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Paquito's Mexican Restaurant: Mediocre Food in a Cute, Kitschy Environment

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Carina Ost
Decorated like a Mexican flag.
"This place is more Mexican than Cabo," said a woman who was dining with co-workers at Paquito's Mexican Restaurant during a weekday lunch.

Looking around at the colorful, over-the-top décor, I understood exactly what she meant. It was kitschy and charming, but like Cabo San Lucas, I feared it would fall into the tourist trap category -- trite and not too tasty. I checked in on Foursquare, and friends immediately urged me to head down the street to try the more refined and understated Cheen Huaye.

But my guests and I ignored the naysayers. Instead, we went to town on the complimentary chips and flavorful salsa. Then we began exploring the menu, which is as vast as the sprawling rooms in this enormous restaurant.

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Carina Ost
Meatball flop and soup fail.
After polishing off nearly all the tortilla chips, we made our final decisions: sopa de albondiguitas and a chicken chimichanga.

I'm a soup and meatball lover, so I had high hopes for the albondiguitas. But the balls were rather tasteless -- no spices or flavor. The broth and veggies had the consistency of a can of Campbell's condensed soup before you mix in the water.

Still, we wrote this off as bad ordering. Surely, a deep-fried burrito could save the meal.

Location Info

Paquito's Mexican Restaurant

16265 Biscayne Blvd., Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant


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21 comments
Francisco Soler
Francisco Soler

MNT, the truth is that your credibility as an impartial observer is being naturally questioned. Don't take it personally.

jgcamp99
jgcamp99

After eating Mexican in Los Angeles, there really isn't anything in Miami, FL that's authentic. Folks tell me Homestead, FL has the real deal for Mexican in Miami-Dade. Then there's always places in Texas (San Antonio) that will make you think twice about Mexican food in FL ? To be cnadid, I worked with a woan of Mexican decent from Oakland, CA, she used to bring in home cooked and you could tell she knew what she was doing just by looking and if she offered a sample, damn right I took her up and jumped on the offer.

Heike Tiegen
Heike Tiegen

Its disgusting. I remember my food wasn't even edible. It tasted like it was left out all day then microwaved. And the rice was awful. How can you not know how to make rice?! Cheen huaye is delicious. Mi rinconcito mexicano is good too.

Jose Arpajon
Jose Arpajon

Miami New Times Actually no, I didn't notice you guys were such food connoisseurs. I was too distracted by the garbage your bloggers like Luke spew out. Nevertheless Ill take note..."New Times, food aristocrats!" Lol

Monya SoAmazing Holt
Monya SoAmazing Holt

Wow I have been there in a while but damn this made me not want to go back

Robert Anthony Crisafi
Robert Anthony Crisafi

I've been going there for about 16 years and I've never had a bad meal I'm a VIP status and even if I wasn't the food is always been good these people don't know what they're talking about!

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Jose, did you just discover now that we do food criticism? Because pretty sure we've been doing that, oh, forever. Nice try, bro.

Kyle Awon
Kyle Awon

giving people business a bad name

Jose Arpajon
Jose Arpajon

@miaminewtimes Sup w the negative articles all the time? If u guys aren't criticizing the city, yur criticizing Miamians, or knocking small business. U should be renamed Miami Negative Times!

Alfonso Vergara
Alfonso Vergara

Chen Huaye is a more refined and gourmet option. However, if you want true Mexican flavors you have to visit Chapultepec Mexican Bar and Restaurant

Kevin Lewis
Kevin Lewis

Vanessa Hayes Robert Anthony Crisafi

Sky V. King
Sky V. King

service and food quality really has gone downhill- we used to go all the time :-(

keithsygman
keithsygman

@Monya SoAmazing Holt You might want to try tootsies in Miami Gardens . That's more for your style

keithsygman
keithsygman

@Miami New Times Your Magazine is a useless piece of shit buddy

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