Lolo’s Surf Cantina: A Beachside Escape

Where can you find some of the best fish tacos in town? Lolo’s Surf Cantina. This new Baja-inspired Mexican eatery has set up shop inside the Marriott Stanton South Beach, and its fun and casual fare is sure to quickly turn the spot into a local favorite. While tacos are definitely one of the main draws here, there’s a lot more to the place than meets the eye — and you need to experience the menu for yourself.

Hats off to Chef/Partner Richard Ampudia and Chef de Cuisine Lourdes Herman on creating a slew of stellar selections with several surprises. As you’re noshing on chips and salsa and reading the menu, don’t glaze over the vegetarian selections. We did, but Chef Herman showed us the errors of our ways. The Vegan Aguachile — hearts of palm, avocado, apple, cilantro and pumpkin seeds — floored us with flavor we were not expecting. It’s hard for us to get excited about vegan anything (meat is bae), but we would order this dish on our own next time … and probably twice. It’s amazing.

If you do want some protein, there’s an Aguachile Rojo to tide you over. The Sopa de Tortilla is perfect for warming up on a kinda-sorta chilly day in Miami. Here are some thoughts from Dianne, our resident soup specialist: “Creamy, spicy and excellent. I need this always.” Queso cotija is our Kryptonite, and putting it on Grilled Corn means no kernel gets left behind. For $5, you can’t NOT get a cob.

At Lolo’s, you can choose from four types of tacos, and it’s two tacos per order; prices range from $10-$14. That might seem a little high for two tacos, but it all makes sense once you see them: They’re stuffed to the brim. We tried two — Carnitas and Vegetariano — and both are worth your calories. That vegetariano is ridiculously good, though. The mix of smoked king oyster mushroom, cauliflower, tomato confit and pepita pesto turns each bite into a mini-adventure. It’s a journey that you never want to end.

The Pescado Frito is another item that we strongly recommend. A fried-to-perfection snapper, it’s already cut up into portions so you can go to town immediately. Fun fact: This item comes with five tortillas, so you can make fish tacos. This was the highlight of the night along with the vegan aguachile. Wash everything down with an Agua Fresca, which changes daily. Ours was a hibiscus-cranberry creation, and it was glorious. Words cannot describe how good their selections are; we will literally come in solely for agua fresca.

Whatever you do, don’t miss dessert. We say that a lot (we love sweets), but those words ring especially true here. If you barely have any room left, the Blood Orange Granizado Con Mezcal is an alcoholic slushie that won’t make you hate yourself too much more. Really want to kick your diet while it’s down? Get the Pastel de Elote (corn cake), which comes topped with creme fraiche ice cream. There’s something so comforting about the cake; it wraps your taste buds in a warm hug. And that delicious ice cream — icing on the cake (literally).

Lolo’s Surf Cantina excels at bringing a beachside cantina vibe to South to Fifth. The place is cool — it just makes you want to hang out, get a drink and eat some really good food. Check it out for yourself … You’ll probably see us there.

Lolo’s Surf Cantina is located at 161 Ocean Drive on Miami Beach. For hours of operation and other information, visit their official website or call 305-735-6973.