Food & Drink

Everywhere in the 305 to celebrate not-Mexican independence

Published On 04/28/2013 Published On 04/28/2013
Margarita in Miami
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1. El Rancho Grande 314 72nd St, Miami Beach, FL 33141 (North Miami Beach)

If living in the Miami area in general isn't enough of an excuse to call in sick for work, we present the Rancho Grande Margarita, which'll be sure to knock you out just enough to stay home. Again. Some lessons are harder to learn than others. Although the old Lincoln Road location is no more, the Miami Beach one is going strong, serving up delicious 'ritas, chips & guac, and more.

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2. Gator Grill 192 36650 SW 192nd Ave, Homestead, FL 33034 (Homestead Redlands)

New York in the '70s wasn't the NY we know today, so it's hard to blame Sal DeVito for getting out of Dodge (Brooklyn in this case) and heading to Florida, where he caught his first gator -- a normal tourist activity, right? -- and never looked back. Some decades on, Sal opened Gator Grill 192 in Homestead conveniently near the Everglades Alligator Reserve. Now he's serving up his favorite reptile meat in a variety of ways, including in tacos, on sandwiches, or on kabobs.

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3. Tijuana Flats 1489 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (Fort Lauderdale)

With nearly 100 locations across five states, Tijuana Flats must be doing something right. They serve up Mexican favorites, from fish tacos and burritos to chips & salsa and enchiladas. They've also got a 15-sauce hot sauce bar. Man up and test your limits.

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4. Rosa Mexicano 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Miami's original outpost of the fancy Mexi-chain whips up gourmet guac tableside, along with some mean margaritas.

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5. Pancho Taco 2531 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

Out back at Wood Tavern, there's a little placed called Pancho Taco, where a bona fide genius had the idea to serve cheap street-style Mexican food ($2 tacos and cheese quesadillas) and tons of booze, all in an outdoor space meant to resemble a lucha libre wrestling ring. Although there's no wrestling actually allowed, don't be surprised to get in a fight or two for the last of the homemade tortilla tacos stuffed with marinated chicken.

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6. Salsa Fiesta 2929 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137 (Wynwood)

After spending 15 years introducing Caracas residents to the food of Mexico, this Venezuelan couple moved to Florida and opened Salsa Fiesta. With a menu that pulls from across Latin America, SF's got a whole range of tacos, burritos, tamales, tortas, and much more.

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7. Tijuana Taxi Company 4400 S University Dr, Davie, FL 33328 (Fort Lauderdale)

Mexican classics, like enchiladas, huge burritos, and fish tacos, all served by a pretty wait staff.

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8. El Vato Tequila & Taco Bar 1010 South Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130 (Brickell)

El Vato has an edgy feel in a warehouse-like space that features walls covered in graffiti from local artists, sinks made of spare tires, light bulbs in the shape of skulls, and a bright red 1964 Buick Riviera that is now a four-person booth. In this environment, the Vato folks are serving up fish tacos, flautas stuffed with chipotle aioli and about 60 varieties of tequila.