When it comes to tacos, Miami offers everything you’d ever want—from flavors that allow you to savor authentic Mexican cooking to wildly creative recipes that will satisfy any gourmand. Hit up one of these spots for mouthwatering bites of everyone’s favorite food.
If it’s coming out of a souped-up Airstream truck, you know it’s bound to be good. This hip Mexican eatery serves up some of the best barbacoa (barbecue) tacos around, made with guajillo braised short rib, cotija cheese, charred onions, potato sticks, cilantro, and salsa rosada. The meat is marinated using traditional methods, but instead of chuck meat, it's boneless short rib, which gives this taco a more flavorful and moist taste. Finish off your meal with some homemade churros. 1220 16th St., Miami Beach, 305-704-2145
The brains behind Sakaya Kitchen and BlackBrick Chinese are at it again with their new venture, Centro Taco, inspired by New York’s hit La Esquina. Centrally located in the heart of downtown Miami, this ultra-hip taco spot is already known for its Cauliflower Tinga Taco. These vegan tacos, which are equally loved by meat lovers, are made with non-GMO Oaxaca white corn tortillas. The rich tomato sauce with caramelized cauliflower a la plancha and fresh raw squash flowers make the dish enjoyable without being heavy. And don’t forget to top it off with the Tinga Sauce made with omato, onion, garlic, chipotle chili, and Mexican oregano. 125 SE Third Ave., Miami, 305-371-2518
The welcoming vibe at this Las Olas taco and tequila bar is the reason customers keep coming back. It also doesn’t hurt that it offers Hongos tacos, which consist of marinated button mushrooms, manchego, cream, and garlic. All tacos are served on handmade corn tortillas with taco sauce, lettuce, pico de gallo, cilantro, and pickled red onions. Not just for vegetarians, the mushroom taco is a unique offering for anyone looking for a burst of flavor. And don’t miss those complimentary tequila shots, poured personally by owner Rocco Mangel. 1313 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-524-9550
Straight out of Mexico City, Wapo Taco! just recently opened its second U.S. location in Coral Gables to stellar reviews. Cousins Francisco and Luis Musi, whose family pioneered the method of charcoal-grilling tacos back in Mexico, are offering those hometown flavors through a diverse and savory menu at their Florida outposts. The most popular (and signature) taco is the Al Pastor. Available in pork or chicken, the meat is marinated for 24 hours in a mixture of dried chiles, spices, almonds, and achiote spice, then skillfully stacked and molded into a trompo (top) on a mammoth skewer held between a whole onion and pineapple. Every bite is full of flavor. 2526 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, 786-452-9634
Wynwood’s resident taqueria caters to a wide range of tastes, from those who want a simple taco to more adventurous eaters. Tacos filled with duck confit is just one option, or you can always rely on the more traditional flavors at this Mexican eatery with a street food vibe. The shop’s “everything made fresh” mantra extends to not only vegetables and meat, but also drinks like the agua fresca and margaritas. 2300 NW Second Ave., Wynwood, 305-573- 8228
If you’re taking a trip to Homestead, make sure La Cruzada Restaurant and Taqueria is on your itinerary. When you step foot into this Mexican home-style establishment, you feel like you’re no longer in Miami. This is where you come for good home cooking, especially the must-have carnitas tacos. Wash it down with a Michelada refrescante. 331 Park Pl., Homestead, 305-242-6240