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BEST MEXICAN FOOD IN MIAMI? ANYONE

SO I MOVED TO MIAMI ABOUT A YEAR AGO AND I CAN NOT FIND ANY GOOD MEXICAN RESTAURANTS OUT HERE. MAYBE IM SPOILED BECAUSE I MOVED FROM CHICAGO AND POINT BLANK THE FOOD IS GREAT OUT THERE. WE HAVE THE SLAUGHTER HOUSES IN THE MIDWEST SO THE MEAT IS FRESHER BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THE TORTILLAS. ALL THE TORTILLAS I FIND OUT HERE IN MIAMI CRUMBLE AWAY SO EASY. IN CHICAGO WE HAVE EL MILAGRO AND DEL REYS TORTILLAS FOR EXAMPLE ALWAYS MADE FRESH. SO I GUESS THE QUESTION REALLY IS DOES ANY ONE KNOW OF ANY TORTILLA FACTORIES OUT IN MIAMI. IM IN THE BRICKELL AREA NOW AND HAVE NOT FOUND ANYTHING ANY WHERE EXCEPT FOR CUBAN FOOD LOL. IM NEW TO THIS SITE SO HOPEFULLY SOME OF YOU GUYS CAN HELP ME OUT CUZ IM TIRED OF WAITING FOR FRIENDS TO FLY DOWN AND MAKING THEM SMUGGLE TORTILLAS FOR ME FROM CHICAGO.

THANK YOU AGAIN

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  1. Dude, first off drop the caps. It's tougher to read and kind of annoying.

    I'm from L.A. and my advice is this. You're not living where you're from. Miami is a different animal and you're not necessarily going to find what you're used to from wherever you're from (whether it be Chicago, NY, LA, wherever). That said, focus on what you do have that's typical to Miami and learn to enjoy it. Fresh tortillas isn't one of those things unless you trek down to Homestead (the agricultural area south of Miami proper) and find a tortilla maker (of which the only one I've found was disappointing). So drop Mexican food from your repetoire and replace it with Argentine, Peruvian, Jamaican, etc. You'll be much happier.

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    1. re: lax2mia

      That or just check out the numerous Nicaraguan tortillerias (tortilla factories) that churn out corn tortillas (I haven't seen many flour tortillas in Miami) along Flagler near downtown. They probably would make them fresh, but I don't know if they make it fresh throughout the day.

    2. Have you tried Rosa Mexicano at Mary Brickell Village? I've found the menu more original and the quality of food better than at other Mexican restaurants I've been to in Miami.

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      1. re: copydoc

        That's where we ended up going. Rosa Mexicano disappointed me though. It's just a Mexican version of the Cheesecake Factory. I've had better experiences at other Mexican places in Miami, and for a better price of course. The cochinita pibil and the chicken (for the tacos al asador) were both dried, but the ingredients used were good quality ingredients. The tres leches for dessert looked amazing, but it wasn't as moist as it should have been. The guacamole is good though.

        1. re: mialebven

          You're kidding me, right? A Mexican version of Cheescake Factory? Would Cheescake Factory have goat meat on their menu? Would they make their tortillas in house? Given the dearth of Mexican in Miami there aren't many places that are better. If so, I'd like to know, but I severely doubt it's true.

          1. re: lax2mia

            I've heard several people be about as derisive of Rosa Mexicana as mialebven. I'm not one of them, as the meal I had the time I went was mostly on the outstanding side. Dolled up for mass consumption? maybe, but far less than most other chains.

            1. re: lax2mia

              I still stand by my description. The Cheesecake Factory makes their own bread. So why can't be Rosa Mexicano be the Mexican version of the Cheesecake Factory - they make tortillas on site - a big "whooo" there.

              Seriously - I've tasted it - the meats I've had were dried. To be fair, the cochinita pibil I've had was on the taco (the appetizer version, not the entree version). Maybe the entree's version is much more tender, I honestly don't know. The refried black beans were delicious. The rice with cilantro was a nice touch, but I wasn't that crazy about it (but I didn't hesitate mixing it with the beans). And as for the neat looking dessert, the tres leches was still dried (although I'll admit that the passion fruit addition was a nice touch). Gourmet, yes, but best Mexican in Miami? Far from it.

              I've heard better reviews (which no one in Chowhound seems to have commented so far) from Don Burrito in Kendall, but I am sure that restaurant is more Tex-Mex than Mexican (a different class, and definitely not gourmet).

              And as far as goat meat, I didn't order that, but I'll try that next time if you really think it is all that. Of course though, many restaurants in Miami serves goat meat, and since Rosa Mexicano is still "Mexican," I would not be surprised if they served it. Maybe you're saying that a typical person going to the Cheese Factory would be grossed out by it, simply because it sounds foreign, but that doesn't work with me, (and I'm assuming it wouldn't also work with the Miami clientele that has long gotten used to oxtail, goat, and so forth).

              Like I've said, the quality of the ingredients for the food there is good, and I would say that yes, generally speaking, it's a pretty authentic Mexican experience. But I still didn't like the food, for the mentioned reasons I've stated above. Just because it is pretty authentic does not mean that it would get a good review in my book. Probably the chef could be better but is instead trained in preparing food for the masses (think about it, I've never had a fancy dish of flautas (appetizer dish) brought out in less than 2 minutes, all prepared - how would this be possible? It was mass-produced, duh!) Therefore, despite the authentic menu, and good quality ingredients, the fresh cooking itself done by the chef was obviously an afterthought.

              1. re: mialebven

                Rosa Mexicano also serves their "pomagranate margaritas" from a slushy machine... 'nuff said!

          1. I concur: WHY ARE YOU SCREAMING AT US?

            All caps is considered extremely rude on the internet. if you are having trouble reading your own writing, use your operating system's options to adjust the FONT SIZE and stop screaming at the rest of us.

            Meanwhile, I have no idea what you asked (I'm not reading it, it's too annoying to read), but gleaning from the others' responses you want fresh tortillas.

            There are a number of places to get them:

            Nicaraguan style (thicker -- very tasty): the best are in small building at the corner of 17th Avenue and SW 1st Street -- close to Yambo.

            Other places include: 1/2 block south of Calle Ocho on 18th Avenue

            SW 12th Avenue about 2 or 3 blocks north of Flagler (look for the tortillera sign on the east side of the street).

            For mexican style:

            Dixie Highway (in Fort Lauderdale) Just North of Oakland park boulevard is a mexican style tortilla factory -- you can buy in small or large quantity here.

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