Taco-aholics Unite! Miami hasn’t always been the Taco Capital of Florida that we know and love today. Sure, we’ve always had our empanadas and other amazing latin food, but until recently, the taco boom was on snooze in our city. And that’s a shame because from one taco lover to another, I really don’t think there’s a more perfect food group. Tacos for breakfast, tacos for lunch, before a night out, after. Seriously, try and name a time when tacos are a bad idea, I’ll wait. Something magical happens when you find the perfect taco spot with just the right combo of soft, fresh from the grill, homemade tortillas, flavorful fish, meat, or veggie fillings with all the best toppings and sauces. If you’re just jumping on the taco train, welcome. Here are 7 of the best Miami Taquerias that will have you wishing it was Taco Tuesday everyday of the week.
Wynwood/ Coral Gables
This Cuban-Mexican taco stand brings some serious chill vibes to the neighborhood. Head toward the neon pink, flashing ‘tacos’ sign out front and step inside this exceptional little taco oasis. Come hungry or bring friends because their grilled and crispy flour tortillas are stuffed with pulled chicken, steak, tuna poke, lechon, vaca frita and pulpo will fill you up right. When you’re at their OG Wynwood location, grab a seat on their tiki hut-style outdoor patio and wash down your best meal of the day with some Jarritos or a 40 from the gas station across the street.
Photo: Caja Caliente
We all love a little taco twist, yet you can’t go wrong with Taco Chido’s authentic Mexican flavors. Set in the corner of Midtown, this once convenient store now serves up classic favorites like cochinita pibil, al pastor (with a serious serving of pineapple), chuleta, vegano and tostadas galore- go for the ceviche one and don’t skip the sauce. Also, If you’re a tortilla snob, these babies are 100% #tortillagoals.
Photo: Taco Chido
Too many things to love about this taco truck! For one, La Santa holds it down at two of the best drinking spots in Miami- The Wharf as well as Proyecto Tulum (Tacos + bevys = heaven). And two, these three bite, double tortilla, deliciously filled tacos don’t mess around when it comes to taste. Go for the Baja Shrimp, Carnitas and Coliflor al Pastor or let the chef surprise you with his faves. And if two locations of this wasn’t enough, They’re set to open a finer dining restaurant: La Santa Taqueria by Chef Omi around El Portal, this Fall.
Photo: MIAbites Food Blog
North Bay Village
NBV keeps getting cooler and having 222 in the 33141 is great for us all. Owner, Anna has been bringing the Cali-Mex Taco Love to Miami for a hot minute and this is her finest work to date. What to do next Tuesday? Have yourself a plate of $2 Tacos, hit the toppings bar, and wash them down with a Frozen Watermelon Agua Fresca con tequila y bailando to another solid DJ until the early Wednesday hours.
A big thank you to the taco gods for the Mexican Invasion currently happening in Little Havana. El Santo pays homage to the infamous luchador- El Santo and goes hard in the housemade salsa department. Don’t leave without inhaling some short rib tacos and al pastor gringas and be sure to come back soon for the expanded restaurant/late night club space that may make you say Coyo who?
Photo: El Santo
So you’re a vegan or even vegan-curious? This spot does a good job of easing meat eaters into their menu. Similar to their sister restaurant in Tulum, the vibe here is colorful, upbeat and great for a working lunch or casual dinner. Definitely try the Carne Asada (with seitan) and the Rajas Poblanos Tacos.
We’d be lying if we said our noses didn’t lead us over to Tacomiendo mid-houseplant shopping at The Midtown Garden Center. This pretty new and pretty charming taco truck fills La Santa’s old stomping grounds and has all the taco staples we need morning, noon, and night. Veg it up with the mushroom, squash, and avocado and save room for the hand smashed guac (ask for it extra spicy).
Cover photo: Charly’s Vegan Tacos
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