Coral Gables, FL

Florida's "Best Mexican Restaurant" is Upscale, but Uses Recipes from Mexico's Street Markets, and is Reasonably Priced

L. Cane

Many Floridians enjoy authentic Mexican food, which typically goes far beyond basic tacos and nachos. If you manage to find such a restaurant in Florida, you'll typically find dishes such as chilaquiles verdes, tacos al pastor, or chiles en nogada, to name just a few.

Of course, which restaurant in Florida serves the "best," most authentic Mexican food is certainly up for debate, but most diners would arguably appreciate a place that serves fresh, quality food prepared with a nod toward true preserving cultural heritage. Reasonably prices are also appreciated.

The website Love Food has named a restaurant in Coral Gables as Florida's "best Mexican." And the pick arguably has much to like, as follows:

What's So Special about Talavera Cocina Mexicana in Coral Gables?: The restaurant serves authentic, high-quality cuisine that the restaurant's website says is inspired by "traditional street markets" and then refined in classical restaurants.

The atmosphere, decor, and service feel like fine dining, and reservations are encouraged since the place is often busy. The bar is well-stocked and offers a wide variety of creative cocktails. And most dishes are reasonably priced for the quality of the food.

What are Standouts at Talavera Cocina Mexicana? Some feel that the restaurant's huaraches are excellent. This item is corn masa topped with black beans, lettuce, salsa verde, goat cheese, and your choice of meats.

Another popular choice is the Mole Coloradito de Oaxaca which offers seasoned steak served with a succulent sauce as well as raisins, plantains, and nuts. Note that tortillas are hand-ground, made fresh daily, and often come out warm.

What Do Reviewers Say?: Diners who left a Google Review gave this restaurant an average of nearly five stars. Many enjoyed the option of dining outside and described the atmosphere as "upscale."

The cocktails received high marks, as did the quality and taste of the food, and the service. Many reviewers included photos of their meals because the presentation shows great attention to detail.

How are the Prices?: Although many say that this restaurant feels quite upscale, the prices are arguably reasonable for your dining experience and the quality of your meal.

A delicious roast pork huarache is $19. The steak mole, one of the more expensive items on the menu, is $26. A popular vegetarian option, the cazuela vegetariana is only $17.

In terms of cocktails, almost every option other than a full bottle of wine is under $15.

Hours and Address: Talavera Cocina Mexicana can be found at 2299 Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables. The restaurant is open every day from noon to 10:00 pm, except on Friday and Saturday when it closes at 11:00 pm. You can make reservations by calling 786-746-7444.

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