Luckily, this list has it all, from octopus tacos at JoJo's in Fort Lauderdale to the gourmet-style food truck takes courtesy of Nacho Bizness and BC Tacos, and of course those authentic
Whether you're a purist or an adventurous eater, this list has just the taco for you.
13. Alegria Tacos
3801 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-563-7170.
What Alegria lacks in style and size, this tiny taco restaurant makes up for in authentic Mexican eats on the cheap. This husband-and-wife operation is friendly and traditional: They cook their tacos on a hot griddle in the quaint kitchen behind the order station, doubling-up corn tortillas to hold plenty of meat, tomato, chopped cilantro, and onion. A devoted neighborhood crowd daily files in and out daily thanks to affordable prices, like tacos at just $2.75 apiece. We envy the people living above the small corner store; they probably get to lounge in the few patio-style tables outside the front door anytime they like, enjoying intricately seasoned chorizo, chicken, steak, carnitas (even
12. Tropical Tacos (food truck)
1620 State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale.
The Tropical Tacos food truck — located off Marina Mile Boulevard just east of I-95 — has been serving delicious Mexican-style cuisine for years. The truck prepares everything from nachos and quesadillas to burritos and even huarache (a traditional Mexican dish). The tacos are where it's at, however, served on a homemade warm corn tortilla with onions, cilantro, and your choice of homemade salsas and meat served with a slice of lime, radishes, and jalapeño. Choose from carne asada,
11. El Agave Azul
13040 W. State Road 84, Davie. Call 954-530-4321, or visit ElAgaveAzul.com.
This tiny taco shop sandwiched in between a bar and a pet store in Western Davie feels just like an authentic Mexico City taco stand. The storefront is impossibly small and narrow, with one table inside and two out front. Adding to the vibe are the lines that form throughout the day, with Latin folks, locals, and workers from the nearby industrial park each looking to get their taco fix. Trompo (another word for al pastor) is the house specialty. The spicy pork is coated with ancho chili seasoning and napped into small corn tortillas, making five mini tacos that are good for a couple of bites each. Or it's stuffed into gigantic burritos alongside rice, beans, Chihuahua cheese, and fresh pico de gallo. Each of the other
10. Taqueria Dona Raquel
793 S. Dixie Highway, Pompano Beach. Call 954-946-4490, or visit donaraquel.info.
Off a lonely stretch of Dixie Highway in Pompano Beach sits Taqueria Dona Raquel, a casual sit-down Mexican restaurant best-known for its authentic tacos. The entire menu covers it all, from
9. Nacho Bizness (food truck)
When was the last time you ate a taco that was so good, you had dreams about it for weeks afterward? That's sorta the experience you'll get from the Nacho Bizness food truck, which now has a permanent lunch location situated in Fort Lauderdale's Riverwalk park. The menu offers burritos and salad bowls as well as a number of fusion-style taco takes. That includes the Kung Fu Tuna (sesame- and soy-glazed tuna) or the Marley (with Jamaican-style pulled pork).Try the spicy Korean
8. Los Tacos by Chef Omar
12393 Pembroke Road, Pembroke Pines. Call 954-430-5180, or visit lostacosbychefomar.com.
Hailing from Mexico City, Los Tacos owner Omar Covarrubias doesn't just prepare Mexican cuisine. He prepares authentic Mexican cuisine using traditional recipes and the correct (and often Mexican-sourced) ingredients. Covarrubias will be the first to admit that most Mexican food outside of Mexico is a sham, much of it watered-down versions of the country's northernmost cuisine, served stateside as chicken-topped nachos, flavorless fajitas, and overfried chimichangas. While the dishes at Los Tacos may look and sound familiar, they're Covarrubias' way of delivering the real flavors of Mexico to the South Florida populace. The tacos, served three at a time, are among the best you'll have north of the border, several chef's specialties including the chorizo con papas, corn tortillas packed to the brim with a crumbly, flavorful chorizo made fresh by a local Mexican market and paired with cubes of soft roasted potatoes. The pork pibil tacos — named for the Mayan word pib, or oven — pop with a combination of citrusy marinade and earthy achiote paste. If it's your first visit, however, your server will undoubtably recommend the Tacos Locos, a brilliant combination of ancho-marinated pork, carne asada, and chicharrón topped with ripe slivers of avocado and bright pico de gallo.
216 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea. Call 954-835-5561, or visit jojostacos.com.
JoJo's Tacos creates flavors you'd never think to find pocketed into a fresh corn tortilla. It's a prime example of Mexican dish extorted into blasphemy that's sinfully right in every way. Owner Joseph Parsons opened JoJo's Tacos in the touristy Lauderdale-by-the-Sea district, just steps from the beach, in a small corner spot off Commercial Boulevard. Despite its quaint exterior and slender interior space, you'll find bold flavors at this taco joint, and no surprise — Parson's food has a famous foundation, no doubt learned from time spent with renowned Chicago chef Charlie Trotter or perhaps Mark Miller of Santa Fe's Coyote Cafe. The menu offers standard picks and specialty tacos, chef-driven ingredients and pairings rebellious enough that they bear absolutely no resemblance to a true Mexican taco. Picks like the Shrooms and Asparagus and Peachy Pollo replace meat with vegetables and chopped onion and tomato with sweet, succulent fruit. We can't help but order the Blue Cow, sweet chunks of marinated beef buried under a pile of thin, crispy, fried onions, flavored enough to feel a bit transgressive. Need more flavor? Here, condiments are just as stellar as the tacos, changing frequently and optional for $1 extra each.
6. BC Tacos (food truck)
BC Tacos came on the scene in 2011, one of South Florida's first gourmet taco food trucks. Today, there's even a brick-and-mortar
5. Wapo Taco
1955 E. Hallandale Beach Blvd., Hallandale Beach. Call 954-456-6969, or visit elwapotaco.com.
Hallandale Beach's Wapo Taco may resemble a chain restaurant, but its flavors are that of Mexico City. Look beyond the gleaming, modern dining space and you'll find some unexpected authentic touches. Pork and chicken al pastor slowly turn on a
4. El Guanaco
331 NE 44th St., Oakland Park. Call 954-351-0792, or visit elguanacooaklandpark.com/Menu.html.
This Salvadoran-owned restaurant and taco shop offers a unique mix of authentic Mexican and Salvadoran recipes, everything from fresh handmade
3. Tacocraft Taqueria & Tequila Bar
204 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-463-2003, or visit tacocraft.com.
We named them the best tacos in South Florida for a reason: These tacos are truly some amazing flavor bombs, each one a
2. El Jefe Luchador
27 S. Federal Highway, Deerfield Beach. Call 954-246-5333, or visit jefetaco.com.
The creation of chef Mike Saperstein and partner Evan David — the pair behind Deerfield Beach's Charm City Burgers and Boca Raton's Rebel House — El Jefe Luchador offers "hard-core Mexican street food" in a fun, casual environment. Much of the menu pays homage to traditional street food style with tacos that sport simple topping of sweet onion,
1. Taco Beach Shack
334 Arizona St., Hollywood. Call 954-920-6523, or visit tacobeachshack.com.
On prime real estate just a block off the beach in Hollywood, Taco Beach Shack offers loungey outdoor seating; cheap, delicious tacos; and a promise: If you get too drunk, you can always book a room at the nearby
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the New Times Food & Drink Instagram.