Key Biscayne is home to over 10 types of cuisine and even more restaurant variations. In the Square Shopping Center is a Mexican gem: Tacopolis, a restaurant that highlights the amazing flavors and lively spirit of Mexico.
Arturo Herrera, owner and chef, opened the restaurant several years ago with the aim of introducing the key to Mexican cuisine. He has created a menu that features traditional dishes – fajitas, steak tacos, tacos al pastor – as well as new dishes that help reinforce the authentic identity. Finally, he named the restaurant Tacopolis, which roughly translates to The Taco Capital.
Herrera is also behind the restaurant counter every day, which brings her to life. He has a gastronomic background and loves to cook. His favorite dish to cook is octopus due to its simplicity and elegance when served. His favorite dish to eat is lamb chops in mole rosa (a creamed chilli paste). He calls it the perfect combination of Mexico and outdoor cooking.
As for the customers’ favorite dishes, they are different at each meal. For breakfast, it’s Huevos Rancheros (a fried egg with salsa cooked on a crispy corn tortilla).
Mexican and American breakfasts aren’t too different. Herrera says, “Our breakfast starts with basic ingredients found in all types of cuisine – tomatoes, onions, cilantro and eggs; something you could easily do at home. That’s what makes breakfast so appealing, it tastes like home.
At lunchtime, people tend to favor fajitas or burritos over skirt steak. They are convenient to eat and offer a great taste.
The most popular dish at dinner time is fries and guacamole.
Chef Arturo shares the secret to making the perfect guacamole: “Keep it simple. Before you add all those other ingredients, it’s important to recognize the authentic taste of guacamole. You need to balance the ingredients without overshadowing the star of the dish, the avocado. “
Herrera describes Mexican cuisine as an explosion of flavors.
For those who have never tried Mexican cuisine, it resembles the foods we already eat. Cooking is not based on specific ingredients. Instead, it uses traditional flavors and spices that are combined in non-traditional ways, creating magic. People should especially let go of the stigma that all Mexican food is spicy. It’s not true. None of the menu items at Tacopolis are spicy — although they can be made that way by adding sauces or jalepeño. The chef made it this way so the flavor could shine through without an unexpected kick.
Tacopolis is a family restaurant serving a range of Mexican favorites. The menu also includes sandwiches, soups, salads and grilled chicken. There is bound to be something for everyone.
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Taco Polis is located in the Square Shopping Center at 260 Crandon Blvd. They are open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; on Sundays they open at 11 a.m. You can reach them at (786) 703-5523.