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El Vato Tequila and Taco Bar

Map & Directions 1010 S. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33130
  • Mexican
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Takeout
  • 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.

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Tips from foursquare

  • AskMen on 07/29/11

    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.

  • Brickellinfo on 05/26/11

    60 tequilas!

  • @MisterHirsch on 11/05/11

    You must checkout the sinks in the bathrooms. Very Cool!

  • Gilt City on 12/22/11

    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.

  • Brickellinfo on 10/11/11

    You can sit inside the car!

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