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Ver Daddy's Taco Shop - Biscayne Blvd MIA

lax2mia Feb 25, 2007 02:25 PM

Blech! I've been waiting for this place on Biscayne and around 70th to open for a while after noting that Taco Max (a little further north) wasn't doing so hot. I saw that it finally closed and at around the same time Ver Daddy's opened. How much do I miss Taco Max? Yesterday I had a potato taco at Ver Daddy's that was literally french fries on a tortilla. Not potatoes and rajas, not potatoes and chorizo, french fries. It was vile. My S.O. had a chile verde pork taco and the pork was still tough and undercooked. The tostadas were served on fried flour tortillas with the greyest, most unappetizing looking refried beans I'd ever seen. And as for the tortillas, there is no corn to be found. Everything comes on a flour tortilla: the tacos, the tostadas, even tortilla chips are fried flour ones that are disgustingly greasy and heavy.

I've given this place two chances and am writing it off. It has no saving grace. The dining room is messy and unkept, the service is apathetic (even though it's just a counter) and the food I've already talked about. Anyone else given this place a try?

  1. lax2mia Feb 21, 2010 05:07 PM

    Lights are out, stools and chairs were stacked on tables. Big for lease sign out front. Anyone know what happened?

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      going nowhere Sep 21, 2009 08:41 AM

      During 2008 and the first half of 2009, this place really had it together. The beans were great, the chicken quite tasty, wonderful guac, and quirky but passable service for a $10 meal. I went there frequently enough to be known by name and recommended it often to friends. I'm quite sad to report that my two most recent visits will be my last (unless someone updates this thread indicating drastic improvement). I went twice just to confirm they weren't having an off day.

      The food was so terribly salty it was inedible. The bean recipe has clearly changed for the worse. (If you didn't like it before, I can only imagine what your scathing comments would say now.) The chicken was so salty it was floating in a sea of green brine. I don't know how this place can survive if they continue to cook this food. I love tacos, and I was a huge fan of this place. I have now lost my close-to-home, local taco establishment.

      David, If you're reading this, you need to rebound and quickly. The food is just terrible now.

      1. Frodnesor Jan 28, 2009 08:44 PM

        Several cliches come to mind: "Everyone deserves a second chance". "It takes a big man to admit he might be wrong." After a near 2-year personal embargo following some truly dreadful experiences at Ver Daddy's (see above), I decided to give it another shot. I figured if they'd managed to survive this long, they must have resolved some of their issues. And ...

        I'm happy to say I had a perfectly pleasant meal from there tonight. There were a couple people working registers and a few more back in the kitchen, and everyone seemed to actually know what they were doing. I got my order in less than 10 minutes, and received exactly what I ordered. And the food was actually decent, some items even quite good.

        The fish tacos were the biggest hit, a few strips of battered and fried fish, plopped over a bed of a cilantro-flecked shredded cabbage slaw with a big scoop of guacamole, for some DIY tacos (flour tortillas wrapped up separately). Even better when spiked with some pickled jalapenos and carrots, and drizzled with some salsa verde. The refried beans and rice were just fine, too. I didn't like as much a "guaco taco," a flour tortilla stuffed with (not enough) guacamole and shredded chicken, but it wasn't actively bad, just not really my thing.

        So there, I said it - at least based on my most recent experience, Ver Daddy's seems to be much improved from my first, comically bad visits. And I'm glad for it, and glad I gave it another chance. My embargo is lifted.

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        1. re: Frodnesor
          advisor_Girl Jan 29, 2009 04:22 AM

          Fro>

          So pleased!

          Awaiting embargo lift from L2M and his report on Chismosa on Lincoln...

          http://www.chismosatacos.com/

          We are still happily driving to Chapultepec on HBB for breakfast weekends. Does Ver Daddy do breakfast? We probably can't resist the chismosas at Jimmy's "Gay Pancakes"... but perhaps.

          AG

          1. re: advisor_Girl
            TURCO Jan 29, 2009 09:27 AM

            embargo lift?? LOL. I heard chismosa's is really good from a few friends though.

