Coyo Taco

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I love tacos. Like, a lot. So, when I was in Miami, I was definitely excited to stop by Coyo Taco in Wynwood for my fix. Most times, if you think of a quick-serve taco place, you might be thinking of that Bell spot where everything is, well, gross. Hate me now if you love it, but you’re doing tacos all wrong. In fact, I don’t even know why we’re discussing this. So, I’ll continue. Let’s imagine a place that serves up Mexican street food, where the ingredients are handcrafted, locally sourced, 100% natural, and the meats are naturally raised and humanely treated. Too good to be true? Perhaps, but it exists at Coyo Taco. And, did I mention it’s all served up quickly and super affordably priced? Well, I just did. 

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I ordered a couple things, and started with their Elote De Calle (corn on the cob, chipotle aioli, cotija). I absolutely love Mexican street corn, and this was really delicious. You really can’t go wrong with a fresh ear of corn, grilled, and smothered with all the goodness of chipotle aioli and cotija cheese. It’s science. The only thing I will say, is that I only noticed after I ordered, that they offer Esquite, which is off the cob. Because, let’s be real, there’s no glamorous way to eat a huge thing of corn on the cob coated in aioli and cheese. 

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Then, I had the Pulpo Tacos (hand pressed flour tortillas, charred octopus, salsa veracruzana, pickled jalapeños). I’ve had my fair share of octopus at some more upscale restaurants, and for only $9, these are a strong competitor. I always appreciate a stuffed-to-the-gills taco, but, you’ll need to bust out the fork and knife at some point for these guys. The flavors are all outstanding here, everything is fresh and each ingredient pops. The charred octopus is tender, and had that great smokiness and slight char on the outside. They were amazing. 

The Shorts: 
Name: Coyo Taco
Location: 2300 NW 2nd Avenue #3, Miami, FL
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Absolutely. The food is awesome, and there are a number of picnic tables outside, in addition to seating inside, so you can enjoy your tacos al fresco. 
Would I recommend it? Definitely. Everything is really affordable, fresh, and delicious. You’re also a few blocks away from the Walls of Wynwood, so you can check out some incredible wall art after your meal. 

Seamore’s

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Seafood. I love it. So, when I heard Michael Chernow, co-owner of The Meatball Shop, opened up a new seafood spot in Nolita, I had to check out Seamore’s.

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Similar to The Meatball Shop, the vibe is laid back, the menu has delicious offerings, and the price point is super affordable. The focus is all on seasonal seafood, primarily fish, but there are still options for vegetarians and even a burger, if you HAVE to eat meat. But really, it’s all about the seafood, so, you should definitely go with that. To start, I ordered a cocktail, Mezcal Old Fashioned (mezcal, resposado tequila, muddled citrus, citrus bitters). So, I love mezcal, but I’m not a huge Old Fashioned fan, but, I let the former outweigh the latter in my decision. Ok, so, perhaps not my best decision. On a positive, I only needed to order one drink, since it was pretty potent (win for my wallet, maybe not the best for their chance to get me to order another beverage). I will say though, while it isn’t meant to be a sweet drink, I would have loved a little more of the citrus flavor, a little lighter on the bitters. However, an Old Fashioned drinker might have loved it without any complaints. I did get to try my dining buddy’s drink, Shore Thing, which was super delightful, and would definitely order that next time. 

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To eat, I ordered Spicy Squid Tacos (corn tortillas, kale, apple, cotija, corn nuts). Ho. Ly. S**t. These were so amazing. The tacos themselves are generous in size, and stacked with the ingredients, so, you’re probably good to take a couple big bites of each one before losing most of it on the plate. So, in an unusual taco-eating fashion, I had to fork and knife it, which, was totally fine, and, made me look like a delicate lady (thanks, Seamore’s). The spicy squid isn’t too spicy, and has a fantastically seasoned flavor with a bit of a briny scent and flavor. The rest of the ingredients bring such a complexity of flavor and texture, that it can only best be summed up as f**king delicious. That’s technical enough, right? 

The Shorts:
Name: Seamore’s
Location: 390 Broome Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Hell yes. The tacos were so amazing, and I literally wanted just about everything off the menu, so, I have my work cut out for me.
Would I recommend it? For shore (bad pun, sorry, had to). The service was great, the food was fantastic, I just won’t be ordering the same drink again. A small sacrifice for a brilliant dish.