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BEST MEXICAN FOOD IN MIAMI? ANYONE

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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.

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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!

        2. Existing "Best Mexican in Miami" thread ->
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/132673

          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.

            1. Try Taquerias Mexicana it's on 8th Street and SW 5th Avenue. I thought it was very good.

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              1. re: miamisweet

                It's not that good after you compare it to Mi Rinconcito Mexicano at Calle Ocho and 20th Avenue (just east of 20th Avenue on the north side of the street)-- which has truly GOOD food (try the shrimp ceviche tostada that's only available on the weekends...)

                1. re: karmalaw

                  Or even farther west, Los Jarritos. Generally, it seems, the farther west you go from ground zero (downtown), the better. But I'll give Taqueria Mexicano another try soon. My initial impression was that it's just like a typical taqueria you might stumble into by chance out in the West (not the best, not the worst).

                  1. re: mialebven

                    Actually, I just realized I need to correct myself. I did see a lot of Mexicans go to Fonda El Rodeo in downtown Miami and they supposedly have good night hours. I plan on checking that out soon as well. Oy!

                    1. re: mialebven

                      I ran into the Orale! guys yesterday (Saturday), and their tacos are still incredible-they were at the Citgo on NW 27th Ave just south of 17th St.

                      And I think the argument about Rosa Mexicano (which I hesitate to revive) is one that should encompass Olive Garden, too. They have Chianti-Braised Short Ribs. Sounds like pretty authentic Italiano to me. And they bake their own breadsticks...

                      1. re: Miami Danny

                        I think PF Changs is a better description for Rosa Mexicano than the earlier Cheescake Factory comparison.

                    2. re: karmalaw

                      gotta put in another plug for Mi Rinconcito Mexicano! good stuff

                  2. As a native Chicagoan myself, I can tell you with all certainty, that there is nothing in Miami which even remotely compares to the quality of Mexican food available in Buck Town, or anywhere west of the Loop, but there are a couple of respectable places in homestead. There is a larger concentration of Mexican locales down south than there are in Miami. There are a number of taquerias located just off US1 which can be described as dives to say the least, but the food is usually pretty authentic. Neither the patrons or staff usually speak English, which in my opinion is the hallmark of a good Mexican joint. I can’t, regrettably, remember the name of the places I’ve been to, but it is worth the excursion. Much like any good local haunt in Chicago, they can best be described as the place over down by there!

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                    1. re: Hamlette

                      I find Mi Rinconcito Mexicano better than the mexican places on Krome Ave in downtown Homestead. For tacos in or near Homestead I like the taco loco truck.. and the Bargain Town flea market.

                      Los Tres Hermanos also has pretty decent mexican food (NW 20th Street at about NW 11 Avenue).

                      1. re: karmalaw

                        Did the location at NW 20th St at about NW 11th Avenue change names? I thought it was Los Tres Amigos.... I haven't gone recently, obviously.

                        1. re: mialebven

                          could be Amigos.. I haven't been in awhile and maybe I mixed up brothers with friends.. hahah. I'm weird that way.

                          1. re: karmalaw

                            Yes, its Los Tres Amigos.
                            Its kinda a run-down, hole in the wall place. But the food is decent and (disclaimer: not an expert here!) seems like its authentic and homemade.

                    2. Head south to Homestead......There are a handful of places there that are at least pretty decent and a couple that are quite good.....depending on what you like.....On Krome Avenue there's El Toro Taco and Casita Tejas.....Both decent....neither spectacular.....but good.....Folks LOVE El Toro because you can take a cooler full of whatever drinks you want and have a loud, rowdy time.....The food is rather bland by my taste but average good and occasionally better.....Casita Tejas also falls in the same category and it's 1 block north on Krome.....My two favorites are NicaMex which is off Krome Avenue and I find it to have the most authentic in Homestead.....I also happen to like Rosita's in Florida City.....and that's just to the south of Homestead.....Their menu is a little different and both NicaMex and Rosita's are frequented by the local Mexican and latin populus......

                      Opinions vary....and everyone has their favorites.....But the Mexican food in Homestead is a good start.....

                      Emac

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                      1. re: LargeLife

                        Mi Rinconcito is actually better than any of the "main strip" (Krome Avenue downtown) mexican in Homestead... after it opened, I don't bother to drive to Homestead just for mexican food any longer. If I'm there, I seek out of the out of the way places -- the the Taco Loco truck being 1st on my list.

                        1. re: karmalaw

                          I live in Brickell, and have been to Rinconcito and Tacquerias several times. Both are good, but Rinconcito's ingredients are fresher in my opinion. Rinconcito is the most authentic Mexican food I have eaten in SFL.

                          1. re: karmalaw

                            Homestead's Mexican food is often an exception to my own rule about authenticity. I do not care for it. If compared to dozens of places in southwestern and western cities, our Mexican just falls short. I have yet to try Mi Rinconcito though.

                        2. Tried the Orale truck today and the tacos were fresh and delicious!