Michael Forbes kitchen but is only available for carryout or delivery through DoorDash.

Macho Taco offers a combination of traditional Mexican dishes with its own house specialties. That includes queso dip, nachos with a choice of steak, chicken or taco meat, chicken wings with house-made sauce, tacos, enchiladas, burritos, fried chicken tenders salad and taco salad, and the “Best Smoked Salsa on the Planet.”

“We make it from scratch — fresh tomatoes smoked in our smoker. Fresh onions and fresh poblano peppers charred over a live grill. Then blended together with cilantro and served with fresh tortilla chips,” said Forbes Cross, owner.

Cross was a founder and partner in Michael Forbes Grill, which operated in Waldo from 1985 to 1999. He opened Michael Forbes in early 2012 at 128 W. 63rd St.


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Bradenton’s Birdrock Taco Shack on pandemic, new restaurant venture

The restaurant is open for outdoor and indoor dine-in as well as to-go, with its owner/chef set to open Cottonmouth Southern Soul Kitchen in October.

Jimmy Geurts
| Sarasota Herald-Tribune

When Florida dining rooms were closed in March to help contain the spread of COVID-19, Birdrock Taco Shack owner/chef Dave Shiplett said he was in a somewhat fortunate position, as a restaurant that already had a strong to-go system. And now that restaurants have reopened for dine-in, Shiplett is also readying a new spot to open in the same Village of the Arts neighborhood in Bradenton.

Birdrock Taco Shack, serving inventive versions of its titular dish, is open for dine-in both on its outdoor deck and at 50% capacity inside, along with offering takeout and delivery through third-party services. And within walking distance in the former location of Arts & Eats, Shiplett plans this October to open Cottonmouth Southern Soul

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