RESTAURANT 101
Grab the Bull by the Horns at El Parador

El Parador is one of the oldest names on the block...but that's no reason to write it off, it's stuck around for a reason! This joint opened up in 1959 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Owner Jose "Alex" Alejandro took the reins from his father, who acquired the restaurant in 1990. Blockheads loyals will start singing a different tune once they step into this quaint and cozy Mexican hub. They have all your favorite dishes and some more unique selections, including Jalapenos Rellenos (jalapenos stuffed with anejo cheese or chunky peanut butter) and Mexican Fried Ice Cream. The staff is friendly and the customers are always enjoying themselves and coming back for more. It's best to make a reservation because even in the middle of the week, this place is hopping.

DAILY BITES
CINCO Opens On Cinco

Attention South Florida: there’s another reason to celebrate Cinco de Mayo today! Cinco Cantina & Tequila Bar is opening its doors today, just in time for our beloved Cinco de Mayo festivities! Featuring a beautiful bar and an expansive menu, created and executed by Chef John Belleme and his talented kitchen staff, the restaurant, located in the upscale Village of Merrick Park’s beautiful plaza, is slated to open to the public on our favorite Mexican holiday. Seating 366 throughout a spacious dining room, bar, outdoor patio and two private rooms, Cinco is perfect for all the foodies and scene-makers that flock to the designer boutiques that fill the Spanish-style al fresco shopping center. Bringing the spirit of Cinco de Mayo to Miami 365 days a year, Cinco will feature a rustic and festive ambiance with colorful and traditional Mexican design elements.

DAILY BITES
Rosa Mexicano Now In Miami Beach

Originally opened in 1984 in Midtown Manhattan, Rosa Mexicano was hailed as elevating Mexican cuisine to an upscale fare. Now with the opening of its second South Florida location on Lincoln’s Road’s stunning Herzog & de Mueron plaza at 1111 Lincoln Road, Rosa Mexicano brings its chic vibe and authentic Mexican cuisine to Miami Beach. As I stare out my office window at their al fresco diners, I wish I was eating their signature table-side prepared guacamole right now! Not only is Rosa Mexicano known for their made-to-order guacamole, their signature tacos de panza de puerco (pork belly tacos) served on house-made tortillas, with spicy piloncillo pickles and fiery molcajete salsa, is also a must-try! If you have not tried their Frozen Pomegranate Margarita, what are you waiting for? We included it in our list of must-have Spring Break drinks!

RESTAURANT 101
"The Best Tacos... Period!"

It's as easy as clicking your heels together three times and chanting "There's no place like Mexico, there's no place like Mexico, there's no place like Mexico". The hot new restaurant Tacontento, tucked away on Lincoln Lane, will make you feel as though you have stepped through a porthole into another country.

The decor and atmoshphere at Tacontento is authentic, charming, fun, comfortable and so aesthetically engulfing that you will forget to look at your menu to select your meal. To top it off, the service is warm, friendly, upbeat and professional. My gayte and I were graciously seated by a sweet hostess at a community table and were then swiftly greeted within seconds by our server with an offer for something to drink. We already felt as though we weren't in Kansas, or on South Beach anymore.

STAFF FAVORITES
Seduced by Mayahuel

The trend in the bar scene lately has been Tequila. New mescal concoctions are popping up everywhere, as are high-end brand options that rival the old standby, Patron. Well the talent behind the mixology temple, Death & Company have created their own place for agave-worship and its called Mayahuel.