Bodega Taqueria y Tequila

Posted By : denise/ 260

Hello Foodie Friends,

Today’s post features one of my favorite fast casual foods: tacos!  I received an invitation to dine at Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in Ft. Lauderdale a few weeks ago and I’m happy to share my experience with you today.

Since opening its doors to their original location in South Beach, just steps away from the famed Lincoln Road Mall on 16th Street in 2015, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, founded by Menin Hospitality’s Keith Menin and Jared Galbut and led by Culinary Director Bernie Matz, has been offering traditional Mexican favorites as well as unconventional and innovative interpretations, Bodega specializes in tacos and tortas, homemade sodas and authentic beverages in a dynamic, eclectic “puebla” inspired setting.

“We’ve always loved Fort Lauderdale and have been waiting for the right moment and location to open a Bodega Taqueria y Tequila there since we opened our first flagship location in South Beach in 2015,” said Keith Menin, Co-Founder & Principal of Menin Hospitality. “When we saw that they were developing and re-envisioning the riverfront, the new towers, and the Wharf, we found an iconic historic corner that just felt like Bodega. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome guests to Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, Fort Lauderdale.” 

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila has been revered as one of the hottest Mexican restaurants in America. GQ Magazine has named Bodega “the most popular restaurant in the entire state of Florida for late-night eats”;  InStyle Magazine said it’s one of “4 hot spots worth visiting on your next trip to Miami”; HuffPost called it the “hottest Mexican restaurants in America”; and Elite Daily boasted it as one of “Miami’s hottest nightspots.” A favorite among celebrities, fans include Michael B. Jordan, Niall Horan, Brody Jenner, Diplo, Jamie Foxx, Gabrielle Union, Travis Scott, Nina Agdal, and Joe Jonas, to name a few.

The dining area inside the restaurant is quite small offering up just one high top communal table, however, there are plenty of picnic tables set up along the sidewalk just outside for guests to sit down and enjoy their meal. Head up to the window of a decked out converted Silver Stream trailer and place your order.
Cervesas and Fruity Flavored Frozen Margaritas are available for your drinking pleasure.
Me with that happy look on my face as I knew I was about to dig in to some tasty food any moment
We tried a sampling of four of their tacos: carnitas (pork), carne asada (steak), pescado (fish) and tequila camarones (shrimp). To my surprise, the tequila camarones were both our faves.
The roasted pork quesadillas with a side of fresh guacamole were terrific.
I’m a huge fan of Mexican Street Corn and this one did not disappoint!
These churros with nutella were highly addictive!
We had no idea what was in store for us when Tyler, the awesome GM, lead us through this door to what appeared to be a graffiti walled “bathroom”…

 

But turned out to be the entrance to this amazing Late-Night Speakeasy!!!! (See details below)

Inside the taqueria, a door leads guests to Bodega’s late-night speakeasy – the perfect spot for happy hour, daytime fun, and late-night debauchery – that features an extensive cocktail menu and live music by local bands and DJs. Signature cocktails include the Pico Picante (Herradura Silver, Ilegal Mezcal, Cucumber, Cilantro, Jalapeno, Lime, Orange Bitters)La Diablita (Don Julio Blanco, Apricot, Blackberries, Ginger, Fresh Lime); and Mezcal Old Fashioned (Casamigos Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Old Fashioned Syrup). Additionally, every Monday, Bodega is activating ‘Margarita Monday’ specials, where guests can enjoy a curated $5 margarita menu from 6 PM-close. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday from 6 PM – 8 PM, and offers $2 Classic Tacos, $3 Chips & Salsa, $4 Chips & Guac, $4 Bottled Beers, $5 Frozen Margaritas, and $7 Bottled Cocktails.

Open daily from 11:30 AM – 12 AM, Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, Fort Lauderdale mirrors the flagship South Beach location, doubling as a fast-casual taco joint and a late-night speakeasy-style lounge. The front half of the venue is a taqueria featuring an authentic Mexican street food menu created by culinary director and Chef Bernie Matz. Signature menu items consist of Loaded Carne Asada Nachos (Grilled Rib Eye Steak, Chili Queso, Cotija, Red Onion, Tomato, Cilantro, Chili Crema, Sliced Jalapeno); Late-Night Burrito (Guajillo Braised Short Rib, Roasted Pork, Roasted Chicken, Mexican Rice, Black Bean Refrito, Oaxaca Cheese, Potato Sticks, Salsa Rosada); and Steak Chimichurri Tacos  (Grilled Rib Eye Steak, Purple Cabbage, Tomato, Potato Sticks, Radish, Cilantro, Chimichurri Aioli). Guests order from a full-sized, retrofitted vintage airstream trailer turned into a taco truck and then dine in the garage chic seating of picnic tables, neon bar stools, and graffiti walls. In addition to the regular menu, a weekend brunch menu is available.

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila in Fort Lauderdale is located at 21 W. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL and can also be experienced in South Beach and in American Airlines Arena.  For more information, please visit BodegaTaqueria.com and follow on Instagram @BodegaTaqueria.

*Hours of operation are in accordance with mandated COVID-19 regulations and are subject to change. 

 

Until we eat again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

The Feisty Bull is one of THE best Mexican/Latin Restaurants in SoFla & that’s no Bull!

Posted By : denise/ 750

Hello Foodie Friends,

I was recently invited to dine at the newly opened The Feisty Bull restaurant, located at the Coral Square Mall in Coral Springs, FL. The Feisty Bull is the newest concept by restauranteur Luigi Carvelli and the Carvelli Family. With more than 20 years of combined experience in the restaurant industry, the Carvelli Family currently owns and operates The Feisty Bull, DaVinci’s of Boca, and several Marco Island, Florida venues.

