Miami's been deprived of authentic taco joints long enough. Thanks to the recent openings of three new Mexican eateries on and near Lincoln Road in South Beach, locals no longer need to stray outside city limits or settle for sub-par fast food chains to appease their taco cravings.
From creative takes on traditional Mexican favorites to traditional dishes with a proven street cred, each taco spot brings something different to the table. Though, they each have one thing in common—a tasty menu of delicious gourmet Mexican grub.
So what’s one to do with so many choices to get their taco fix? Two words: Taco crawl. Check out all three new must-try spots for tacos on the beach:
1787 Purdy Ave., <a href="http://www.tacobelly.com/www.tacobelly.com/TACOBELLY_POP-UP_LUNCH.html" target="_blank">Tacobelly.com</a> As of last week, <a href="http://www.tacobelly.com/www.tacobelly.com/TACOBELLY_POP-UP_LUNCH.html" target="_blank">this pop-up taco joint</a> from the Pubbelly boys is setting up shop inside PB Steak for lunchtime Monday through Friday. Chef Jose Mendin is serving up traditional Mexican taco-stand flavors with his signature Pubbelly touch. Tacos are made with house-made corn tortillas and include Tacos de Calamar (fried calamari, tartar sauce, celery root, lemon), Tacos Bulgogi (Korean marinated steak, house kimchee, gochujang, avocado), or Tacos de Carnitas Michoacanas (braised suckling pig, apple and fennel slaw), among other options of tacos with a twist. Choose from a variety of small plates, including ceviche tacquitos (hamachi, Main lobster, or mahi-mahi) ,and fresh-pounded guacamole offered three ways--“gringo” with jalapenos, “Korean” with kimchi and pickled pineapple, or “machote” with smoked Serrano peppers. For those having trouble thinking outside the bun, the Mexican burger with guacamole, crema, and queso fondido is a solid choice. Make sure to pop by this pop-up before it’s gone; Taco Belly will fill yours through the summer only.
1211 Lincoln Road, <a href="http://huahuastaco.com/" target="_blank">huahuastaco.com</a> Chef Todd Erickson’s take on traditional Mexican fare at <a href="http://huahuastaco.com/" target="_blank">Huahua’s Taqueria </a> is as creative and flavorsome as it’s sister restaurant HaVen Gastro-Lounge. Head to this Lincoln Road spot for a fast and casual taco fix or a late-night bite on the weekends. The menu boasts a variety of classic dishes and tacos with Erickson’s innovative flare. The Fried Chicken Taco, which brings a whole new meaning to South of The Border with buttermilk fried chicken, ancho ranch, and jalapeno cornbread crumbles. For a veritable explosion of flavor, try the Carnitas, which features BBQ short rib, charred tomatillo salsa, radish, cilantro, cotija cheese, pickled jalapeño, sweet heat coleslaw. Additional menu highlights include Elote (a whole fire grilled corn cob slathered with spicy mayo), Mexican corn chili, and braised short rib enchiladas, with either Beef Red Chili, Pork Green Chili, or a zesty lemon sauce. Seal the deal with a cinnamon-sugared funnel cake and <em>paletas</em>—tequila ice pops that are surely not for the kids.
TeQuiztlan Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar
1884 Bay Road, <a href="http://www.tequiztlan.com/" target="_blank">Tequiztlan.com</a> Lincoln Road’s go-to-spot for Mexican grub formerly known as El Rancho Grande, has moved a few blocks down to the Sunset Harbor neighborhood and has rebranded itself with a whole new name and sleek look. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tequiztlan-Mexican-Restaurant-and-Tequila-Bar/269368313185407" target="_blank">TeQuiztlan,</a> which means “land of tequila,” is serving up some of the same dishes alongside new menu additions and bottles of tequila aplenty—a menu featuring 50 different kinds of tequila to be exact. Pair a spicy guava margarita with the Guacamole En La Mesa—house-made guacamole prepared tableside. On the taco front, tacos El Pastor (pork with pineapple), Carne Asada (grilled steak) tacos, and Tacos De Pesacado (beer batter fish topped with lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, and creamy chipotle sauce) are only a few of the varied taco selections on the menu. If you have a hard time choosing, go for La Taquiza (muchos tacos), which brings a pork carnitas, carne asada, al pastor, and a pollo asado taco. The menu also features a variety of traditional Mexican dishes some of which are made from family recipes, including enchiladas, flautas, chimichangas, chilaquiles, and tostadas, as well as tons of fresh seafood dishes. Top your meal off with churros or maybe even a tequilamesu—a tequila-infused version of a tiramisu.