One iconic duo nobody has ever doubted? Tacos and tequila. Whether you’re looking to share with your friends, or needing to satisfy that Taco Tuesday craving, look no further than Fort Lauderdale’s newly opened Bar Rita.
Created by the owners of its neighboring restaurant, Tap 42, this hot spot blends authentic Mexican cuisine and fresh flavors in a modern, funky ambiance. Stay at the bar downstairs for happy hour (Tuesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. to close), or make your way to the second floor through the artsy, neon blacklight staircase for views of the downtown skyline.
Start with the Truffle Street Corn Guac, topped with a generous helping of truffle crema, cotija cheese and charred corn atop of fresh chile-lime guacamole. You can also opt for the Carne Asada Fiesta Fries topped with flame-grilled skirt steak, queso, guac sauce and chipotle ranch. Before diving into the main dishes, try a margarita tailored to your taste buds, like the refreshing Spicy Watermelon Margarita, a tangy Coco-Loco or a classic Rita’s Original, either frozen or on the rocks.
We suggest kicking your main meal off with flavorful Pork Carnitas tacos, piled high with mojo crema, pico de gallo and verde sauce, or the Crispy Fresh Fish tacos, complete with chipotle slaw, guac sauce and pico. The Baja Grilled Shrimp tacos are a crowd favorite, guaranteed to satisfy your palate with each juicy bite of grilled shrimp, Baja sauce, verde sauce and pico. Each order comes with two tacos, and you can choose to make it a platter with flavorful Mexican rice and beans.
Aside from tacos, Bar Rita staples include Rita’s Fajitas, which are served on warm flour tortillas with fajita vegetables, lettuce, sour cream, guac, pico, cheese and lime. Stray from a traditional fajita dish with the Cauliflower “Al Pastor,” where sweet meets savory with pineapple, pink onions and cotija. You can also stick to tried-and-true fajita flavors with the slow-cooked and marinated “Mexico City” Mojo Chicken.
End the night on a sweet note with crispy-chewy churro bites, dusted with cinnamon sugar and paired with chocolate sauce and caramel. Indulge in the scrumptious Key Lime Pie Margarita that can also double as dessert, made with Don Julio Blanco tequila, Key lime, fresh lime and agave with a half-graham cracker rim.
Bar Rita, 1401 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale / 954.990.6658 / barritaftl.com