What: Naked Taco, 1111 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Why: Besides being a sexy/saucy/fun place to hang out, the Naked Taco delivers up a delicious twist on Southwestern-slash-Tex-Mex inspired food and drinks. The South of the Border meets South Beach hot spot is draped in daring paintings highlighted with glass blown, skull hurricane lamps and made uber-comfy by deep red, extra cushy, sink-ably-soft, leather booths; kinda like the ones you’d see at a Denny’s diner back in the day. Yes, it’s okay to wear your bikini with heels or a banana hammock with flip-flops for a meal; just don’t blame the tequila for your bad behavior.
The always-affable and charming, chef-slash-television personality, Ralph Pagano (who appeared on the first season of Hell’s Kitchen) owns the joint. The food-lover is participating in this week’s “Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival” and will host its “Chef Showdown” on Friday October 24th. Wanna get your grub on? Check out www.sobeseafoodfest.com for more info.
Where: In the heart of South Beach, inside the decadent Dream Hotel. If you get a chance, eat your guac atop the hotel, at its pretty penthouse pool. The view, mixed with the great food and drinks at Naked Taco, is more than just a “Dream”… it’s a reality everyday of the week in Miami.
When: Sunday-Thursday 7am-11pm, Friday-Saturday 7am-1am
editor: Matthew Auerbach
producer: Jessie Rosario
writer: Shireen Sandoval
photographer: t4two photography