Rick's Reviews: Taco Loco

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Tacocraft, in the middle of historic Himmarshee Village, is part of the JEY Hospitality Group which runs a bunch of other restaurants in the area including Pizzacraft, ROK:BRGR and the new Henry’s sandwich shop in nearby F.A.T. Village. All of the group’s restaurants are offering 20 percent off for locals through the end of September, which provides the perfect excuse for extending Taco Tuesday throughout the week.

Tacocraft takes its name from its tortillas, which are handcrafted by Mexican señoras who have been taught by their mothers and grandmothers. The restaurant features modern interpretations of street food classics in an urban, artsy atmosphere. Local Wynwood street artist Ruben Ubiera has created a playful and inviting space with graffiti-style murals. The dining room spills out onto the street with an attractive and busy patio.

Start your meal with either of the guacamole recipes, both made in-house, the traditional with Hass avocados, Serranos, tomato, red onion and cilantro, or the tropical version, which adds mango, mandarin orange, pomegranate, pineapple, Vidalia onion, and Fresno chilis. Unlike most spots, you have to pay for chips and salsa, but the fresh, still warm flour tortilla chips are so good and the trio of sauces so inviting, you won’t mind the extra $3. Yuca fries are given a dash of special seasoning and served with seasoning, mojo sour cream.

You can order a burrito, skirt steak or a couple of salads, but the stars here are the tacos served individually or in a combo of three with rice and beans for $12. The regular menu options include; smoked brisket topped with slaw and pickled red onion, crispy adobo pork sprinkled with cotija cheese, blackened ahi tuna with spicy mayo, pork belly in a sweet and spicy chili glaze, Mexican chorizo with potato hash and a fried egg, adobo braised chicken, breaded cod filet, tempura-battered shrimp, kale and sweet potato hash, ground beef, mushroom confit or skirt steak.

There are also daily special tacos. Monday’s is achiote marinated tofu, Tuesday’s is mojo pork, Wednesday’s is an oyster po’ boy, Thursday brings buttermilk fried chicken topped with slaw and pickled fresnos and Friday’s special tops lobster tempura with jicama, avocado, habanero and an apricot aioli. Orange-glazed duck confit with chicharrones made from the duck’s skin are showcased on Saturday and Sunday’s special is beer-braised tongue with salsa verde, cotija cheese, and pickled red onion.

While the three-taco platter is filling, especially if you’ve had a basket of chips, you’ll want to save room for dessert. House-made churros come with dulce de leche and chocolate sauces, there’s also tequila caramel flan and homemade paletas, sort of a Mexican popsicle.

Tacocraft also serves brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The menu includes Mexican hash (chorizo, poblanos, potatoes, caramelized onions) topped with a sunny-side-up egg, cheese and chipotle crème, coconut and dulce de leche infused French toast, a breakfast burrito, steak and eggs and huevos rancheros in addition to the regular menu offerings.

 

Tacocraft Taqueria & Tequila Bar

204 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale

954-463-2003

tacocraft.com

 

Check out these other local taco spots:

 

Agave Taco

2949 N. Federal, Fort Lauderdale

954-530-9065

agave-tacobar.com

 

Alegria Tacos

3801 N. Andrews Ave., Oakland Park

954-563-7170

 

Quvo Tacos & Craft

4354 N. Federal, Fort Lauderdale

954-368-3664

quvotacos.com


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