The taco scene is lighting up in Miami, from haute speakeasy nightlife destinations, to posh poolside bars and under-the-radar food trucks serving up inventive creations. We’re also seeing a trend of incorporating healthier ingredients into the tasty Mexican bites. We’ve rounded up our top picks of haute taco spots in the Magic City that rank the best in food, atmosphere and originality. Here’s what you need to know about these five Miami gems:
1 Bodega Taqueria y TequilaMenin Hospitality
Miami Beach's famous taco & tequila bar changed the game of tacos in Miami upon its inception, offering up inventive creations such as the Calamar Frito made with crispy fried calamari, pickled onion, cilantro, salsa rosada, or the Camaron BLT, with grilled shrimp, bacon, lettuce, tomato, chipotle-cotija dressing. Aside from the gourmet taco selection out front, the hotspot also features a killer cocktail scene inside its speakeasy lounge located through the back.
1220 6th Street Miami Beach, FL 33139
2 Tocaya Organica
The new Lincoln Road hotspot is winning the crowd over with its healthy, organic Mexican offerings. All menu items feature ingredients that are organic, sustainable and the freshest around, so you can indulge in your favorite tacos without any guilt. Mix and match your proteins, queso and sides to fit your liking, creating your own personalized taco and pair it with one of the spot's signature craft cocktails, like the Hibiscus Margarita.
920 Lincoln Road Miami, FL 33139
Coyo was one of Miami's first hip taco joints and has remained a staple since its arrival to the scene. With two locations in Wynwood and Brickell, the Mexican taco joint serves up a variety of crowd-favorites like the Al Pastor with pork, roasted pineapple and onion or the Carne Asada char-grilled angus steak, pico de gallo and queso. The Wynwood location features a dark and trendy speakeasy in the back, with a serious spicy margarita to pair with your tacos.
4 Soho Beach House Ocho Bar
The exclusive eighth floor rooftop pool and bar, Ocho, at Miami's Soho Beach House is the perfect destination for some good Mexican grub. The taco board is a must-try, and the snapper is extraordinary, which comes with a full fish, tortillas burnt to a perfect crisp, avocado, sautéed onions, crispy onions and sides of chips with guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo. Enjoy it poolside as you bask in the Miami sun.
5 Caja Caliente
This Edgewater food truck is one of Miami's best kept secrets, serving up some of the highest quality tacos around. Although the menu is small, each of the tacos ranks at the top. Our favorites include the Tuna Poke Taco, served with freshly diced tuna and drizzled with a delicious spicy mayo sauce and seaweed salad, as well as the Chicken Taco, made with pulled chicken, pineapple, black beans, cilantro, queso fresco and a spicy sauce.