“Without tacos,” asks the Blue Water Taco Co. website, “what would be the point?”
Mexican street food is seldom granted existential importance, but Mike Flannery sees things differently. He grew up eating tacos, and his passion for them increased during the time he lived in Southern California. After operating as a catering company and taco stand for several years, he opened Blue Water Taco Co. in Jupiter last summer.
“Everything is made from scratch,” says Flannery. “We come in each morning, cut the meat and fish for that day, and make all our sauces and salsas. We also cook everything to order—our kitchen is open, and you can watch your food being prepared.”
Flannery notes that these aren’t traditional Mexican tacos, rather a blend of different styles. His pickiness about ingredients is evident in the beer-battered grouper taco (“We don’t use any farm-raised, bottom-feeding fish”) and the popular fried avocado taco (“Too often, vegetarians are underserved in restaurants”). He carries 15 different craft beers and makes a traditional Michelada, as well as sangria on weekends.
At Blue Water Taco Co., charity is considered a duty. Flannery is involved in local causes ranging from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to an off-season wrestling program at Jupiter High School. “You can’t just set up shop and extract from the community,” he says. “You have to give back.” 2525 Military Trail, Jupiter; 561.277.9954