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Reyna’s Taqueria: Donates 200 Lunches to Sarasota Memorial Hospital

(Sarasota, Florida) - Chef Gino Calleja, executive chef and proprietor of Reyna’s Taqueria, donates 200 boxed homemade lunches to Sarasota Memorial Hospital staff on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. On the menu: Chicken Milanesa Sandwich with guacamole spread, lettuce, tomatoes, and chipotle mayonnaise with french fries or Habanero BBQ Pull Pork on a brioche bun with a green apple slaw and french fries.
Because of the large quantity provided, lunches were able to be distributed by Hospital management to several departments to enjoy including Neurology Unit, Pediatric Unit, Disease Specific Programs & Clinical Programs, PICC Team, Medical/Wound Care Unit, Medical Short Stay, Cardiac Cath Lab & Cardiovascular Services, Cardiac Acute Unit, Trauma ICU, Sarasota Memorial Infusion Center, Security, and SMH Greeters/Valet. 
Chef Calleja’s brother, who lives in New York, recently became ill with the Covid-19 virus and was hospitalized. “When he was in ICU, the staff at the hospital were so dedicated and working so hard to help all these patients, including my brother,” he says. “Instantly, I just wanted to cook for them and give them a beautiful homemade meal to show how grateful I was for their incredible dedication. But, since I couldn’t send the food to New York, I decided to do that for the hospital staff here in Sarasota. They are all on the frontline of this virus, and I just couldn’t be more thankful for all the healthcare professionals and the work they are doing,” he says. Chef Calleja is relieved as his brother was recently released from the hospital in New York.
Reyna’s Taqueria is a family owned and operated local, authentic Mexican restaurant by Chef Gino Calleja; his sister Leticia Calleja, Chef de Cuisine; and partner José Viera, Operations Manager in Sarasota. Reyna’s Taqueria is open Monday through Saturday for Curbside Pick-Up and delivery from 11am to 8pm, and temporarily closed on Sundays. Customers can order and pay online at or can call 941.260.8343 or 941.250.8388 and order and pay on the phone.
Chef Gino Calleja’s house-made, traditional Mexican recipes are stem from his mother, Reyna, the best chef he has ever known.
Reynas Taqueria is located at The Commons Shopping Center, 935 North Beneva Road, Suite 701, Sarasota, FL 34232, tel 941.260.8343.
Popular menu items include:
• Barbaocoa Sopes: Sopes are a unique Mexican item, a cousin of the tortilla, but are fried corn dough, hand-crafted into thick patties with raised edges, spread with refried black beans, filled with Guajillo Marinated Pork Shoulder, topped with lettuce, queso fresco, crema, avocado, and topped with salsa.
• Crispy Flash-Fried Cod Tacos are traditional Mexican tacos served warm avocado pico, onions, cilantro, red slaw, and topped with your choice house-made salsa.
• Steak Tortas, pressed sandwich with diced, marinated Rib Eye cooked with house seasonings, topped with Oaxaca cheese, onions, cilantro, avocado, and choice of salsa.

photo and article  by Lauren Jackson
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Visit Sarasota County's Newsletter "Must-Try Sarasota County Cheat Day Treats

• Thank you Visit Sarasota County for the recent highlight in your newsletter:

... "Authentic Mexican street tacos are always a hit, and Reyna’s Taqueria has the absolute best in town. Always consistent, and always filling, order one of everything for a truly spectacular cheat day experience." Read Full Article


Reyna's Taqueria featured in Edible Sarasota Magazine

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Where Food Means Family

By Lauren Jackson / Photography By Kathryn Brass-Piper | December 04, 2019

When you ask owner Gino Calleja about the success of his authentic Mexican restaurant, Reyna’s Taqueria, he seamlessly references his business partners and his mother as the true reasons the restaurant thrives. At Reyna’s, food is

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Chef Gino Calleja featured live on ABC 7's Suncoast View

Chef Gino Calleja appeared live on ABC 7's Suncoast View and prepared a Reyna's Taqueria favorite Chicken Tinga.

 Chicken Tinga Recipe 

2 lb chicken breast
2 cups Spanish onions sliced to ½ inch wide
1 lb ripe roma tomatoes sliced into ½ inch wide
2 oz canola oil
4 cloves garlic sliced thin each chipotle peppers roughly chopp
4 oz chicken stock (reserved)
2 bay leaves
1 tsp Mexican oregano
salt and pepper

In a medium size pot add about two quarts of water and bring to a boil, add the chicken breast, one clove of sliced garlic, half cup of sliced onions and the oregano, simmer for about 20-25 minutes while skimming the top and discarding as it cooks. Remove the chicken from the liquid (reserve about 4 oz. of the liquid) into a sheet pan to cool slightly enough to handle and pull to pieces and set aside. In a large sauté pan at medium heat add the canola oil and the bay leaves and cook for about four seconds then add the onions and the garlic stirring constantly to translucent, add the tomatoes and chipotle peppers and lower the heat for about five minutes; add the pulled chicken, chicken stock and season with salt and pepper. Cover the pan and let the chicken absorb all the flavors and tenderize a bit more about ten more minutes and adjust the seasoning if desired. This can be make into tacos, sopes or Molotes.

RECIPE: Chef Gino's Salsa Asada

80 Roma tomatoes
2 Spanish onions
1/2 cup Garlic
15 jalapeños
5 cups chopped cilantro
2 fresh limes juice
2 tbs. black pepper
5 Tbs. kosher salt
Place the tomatoes in a Comal and roast until dark and charred completely, remove from the fire, and set aside. Roast the jalapeños, onions, and garlic then combine with the tomatoes, let cool slightly. Add the cilantro and purée with the immersion blender leaving it chunky enough. Season with salt, pepper, and lime juice. Let it completely cool down and store in the refrigerator.


Reyna's Taqueria
Due to the current Covid-19 Crisis, we are adhering to the City of Sarasota's Mask Ordinance and kindly ask our patrons to do the same. We are taking all the necessary physical distancing, sanitary, and safety precautions. In addition to outdoor and limited indoor dining we also offer Curb-Side and/or Delivery - You can order and pay online.
Open:  Mon-Thu 11am-8pm, Fri-Sat 11am-9pm, Sunday Brunch 10am-3pm
Located Sarasota Commons, 935 N Beneva Rd, Suite 701, Sarasota, FL 34232
Tel 941.260.8343 / 941.260.8388 • •
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