Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Eat It - T-Mex Evolution, 235 14th Street, Miami Beach, FL (305)538-3009

OH MAN, what a crappy name for a restaurant! It used to be called Tacos San Loco or Taco San Loco. I'm not sure which. They actually sound the same when you say them out loud. That was a pretty cool name, but I heard there was a restaurant somewhere else that had the same name and they had to drop it. But guess what! The food didn't get any less awesome with the name change. [Hint: you guys could just change the name again to something way less retarded. Like Loco Taco or Taco Loco or Sobe Tacos. Maybe Sobe is trademarked, but that's not really fair since it's a neighborhood and the company is based in Connecticut. The dude who founded Sobe Beverage went to Tufts, btw. Yeah 'Bos!]

Eat It, Miami contributor and all-around great dude*, Chef BoyarAndy, had never been to T-Mex, and last Friday night, after a few $4 beers at Zeke's, we decided to head there and introduce him.

We each had a Guaco Loco (similar in concept to the old Taco Bell Double Decker Taco), which has a hard corn taco shell surrounded by a soft flour tortilla with guacamole in between, and beef or chicken or tofu or beans, lettuce, cheese and a half slice of tomato on top that is kind of hard to eat but looks cool, and hot sauce. You choose mild, hot, serious, or stupid. If you order mild, the waiter will heckle you, so just order medium or hotter. So, so, so good. It is one of the things you must try in Miami, like the burger at Le Tub.

But there's also something called a Queso Loco, that substitutes cheese for the guacamole sandwiched between the taco shell and the soft tortilla. I'd never had one in all of my twenty or thirty trips to T-Mex. Well, I'm glad that I went for it, because, as my moans of ecstasy revealed, the melted cheesy middle was the most delicious I'd experienced at T-Mex. So get your ass over there and order a Queso Loco and a Guaco Loco.

It's one of the best places for late-night food on South Beach. And if you need a drink, The Deuce is right across the street. And if you get hungry after you go there, you can go to Sandwicherie for yet another bite. And then you can go to Lost Weekend and have another drink and eat at the Alibi sandwich counter inside there if you're still hungry. And so on, and so forth.

*Chef BoyarAndy is known to take a coozie along with him to keep his beer cold and his hand warm and dry. He almost always has an extra one or more for his buddies. Even when one of them lost his favorite Bushwood Country Club coozie at Miami Chophouse once.


Kevin Cerino said...

The name was changed because of a divorce. There were two restaurants with the dame name, one here and one in NY. The owners divorced, and each of them got one of the restaurants. I'm not sure how they decided which one got to keep the name.

Colin said...

Thanks Kevin! Interesting...also interesting that the menu items didn't change. I would have expected those to change along with the name. Or at least the names of said items.