If there's one thing Miami doesn't have nearly enough of (besides courteous drivers), it's Mexican food. West Coast transplants are all too familiar with guacamole withdrawal.
But Brickell is about to get a shiny new option with La Mexicana Cantina & Grill. And this spot isn't just about tasty eats -- it's also shooting to be your local go-to for sports, drinks, and general debauchery.
"It is going to be a new exciting concept -- a cantina, a place to hang, drink, party, and eat in a Mexican style, like a Mexican sports bar," says owner Gerardo Barrera De Negri.
We got a sneak peek at the menu. The spot will serve lots of Mexican faves such as guacamole made to order ($9), tortilla soup ($6), burritos ($10), enchiladas verdes ($11), fajitas (veggie, $10; chicken, $11; or steak $12), and churros con chocolate ($5.90).
The full-page drink menu ranges from cocktails such as micheladas (beer, lime juice, and spicy sauce, $10) to coco pino margaritas (tequila, triple sec, pineapple juice, and coconut, $12) plus beer and wine.
We're especially stoked about the $8 shooters, which sound like a recipe for a beautiful disaster, as well as the cucaracha (tequila and Kahlúa) and the bruja Mexicana (Patrón XO and Frangelico).
"We equipped the cantina with giant HD screens, 70-inch TVs, and a state-of-the-art club sound system," Barrera De Negri says. "We also have a stage for live music."
So come football season, La Mexicana will be Brickell's new digs for watch parties and fiesta platters. Plus, there'll be happy hour seven days a week featuring two-for-one drinks from 4 to 8 p.m.
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"In Mexico, we are the owners of a chain of bars and a Mexican restaurant. We love Miami, and we think the diversity of cultures is great to generate a great ambiance," he adds.
They're shooting to open in a couple of weeks. In the meantime,you can check 'em out on Facebook. Early-August margarita outing, anyone?
Follow Hannah on Twitter @hannahalexs.