Taco Tuesday

Gastronomy Roundup

By Francesca Cruz 

Naaaaaah, why should Tuesday get all the glory? Tacos sound like a great idea any day of the week, particularly if these three Mexican restaurants make the lineup.

Restaurant:Bakan

2801 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Ambiance:The decor is so cool and eclectic you might very well confuse it for the hip new lounge in Wynwood. Chef Oscar del Rivero’s inspiration is to take patrons of the establishment through a visual journey of the country. 

Mouthwatering Must Haves: Start with the guacamole, and the ceviche Bakan (it does have habanero pepper so prepare for the heat), follow up with the Enchiladas Rojas de Pollo (chicken enchiladas with chipotle sauce) and make sure to accompany all of that with a Mango Petacon (mezcal, triple sec, mango puree, mint, brown sugar and lime juice). 

Why it Makes the Cut:Aside from offering traditional Mexican cuisine, the bar is stocked with over 500 mezcals and tequilas.Must we say more?

Restaurant:Diez y Seis

1901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Ambiance:The vibe is very much “chic-upscale-taqueria.” There’s indoor dining, but the best spot is the outside patio area with views of the pool.

Mouthwatering Must Haves:So many favorites to include, let’s start with the Queso Fundido de Hongos (melted cheese and mushrooms), followed by the tuna tostadas, the Lobster Aguachile with pickled coconut, and the chicken tamales with salsa roja and queso fresco.

Why it Makes the Cut:The culinary talent behind Leynia and formerly of Katsuya, Chef Jose Icardi now brings to the Shore Club his love of Mexican fare with a bit of a Cuban—and even Peruvian—twist. You won’t want to miss the Sunday Brunch a la Mexicana, a buffet-style brunch priced at $35 for adults and $20 for children. 

Restaurant: Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar

1313 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Ambiance:As soon as you walk through the door you’ll feel as if you’ve walked into the world of Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada (renowned for using calaveras, or skulls, in his artwork). The setting is colorful, festive and tropical—think Riviera Maya.  

Mouthwatering Must Haves: But of course you have to ask for their famous guacamole prepared tableside, you might order two, that’s how delicious the guac is. Then follow suit with the Wet Burrito Con Rojo (choice of chicken, beef or pulled pork filled with black beans, yellow rice and cotija cheese), or the Enchiladas Rojas (pulled pork with smoky guajillo chile sauce), and you can’t forget to order a famed Rocco’s margarita.

Why it Makes the Cut:It’s a staple of Fort Lauderdale and the go-to spot for authentic Mexican food in a first-rate setting. With over 400 varieties of tequilas to choose from and cocktails that are Instagram-worthy, Rocco’s is a must. 



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