The Best Damn Tacos in Miami
We firmly believe every night should be taco night. Fortunately, Miami is a hotbed for inventive Mexican (and Mexican-inspired) eats. Here, our surefire list of the city’s tortilla-wrapped finest.
Blink and you might miss La Pollita, which operates out of a charming little food truck in a Design District parking lot. You won’t find any frills, but you will find the freshest, most exquisite chicken tinga tacos stuffed with chorizo, chipotle sauce and avocado.
160 NE 41st St., Miami; lapollitaeats.com
Ready for the juiciest lechon (pulled pork) taco you’ve ever experienced? It comes topped with spicy mayo, queso and cilantro. Yep, you might want to sit down for this one.
2634 NE Second Ave., Miami; 786-442-8363 or caja-caliente.com
Bodega Taqueria Y Tequila
The menu has a million choices, so we’re here to help you out: Try the grilled mahi tacos with charred pineapple slaw and chipotle-cotija dressing. And don’t forget to visit the secret tequila bar in back.
1220 16th St., Miami Beach; 305-704-2145 or bodegasouthbeach.com
This South Beach and North Beach taqueria is known for churning out upscale Mexican street food on gluten-free blue masa tortillas. We’re partial to the squash blossom—fried and pressed with cotija cheese and refried beans.
1506 Collins Ave., South Beach, or 7450 Ocean Terrace, North Beach; 305-748-6099 or taquizatacos.com
This sit-down joint has more than just tacos on the menu, but it’s the chargrilled steak tacos—served in petite shot glasses—that haunt our dreams.
701 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 786-347-5368 or tacology.us
Fact: Everything tastes better with your best friends. That’s why we can’t get enough of the DIY al pastor platter here, stocked with one pound of pork, shrimp or cauliflower, a dozen tortillas and large scoops of avocado and crema.
1624 79th Street. Causeway, North Bay Village; 833-222-8226 or 222ta.co
It’s pretty hard to improve upon classic tacos, but the fusion-y ingredient combos (like pork, roasted pineapple and tangy onions) seal the deal. Blood orange margaritas help, too.
2300 NW Second Ave., Wynwood, 305-573-8228, or 1111 SW First Ave., Brickell, 786-773-3337; coyo-taco.com
Tacos & Tattoos
These amazing churrasco tacos are great on their own, but they’re even better with a side of fried cheese.
10720 SW 113th Place., Kendall; 786-233-4721 or tacosandtattoos.com
The Taco Stand
SoCal’s Taco Stand chose Wynwood for its first-ever East Coast location, and our lives will never be the same. We’ll take a plate of toothsome pollo asado tacos any day of the week, especially when they’re layered with extra guacamole and salsa.
313 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-580-4948 or letstaco.com