Under the direction of designer Megan Carvelli, The Feisty Bull brings together a variety of personally curated elements to create a warm, fun casual dining atmosphere. The restaurant’s overall design features earthy shades of red and orange, reminiscent of the Mexican and Spanish cultures, complimented with authentic wood accents and hints of lime green. Focal points include vintage-style chandeliers, patina copper bar tops and a large hand-painted logo that adorns the front wall. The Feisty Bull features both indoor seating and al fresco dining, as well as two unique indoor/outdoor bars. A private dining room area featuring large family-style tables is also available for groups. (Perfect for a Denise’s Foodie Event in fact.)

So on this particular visit, I brought my Aunt with me, who has attended several of my foodie events over the years, but this was her first time accompanying me on a food review. We had a blast. Shortly after we were seated, to our surprise, Luigi was in house and stopped by to say hello and chat with us for a bit. With so many wonderful choices on the menu, I was glad to get Luigi’s input on a couple items to try. Our server was Marek and he was terrific. After discovering it was our first visit, he proceeded to let us know the concept of The Feisty Bull and that they were all about tapas, tequila, family and friends and that they offer live music several nights a week. We happened to arrive on Tapas & Tequila Thursday and just prior to the evening’s live performance which began at 7pm. Bonus!

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With tequila being a star on the cocktail menu, we both decided to try a Margarita. My Aunt decided on the classic, “The Feisty Margarita” ($8) made with El Jimador Blanco, Cointreau & Lime Grand Marnier Foam. I decided upon the “Raspberry Pineapple” Margarita ($9) made with Jose Cuervo, Cointreau, Lime, Raspberries & Pineapple. Both were very good, but I liked mine better, lol.

A cone filled with mariquitas arrived with a garlic mojo (which is brought out to all guests, compliments of the house). OH MY, were these dangerously addicting. The garlic mojo was really great; I could’ve eaten this combo all night, but I showed a little restraint knowing there was much more to come.  While munching on the mariquitas and sipping on our margaritas, we decided a Manchego flambe would be fun to order. Check out the pic of Marek below as he prepared to ignite our cheese tableside. Who thought this whole flaming cheese thing was corned by the Greeks? I for one will admit, I was…until my experience at The Feisty Bull!

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9        The Manchego flambe ($8) was simply delicious; starring Manchego Cheese of course and flambéed with brandy, lemon, and served on toast points.  Next, we decided to try the signature mango guacamole ($10), also made tableside. This time Vernon arrived all smiles to our table, setting down a cone of fresh tortilla ships as he began to prepare our guac. I am a fan of both Latin and Mexican cuisines and the fact that I can have both mariquitas and tortilla chips on my table for my dipping pleasure elated me.

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14          Ok, so the next dish we shared was the Lechon Bravo ($11). This was one of Luigi’s suggestions and I’m sure glad he did because we both loved this dish. It was Mojo Pulled Pork, Spicy Cilantro Aioli, Pickled Red Onion, Oaxaca Cheese, and Baguette Bread and served with Patatas (potatoes).  You could tell from the first bite that the pork had been slow roasted and it was so flavorful and juicy.

 

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17              I couldn’t resist ordering the Street Corn ($5) when I saw it on the menu. I’ve had this only one other time, and I just had a hunch it was going to be really good here. My hunch was spot on! The corn was cooked to perfection and topped with Spicy Cilantro Aiolo, Cotija Cheese, Chili, and Lime. If you’ve never tried Mexican street corn before, you must try it here for sure.

 

 

18          We just couldn’t leave without trying one of 11 varieties of tacos they have on their menu, so we decided on the El Pollo Loco ($4) – Flour Tortilla, Adobo Chicken, Cilantro Lime Slaw, Cotija Cheese, and Spicy Cilantro Aioli and the Marino ($5) – Crispy Corn Tortilla, Mahi Mahi, Mango Salsa, Lettuce, Avocado, and Chipotle Ranch.  We enjoyed the fresh ingredients of both tacos, but we both favored the El Pollo Loco.

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21 There are a number of sweet endings to choose from, and I’m sure any one of them would have delighted us, but at Marek’s strong suggestion, we went with the Chocolate Taco. A crispy chocolate dipped taco shell filled with the most delicious dolce de leche ice cream and topped with almond slivers. A perfect way to end a perfect meal.

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The Feisty Bull is a really fun, unique spot turning out innovative and skillfully prepared dishes appealing to foodies, families and everyone in between. If live entertainment is your thing, than you’re in luck. They have the following nights that are sure to get your head moving, feet tapping and maybe even move you to get off your derriere and dance.

 

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Catering to the family market, The Feisty Bull offers a lively, family-friendly atmosphere for guests of all ages. Bringing forth an interactive dining experience for the little ones, The Feisty Bull provides coloring menus, fun bullhorn souvenir hats and a build-your-own taco kit. Keeping the parents in the mind, the restaurant’s family-friendly Sunday brunch menu also offers bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s.

Looking for a great Happy Hour? Guests can enjoy 2-for-1 specials on a variety of their favorite drinks from Monday-Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Reverse happy hour is offered Thursday – Sunday from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. Choose from an array of handcrafted cocktails such as The Feisty Margarita, Jalisco Mojito or a Strawberry Basil Caipirinha.

The Feisty Bull is open Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

They are located  at 9225 W. Atlantic Boulevard Coral Springs, FL 33071 (Coral Square Mall) www.TheFeistyBull.com  954.232.1792

Until we eat again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise