Welcome To Mexico BravoA new discovery. A trip to Marshalls with my girlfriend, and we happened upon a new Mexican restaurant in the same strip mall (Map). Everything in Miami is in strip malls.
The place was called Mexico Bravo, which seemed like a good sign, because Mexico is where burritos come from, and "bravo" apparently means good. So far it seemed like we were on the right track.
However, it was not a "burrito joint" but more of a sit-down Mexican restaurant, which so far have not been kind to me in terms of their burrito quality. What's worse, Mexico Bravo was a self-proclaimed 'upscale grill.' I don't know what that means.
Let's find out.
Mexico Bravo was covered by Miami's burrito analyst, Phil.Mexico Bravo.
Monday, December 12, 2005 by Phil.
Burritos, pizzas, spaghetti, fried chicken, chile, tamales...they all are better reheated the next day!
Posted by: chuck despres at December 29, 2005 01:10 PM
Dude - you ain't lying. Mexico Bravo sucks so hard it's a wonder it's till open. We had a similar experience with the food and service - I don't have time to get into our horror story, but suffice to say it was the worst dining experience I and my family have ever had! So have you found any good burritos in Miami yet?
Posted by: John Lutz at January 31, 2006 12:43 PM
Could you check:
9342 SW 56th St
Miami, FL 33165
521 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33130
10043 SW 72nd St Miami FL
Burritos Grill Café
899 NE 125th St
North Miami, FL
9739 NW 41st St
I'm curious how they would fare.
Posted by: Jordan at July 15, 2006 12:51 AM
HERE'S AN UNPAID AND UNSOLICITED OBJECTIVE REVIEW BY THE MIAMI HERALD, MIAMI'S LARGEST NEWSPAPER.
Posted on Thu, Dec. 14, 2006
SUNNY ISLES BEACH
Mexican food made authentic
Mexico Bravo in Sunny Isles Beach offers authentic Mexican food, live music and discounts to repeat customers.
BY BETSY MARTINEZ
Crowd or no crowd, Nestor Jimenez rocks the microphone and jams on his guitar every weekend at the Mexico Bravo restaurant in Sunny Isles Beach.
''What do you want to hear?'' he asks after every song.
Sometimes no one answers because they're busily chomping down on chocolaty Made for Royalty Mole Enchiladas ($12.95) or sipping on a two-for-one Margarita Mia -- the restaurant's signature drink.
There isn't always a full house, but Jimenez, 42, makes the best of it. ''I love to work with the public, especially in small venues because you can click with people -- music is something you can't grab, but you can feel it,'' he said.
But something that Mexico Bravo is known for and that clients can both grab and feel -- not to mention SMELL AND SAVOR -- are their Big Bravo Burritos. The three-burrito dish consists of soft flour tortillas packed with chicken and Monterrey Jack and cheddar cheeses. As a final touch they are then topped with Oaxaca Red Sauce and garnished with chopped lettuce, sour cream and lime-soaked Pico de Gallo. They sell for under $13.
The restaurant didn't start off combining meat and dairy, although traditional Mexican food is served that way. Mexico Bravo used to serve kosher Mexican food.
''But then that wasn't authentic,'' said Jose Galindo, who has been managing the restaurant for four years. ``There were a lot of contradictions in the cultures, which is why we made the switch.''
Galindo said Michael Nashian, who is Mexican and Jewish, opened the restaurant six years ago. Back then Mexico Bravo was trying to cater to the predominantly Jewish community in Sunny Isles Beach, but found that the tourists who continuously flock to South Florida were hungry for genuine Mexican food. One of them was Shannon Tapp.
''We wanted something MORE AUTHENTIC and we found that here,'' said the 24-year-old from Tampa, who was in town for the weekend. ``It was PRETTY GOOD.''
She enjoyed the unlimited chips and salsa the restaurant offered before her meal.
For the locals, Mexico Bravo offers repeat customers a Loyalty Rebate Card, which is good for five percent off the next purchase.
Customers who choose the dine-in option are entertained by Jimenez's Spanish melodies, plus they also get to see the colorfully painted restaurant and its ceramic tribal lizards clinging to the walls.
On weekdays before 4 p.m. the $7.77 Bravo lunch special kicks in, offering customers their favorite tacos and burritos made from scratch.
''It's MUY HOMEMADE,'' Galindo said.
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Posted by: Jose Galindo at December 16, 2006 02:17 PM
WE LOVE MEXICO BRAVO!! HERE'S THE LINK FOR MEXICO BRAVO'S PROFESSIONAL REVIEW BY THE MIAMI HERALD
THE BURRITO BLOG KEEPS ON BLOGGING.
Posted by: Jose Galindo at December 16, 2006 02:25 PM
the fajitas are great with a real home made taste the service was excellent and charming.
Posted by: ignacio rodriguez at February 6, 2008 02:29 AM
Mexican Bravo has the worst service ever....the waitresses are the worst.....i do not recommend this restaurant....prices are too high and the food is not worth it....
Posted by: Marla at March 28, 2008 05:07 PM