Five Best Mexican Restaurants in Miami

Five Best Mexican Restaurants in Miami
Bill Wisser

In the age of Dorito-shell tacos, burrito bowls, and mango margaritas, it's no wonder most people have no idea what constitutes authentic Mexican cuisine. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of Mexico's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla (not the nation's independence, whose anniversary is in September), we've compiled a list of the best places to dine like a native. Buen provecho, and de nada.

Five Best Mexican Restaurants in Miami
Jacalito Taqueria Mexicana

5. Jacalito Taqueria Mexicana

Located on West Flagler, this spot is unpretentious, casual, and delicious. Try the sope, a thick tortilla filled with meat, cheese, veggies, and Mexican sour cream. The tacos are three for $6, and we like that Jacalito offers harder-to-find animal parts such as lengua (tongue) and cachete (beef cheeks). Whatever you order, be sure to get a side of queso fundido with chorizo ($6.25). The soft, stringy cheesy with the slightly spicy chorizo is great with chips or from spoon to mouth.

Five Best Mexican Restaurants in Miami
Taquerias El Mexicano

4. Taquerias El Mexicano

The interior of Taquerias is what one might describe as a converted crack den/piñata chic. In other words, it's a place to see and be seen and have some damn good Mexican food. Try the bistec Oaxaca ($12.95) -- beef covered in melted Oaxaca cheese and served with beans, rice, and a corn tortilla -- a specialty for more than 23 years.

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