First Taste of Tacontento -- Opening Today?

The Guatemalan-based tacqueria chain Tacontento had hoped to open on Friday, but alas, a new communal table placed in the dining room necessitated new seating plans (so while the unemployment crisis continues, some 40 workers are sitting around because of Miami Beach's picayune permitting demands). When they were given late word that they couldn't open, the owners invited the workers in to sample the food while the cooks practiced. That's when my wife and I stumbled in, and when I asked if I could shoot a photo of the food for Short Order, GM Jim Jordan and J. Rod Martin graciously gave us permission to do so -- and to eat as well.

We started with drinks -- a horchata, the refreshing Mexican rice beverage

spiked with cinnamon; and an almendra, which I requested because I'd

read it was a specialty of the house. I knew almendra is an almond, but didn't know the drink was a cocktail

made from three parts Amaretto to one part tequila. Not bad once you

have a few sips. The platter of taco meats

that was soon brought to the table (seen in first photo contained

beef, chicken, al pastor pork, roasted pork, chorizo, and sauteed peppers and onions, with melted

cheese in the center dish. Warm, homemade corn tortillas came in a

basket on the side, as did six fixins': pico de gallo; onions

and cilantro; lime wedges; tomatillo salsa; spicier red chile salsa; a

thin avocado-based dip. I didn't pay for any of this, and didn't see

a menu (I blame the almendra for my forgetting to ask to look at one),

so I can't talk value. I will say that the tortillas and fillers were

great -- very flavorful, and kept simple like in Mexico.

We were treated to a cheese-filled, strawberry glazed pair of crisply

fried sweet chimichangas for dessert. The crew -- from managers to bussers --

was very caring and genuine. The decor is bright, clean, and cool. The

cocktails looked bright, clean, and cool too. Judging from our little

illicit sampling, Tacontento is going to be enthusiastically welcomed

by the South Beach community. I know I'll be back.

Tacontento is located in a side street just off the intersection of

Lincoln Road and Meridian Avenue (near Macy's). Opening date is now

hopefully set for today, but you know how these things work -- check

first by calling 305-673-1552.


715 N. Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach

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