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Hottest Taco Joint in Miami

hungryabbey Jul 8, 2013 10:03 AM

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!

  1. The Chowfather Jul 8, 2013 12:14 PM

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

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    1. re: The Chowfather
      tpigeon Jul 8, 2013 12:30 PM

      I really liked Taco Belly.

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        tpigeon Jul 8, 2013 12:32 PM

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

        1. re: tpigeon
          hungryabbey Jul 8, 2013 05:08 PM

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

        2. re: tpigeon
          lax2mia Jul 11, 2013 04:08 PM

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

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

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        tpigeon Jul 8, 2013 12:41 PM

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

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        1. re: tpigeon
          The Chowfather Jul 9, 2013 09:52 AM


          1. re: The Chowfather
            tpigeon Jul 9, 2013 10:37 AM

            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
              lax2mia Jul 11, 2013 04:09 PM

              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
                Frodnesor Jul 16, 2013 02:11 PM

                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. LiveRock Jul 9, 2013 10:48 AM

          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
            hungryabbey Jul 10, 2013 08:46 AM

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

            1. re: hungryabbey
              LiveRock Jul 11, 2013 02:27 PM

              http://gastropodmiami.com/ - Number one in my book!

              http://www.slowfoodtruck.com/ - Recently voted best food truck!


              1. re: LiveRock
                keithtang Jul 11, 2013 03:28 PM

                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.

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            crewsweeper Jul 12, 2013 04:59 AM

            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
              jpr54_1 Aug 9, 2013 06:05 AM

              no unfortunately
              they closed over a year ago

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              od_sf Jul 16, 2013 02:15 PM

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

              Source: http://miamifl.areaconnect.com/statis...

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

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              1. re: od_sf
                drew5720 Jul 17, 2013 07:23 AM

                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
                  flavrmeistr Aug 8, 2013 11:43 AM

                  El Toro in Homestead comes to mind.

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                Shooz Aug 2, 2013 10:53 AM

                The MexZican gourmet in So.Miami is really good. He started with a truck but brick and mortar now.

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                  flavrmeistr Aug 9, 2013 07:16 AM

                  You have to go north of Miami-Dade to find most of the good tacos. Tacos al Carbone in Lake Worth is a famous one.

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