Tacos are certainly having their moment in Miami. While we have several newcomers open in recent months there are still plenty of hole-in-the-wall spots that have been around for years, it's almost hard to keep track. Here are the 18 different taco places to try right now, listed in geographic order from north to south.Read More
Tacos in Miami: 18 to Try Now
1. Tacos El Machine Gon
This unassuming food truck —located in a charming garden area adjacent to a gas station parking lot in Miami Gardens — has people from around town lining up for its tacos. Its namesake El Machine Gon taco filled with steak, chorizo, pork skin, onion, and cilantro is a fan-favorite, but don’t sleep on the Baja style shrimp tacos, crispy quesadillas, or elote.
2. Taquiza (Multiple locations)
This North Beach waterfront restaurant features traditional tacos like pastor, chicken, and tongue, served on top of handmade blue-masa corn tortillas so good that it now supplies them for half of the restaurants in town.
3. Fiesta Mexican Grill
This taco shop has been a mainstay in Doral for years. Best known for its steak tacos and cilantro sauce, it serves up inexpensive tacos in a colorful and festive setting.
4. The Taco Stand
This colorful taqueria (with a “hidden” omakase restaurant in the back) features an assortment of classic tacos like pastor and fish varieties, along with quesadillas, carne asada fries, and breakfast options.
5. Coyo Taco (Multiple locations)
This brightly colored, Obama approved taco shop — with locations throughout South Florida, and rapidly growing — is serving up some of Miami's most creative tacos. Think tacos filled with Yucatan style achiote roasted pork, duck confit, and huitlacoche (corn smut), in addition to more traditional fillings.
6. The Wolf Of Tacos
Miami, FL 33127
This much buzzed about taco pop-up, which is currently doing stints at J. Wakefield and Smorgasburg’s weekly market, is bringing a little slice of Mexico City to the 305. Its pastor tacos with spit fired roasted pork and large slices of pineapple have most beat in the city, but everything from the rib eye to the longaniza is worth an order. Top with one of the homemade salsas to complete the experience.
7. Bodega Taqueria y Tequila (Multiple locations)
Part taqueria, part “hidden” bar, make sure to get some of the restaurant's popular tacos before or after hitting up those tequila drinks.
8. El Primo Red Tacos
El Primo features birria-style street tacos straight from Tijuana that have become Instagram famous on the west coast. The menu offers beef birria in taco and quesadillas with options like adding bone marrow. There will also be birria ramen and consumme, as well as tequila and mezcal shots.
9. Taqueria Hoja (Multiple locations)
The Bar Lab team — the group behind The Broken Shaker, Margot Wine Bar, and many others — now have two locations of their popular Taqueria Hoja for diners to indulge in taco. Serving items like tacos, burritos, and quesadillas filled with items like al pastor, carne asada, koji sweet potato, and shrimp, which can be washed back by margaritas, beers, or soda.
10. Jacalito Taqueria Mexicana (Multiple locations)
Miami, FL 33135
Serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, this popular Mexican restaurant on Flagler is a one-stop shop for tacos no matter the mood or the time of day.
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11. Viva Mexico
Miami, FL 33130
Located right off the hustle and bustle of 8th street, Viva Mexico is a brightly colored taqueria serving up some of Miami's favorite tacos. Opt for the adventurous tacos like its leguna (tongue) or tripa (cow intestine) tacos that are a restaurant signatures.
12. Taquerias El Carnal
Miami, FL 33130
While many people are convinced the tongue tacos are the thing to order at El Carnal, this hole-in-the-wall in the heart of Little Havana also serves up traditional varieties like steak and chicken tacos for just $2 a pop.
13. Caja Caliente
Not only does it serve up its eclectic Cuban tacos filled with with very hearty portions of various proteins from chicken to gator, plus it also offers croquetas, bowls, quesadillas, and empanadas.
14. Antojitos Mexicanos Tenorio
Miami, FL 33175
A favorite of Sweetwater locals, this taco shop features a variety of classic tacos from beef to pastor, plus other favorites like quesadillas made with pork skin, choriqueso, and massive burritos. Seating is limited, so to-go orders are encouraged.
15. El Taquito
This unassuming taco stand in the heart of Coconut Grove is a must-go for locals. Its simple, inexpensive, made-to-order tacos make for a perfect lunch or late-night bite after an evening in the neighborhood bars.
16. Los Félix Miami
This Coconut Grove newcomer serves up some of Miami’s most well-executed tacos, like the shrimp pilbil and pastor, alongside other creative Mexican dishes.
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17. Tacos & Tattoos
This colorful spot that looks like it fell out of Wynwood straight to Kendall is serving up creative tacos that has the neighborhood buzzing. Tacos are carnivore and vegetarian friendly and served on corn, flour or crispy shells.
18. Taqueria Morelia
Homestead, FL 33034
Located inside a gas station in Homestead, this Mexican restaurant is makes tacos that people swear by — and will to make the trek to Homestead for — topped with ingredients like avocado and pineapple.