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Taco Belly, Summer Pop-Up at PB Steak, Seeks a Permanent Space

Taco Belly isn't just a pop-up; it's the best damn taqueria in South Beach.

Will its bulgogi tacos ever win any authenticity awards? Probably not. But those spicy tacos -- stuffed with tender Korean-marinated steak, kimchee, avocado, and gochujang -- are absolutely delicious.

And they're really popular too. So popular, in fact, that the Pubbelly Group hopes to move 'em from PB Steak to a permanent space soon.

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"I'm very happy with the concept so far, and we really want to make it permanent," says Jose Mendin, founding partner of the Pubbelly Restaurant Group. "We're just waiting to find the appropriate space for it."

The news comes just four months after the pop-up's July 3 debut. Serving a mix of quirky and traditional offerings, it quickly became successful.

Current menu items include tacos al pastor ($7), hamachi ceviche taquitos ($4), and guacamoles. There are fun foods such as bacon tostadas and Mexican burgers, as well as fish tacos and tacos de carnitas michoacanas. Every day, chef de cuisine Felipe Rico prepares tortillas by hand. "We keep working on new tacos all the time," Mendin says.

These aren't the only plans ahead for the Pubbelly group. The boys are scheduled to take over food and beverage operations at the Hilton Cabana Miami Beach, a hotel that will be located at 62nd Street and Collins Avenue. The hotel will house their new restaurant, L'Echon, scheduled to open in late 2013.

In the meantime, check out Taco Belly at its temporary space. The pop-up is open Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m. inside Sunset Harbour's PB Steak.

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Emily Codik