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Taquerias El Mexicano – Miami - Mexican

Taquerias El Mexicano – Miami - Mexican

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Taquerias El Mexicano – Miami - Mexican

<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2"> Of the 76 food items and 41 beverages on Taquerias's menu, I come for two (three if you count the coffee):
1) Chilaquiles: The word implies leftovers, which is why it's referred to as "poor man's dish." Chilaquiles are a breakfast favorite at coffee shops from Mexico to Guatemala, one constant amid the infinite variations being the presence of corn tortillas, which get simmered in some sauce with eggs, meat, vegetables, or sausage. Taquerias's version features softly chewy tortilla chips and hard-cooked eggs topped with green tomatillo sauce, crumbled queso fresco, and sour cream. Rice and beans come on the side ($4.95).

2) Horchata: A lightly refreshing beverage popular throughout Mexico and Spain, made by soaking rice, blanched almonds, cinnamon, and sugar in hot water. Its flavor is somewhat rice puddingish, but when poured over ice it serves as a real thirst quencher (99 cents).

There are other worthwhile meals to be found here. Burritos are solid, though I'd avoid the Tepatitian variety, which is drenched in sickly sweet barbecue sauce. Soft tortilla tacos and crispy tortilla tostadas are quite tasty (especially the chicken). Roast pork is moist, chili relleños cheesy, and caldo de res, or beef soup, comes stocked with wedges of carrots, potatoes, chayote, corn on the cob, and short rib of beef -- and all that comes in the small size ($3). Prices are across-the-board inexpensive, service friendly (and efficient), ownership a Mexican family affair.

Taquerias El Mexicano
521 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL
Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Monday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
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