BEHIND THE SCENES
From the outside, this may look like your typical taco stand, but as you walk through a secret entrance it becomes obvious that it’s not. Once you enter the door, you will end up in a huge lounge/restaurant. Bodega is decorated with dim lit chandeliers, couches throughout for lounging, a pool table, and live music. This place is full of excitement! Once my guest and I were seated, we ordered a couple of margaritas while we relaxed and looked over their menu.
For starters, we selected their mouthwatering loaded Esquites, which is grilled Mexican street corn in a medium-sized bowl that’s mixed in with crema, Cotija, chipotle, tomato, pepitas, grilled onion and cilantro. If there is an ingredient you do not like, they will omit it. The spicy yet creamy texture was very tasteful and had me yearning for more, so we decided on some chips and salsa. The tortilla chips were lightly salted, warm, and crispy. The waitress brought three different types of salsa for the chips: salsa verde, salsa brava, and salsa ranchera. We also ordered it with a side of perfectly seasoned and freshly-made Bodega Guacamole.
LET’S TACO ‘BOUT IT
Next, we wanted to dig into their various taco options and decided on three different tacos. The first taco we sampled was the Pollo (chicken) taco. The roasted chicken was perfectly cooked, and contained garlic kale, cilantro, pickled red onion, avocado, and salsa verde, which brought out all the flavors and were well combined. The second taco that we bit into was the Pescado (fish) taco. This delightful taco was made with grilled mahi, charred pineapple slaw, pickled red onion, cilantro, and topped with chipotle-cotija dressing. It was light and tangy with a bit of crunch from the slaw, plus it had a kick to it from the spices used. The last taco we savored was the Aguacate con Frijoles (avocado and beans). For me, this taco was the most filling of all. It came with avocado, refried black beans, lettuce, tomato, cilantro, and red chili crema. We enjoyed the creamy texture from the avocado and the refried beans. The red chili crema was just the right amount of spice. All the tacos were astoundingly delicious and the best we had ever eaten!
1220 16TH ST., MIAMI BEACH
By Vanessa C. Guzman