HuaHua’s Taqueria opened up in a little spot not too far from Shake Shack (how I gauge distance in SoBe) with about 4 counter seats and a few tables (with seats duh) outside. I got there as the people in Hialeah say, “super” early. I walked in a couple of minutes before they even opened which gave me a couple of extra minutes to figure out what exactly my wife Marcela and I were gonna order. While she was busy trying to figure out which 2 Tacos she wanted I placed an order for a family of 4. I ordered a Mexican Coke to start with and later worked myself up to a TutiFruti Jarrito. Marcela enjoyed some H2O. I’m a big fan of Hot Sauce so it was nice to see the great selection for sale and consumption, as part of a Hot Sauce Bar.
Best Jalapeño Cornbread ever. I took one bite and by the second one I was buying up some more to take home. WARNING: They are spicy. The Elote (grilled Corn topped w/Cheese) was another great take on the Mexican Street Food classic. Loved it. The Tortilla Chips were take it or leave it for me and the Queso Blanco w/Chorizo while packed with flavor was a little too watered down for my personal taste. It could have been that I’m partial to a Queso Fundido which is a little denser and probably what I was mentally expecting.
The Breakfast Taco with Marcela’s side of Guac was the first of the Tacos to arrive. The Breakfast Taco came loaded with “Cheesy Eggs”, their Pork Green Chili, Carnitas and Hash Brown. A-huh. Yes, add this one your list of must orders. Do not share. Marcela ordered the two Tacos with spicy tofu creme I believe to ensure I’d have no interest in them. Unbeknownst to her, I was counting on her ordering the Hongo Magicos since I love Mushrooms. The Guaco features fried Avocado and was her definite favorite.
I had ordered 4 more Tacos, yes 4. BBQ Short Rib, Pollo al Pastor, Carnitas and Fried Chicken Tacos made up my family order. I did not try any of the seafood-based Tacos (Shrimp, Mahi & Crispy Pescado). The Pollo al Pastor and BBQ Short Rib stood out as the best of the 4. The charred Pineapple gave the Pollo al Pastor such a great taste and texture. And the Short Rib with pickled Jalapeños, that pretty much says it all right there. By the way, it’s not that the Carnitas & Fried Chicken weren’t good it was just that I felt the other 2 were better.
We weren’t leaving without Paletas. Marcela chose the brand-spanking new Tequila Paleta while I went with what I thought was the weirdest choice available, Elote. We did not share but did try each other’s Paletas (please keep thoughts to yourself). Hers definitely tastes like Tequila but I’m more of a Vodka guy so it didn’t do it for me. Marcela is hardcore and has eaten the worm at the bottom of a Mezcal bottle. She knows her shit and this she loved. Imagine a Cream of Corn frozen…..ok forget that idea, that doesn’t sound very enticing. There are pieces of corn in this oddly refreshing Paleta and to say I obsessed over it is an understatement. You must cap off your meal with a Paleta.
I totally skipped out on the Enchiladas portion of the menu which means they’re on the agenda for the next visit sandwiched in-between an Elote and an Elote Paleta. Yeah, that’s how I do things.
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1211 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida 33139