If you’re a Miami foodie, you’ve probably heard of Chef Omar by now. His food trucks have been a staple in the Miami nightlife – posted outside of Proyecto Tulum, the Wharf-Miami, and the Midtown Garden Center to name a few. After building a loyal follower base and refining his food to perfection, Chef Omar decided on a more permanent spot. La Santa Taqueria restaurant has just opened in Little River but is already circulating all the buzz. And let us assure you that it lives up to the hype!
Led by Chef Omar along with Sous-Chef Argentina, La Santa Taqueria offers a broad range of tacos, flavors, and taste. “Chef Omar is very particular about the taste. He holds his standards very high and really wanted to maintain the traditional Mexican flavors combined with a modern presentation of the plates.” Explains Sous-Chef Argentina as she walks us through the unique presentation of each plate. “It is very rare that you find such a unique elegance when serving such a dish.” But no matter how high end the presentation seems, La Santa Taqueria has not lost its authentic flavors that made it a street-food staple.
The menu ranges in options from the traditional Mexican Al Pastor tacos to the Baja Shrimp, Octopus, and a couple of vegan options. Some small sides include the elotes and guacamoles with home-made salsa verde. Don’t miss the soft drinks such as the traditional Horchata and Jamaica. Looking for a quick escape? Join them at the full bar which covers the front part of the restaurant and is thoughtfully decorated with Mexican art. If you’re lucky enough to go on Thursday evenings for Ladies Night, catch the $1.00 margaritas!
Writer’s recommendations include the Al Pastor, De Villamelon (best seller) and the Cauliflower or Quinoa tacos if Vegan. Our favorite part about our dining experience? How warm, welcoming, and attentive the staff is with every customer even during this time of tension due to COVID-19 concerns. Every corner of the restaurant is kept clean and wiped down between each customer. In order to keep everyone safe there is only the outdoor seating option. If you plan to go with a bigger party we strongly recommend to call ahead of time and make reservations.
Chef Omar has really given the Miami scene a much-needed breath of fresh air and inspiration. The Miami community is certainly not immune to the negative impacts of COVID-19. As such, it brings us hope and encouragement to see a loved, minority-owned business thrive during these times. It gives our community a sense of strength similar to “Las Adelitas” mural which tastefully covers a wall of the restaurant. Las Adelitas de Aztlán was a Mexican American female civil rights organization. Las Adelitas, a group of Chicana women, gathered to organize stronger positions regarding women’s roles and fought against gender discrimination, inadequate educational opportunities, and racism.
Chef Omar’s vision for his work and his business serves to inspire his community. By taking part in his dining experience we are all celebrating years of hard work and aspects of what makes our Latin culture so special.
La Santa Taqueria
201 NE 82nd Street
Miami, Florida 33138
(305) 906- 1149
La Santa Taqueria is open Tuesday – Sunday from noon to 10PM. Don’t have time to make it in person? La Santa Taqueria welcomes you to order directly with them for carry out, or delivery through UberEats, Postmates, and Square until you can join them in person for a full dining experience. Don’t forget that small businesses thrive on our support, especially during these times. Here at Culture Crusaders, we want to see all minority-owned businesses excel. Please share your experiences with us for a chance to be featured! Don’t forget to tag @culturecrusaders and @lasantamiami.
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