Chef Richard Hales' Centro Taco opens today at 125 SE Third Ave. At a friends-and-family dinner last evening, the chef finished setting up only minutes before the door opened. He pointed to the light fixtures and said they went up at some point in the wee hours of the morning. "I was sitting right in that corner at about 3 a.m. and saying to myself, Why am I still here?"
The chef, who owns Sakaya Kitchen and
As diners sipped on mango agua fresca and Wynwood La Rubia, servers passed around a cart filled with small bites. Hales is taking a page out of the dim sum book, figuring that hungry people can choose a few small items while waiting for their meals. "We're located in downtown, and a lot of people are either stressed and hungry from a long workday or need a quick lunch. They can just choose a few dishes from the cart and go or have an item or two before their meal arrives." The cart was loaded with pairs of oysters served with a
Appetizers included the vegan nosh ($8), a large tray filled with hearty house-made corn chips and a trio of dips — hummus, cashew crema, and pepita. Mixed with the salsas provided on each table, it's more than enough for a table to share for the duration of the meal.
Shakshuka ($10) is served in an earthenware crock. A runny egg lies on a bed of cheese and piquant tomato sauce, accompanied by warm tortillas. It's a messy, hot, playful dish.
Centro tacos are served individually and include camarón ($6); la gringa, with al pastor, Oaxaca cheese, and pineapple ($4); Florida gator
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Of course, no meal is complete without dessert. The
Centro Taco is open Monday through Saturday for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. Brunch will begin mid-August.