South Beach is known for a lot of things, authentic Mexican food, however, is 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 north side of Marriott Stanton hotel near the southern tip of South Beach, Lolo’s is the brainchild of Mexico-born Chef Richard Ampudia, who over the years has gained the reputation as the “godfather’’ of Mexican street food.
Casual and colorful, Lolo’s lives up to Ampudia’s reputation with a menu that includes sliced rib eye tacos, Baja-style fish tacos, Mexican chicken slaw and tuna poke tostaditas. My favorites? Begin with the spicy wings and dive into a sliced rib eye burrito with a side of grilled corn.
The crab tostadas – part of Lolo’s Tostada Bar – 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 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.
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.