Agave Taco Bar

2949 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306
954-530-9065
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  • Sunday - Thursday (11:00 am - 11:00 pm) Friday & Saturday (11:00 am - 12:00 am)
Authentic. It's a word that gets thrown around a lot but often without much merit. But that's what you'll get at Agave Taco Bar, where chef-owner Ivan Alarcon is being true not just to his heritage but also to his craft. The best way to describe such veracity is with Alarcon's tacos de trompo, considered his Fort Lauderdale restaurant's signature dish. These two-bite tacos are tiny bombs of flavor, exhibiting ingredients so vibrant — so piquant — that just one bite can transport you to the streets of northern Mexico. At Agave, they're made using fat cuts of pork and beef marinated with the same blend of chilies and spices Alarcon recalls from his youth, forming a pasty-thick sauce the color of brick. The resulting tacos are small enough to fit in one hand, stuffed to the brim with meat atop a layer of sauce so generous that cubes of onion tumble to the plate when you grab hold to take a bite. If you need more choices, the menu boasts a staggering 15 different meats, a selection of beef, chicken, pork, and fish ranging from a carne asada and picadillo to chicken marinated in salsa verde or ancho tinga. Order the barbacoa, a specialty here made from cheek and tongue. After hours of braising, the meat become so soft that it nearly melts in your mouth. If tacos aren't your thing, try one of Alarcon's "favorites," three specialty dishes he created including the sopes del jefe, two handcrafted corn cake cups cradling salsa-verde-smothered chicharron mixed with a velvety tuft of refried pinto beans, chopped cilantro, sautéed white onion, crema, and melted queso. All of it paris perfectly with an ice-cold Michelada dusted with tanjin, a rust-colored, citrus-tinged, pepper powder that lends a tangy garnish to this Mexican-style bloody mary.

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