Two years ago, from a hidden kitchen at the Center of Anna Maria Island, EmpaCurious experimented with creating traditional Street Foods made in non-traditional ways.  Our baked, Argentina-Style Empanadas and Gluten-Free Brazilian Cheese Breads are hugely successful examples of that early work.

In January, we introduced Vegan versions of our Empanadas, basted with a vegan egg substitute. an stuffed with original healthy delights, like Mushroom  and Brown Rice Flamenco, Spinach and Kale Tango, and Black Bean & Corn Jalisco, and much more.

Last week, we kicked thins up to another level and decided to go back to our original healthy Tacos idea. We've since amped-it-up several notches with recent innovations  developed by an expanded team, including a new Vegan cook.

That said, next week we will be rolling-out a line of healthy Taco creations on the Market Side of EmpaCurious., beginning with coolness such as Jack Fruit Jalisco (Mexican spice palate, aromatics, secret sauce), Lentil & Quinoa, Chicken Bhangra, and Pork Tenderloin Soca with Sweet Plantains.  

Taco creations will are served  daily for Market-Side lunch and as Tapas for special and late-night events.

Stay tuned for more culinary innovation as we expand our offerings and rotate our menus!



EmpaCurious, located at 6559 Gateway Avenue, is currently open Tuesday through Saturday. The Grab & Go Market serves Quick-Serve meals and Grab & Go from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; The Bistro serves upscale-casual dining Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., and Friday -Saturday until 10 p.m. Live Music Dinner Shows are presented as #EmpaCuriousLive every Saturdays, rotating around Flamenco, Brazilian, Middle Eastern and Caribbean themes. A late night Cuban/Salsa Dance night takes place on the 4th Saturdays.

EmpaCurious can be reached by phoning 941-922-8300 or online at For Online Reservations, CLICK HERE

#TheEmpaCurious Team