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              TURCO Jan 29, 2009 09:35 AM

              Actually just stopping in to Chismosa's now and the tacos are great. They use corn tortillas- a plus in my book, and the guacamole was fresh!

               
            2. re: Frodnesor
              freakerdude Jan 29, 2009 09:07 AM

              Pickled jalapenos and carrots....this is the first I have heard about them on this board. I got my first fix years ago from a taco truck back home and have been a big fan ever since. Unfortunately, the only way to get them is to make them at home which is very easy to do. Sliced carrots, jalapenos, and onions sauteed in oil then pickled in a vinegar/water/lime juice bath seasoned with whole peppercorns, cliantro, bay leaves, sugar and salt. Damn fine snackin....

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              dianaluvstalin Mar 11, 2008 06:59 PM

              Since when does refriend beans look appetizing... NEVER

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                gimmecarbs Mar 6, 2008 07:39 PM

                just a side note, i dont think refried beans ever look appetizing per se. they look goopy.. i think when it comes to refried beans its not about looks.

                1. Miami Danny Jun 26, 2007 08:32 AM

                  There's only one place in Miami to get REAL Oaxacan tacos...

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                    Frodnesor Jun 26, 2007 08:58 AM

                    ???? Suspense is killing me!

                    1. re: Frodnesor
                      taiga Mar 8, 2008 04:04 AM

                      Aside from some rather extraordinarily complex mole, splendid chocolate/cacao from Mayordomo and La Soledad, and crunchy chapulinas, the hype over Oaxacan cuisine is overdrawn for me. It's the stuff of Food Network specials and Rick Bayless experimentation, but despite loving Oaxaca, I tired of the food quickly. I agree with the idea that under any scrutiny, Cal-Mex, Tex-Mex, real Mexican, Miami-Dade is weak. (But where are those tacos Danny?)

                  2. netmover Mar 6, 2007 02:02 PM

                    Miami and Mexican do not, unfortunately, belong in the same sentence. With very few exceptions. Cheen Hueye & Burrito Grill are the only ones that come to mind. Even Rancho has been mediocre at best. LAX if your nickname stands for LA , CA you must be VERY dissappointed. Anyone with the 'cojones' who wants to try true Mexican cuisine must go to Dona Raquel's in Pompano. There is simply no substitute. Sorry Charlie, Miami Mexy ain't Mexy at all, it's just a masquerade dressed up in a bad tortilla!

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                    1. re: netmover
                      johnmlinn Mar 7, 2008 06:21 AM

                      I guess this is one area where us Broward folk have it much better than our Dade counterparts. There's no dearth of good Mexican places up this way. There's even a couple of taquerias operating out of mobile food carts at the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop that do very authentic, delicious tacos on the cheap. They're not as good as Dona, but they're damn close.

                      Also - I don't mind eating Tex-Mex or American-Mex if I know that's what I'm going to get. I don't necessarily need the 100% authentic thing every time... sometimes a cheesy-beany-savory sort of thing or the spicy-fried-bastard-child thing can be good too. It often bugs me that people who are chowish will sort of slowly start to distance themselves from anything not hand-crafted by fifth generation indigenous peoples of so-and-so, even if some of the other options taste good too. Taste good! That's what it's about, right? Anyway, off soapbox. Point is, there's a handful of good non-authentic Mex restaurants that I'll go to every so often as well -- if I'm in the mood for an artery-clogger. :-D

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                        mialebven Mar 7, 2008 08:11 AM

                        Oh please, there's enough Mexican restaurants in Miami-Dade. Too many for my preference actually, but I was never a big fan of that cuisine. Tex-Mex, however, needs to be picked up here, but with some reports coming from Kendall and with Rosa Mexicano, I think it's becoming a pretty acceptable scene in Dade.

                        But for top notch Mexican, I've been referring people to Eduardo de San Angel in Broward. As for taquerias, I don't believe any in Broward is worth the trip - there's plenty here especially in South Dade (for example, there's also more than 4 different taquerias in the flea market at Bargain Town, so that sounds like Dade's version of the Swap Shop) and in the western part of Little Havana.

