La Santa Taqueria is Answering Miami’s Taco Prayers

By Mitchell Nover

Opened in July 2017, La Santa Taquería is (currently) a pop-up slinging authentic Mexican street tacos all around Miami as they build up to their own grand concept of a mezcal and tequila bar. Helmed by Chef Omar Montero – whose name you may recognize from La Veinte Deli & Café, Copper 29, and Unique Catering Design – the concept of La Santa came to life after he searched high and low for a little piece of his hometown of Mexico City  in South Florida. After creating the menu concepts for the aforementioned restaurants, an entrepreneurial spirit was sparked in Chef Omar, leading him to opening La Santa as his first personal project. I visited at their most recent location at the Midtown Garden Center for a very special #TacoTuesday experience surrounded by lush greenery and artistic murals.

Menu highlights: La Santa serves various tacos perfect for meat lovers, vegetarians, and the like, along with Mexican street corn, guacamole, quesadillas and more. On Tuesdays, guests can enjoy the taco of the week at just $2.50. All neatly noted on a board right at the entrance, for your convenience. And all supremely delicious, btw.

Pictured below: Totopos & Guac, Elote, and Saudero, Al Pastor, and Carnitas Tacos.

Standout dish: Oddly enough, my favorite dish of the night was the Chilaquiles Taco Tuesday special… Go figure! Generally speaking, I’m a sucker for chilaquiles, and these might have been the best I’ve ever had. The combination of the crisp totopos, tangy salsa verde, savory beef, and creamy crema just works perfectly. This is a dish that I could easily eat every day. There are so many different flavors and textures in every bite, it’s almost too good to be true. Can we make #ChilaquilesTuesdays a thing? No, just me? Ok…

Are we boozing? For now, La Santa is BYOB (you know liquor licenses can be hard to come by when you don’t have a fixed location. So go ahead and bring your own booze, or just enjoy in the simple pleasure of a Jarritos Mexican Soda.

Check this place out if you like: T-A-C-O-S! Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar, Lolo’s Surf Cantina, and SoCal Taco Co. all hit the spot. (And for your chilaquiles fix, try brunch at Sweet Liberty).

Mitch’s take: Although they just moved out of the Midtown Garden Center location, La Santa will be popping up again somewhere soon in Miami. While I’ll miss them until then, you better believe I’ll be stalking their Instagram to find out when and where I can make a return visit.

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