taquiza carnitas from Mercadito, Miami

Forget Taco Bell!

It was a good week for people who like their Mexican food to-go, with the opening of two spicy take-out and drive-through windows in Midtown and South Miami respectively.

On Monday, Mercadito Midtown, the upscale Mexican restaurant that’s taken the mainland by storm, opened Mercadito Taqueria next door. At Mercadito Taqueria, patrons can make their own tacos, burritos or tortas, selecting from stuffings such as grilled chicken, steak, poblano peppers, grilled tilapia, or chipotle BBQ pork. The popular guacamole & chips (ripe Haas avocado, tomatillo pico de gallo, jalapeño garlic, and a hint of key lime), is also available at the Taqueria, as are sides such as the arroz y frijoles (classic home-style Mexican rice and black beans) and the crisp ensalada de la casa (mixed greens, red cabbage, corn, jicama, queso fresco, chipotle-balsamic vinaigrette, plus optional grilled chicken, juicy steak, or perfectly grilled shrimp add-ons).

Tip: A good time to try out this spot is Friday, May 21, 2010, as Mercadito Taqueria will donate 20% of their proceeds from that day to benefit Camillus House, a locally based non-profit organization that provides humanitarian services to men, women and children who are poor and homeless.

Mercadito Taqueria

3252 N.E. 1 Ave., Midtown
(786) 369-0430

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