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Home of the “Original Cuban Taco,” Caja Caliente moves to the Immersive Art Experience, Superblue Miami!
Caja Caliente’s Food Truck has just announced its latest location. The famous food truck that made its debut in the Design District over a year ago has relocated to Superblue Miami, the groundbreaking new enterprise dedicated to producing, presenting, and engaging audiences with experiential art, located in Allapattah. Caja Caliente owner Monica “Mika” Leon announced the eatery’s move earlier this month. Fans of Miami’s favorite Cuban tacos can find the food truck at Superblue every day of the week, with the Grand Opening happening Monday, November 29.
Leon is thrilled to bring her singular and approachable culinary vision to one of the city’s most innovative new art experiences, Superblue Miami. Evocative, impactful and audacious, Superblue supports cutting-edge international artists to deliver guest experiences that are as meaningful as they are transcendent. Similar to Leon’s passion for creating an unforgettable culinary experience for every customer through unique and creative dishes; Superblue artists push the boundaries of what art can be, creating powerful experiences meant to be shared with everyone who visits Superblue Miami. Art lovers can also visit the Rubell Museum, located directly across the street from Superblue, the Rubell Museum features 53,000 square-foot galleries, with 65% dedicated to long-term installations and 35% to special exhibitions, all drawn from a decades old collection by the Rubell family.
Hungry explorers of the immersive art experience and long-time fanatics of Caja Caliente will be pleasantly surprised to find the bold and colorful Caja Caliente food truck parked at the outside deck of Superblue among other amazing Miami food trucks along with a container cafe installation by artist Yinka Ilori. The installation aims to leave everyone feeling invigorated, excited by the worlds Ilori dedicates his work to cultivate.
Caja Caliente’s famous, Cuban-inspired comfort food on wheels serves a menu of fan-favorite items like Lechon Tacos, Vaca Frita Tacos, Octopus Tacos, Lechón Pulled Pork Sandwich, Cuban Tamales, Croquetas, their famous Discos Voladores, and many more. Customers can expect to see monthly rotating specials, the first one will be the SuperBlue Taco, a special collaboration in celebration of the food truck launch. Customers can also expect to find Leon testing out new dishes and bringing an irreverent, casually indulgent vibe to the neighborhood of Allapattah.
The food truck destination will also serve as a delivering hub for neighboring areas like Wynwood, Edgewater, Downtown and MIMO, to name a few.
Caja Caliente has enjoyed both local and nationwide success since bursting onto the scene in 2016, with chef-owner Mika Leon earning features on The Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay, Andrew Zimmerman’s Family Dinners, Guy’s Grocery Games, Chopped and most recently Taste of The Nation with Padma Lakshmi now streaming on HULU.
Caja Caliente’s popular brick-and-mortar location in Coral Gables remains open for delivery, takeout, indoor and outdoor dining. Locals can continue to enjoy items they know and love from Caja Caliente, day in and day out along with a new brunch menu made with locally sourced ingredients.
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About Monica “Mika” Leon The chef behind the Magic
Monica “Mika” Leon has spent the better part of the decade working in kitchens across South Florida. Her journey to chef, restaurant owner, and television personality began humbly with Mika Bites, a wholesale desserts company she launched out of her mother’s garage just after college. With a recently earned business degree in hand and grit and passion to spare, Leon quickly went from home baker to thriving entrepreneur—proving that sweets were only the beginning.
The granddaughter of a successful restaurant owner in Spain, Leon always aspired to have her own one day. She started with a food truck in 2016 and, in 2017, expanded to a larger area whose parking lot she turned into an inviting outdoor dining space for customers. The nimble business model had always appealed to Leon, who was lukewarm on the idea of staying in one place. Her love of travel and seeing the world manifested in a similar desire to hit the streets of Miami with her unique Cuban tacos. The truck, she says, allowed her to explore different neighborhoods, introduce new people to her food, and get a lay of the land before deciding to settle down.
In 2019, Leon put down roots in Coral Gables with the opening of Caja Caliente’s first brick-and-mortar. It was a dream come true for the young chef who brought her family along for this new endeavor. Taking flavor profiles she picked up on her travels through the Mediterranean and combining them with family recipes passed down for generations, Leon’s cooking is highly personal. Traditional roast pork and homespun versions of arroz con pollo are featured on the menu alongside whimsical brunch plates and the healthy dishes she shares on her website, www.MikaLeon.com. Incubated during the lockdown, her website reflects Leon’s evolution as a chef. She focuses on healthy preparations of classic Cuban food and adaptations of her favorite desserts while also drawing inspiration from seasonal ingredients to create new dishes in line with her own clean, whole-food diet.
Concurrent to work in the restaurant, Leon has been cultivating a growing media career with appearances on the Food Network’s Guy’s Grocery Store Games, Chopped and Beat Bobby Flay, among other television shows. She was a finalist for Eater’s Young Guns awards and has been featured in countless publications, both local and national.