John's Tacos in Surfside: Fish, Chorizo, and Duck Chicharrón Tacos
Duck, chorizo, fish beats out duck, duck, goose.
In Surfside, a small town packed with kosher restaurants, Josh's Deli stands out for its unique (and often unkosher) deli food.
Things get even funkier from 6 p.m. to midnight. At night, John's Tacos takes over the cozy space.
John O'Connell is the man behind the tacos. With festive flag decorations and tasty tacos, he's been adding some spice to the neighborhood since February.
His menu is simple. It includes freshly fried tortilla chips with salsa, pico de gallo, or guacamole; a refreshing watercress-jícama avocado salad; and burritos, quesadillas, or tacos.
The tacos are fun and flavorful. They change regularly but normally include six options. So you can easily mix and match. One taco costs $4, or you can get three for $11.
On a recent visit, our choices included chicken, steak, duck, chorizo, and fish. There was also a veggie taco with wild mushrooms, beans, pico de gallo, and guacamole. Those same shrooms also made a cameo in the veggie quesadilla with goat cheese.
Our favorite was the barbecue duck taco, with steamed and roasted duck, fresh mango, onions, cilantro, guacamole, and duck chicharrón (the last lending a wow factor to the dish). The combination of textures and flavors was delightful.
Another treat is the homemade chorizo, with queso fresco, pickled onion, cilantro, and lime crema. The chorizo is extremely tasty -- and we wouldn't mind it in our huevos every morning.
The pescado taco features fried fish topped with vegetable slaw and chipotle creme. The grilled chicken and adobo-rubbed skirt steak are great staples too. In the past there, we've also had great shrimp and lamb tacos.
Need to wash it all down? Try an agua fresca ($3) or delicious sangria ($8).
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