By Josie Gulliksen
There’s no shortage of Mexican restaurants around Miami, but there’s always room for a few more, what with the newfound popularity of Taco Tuesday. The new ones around the city are in Coral Gables, Edgewater and even a new outpost of one of Miami’s most beloved Mexican fast casual spots at Hard Rock Stadium. There’s even a California favorite set to open in Wynwood in November. And though it’s not new, there’s a top taco spot in Doral that’s little known and well worth a drive which Karen will tell you about tomorrow in Part 2.
Set along the City Beautiful’s Miracle Mile, Plomo is all about the Taco Tuesday and Happy Hour too. On Tuesdays, all eight of their tacos are just $3 each which means you can choose from fillings including the traditional pork pastor, sliced skirt steak, beer battered shrimp and snapper. The small corn tortillas are generously filled with those and more and topped with cilantro, pico de gallo, caramelized onions, roasted cherry tomatoes and chipotle aioli. They even have a full vegetarian taco on the menu. If brunch is more your style, you can feast on a unique eggs benedict with chorizo, sope, hollandaise and caramelized onions. Pair that with their unlimited plomazo jalapeno tequila-based drink. The colorful interior, filled with Day of the Dead style décor is an homage to the Mexican celebration.
La Santa Taqueria, Wynwood
The Wynwood Garden Center may seem like the perfect spot to pick up plants and flowers and it certainly is, but it’s also a great place for tacos. That’s right, tucked in a corner of the Center is a small truck where Chef Omar Montero (formerly of Cantina La Veinte cafe and deli) is doling out homemade tortillas filled with all sorts of inventive combinations. The Mexico City native has a quinoa and sweet potato taco or the cauliflower al pastor for vegetarians, a delicately battered baja shrimp, a brisket taco and the popular elote side dish, a Mexican staple — corn with butter, mayonnaise, chili spice and cotija cheese. This is just a temporary home for La Santa but it’s quaint with patio tables and the lovely garden center as a back drop.
Coyo at Hard Rock Stadium
Come to Coyo Taco’s Wynwood location any time of the day and the line will be out the door or visit their larger Brickell location for indoor seating that looks out onto the area’s hustle and bustle. Now the Coyo name is part of the many dining options at Hard Rock Stadium. Debuting their menu prior to the Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes 2017-18 season, it features their grilled chicken, mushroom, carne asada (steak) and cochinita pibil (pork) plus their elote or corn on the cob Mexican style.
Taco Stand opening this month in Wynwood
The excitement continues to build for the arrival of this popular Mexican eatery from California opening in Wynwood. The owners who hail from Tijuana, started the family-owned taqueria inspired by the taco stands from their hometown as well as the Baja Peninsula. Co-owners Julian Hakim and Aram Baloyan chose bustling NW 25 St. in Wynwood where there are several breweries, as their chosen location. They even enlisted Cuban artist Rigo Leon to paint the interior’s mural. The initial menu will feature tacos, burritos and quesadillas and the most unique dish Mar y Tierra fries with grilled shrimp and steak, fries, guacamole, sour cream and cheese.