Hungry Posted: Blue Dahlia Cantina

Miami Beach has a new Mexican joint

Location:Miami Beach

Address:1766 Bay Road, Miami Beach, FL

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Photo by Blue Dahlia Cantina
Written By: Sarah Dunn

Sunset Harbour’s latest newcomer is celebrating its Grand Opening on Friday, May 3rd!

What to expect: Are you still looking for somewhere to kick off your Cinco de Mayo festivities? If so, check out the Blue Dahlia Cantina on Friday, May 3rd from 7PM-9PM for their grand opening! Housed in the old Burger & Beer space in Sunset Harbour, Blue Dahlia Cantina is a one-stop shop for all of your culinary indulgences. The Cantina is downstairs, with an intimate dining area and bar. Upstairs, the Privado Lounge has a cocktail lounge and wine/champagne cellar, with additional seating for dining. If you are craving a treat (even late!), go next door to the Gilded Lily Cafe for fresh doughnuts, pastries, and coffee. The Blue Dahlia Cantina is a very special project from owner Nicole Boswell, a South Beach native who has owned and operated award-winning restaurants in the Virgin Islands.

The Menu: The menu is a compilation of creative modern Mexican dishes and drinks. The cocktail offerings include Frozen Sensations, Tequila Temptations, Mexican Mayhem, South Beach classics, and a variety of Escopetas (shots). We were very impressed by the liquor selections, including Miami’s own Salvacion Mezcal! The food menu is extensive and encourages sharing. We recommend trying something from each section: Tejas – Mex and Aperitivos (appetizers), Tacos, Entrees, and Sexy Sides.

What to order: 

Our favorite Aperitivo was the Tropic Tuna: tasty bites of spicy tuna on crispy coco-cilantro rice cakes. The fresh tuna is seasoned with mango and jalapeno for just the right amount of spice.

It was hard to choose from all of the tacos, but we couldn’t resist Las Palmas Tacos, topped with something we couldn’t have imagined – a fried quail egg! This is a decadent taco that may require a few bites, with thinly sliced green chili marinated pork, pineapple pico, and micro arugula. YUM!

For the main course, we enjoyed the Key Lime Sea Bass, one of Nicole’s signature dishes, featuring white wine glazed sea bass with adobo garlic spinach and mango mojo, served on a creamy smoked sea salt mashed potato.

How to score a table: With the highly anticipated grand opening approaching, we recommend making a reservation. Don’t miss the happy hour from 4PM-6PM daily – especially Taco & Tequila Tuesdays with 2 for 1 specials!