Miami Beach’s favorite taco shop will soon move to the mainland — for a little while, at least.
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila will roll into the Design District November 7 as a pop-up operated out of an Airstream trailer. The mobile eatery will be parked on the corner of NE 40th Street and NE First Avenue until May 1.
The menu will be a pared-down version of the one at the main location. Al pastor, barbacoa, pollo asado, and vegan carne asada will be available as taco and burrito fillers, while antojitos include chips served with salsa, queso, or guacamole, as well as quesadillas filled with cheese, roast pork or chicken, or a Beyond Meat carne asada. Daily specials will also be served, but no word yet about alcohol.
This isn’t the first time Bodega has popped up outside of Miami Beach. The same trailer cruised into the Wynwood Marketplace in 2018, and Bodega holds a spot at the American Airlines Arena.
Although the Design District location is temporary, it’ll probably be one of the cheapest food options in the high-end neighborhood. Tacos at the flagship cost $3.50 to $4.75 à la carte, and burritos go for between $8 and $13. It’s also likely Bodega will forge a more permanent presence on the mainland: Representatives for Menin Hospitality, Bodega’s owner, say they plan to expand the brand in South Florida.
The original Bodega opened in 2015 on 16th Street just west of Lincoln Road in South Beach. Inspired by taco stands outside Mexico City, the restaurant quickly gained popularity as a late-night food spot. New Times readers voted it best happy hour in Miami this year, and Bodega can now be seen as part of a wave of new street-taco options in South Florida, including the quickly expanding chain Coyo Taco, Bartaco in Aventura, and Wynwood’s moderately upscale Bakan.
The Design District has been a popular location for culinary pop-ups, especially those offering food that’s slightly less expensive than the area’s usual high-priced fare. The famous Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta’s hosted a location there in 2017.
Bodega Taqueria y Tequila Pop-Up. 95 NE 40th St., Miami; bodegataqueria.com. Monday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m.