Mexico City-based Wapo Taco! follows up its Hallandale Beach location with another at 2526 Ponce De Leon Boulevard, opening Friday, July 10 with an open-to-the-public bash from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring free pastor tacos and Mexican beer. The 2,000 square foot, 80-seat Gables locale will also launch a new menu. The restaurant opens for biz at 11 a.m.
“In my hometown, a taqueria is a place for all,” states Francisco Musi, cofounder of Wapo Taco!. “Likewise, Wapo Taco is a place for diversity – our inviting, relaxed environment, delicious assortment of made-from-scratch dishes, unique flavors, and affordable prices – are meant for all to enjoy, and we are excited to bring that to beautiful Coral Gables.”
Among the menu highlights: Guacamole con chips or chicharrónes (fried pork skin) – a family recipe of smashed avocado with cilantro, chile, tomato and lime served with tortilla chips or freshly fried pork chicharrón; pork or chicken tacos Pastor, the classic ‘al pastor’ made in its traditional form of marinating meat in a mixture of dried chiles, spices, almonds and achiote spice, slowly roasted and sabered from the spit grill into warm corn tortillas, topped with onion, cilantro and juicy pineapple; Campechano – grilled skirt steak, stewed chorizo and chicharrón with house salsa especial; La Bomba – grilled cactus, chorizo and melted manchego cheese with guacamole, pico de gallo and Mexican crema; and the Wapa – warm pita bread stuffed with steak and melted manchego cheese and served with a side of guacamole.
Musi plans a Monday-Friday Happy Hour from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. with two-for-one beers as well as a late-night In the Biz Happy Hour featuring the same.