Opened on May 13th in the middle of Miami’s shutdown, MiMo District has its newest gem: Uptown 66. Helmed by Chef Nuno Grullon (Cafe Roval), he and his team have immersed their attention to Mexican cuisine with stunning (and remarkably instant) results. While opening during one of the food & beverage industry’s most difficult times was a risk, being stamped with such high praise and neighborhood approval was well worth it.

MiMo and Upper Eastside has long-since been an area buzzing with culinary talent and beloved local eateries–from Blue Collar to Phuc Yea, Bar Meli and beyond. And this newest addition is doing a delicious job at filling a noticeable gap in easily-accessible Mexican eats. Uptown 66 is primarily a fast casual joint, boasting a beautifully mosaic-tiled pick up window on the corner of Biscayne Boulevard and–of course–66th ST. Being located right across from one of the neighborhood’s most popular green space, Legion Park, definitely helps in its quick acceptance as a MiMo gem.

Photos courtesy of Uptown 66

Residents and curious foodies are welcomed by a colorful menu of handmade tacos, burritos, and other Mexican favorites. The front of house is managed by Grullon’s business partner and industry veteran, Akira van Egmond who ensures the entire process is efficient and affordable–like a true neighborhood joint should be. Bring in the third partner, Guacho Ranch’s Pablo Liberato, to fill the flavorful menu with only the highest quality of sustainable meats.

In just a few short weeks, the Mexican eatery has already become a local favorite, running out of food nearly every day, and becoming the newest neighborhood sensation after the popularity of El Bagel’s recent opening. Uptown 66 is serving takeaway for now with dine-in outdoor seating coming up in the following months. If you’re craving a new, no-frills experience from high-caliber culinary minds, this new addition will definitely hit the stop–regardless of how price conscious the menu is.