Lolo’s Surf Cantina

Lolo’s Surf Cantina

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Authentic Mexican Street Food on South Beach

By Steve Pike

South Beach is known for a lot of things, authentic Mexican food, however, may not one of them. But if you look hard enough, you can find some nice places. Among them is Lolo’s Surf Cantina.

Located on the northside of Marriott Stanton hotel (guests can enter from a main entrance or the hotel) near the southern tip of South Beach, Lolo’s might be best described as a Mexican gastropub. It’s the brainchild of Mexican-born chef Richard Ampudia, who over the years has gained the reputation as the “godfather’’ of Mexican street food. One visit to Lolo’s and you’ll know why.

Casual and colorful, Lolo’s lives up to the Mexico City-born Ampudia’s reputation with a menu that includes sliced rib eye tacos, Baja-style fish tacos, Mexican chicken slaw, and tuna poke tostaditas. Where to start? Begin with the spicy wings and dive into a sliced rib eye burrito with a side of grilled corn.

Part of Lolo’s Tostada Bar, the crab tostadas are also a great choice, as is the bone marrow chalupa.

The aforementioned tuna poke tostaditas (with avocado, lime, sesame and chipotle aioli) is among the recently-added items to Lolo’s lunch menu, which also includes an outstanding Mexican Dip sandwich with pulled pork, black bean spread, pickled onion, and spicy three-chili broth.

Crab Mango tostaditas are a new addition to the dinner menu, and if you’re looking for something a bit different, go for the pork ribs platter with Lolo’s BBQ sauce, grilled onions, avocado and tortillas.

Lolo’s also is open for breakfast and lunch. It’s not unusual to see the same people trek back and forth between Lolo’s and the beach for each meal. Any of the tacos are great lunch selections. Some of the more popular breakfast dishes include the Melbourne avocado toast with chunky guacamole and topped with a poached egg, and butterscotch pancakes with caramelized banana and maple pecans.

On the bar side, Lolo’s has a deep menu of Mezcal and tequila, Mexican beer and margaritas. It all goes great with some of the best Mexican street food in the 305.