Thursday, January 29, 2015

Valued Meal

Late-night Mexican food meets a gourmet Southern gentleman


You know the late-night drill.

You beneath the glow of the extra-value menu board, blearily crunching numbers like that scene in A Beautiful Mind, summing up calorie totals and 99-cent items in hopes that some new combination of cheese and bread prevents your hangover. Yet there's no avoiding eater's remorse or your stomach's mighty revenge the next morning.

But now Haven chef Todd Erickson has us believing that late-night satisfaction is possible in South Beach thanks to his new spot Huahua’s Taqueria, slated to open next week.

In this oasis of repurposed barn wood and cacti, Southern soul food meets Mexican gourmet in fried chicken tacos with ancho ranch and jalapeno cornbread, and braised short rib enchiladas with beef or pork chili on top.

No paper crowns. Nothing snack chip loco'd. Just magical BBQ short rib taco bowls and grilled mahi tacos, and the ultimate kicker: booze.

Because while there's plenty of Mexican beer and fresh-made margaritas on hand, nothing beats a tequila ice pop while recharging at their convenient iPhone charging station. 

Which might be the best late-night save of all.

Huahua’s Taqueria
1211 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach
(305) 534-8226

Parking: Street
Scene: Late-night Haven menu lovers hankering for a Mexican twist 
Best bets: Fried chicken taco; braised short rib enchiladas; tequila ice pops
Hot seat: At a small table under the Mexican jumping beans
Nearby: Haven; Purdy Lounge; Abbey Brewing Company

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