Jefe's Soul Shack: Fresh Fish Tacos, Burgers, and Crisp Salads

All photos by Laine Doss
Tacos -- without the wheels.
Jefe's Original Fish Taco & Burgers is nothing new to Miami. The yellow-and-orange surfer-themed truck that features "vatos making tacos" has been on the scene since in 2010. The truck is still rolling, but it now has a brick-and-mortar eatery in North Miami.

Located at 12581 Biscayne Blvd. in a shopping mall across from Johnson & Wales University (and only a few blocks from the weekend madness of Home Depot), the little café still has no sign proclaiming its arrival, but once you're inside, there's no denying you're in the right place.

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A black-and-white surfer mural dominates one wall, and bamboo covers the counter, which is where you'll find Jefe's owner, Jack Garabedian.

He's been working on this permanent Jefe's location for more than a year and a half, with the doors finally opening a few days ago. He didn't plan for the spot to take this long to launch, but now that it's open, it's clearly his baby, as evidenced by the way he greets every person at every table, checks each taco before presentation, and mentors his staff in proper Jefe procedures.

The menu expands on the truck's offerings. Items include grilled sandwiches such as the Big Boss BLT ($9), the Gobbler (roast turkey, Havarti, bacon, tomato, banana pepper rings, and mayo on Texas toast, $10), and hot pastrami ($10). Salads for the Soul are a nice touch for the summer months and include a wedge ($9) and the Tijuana Cesar ($9). There are also seven burger options, ranging from a simple burger ($4) to the Gringo Ese ($11.50), a monster of a sandwich that tops a beef patty with mushrooms, bacon, blue cheese dressing, Monterey Jack cheese, crisp fried onions, and tomato.

Location Info

Jefe's Soul Shack

12581 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL

Category: Restaurant

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