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Jul 8, 2013 10:03 AM

Hottest Taco Joint in Miami

Hello Miami hounds!
I am from Toronto and am helping curate a large Canada vs USA taco throwdown in October as part of a Food Network sponsored event. I would like to know what are the top/ hottest taco joints in Miami to reach out to for this job. Looking forward to tasting their goods!

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  1. Two new spots that I haven't tried yet, HuaHua's and Taco Belly (lunch only)

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      1. re: tpigeon

        To the OP. You really need to add Chicago, Austin and San Diego to your list of people...

        1. re: tpigeon

          Chicago I already have our picks.
          I will check out Austin and San Diego so thank you.

        2. re: tpigeon

          Same. Their michelada was the best I've ever had.

          Also to the OP: Miami isn't known for tacos.

        3. re: The Chowfather

          I enjoyed my tacos at HuaHua.

          A HUGE disappointment was Tequiztlan....people rave about it and I found the tacos and chips/salsa to be very mediocre.

        4. I have not been but I hear Viva Mexico is the best in town...

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            1. re: The Chowfather

              542 SW 12th Ave
              Miami, FL 33130

              You may have been there before as I think they used to be called Con Sabor a Mexico.

              1. re: tpigeon

                If it's Con Sabor a Mexico the place and tacos are bare bones. They're as good as you'll get in Miami. Hopefully that'll change.

                1. re: lax2mia

                  Apparently it is the same place (a/k/a Carnitas Estilo Michoacan). Yes bare bones but they're good tacos. I like their campechano with bits of crispy pork rinds, tripa and lengua were good too.

                  I thought the Jefe's Ensenada style fish tacos were good when I had them, but it's been a long time.

            2. re: tpigeon

              Hope to hit up Viva Mexico after the Mets game this afternoon/evening.

              They had me at "browned in lard."

              "The process involves layering various cuts of pork in a heavy pot: the shoulder, tongue, stomach, ears, ribs, and rind. The swine sections are stacked in order of cooking time. They are then immersed in lard. Cooked over low heat in a method similar to the French confit, collagen breaks down. Tough meats become moist and tender. After two hours, the hog's flesh oozes with the pure flavors of unadulterated swine.

              "Some carnitas-makers add Coca-Cola to the pot. Others opt for wine or beer. But Tovar uses none of these. His method involves a marinade of milk, salt, and sour orange juice. Prior to stacking up all the meat, he browns each pig part individually in lard. "Pork doesn't need anything else," he says. "Carnitas gets its signature flavor from time and lard.""


            3. Hi Abbey,

              I know it's not Miami but I don't believe there is a better (or hotter) taco joint in all of South Florida than El Jefe Luchador!


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              1. re: LiveRock

                excellent advice!
                Any food trucks youd recommend with a huge following?

                  1. re: LiveRock

                    Just tried the SFT last weekend. Not impressed. I tried the best seller short rib sandwich. Bun was too soft, a bit soggy from the juice, plus a few arugula leaves. the 25 minutes wait time under the sun, 2 bites, appetizer size at $9 surely did not help.

                    Beer and Burger Joint seem to offer a much better selection and quality.
                    Why am I talking about sandwich Burgers here? El Hefe was great choice for taco. Haven't tried Viva Mexico yet, but judging from the menu, I already love it.

              2. Is Surf Road Taco in Hallendale still around? Always went out of my way to swing by for take out.

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                1. re: crewsweeper

                  no unfortunately
                  they closed over a year ago

                2. Mexican population in Miami: 3669 or 1.01% of total population.


                  Why would you expect good tacos in Miami? Puzzling...

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                  1. re: od_sf

                    Hey - good work using statistics that are 13 years old and are limited to the CIty of Miami. If you were a little smarter, you'd realize that there is a sizeable Mexican population in South Miami-Dade. And good tacos can be found there (and other places). So its not that puzzling.

                    1. re: drew5720

                      El Toro in Homestead comes to mind.