Bodega offers an edgy twist on traditional Mexican cuisine

There seems to be an abundance of trendy places to go and grab a quick bite in Miami—Coyo Taco, Shake Shack, and KUSH—but there is something special that sets my personal favorite spot, Bodega, apart. Adorned with multi-colored high stools, a bicycle, and a permanent food truck, Bodega has its own personal style and vibe that is different than anywhere else. At first glance, it is easy to think Bodega is nothing more than a casual restaurant with funky decorations, but right through what looks like a port-a-potty or a freezer door there is a full bar and lounge much larger than the restaurant itself for those over 21. A major plus about this place is that it is conveniently located right across the street from the popular hangout spot Lincoln Road. You can visit Bodega for a casual lunch stop or even a midnight snack.

The absolute best part of Bodega is their delicious food. Chef Bernie Matz, who describes himself as a “connoisseur of the taco,” has devised a menu that is jam-packed with modern twists on authentic Mexican food.The prices are reasonable with single tacos ranging from $3.00-$4.50, their daily specials at either $7.00 or $8.00 and burritos and tortas from $9.00 to $13.00. Bodega serves a variety of vegetarian options that have the same great quality as the rest of the menu.

My favorite off-the-menu is the Camaron BLT which is a warm taco with grilled shrimp, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle-cotija dressing. It is guaranteed to make your mouth water. Other notables include the classic Al Pastor taco ($3.50) , the BBQ Carnitas burrito ($10.00) and the Flame Broiled Chicken torta ($10.00). I discovered this spot about a year ago and I continue to enjoy it and find something new to love after each visit. If you are looking for some high quality Mexican street food, Bodega is the place to be.