Closer Look: Pinche Taqueria in Wilton Manors

As we waited for a server to bring us the bill after a weekday dinner, we heard someone yell "Bitch!" in a joking, high-pitched voice. It turned out that one man at a neighboring table of three had taken it upon himself to pay the check. He got the usual thanks, but not without a bit of sass. A few moments later, a couple holding hands (both men wearing tank tops and jean shorts) strutted by with a pack of dachshunds and a large greyhound in tow. There seems to always be a lively crowd at Pinche Taqueria on Wilton Drive, and that makes for plenty of good people-watching. Tuesdays, as they always should be, are Taco Tuesdays, and here, nine varieties were offered at $2 apiece. Unfortunately, both the sweet potato and the crunchy shrimp tacos were already sold out for the night. We opted for Baja-style fish (usually $4), coated in panko bread crumbs, fried, and topped with a spicy coleslaw; braised lamb ($4), with a fresh-tasting cucumber salsa, mint and cilantro sauce, and salty, crumbled Cotija cheese; and al pastor ($3.25), a Mexican classic with slow-roasted pork and pineapple. Read the full review.