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SoCal Taco Co. (Closed)

Restaurants, Mexican Brickell
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4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
SoCal Taco Co.
Photograph: Courtesy SoCal Taco Co.

Local mixologist Leo Holtzman, better known as the Cocktail Conjurer, made a name for himself at now-defunct Tobacco Road before moving on to helm the bar program at the Palms Hotel & Spa and sister property Wunderbar. These days you’ll find him at SoCal Taco Co., a joint venture with partner Aj Billapando, that’s part cantina and part taqueria. Fans of Holtzman’s popular Gardner’s Margarita, a farm-to-glass take on a spicy margarita that’s flavored with red peppers, will love the Grass Clippings, an herby, tequila-based drink garnished with greens. As for purists looking for a traditional margarita, get ready to have your blown by the frothy SoCal Special, mixed with reposado tequila and topped with salted Cointreau foam.


Venue name: SoCal Taco Co. (Closed)
Address: 141 SW 7th St

Cross street: at SW 1st St
Opening hours: Daily noon-11pm
Transport: Bus 11, 51
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4 / 5

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Leo and AJ are visibly passionate about their business. They're there all of the time—taking orders, mixing drinks and knocking back shots with customers—and really go the extra mile to make sure everyone is having a good time. On a recent visit I let Leo make me a new, off-menu cocktail. It wasn't my favorite, so without hesitation he immediately made me a new drink. It's that kind of service that makes this a place one you come back to over and over again.