Tacos are one of life’s simplest pleasures: easy to assemble, delicious, and they come in almost every shape, size and flavor. And while many of us celebrate tacos every Tuesday, October 4th is set aside each year in honor of the small but mighty taco and all its tasty glory. This National Taco Day don't just taco 'bout celebrating -- eat and indulge.
Here are some great restaurants and watering holes on Fort Lauderdale Beach you should definitely make part of your National Taco Day celebration plans -- and best of all, if you can't make it out on October 4, you can make any day a Taco Day celebration, with the benefit of an ocean view.
James Beard Award winning restaurateur, Stephen Starr, opened the Fort Lauderdale Beach outlet of his Mexican restaurant, El Vez, in May 2018, and the indoor-outdoor restaurant & bar has been receiving rave reviews since. While menu favorites such as the Classic Guacamole, Tuna Tostadas Ceviche and the Grilled Corn are suspended on the menu for now (2020) -- you'll find a delightful selection of Tacos daily ranging from the creative Quesadilla Taco* (16) made with queso mixto, spring onions, jalapeno and your choice of chicken, steak*, chipotle marinated shrimp or tofu al Pastor to the classic Crispy Mahi Mahi Tacos (14) prepared with red cabbage, avocado & chipotle pepper remoulade in a flour tortilla which delight with every bite. www.elvezftlauderdale.com
With a menu that reflect a dash of Florida flair and creative American touches, the cuisine at Sea Level Restaurant & Ocean Bar is dining at its most inspired. Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean at Marriott Harbor Beach Resort, the restaurant serves up the region’s freshest seafood, choice cuts of meat and high-quality produce to appeal to every palate. For National Taco day or any day take a tip from YELP reviewer Elise K. of Philadelphia who claiming "Literally the best part of my vacation was the Baja Fish Tacos at Sea Level." And don't forget to try a cocktail, where bartenders offer the Garden to Glass method of mixology. These drinks are prepared with the freest squeezed juices and herbs from the chef's organic garden. www.sealevelharborbeach.com
LONA CUCINA Y TEQUILERIA
Mexican chef Pablo Salas’ chic new Mexican eatery Lona, named New Times' Best Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale in 2018 and located on a stunning strip of beachfront real estate, offers its own take on soulful Mexican cuisine. The menu is diverse, with highlights like pumpkin tamales, braised beef cheek, and cabbage al fuego (grilled cabbage with cream, cotija cheese, truffle oil, pipian sauce, and cauliflower puree) -- but it's the Backyard Carne Asada Tacos which are a must out of the ample taco selection. Of course, no South Florida Mexican restaurant would be complete without a proper Taco Tuesday, and Lona’s "Taco Tuesday" raises the bar, where from 3 to 7 p.m., you can order up $5 tacos and margarita cocktails. lonarestaurant.com.
Offering modern-coastal fare with a distinctly local undercurrent, Burlock Coast at The Ritz Carlton Fort Lauderdale Beach, is an innovative restaurant-café-market-bar that channels the creativity of Prohibition era rum runners. Their irreverent spirit shines throughout the buzzing atmosphere that has helped make it a stand out on the Fort Lauderdale Beach culinary scene with both locals and visitors. With an eclectic menu, gastronomes will go wild for the bite size Chef Inspired Tacos on Tuesday's from 5-9 pm, when you can indulge in two tasty chef's daily tacos + one mouthwatering handcrafted margarita for just $15. www.burlockcoast.com
As the name implies, El Taquito , which translates to "little taco" features tacos -- but it doesn't stop there. Boasting home-cooked dishes inspired by owners Osvaldo and Angelica's own family recipes, you can count on only the finest ingredients, and most exquisite and flavorful traditional street foods found in Mexico, from their little restaurant on Fort Lauderdale Beach. While you can enjoy Fajita, Chimichanga, Enchiladas, Quesadilla and a pretty hearty breakfast too, their Tacos are the star of the show. Crispy or hand rolled in warm tortillas, your choice of stuffings include chicken, steak, fish, shrimp, pork or sausage. Oh, and did we mention they start at $1.99 each? www.eltaquitomexicanrestaurant.com
Man cannot live by Chicken Wings alone. Well, maybe they can -- but at Hooters they are out to prove there is more that you can do with Buffalo Chicken Wings than you'd think. Take their Buffalo Chicken Tacos for example -- grilled or crispy and tossed in your favorite wing sauce, they're stripped from the bone and topped with cabbage, pico de gallo and your choice of ranch or bleu cheese, then piled high inside flour tortillas. And if seafood is more your thing, the Baja Shrimp or Mahi Tacos are perfectly seasoned and and grilled then loaded with cabbage, pico de gallo and a special sauce and wrapped in flour tortillas -- and that's something to hoot about. www.hootersflorida.com