Ay carámba! With all of Miami’s Latin spice, it may come as a surprise that Mexican and Southwestern fare is somewhat underrepresented here. With so many Cuban, Columbian and Brazilian restaurants taking the spotlight, it’s often easy to overlook the simple goodness of refried beans, guac and tacos. But, Miami actually has some great spots serving Mexican and Southwest-inspired dishes! What are you waiting for? Ándale!
473 S Dixie Highway
Coral Gables, FL
If you’re craving some good old Tex-Mex, Taco Rico is the way to go. Taco, burritos, fajitas and quesadillas are the center pieces of their menu, which has tons of options. No matter what you get, rest assured that you will be well fed. The burritos are massive and the fajitas come with enough sides to feed a small village. The casual atmosphere of the restaurant compliments its affordable prices and its laid-back charm is what keeps people coming back.
900 South Miami Avenue
A more upscale take on Mexican, Rosa Mexicano serves up some flavorful and refined dishes. Their guacamole appetizer is a must have! Although it’s a whopping $14, it’s made at your table and comes in a pretty big portion. But don’t fill up too much because you’ll want to save room for a unique main dish like their delicious chicken tortilla pie or crab enchiladas. Aside from their Downtown location, Rosa Mexicano also has a Miami Beach location perfect for people watching on Lincoln Road.
Casa Maya Grill
301 S.E. 15th Terrace
Deerfield Beach, FL
Serving some of the best authentic Mayan dishes in Ft. Lauderdale, Casa Maya Grill is a go-to spot for many locals. Their menu adds extra Mexican flare to foods that have become Americanized. Take, for example, their Pipian Verde burrito, a combination of grilled chicken breast, melted cheese and a pumpkin seed cilantro sauce. Their return to traditional flavors and sauces is one your taste buds won’t regret.
1635 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL
A quick, fresh and simple take on Mexican food, Zona Fresca in Fort Lauderdale is always packed with hungry customers seeking more of their great food. They have a good selection of burritos, tacos, salads and other Southwestern dishes. Similar to Lime in Miami, Zona Fresca’s tasty and familiar menu items also come at a great value, with everything under $8.
Mi Rinconcito Mexicano
1961 SW 8th Street
For those in search of authentic and simple Mexican food, this is the place to be. A small Calle Ocho restaurant, Mi Rinconcito Mexicano is literally a “Mexican corner”. The homey feel of this place is completed by the staff and owner who treat you like family. This is plain and simple, straight up Mexican food. Fans adamantly claim they will never eat at another Mexican restaurant and rave about the combo meals that come with more than enough delicious food