During the 6 years of living in New York City, I was finally enlightened by Mexican Cuisine. No, I am not talking about Chipotle or Taco Bell. I am talking about the freshly homemade corn masa (tortilla) stuffed with seared carne asada, the kind that you would eat from a street cart or small run down bodega.
bo·de·ga/ bōˈdāɡə/ noun
- a small grocery store, especially in a Spanish-speaking neighborhood.
Since I’ve moved back to Miami, I was delighted to stumble across my very own Bodega. Tucked away off Alton Rd. in Miami Beach, an open garage bustles with locals sipping frozen margaritas and Modelos. The Taqueria is adorned with colorful bar stools, local street art and a charming metal trailer where the succulent mouth watering tacos are created and served.
I absolutely couldn’t contain myself! My advice? Start with the frozen margaritas served up with a delicious lime paleta (popsicle) to beat the heat. With friends? Share the Queso fundido that is great for sharing and EXTRA cheesy.
Last, do not leave without trying the Barbacoa Taco: tender braised short rib, cojita cheese, potato sticks for a great crunch and salsa rosada. Additionally, the Pesacado Taco: grilled mahi mahi, charred pineapple slaw for some sweetness, pickled onion and chipotle-cojita dressing that adds a great kick.
Not Hungry? Find the hidden door that leads to a speakeasy with specialty aperitifs and a night you may or may not remember, but the flavor of the cocktails will keep you coming back for more.