Folks are always talking about the lack of “Authentic” Mexican restaurants in South Florida but they must be looking in the wrong places. I seem to run into them all over the place. Even the bad authentic places are better than the brightly lit Tex-Mex “cantinas” chains all over Miami. How authentic is La Fiesta Mexicana? Well, there were only Mexicans eating here so that’s got to be a good sign, right? The Especiales board listed 3 Carnitas or Pastor Tacos for $5 U.S. I was definitely sold on that but I figured I’d throw in an order of Nachos, Enchiladas Verdes and Huevos ala Mexicana. I end up washing everything down with a Mexican Coke (the import version of Coke with Sugar Cane instead of Corn Syrup).
My heart just sank when they placed this dish before me. Nacho Cheese? Sour Cream? The chips were ok but this seemed like a dish created to appease the mall crowds. If you think Flanigan’s Nachos are great then dig in but these were not for me.
When I placed my 3 Al Pastor Taco order I was told they were just out. My split-second response was to go the 3 different Tacos route: Tacos de Carne Asada, Barbacoa, & Pollo (Chicken). The Chicken was exactly as I find it at most authentic Mexican joint, dry and flavorless. The Carne Asada was good but god damn was that Barbacoa excellente. The Barbacoa made me wish I had gone with 3 of them.
The Enchiladas Verdes de Queso came with the standard Rice, Beans, and Salad. My only issue was that Sour Cream replaced the Mexican Crema but the Beans & Rice were right on point. The Salsa Verde had just the right heat too.
The Huevos a la Mexicana (Scrambled Eggs with Onion, Tomato, Jalapeño, Cilantro) con Chorizo w/Rice & Beans was the unequivocal champion for me at La Fiesta Mexicana. There was heat from the Jalapeño hiding in the background with that great Mexican Chorizo flavor. The Onions and Tomato brought some added texture and depth to it. I could probably have this for breakfast everyone morning of my life and never complain. I would probably also shorten my life span by at least 10 years by having this daily but it might just be worth it.
I’m going to return and hope that I can get my hands on an Al Pastor Taco. If I don’t well….I’ll always have Huevos a la Mexicana to fall back on. Let me know if you hit this place up and how it goes in the comments area below.
Authentic Mexican Food in Westchester, Who Knew?:
La Fiesta Mexicana is CLOSED
10505 SW 40th Street Westchester, Florida 33165