                    2. lax2mia Mar 6, 2007 01:46 PM

                      All I have to say is that I had french fries in a tortilla and it was passed off as a taco. If that takes you back to your childhood, so be it. But for me, the place was awful and I believe that given the dearth of good Mexican places in Miami, locals may be fooled into thinking this is authentic Mexican and/or Texmex and/or Mission style. It's not. It's a mess.

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                        gdoodles Mar 6, 2007 01:01 PM

                        I have eaten at Ver-Daddy's on Biscayne and the food there takes me back home to my momma's kitchen. I LOVED it. The flavors were awesome and everything was very well seasoned. My experience with most of the food in Miami is that it is very bland and I was quite pleased to finally have a place that actually had flavor and spice. The food was fresh and from scratch. I thorally enjoyed the salsa choices and the Baha Tacos and tortilla soup.

                        Un-organized? Well yes they were still working things out. I was in there both the first week as well as the second. I talked to the owner who has a history and a name at the Executive level in the restaurant business. He had so many people asking when he was to open, that he decided to just open and get the food out there and work out the kinks as he went. He was a very professional and nice man and by talking to him you know he definitely knows what he is doing!!

                        While standing at the counter I noticed that he had already started to recognize people by name. These were people that had been coming back every day since he had opened. The day I was in a few members of the Miami Police Department were there and had nothing but good things to say as they left. So my feelings on this, is go try it for yourself and experience the flavors and give the guy a break. He just opened for crying out loud. You have to learn how to walk before you run and I have a feeling he will be running all the way to franchise within the year.

                        1. Frodnesor Feb 25, 2007 05:09 PM

                          Yes. The first time I went was during their first week of opening and it was so comically disorganized that I thought it had to be some sort of Candid Camera episode. There were maybe a half dozen people, at most, there to eat, and they simply could not get an order out right. There was apparently some sort of black hole in effect in the 10 yards between the counter and the kitchen which warped everything and either caused orders to disappear or becume permutated into something the customer hadn't asked for. Part of the problem is that virtually everything on the menu is called some variation of a "taco", even things that are not. For instance, I believe that basically there is a choice of meats, possibly with a couple sauce variations for each, which you can either get as "tacos", or as a "macho taco" (which sounds an awful lot like what most of the world would call a burrito), a "macho taco platter" (same stuff, just not stuffed into a tortilla), and rolled tacos. Unfortunately the staff had not come up with any agreed-upon terminology for describing the multiple variations of "taco," and so literally not a single order came out right during the half hour I waited for a take-out order. (yes, half hour - at least - for a take out order). They also had no extra menus, and ran out of change in the register. They cried uncle and shut down at 8pm because they recognized they didn't know what they were doing.

                          The food came out as some gawdawful sloppy mess of meat, beans, more beans (black beans and refried, I think), and chipotle cream, slapped on a tortilla. I actually liked their tortillas, they have a little bit of chew to them, and the taste of the chicken was actually not bad either. And yes, I miss Taco Max so much that we have actually given it a try again! This time a couple weeks later. Food was unimproved, and, of course, they forgot half the order. And there was an avocado stem in our guacamole (at least it was fresh!)

                          To be fair, the first night we were there the chef was quite apologetic and apparently slopped all the extra beans on my tacos in an effort to be generous (also gave me a couple of the mistaken orders that the kitchen had put out). He seemed like a nice guy and was really trying. Unfortunately they appear to have absolutely no clue of what they are doing, and the mediocre at best food hardly makes it worth having patience for them to sort it out.

                          We'll just stick with Rancho Grande.

                          Arturo from Taco Max, where are you??? When I was last in, he said he was looking for a place closer to the design district. I really think a better location would help dramatically. I live close to 79th & Biscayne and so am pretty accustomed to the neighborhood, but boy, it sure seems to get worse even just that one block north of 79th.

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