The beauty of the Coral Gables dining scene is its variety. If there’s a certain type of cuisine or food you’re in the mood for, odds are pretty good that you’ll find it somewhere within The City Beautiful. But there’s one type of food that’s severely lacking in the area: tacos. While there are Mexican restaurants and other eateries that serve these little bundles of joy, there isn’t a place where they’re the main focus.
Enter Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar. This new taco spot from the team behind Copper 29 and Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar has taken over the old 100 Montaditos location to fill the neighborhood’s big void — and it does so successfully.
As you’d guess from the name, Plomo is all about two things: tequila and tacos. Guests will find an array of tequila-based cocktails from Nikos Mantzaridis (ex-Beaker & Gray) including the Don Alfonso — a tasty mix of tequila, mezcal, apple and fresh squeezed lime juice — along with the Plomo’s Mule, a refreshing concoction made up of Cazadores Reposado, yellow chartreuse, lemongrass, lime juice and ginger beer. Not a big tequila fan? No problem. Other spirits like gin get their time in the spotlight, too; the El Greco was a favorite.
While it’s tempting to load up on just drinks (we won’t blame you), save room for the extensive selection of bites. Starters like the Elote with its house lime aioli and queso fresco are great for sharing with a large group. Add an order of Queso Fundido into the mix, and you have almost everything you need for a fun time at Plomo.
The missing ingredient? Tacos. Plomo takes the Taco Bar part of its name seriously with 10 tacos for the choosing. We recommend two or three per person and encourage you to switch them up — don’t just stick to one filling. Shrimp, lomo saltado, snapper, skirt steak … There’s no lack of options.
Most tacos clock in at $4 or just a little bit over; money-conscious diners should take advantage of Taco Tuesday, when all tacos are available for $2. If you can’t make it then, there’s also a daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. that features $3 tacos. You probably won’t be hungry after stuffing your face with tacos, but if you are, Plomo offers a few desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth: Churros, Flan and Arroz con Leche; either of them should do the trick.
Honestly, we’re just happy to have a good taco place in Coral Gables. It’s been a while since Wapo Taco called it quits and left a taco-shaped hole in our stomachs. Fortunately, Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar is here with a ton of tacos and other Mexican favorites that fit right into the neighborhood’s bustling food scene. And for that, we’re thankful.