Coyo Taco Wynwood: A Breath of Fresh Mexican
While perusing the art walk on saturday with my husband, we worked up a major appetite. We consulted with our food oracle (Yelp) and I was reminded about the newish Mexican spot Coyo Taco. On any given day I have a million new places I want to try out, but can never produce them when my husband asks “Where do you wanna eat?”— it’s pretty predictable and slightly embarrassing, but hey, there’s an app for that. We got in line, which was pretty extensive due to the flood of art-walkers, but while waiting we had an opportunity to check out the process behind the counter( and what I saw really excited me). Whenever you see a dedicated tortilla maker, pressing down the dough and slapping it on the griddle, you just know you’re in for an authentic treat.
Once we reached the front of the line, we ordered two Don Julio margaritas on the rocks (what bona fide Mexican meal could be enjoyed without one?) an order of guacamole, and three of their signature taco selections. El Pastor because it had pork and pineapple, Carne Asada because it’s traditional, and Pescado because it’s our favorite kind of taco. They were all delicious, but the Pescado was my favorite. They come two per order, so its perfect to share three orders and try one of each. The guacamole was perfectly limed, and came with a greasy brown bag of tortilla chips—it was mexican street food, but with an urban twist. I love the communal seating arrangements made up of sprawling picnic tables and if you pay attention, you’ll notice there’s a secret bar beyond the restrooms! We wandered in there after taking our number to wait on the food to be ready, and realized it’s where they were hiding the DJ spinning all sorts of classic hip hop tossed with fresh beats. No food can be enjoyed in the Mexican speakeasy, but you can order a second cocktail while you wait for your meal. If you're anything like me, you drink your margarita like its a juice box.
Coyo Taco was exactly what wynwood needed to feel complete, and it’s perfectly located next to Panther coffee—you know how I swoon over good coffee. The rest of the evening was spent with full and happy bellies as we wandered around the Mana square. We bumped into our favorite thrifters (Jenny Ho and Victor Gosa) the owners of Thrifter MIA—always a pleasure to see them and their pop-up boutique. They were already fans of the fresh-mex spot, and wholeheartedly shared our sentiments.
As we continued meandering around the festivities and local vendors, in that moment I realized how blissfully happy I was to be with my hubby, and living in Miami.
If you have yet to experience the culture, flavors, and myriad of artistic talent featured in the Wynwood art walk, I'd question your sanity, but to be nice, just go. ASAP.