By Nicole Schubert | August 28, 2018 | Food & Drink
Sip on a succulent margarita and pass the guacamole, as we unroll the magic city’s top destinations for all things tacos. Between hand pressed tortillas made to order and twists on authentic ingredients, there’s endless flavor to enjoy. With this new unwavering commitment to the taco craft, we’re rounding up the best of the best, as Miami righteously takes the crown for the ultimate taco town.
Tacos and disco tracks. Coyo Taco, a Mexican street food hub nestled on the swanky streets of Wynwood, is a caliente eat-in taqueria that’s spinning out tunes by Diplo, hand pressing tortillas, and smashing guacamole fresh made to order. Helmed by taco extraordinaire, Scott Linquist, who first refined his craft of the taco as National Corporate Chef of Dos Caminos in New York, Coyo Taco is a fan favorite to celebrities, athletes, influencers, and locals. And between their crispy duck tacos—confit style—topped with serrano salsa and their alambre made with seared Angus steak, smoked bacon, and chicharron de queso, this authentic eatery is tempting taste buds, seducing palates, and wrapping lines around the block. 2300 NW 2nd Ave.
Tucked off the waters of Miami’s downtown FiDi district, this chic contemporary eating house is ideal for those looking for contemporary Mexican cuisine. Lead by Executive Chef, Santiago Gomez, whose love for cooking was born out of local Mexican seafood shop while observing chefs at work, Cantina La Veinte brings a traditional take on the old country with a playful modern twist. His passion for heritage gleams through his dishes which reflect Mexico’s agriculture and staple ingredients like the tacos de langosta, queso fundido, and the cochinita pibil. 495 Brickell Ave.
The science of tacos. One that takes great flavor and a pinch of pizazz. And at this Brickell City Centre hangout spot, coined Tacology, Chef Santiago Gomez has the scientific method down pat. With “Mercado style dining,” eaters can visit various stations, from a ceviche bar to a dessert stand offering hamachi ceviche and Mexican hot chocolate. But where their true artisan craft lies is in the tacos crafted with in-house, homemade corn tortillas. We recommend ordering—via an on table iPad—the shrimp tacos crusted in quinoa and topped with agave-chipotle, avocado and cilantro or the chicken pastor tacos made with roasted chicken and sprinkled with marinated chile guajillo, white onions, cilantro, and pineapple. 701 S Miami Ave., Ste. 423
A deco drive stomping ground that’s as old as Miami Vice itself. Shore Club South Beach, a Miami Beach icon, recently underwent a large-scale makeover redressing itself with a serene infinity pool and a gastronomic haven, sitting right outside the barricades of Skybar. A second win on Chef Jose Icardi’s culinary hit list, Diez Y Seis is the epicenter of posh and spice. And with an environment that lends homage to the festive atmosphere of Mexico, diners can sip on specialty drinks from custom tequila & mezcal carts, while they nibble on fresh, made to order tacos. We suggest the Cuban taco served on a black bean tortilla piled with roasted mojo pork and shaved chicharron or the mushroom taco set on a cilantro tortilla with a dash of truffle crema and black bean puree. 1901 Collins Ave
A taco stop and shop that’s seen the likes of Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and received accolades by the Food Network in their 2017 “Chefs’ Picks: Miami Tacos.” Taquiza, located in North Beach, is a taco emporium that’s serving up Magic City diners with house-made gluten-free tortillas and totopos using blue masa, hand–ground daily. And with a menu featuring 12 differing tacos including the barbacoa taco and chorizo taco, expect to absorb the essence of Mexico City flavor with each and every bite. 7450 Ocean Terrace
A boutique food truck eatery making its home in the Design District, La Pollita is the epitome of authentic Mexican street fare. Dishing out cheap eats daily made on fresh corn tortillas, this dash and dine taco house is a go-to hot spot that’s feeding hungry eaters with tacos and more tacos. Between chicken tinga tacos, cooked with chorizo, chipotle, avocado and carne asada tacos whipped up with roasted tomato salsa and charred scallions, these New York City chefs are pulling out all the stops and leaving nothing behind. So if you’re looking for passion and fervor all wrapped up in a corn tortilla, we suggest heading to La Pollita for taco Tuesday, every Tuesday. 160 NE 41st St.
A Tex-Mex taco joint that was born out of a 1982 abandoned barbeque dive-in in Austin, Texas. Chuy's, a national domain that’s reminiscent of recipes hailing from New Mexico, Mexican border towns, and the Rio Grande Valley, is now showing Miami locals what Tex-Mex is all about. Featuring a menu with an explosion of flavor, those willing to lure their taste buds into the ultimate flavor town should dig into the tacos al carbon or Baja tacos, both served on hand-rolled tortillas made fresh daily. And if you’re in the mood to indulge, top with Chuy’s green chile sauce, a recipe founders Mike Young and John Zapp “borrowed” from a hole-in-the-wall eatery in Española, New Mexico. 7705 W. Flagler St.