Decent Mexican food is very hard to come by in South Florida. Sure, there are pockets here and there, as well as the occasional “hidden gems,” but stellar Mexican food is not something that South Florida is known for. It sucks for people like me, who would eat tacos several times a week if I could get away with it.
Sometimes, you just really need a taco. That’s where I was one Tuesday afternoon, which is quite apt since “Taco Tuesday” is a thing even all the way over here in Miami. Through a streak of luck, I found a place that serves Mexican food not too far away. Antojitos Mexicanos Tenorio is located in the Olympia Heights area in Southwest Miami. It’s situated in a very nondescript shopping center on the corner of Bird Rd and 147th Ave. I drove by it twice before I finally spotted it.
The restaurant has that hole-in-the-wall dive kind of feel to it. There are no actual tables in here. Just two counters with stools. Thankfully, I came early enough and on a slow day, so I had no trouble finding a place to sit.
They had horchata on their menu, which is automatic bonus points for me. Their version of this rice drink had the perfect balance of richness and spice. No watery horchata here. Already, this place was showing some promise.
In addition to the daily specials, they also have specials on their menu that are available every day. They have a 3 taco special for a discounted price, but only if all three tacos are the same kind of meat. Since I wanted to try different meats, I ordered three tacos a la carte to try. I got steak, carnitas (shredded pork), and al pastor. Taking a bite out of these was like taking a bite out of a taco from a street vendor. I mean that in the best possible way. The corn tortillas were tender, yet held together. A squeeze of lime on the tacos rounded it out. Of these three, my favorite by far was the al pastor.
In fact, it was so good that I ordered another, along with a chicken taco to try. The shredded chicken, while flavorful, felt a bit on the dry side to me. The al pastor tacos were the clear winners for me.
The counter service was very polite, and the food is prepared to order but quick. Be prepared to wave someone down if you need something, though. Once you get your food, they kind of forget that you’re there. Still, next time I’m in the mood for some good tacos, I know that Antojitos Mexicanos where I need to go.