El Vato Tequila and Taco Bar
Miami, FL 33130
- All Major Credit Cards
- Dinner, Lunch
- Full bar
- Not Necessary, Recommended
- Lot Available, Meters
Miami New Times' Description
Vato is more of a bar/lounge than dining establishment; the decorative theme is that of a Tijuana dive re-imagined as a backdrop for a music video. The concise menu comprises "primero" offerings (two soups, grilled cheese "chicharron," chipotle cheese dip, and nachos) and a "segundo" section of tacos, flautas, quesadillas, enchiladas, fajitas, and burritos. Diners begin with a basket of thin, crisp tortilla chips and three dips: tomatillo, red chili, and chipotle aioli. Great start, and one that pairs well with a half-dozen Mexican beers ($6),a couple dozen premium tequilas, and five margaritas ($10 to $15), including a potent, well-balanced "classic." Best bet are tacos -- small, soft tortillas (choice of flour or corn) folded around grilled steak or chicken, fresh chunks of mahi-mahi, and/or moist morsels of pulled pork (carnitas). Diced onion, chopped cilantro, and lime wedges are served alongside, which is the way it ought to be.
Tips from foursquare
In addition to the weekday happy hour special, ($5 Margaritas) El Vato Tequila & Taco Bar brings more than 60 tequilas to the South Miami Avenue spot.
You must checkout the sinks in the bathrooms. Very Cool!
El Vato tries to make traditional Tex Mex as healthy as possible without sacrificing taste. The kitchen uses zero-trans-fat oils packed with good-for-you omega-3s.
You can sit inside the car!
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