I get asked about authentic Mexican Tacos quite a bit and it’s kinda crazy to think but Little Havana has quite a few spots you should probably eat at. El Carnal 2 is one of those spots you need to hit up. Is there an El Carnal 1? Yes but it’s taco trailer that only comes out for special events and parties. The place is not very big and neither is the menu but they make up for it with the tacos.
I ordered a trio of tacos al pastor. If you’re not familiar with Tacos Al Pastor, think a vertical rotisserie where the meat (in this case Pork) is sliced off in slivers. The tacos are served plain on corn tortillas and you add the pico de gallo and sauces. There are 3 sauces to choose from: a guacamole based, a chipotle based and the last one with some heat. I topped all 3 dudes with some pico and then a sauce each. I didn’t find any of them to be bad but I preferred the one with heat. The taco meat was on point which helped.
I also had an order of chicken taquitos/flautas. The chicken flauta wasn’t bad but not good enough to crave. The crema and queso blanco on them was superb, some of the best I’ve ever had. The rice was a little more on the dry side than I would normally expect from an authentic Mexican joint but the right flavors were there. I’ll be back and the next time I’ll be ready to al pastor it up again.
El Carnal 2
1128 SW 8th St, Little Havana, FL