A new Tacocraft has arrived in Victoria Park following its previous shuttering on SW Second Street downtown, though this one is by far the largest—and most chic. An expansive bar takes center stage, while the restaurant’s interiors are outfitted in natural wooden chairs, Mexican artwork, and boho light fixtures. Expect similar offerings to the sister locale in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, such as chicken taquitos and a guacamole flight featuring four flavors, including bacon and corn, and sweet potato. Tacos are an obvious option (try the Korean short rib or the exotic ’shroom), but guests can also explore new culinary horizons with the oxtail empanada filled with braised beef and gooey Manchego cheese, served with a side of chile de arbol chimichurri. And what’s a Mexican restaurant without a well-stocked bar? Tacocraft features a collection of more than 300 tequilas and mezcals, many of which are used to create a selection of margaritas and cocktails, like Smoke in the Garden, made with Del Maguey Mezcal Vida, hibiscus jalapeño syrup, and lime juice.
Bodega Fort Lauderdale
Fans of the Miami Beach outpost no longer need to travel south to enjoy the same kind of Mexican fare with a Cuban twist, showcased in bold flavor pairings served out of an Airstream fashioned as a food counter. Favorites range from the famous barbacoa tacos to tequila camarón—tequila-marinated grilled shrimp with avocado, pickled purple cabbage, cilantro, and red chili crema bundled up in a warm tortilla. There’s also a mix of bowls and burritos as well as elote (corn), served either on a stick or in a cup for a less messy alternative. In addition, Bodega has launched a weekend brunch menu featuring bottomless margaritas and specialty items, including avocado tostadas, arroz con huevos rancheros, and breakfast tacos. And no worries—the secret speakeasy lounge still exists for evening thrills, but we’ll let you discover how to enter on your own.
Fans of Laser Wolf might have noticed a new food truck posted up in front called Tacobellus, an apt name for the bar’s owner Jordan Bellus. This new truck offers late-night Mexican bites perfect for enjoying while relaxing in the ultra-chill courtyard. “There’s only a handful of great food trucks/trailers in town, and we love the idea of being mobile for events,” says Bellus. He plans on bringing the truck out a few nights a week with no set schedule. Expect more traditional tacos made with handmade tortillas filled with pork, steak, or chicken. also gaining traction are Tex-Mex-style renditions like the Jordita Munch: a flour tortilla with refried beans and cheese wrapped around a crunchy tortilla, then loaded with meat and cheese and topped with sour cream and salsa.