Gill Out: La Mexicana Tapas & Taqueria

NSU is a unique and lively campus, but that doesn’t mean that Sharks can’t band together and take an afternoon to explore the South Florida area — even if that just means finding a quaint place to study.

Tucked away from the usual hustle and bustle of Fort Lauderdale, La Mexicana Tapas & Taqueria is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy some delicious Mexican cuisine. The quaint restaurant is located in an area complete with local art vendors, vibrant flowers, lots of outdoor seating and plenty of Instagram-worthy photo spots. Exploring the area near the restaurant, patrons can find a vintage van and some wooden chairs that provide the perfect backdrop for an artsy photo opt. Also, make sure to save some time to walk around and explore the various stands across from the restaurant which sell local arts and jewelry.

The restaurant takes advantage of the beautiful Florida climate by providing plenty of comfortable outdoor seating ranging from couches and lounge seating to intimate tables and benches for large groups. For days when sitting outside is less ideal or for those who prefer the comforts of the indoors, seating is also available inside the air conditioned interior of the tastefully and colorfully decorated building.

I decided to try out this cute little spot a few weeks ago with a friend and will definitely make some follow up visits. When we went, the midday heat of the afternoon had already passed leaving the temperature outside perfect for sipping a cool lemonade and chatting. We enjoyed the patio, complete with a babbling fountain, hanging light fixtures and plenty of plants and flowers. Possibly even better than the atmosphere, was the food.

The tapas style of the restaurant is ideal for large and small groups and allows the small plates to be shared over a drink and a good conversation. The Mexican inspired menu was comprehensive and offered options for all types of eaters. I ordered veggie quesadillas and was thoroughly impressed. Both the taste and presentation of the food implied the staff’s dedication to a pleasant culinary experience. I also ordered a strawberry lemonade which came in a mason jar, topped with fresh strawberries and lemons. It was the perfect combination of sweet and sour and left me wanting more.

Whether you want a quick bite or a relaxing meal, La Mexicana Tapas & Taqueria is just the spot you are looking for. Allow the music, great atmosphere, and delicious food distract you from the daily stress of classes and life.


La Mexicana Tapas & Taqueria

2430 NE 13th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305


-Tuesday: 11:30 a.m.–11p.m.

-Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

-Saturday/Sunday: 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Price Range: $10-20

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