First Bites

Huahua's Taqueria Opens Today: We Get a First Bite

After about a year of anticipation, Huahua's Taqueria opens today. The fast casual Chihuahua-themed restaurant opens today at 11 a.m. for lunch, serving up a menu of tacos, enchiladas, and a variety of sides.

When we interviewed chef/partner Todd Erickson two weeks ago, he said he couldn't wait to "tear the paper off the windows and open the front door". Now, he says, "it's great to see the sun shining into the restaurant. It's not me working in a test kitchen anymore. Now we can look out and people can look in. It's interactive and that's wonderful. We put the menu up in the marquee and the response from people walking by has been great. I've been getting the 'thumbs up' -- and we're not even open."

See also: Todd Erickson Walks Us Through Huahua's Taqueria

Short Order was invited to the restaurant's friends and family night on Friday, a traditional pre-opening that allows the restaurant to stage a "dress rehearsal" before paying customers walk through the doors. The threat of rain didn't damper the enthusiasm of the people who packed the outdoor tables. There was a steady line for tacos, margaritas, and nachos and, although there were some minor kinks to be ironed out, the orders were handled in a professional manner, servers were friendly, and the food was good and plentiful.

Walking into the restaurant, a chalk board welcomes you with a hearty "hola". You'll also find the taco of the day and margarita of the day listed there. Though the frozen margaritas ($8) aren't made with tequila (Huahua's doesn't have a full liquor license), the agave wine it's made with tastes like a near-double to its more potent spirit cousin. Huahua's also offers wine by the glass ($7), a large selection of Mexican beers by the bottle ($5 each); Mexican Coke ($2.49); and Jarritos ($2.49).

If your pup is waiting outside, grab a few complimentary doggie biscuits for him..or maybe a souvenir water dish ($5).

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
Contact: Laine Doss

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