Tacos are the perfect food. No utensil or plate is necessary, and they are small enough that you can easily eat more to sate your hunger level. As we said in our best taco award post: "One is a snack, two make a satisfying lunch, and three or four are a substantial supper."
Though Miami's streets may not be lined with taco trucks and dollar tacos, the city's pricier tacos make up for it with flavor, creativity, exciting ingredients, and some solid
It seems a new taqueria opens every month. So we sorted through the new batch and took stock of the tried-and-true to present you with the ten best tacos in Miami.
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10. Lengua Taco at El Jacalito Taqueria Mexicano
9. Raw Tuna Taco at My Ceviche
From the people who brought you the octopus burrito and give you popcorn with your ceviche comes the raw tuna taco. Sure, you can get charred octopus or grilled fish, but a raw taco is simply tastier. The mixed tuna is nestled with pickled red onions, queso fresco, thin radish slices, and cilantro in a fresh tortilla for one on-point taco ($3.50 each). Bonus: My Ceviche gives the option of soft corn or flour tortilla or even a lettuce wrap.
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8. Duck Confit Taco at Naked Taco
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7. Pollo Tacos at Mi Rinconcito Mexicano
One-dollar tacos may be commonplace in California, but in Miami, we're thrilled to see three for $10. Mi Rinconcito keeps the quantity and quality but cuts the cost in half. You can get three tacos — choose from chicken, beef, pork,
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6. Barbacoa Taco at Taquiza
Taquiza has all kinds of interesting fillings, from
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5. Camaron Tacos at
A newcomer to Wynwood and the Miami taco scene is
These tacos are boss.
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4. Fish Taco at Jefe's Original Fish Taco and Burger
Miami can catch Jefe's tacos from a bright-orange truck that roams the streets and caters parties. The signature Ensenada-style fish taco ($2.35) features delicately fried beer-battered fish, cabbage, pico de gallo, and
Tacos al pastor.
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3. Tacos al Pastor at Taqueria Morelia
Homestead has no shortage of good Mexican food, but the one place that's a squeeze of lime above the rest is Taqueria Morelia. There are two locations, and one is connected to a Valero that won New Times' 2014 Best of Miami award for Best Gas Station. Here you can get some killer al pastor tacos ($2.15) and fuel up before entering Everglades National Park. These guys do al pastor-style pork tacos better than anyone.
2. Fried Chicken Taco at Huahua's Taqueria
It may not be authentic, but it's freaking fantastic. The Deep South-inspired taco filling of fried chicken and jalapeño-flecked cornbread is perfection. In Huahua's fried chicken taco ($3.99), served on a soft flour tortilla, the flour-dredged chicken is moist, the cornbread croutons bring the crunch, and the ancho-infused ranch sauce delivers the heat. It is a well-balanced dish that crosses the thin red-hot-sauce line between gringo sports-bar grub and legitimate taco stand.
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1. Carnitas Tacos at Viva Mexico
If we had to simmer Miami down to one meat, it would undoubtedly be pork. But when it comes to carnitas, there's only one place where pigs get wings, and that's Viva Mexico. The teeny, cash-only eatery on SW 12th Avenue in Little Havana serves Michoacán-style carnitas. The slogan is "Las únicas y las
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