Ten Best Tacos in Broward and Palm Beach Counties
The taco; it's one of the most ingenious expressions of culinary creativity, a tiny conveyor of meat, vegetable, sauce and cheese held together in a small flap of corn or flour.
Nicole Danna The Blue Cow taco from JoJo's Tacos in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.
Across Central and South America the methodology of construction varies from one country to the next -- and here in South Florida, from one establishment to the next. Today, we have more incarnations than we can count.
One thing they all have in common, however: they're cheap enough for everybody to enjoy on any budget.
No matter where you live, there always seems to be one you have to drive across town to taste. While many of us obsess about the idea of what makes a perfect taco, it's starting to become a battle of culinary expression over cultural authenticity. That means stepping outside the carnitas and carne asada box.
No matter how you like your taco, there's bound to be one in South Florida that will delight your taste buds. So here it is, the ten best tacos in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
10. Rocco's Tacos
By now everyone in South Florida has had at least one Rocco's Tacos taco. This trendy, upbeat Mexican restaurant came on the scene in 2008, a newcomer to the downtown West Palm Beach neighborhood promising plenty of tequila, fresh-made guacamole and -- yes -- meat and veggie-filled tortillas. Six years -- and seven additional locations later -- Rocco's Tacos is now an official part of the South Florida party scene, and owner Rocco Mangel himself is known to perform his special "tequila dance" on top of the bar while pouring guests shots of tequila. And what of those tacos? For the standard taco menu you'll have your choice of hard corn, handmade soft corn or flour tortillas with chicken, pork, steak or "hongos" -- a veggie-based mix of mushroom, manchego cheese, garlic and crema. Each are served with a good dose of toppings including taco sauce, lettuce, fresh pico de gallo, cilantro, pickled red onion and cotija cheese. Needing some more spice in your life? The tacos de calle (street tacos) are just what you're looking for, served in a trio from the Brooklyn featuring pork belly, padron peppers, tomatillo jam, smoky peanut salsa caccahuate, sour orange crema, cilantro and onion to the Quatro Cochinitas with pork belly, smoked bacon, chorizo and pulled pork.
9. Taco Prince
Nicole Danna The award-winning ground beef tacos at Taco Prince in Boca Raton.
This Boca Raton gem is hidden in plain site, spot on the northbound side of Federal Highway in Boca Raton. The name -- Prince -- is most certainly a harbinger of the food to come, creative menu items that are sure to gain popularity with the masses despite being under the shadow of bigger, nearby king of the taco establishments like Rocco's Tacos and Chipotle. How? A California burrito that's stuffed with French fries, steak, cheese, guacamole and chopped tomato, that's how. But that's not what we're here for. Instead, we're going for the "award-winning" ground beef tacos, a pair of hard-shells lined with a thin layer of seasoned rice before a heaping pile of seasoned beef, crumbled cotija cheese and a splash of chipotle sauce. Despite the few ingredients, the flavor comes from the beef -- cooked almost picadillo style -- with a twang of zest from the combination of spices cooked with pea, green olive and potato. Of course, there's also steak, mahi, shrimp or chicken to satisfy that taco craving.
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