At this restaurant, you’re in for a treat. It’s great food, but even more, it’s a great atmosphere. You’ve got a beautiful space and (for a small donation) you can even get mariachis to sing live just for your table. Plus, it’s one of the best places to get good Mexican food with a delicious twist. Read on!
Cantina La Veinte is not the traditional small Mexican restaurants you might come across in Miami. Located in the ground level at Icon Brickell, two brazen sliding doors open up to a bustling bar and lively music. At the end of the short hallway between the energetic crowd at the bar and the adorned furniture, you wait as the hostess sets a table. Your options are open: either inside–under the high ceiling, between walls full of ornaments and and large proyectors–or the patio in the lower level, overlooking Brickell Key. If you want a chill evening (with A/C) choose upstairs; if you’re looking for a more barsy vibe, choose the patio.
- House soup. The server brings a small cup of soup (on the house). It tastes of seafood broth, and leaves a strong, tingling sensation on the throat.After a good look at the menu, you can either go straight to the main course or order a few appetizers.
- Oysters Rockefeller. Spectacular. The oysters are baked with spinach, bacon and melted Parmesan to top it off.
- Tacos gobernador. Basically shrimp tacos. They’re really good and have a spicy kick at the end. Fuse the flavors together by taking advantage of the sauces on the side. It’s three soft-tortilla, rolled tacos per order.
- Camarones al ajillo. Three large shrimp are laid on a bed of rice. The shrimp are truly flavorly, sauteed with butter and garlic.
- Margarita. I am not a fan of Margaritas, but this one is a must-try. (And it’s huge).
I’d recommend ordering to share, just because you can get to try different dishes. Also, make a reservation–you’re not likely to find a table quickly without one. Just keep in mind, your stomach will leave happy, but… your wallet probably not.