Miami: #50 – Carnitas Taco at Orale Taqueria Mexicana

photo Gabriela Garcia

By Gabriela Garcia | MiamiNewTimes.com

photo Gabriela Garcia

As we count down to New Times’ Best of Miami 2011 in June, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305 in random order. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to cafe@miaminewtimes.com. After the jump, find our other choices.

50. Carnitas Taco at Orale Taqueria Mexicana

These days, gourmet food trucks are getting all the shine. But the blue-collar lunch carts that originated the mobile-food movement still yield some surprising treats, such as the incredibly authentic tacos ($2.50) aboard Orale Taqueria Mexicana. No fusion twists or fancy ingredients there — just manteca-brushed white corn tortillas filled with juicy, heavily marinated pulled pork and offered with a choice of three homemade salsas: verde, roja, or pico de gallo (pictured above). It’s the closest thing to an instant teleportation device that beams street-corner food from Puebla, Mexico.

But you’ll have to chase the location-warping machine down, and no Twitter feed can help you there. It was last spotted at a ramshackle flea market in Allapattah and in front of a language school in Coral Gables, so there’s no telling where it might pop up next.

100 Favorite Dishes:

51. Meatball at Prime Italian
52. Portobello Burger at Latin Burger
53. Ravioli di Aragosta at Caffe da Vinci
54. Grouper Ceviche at Blue Door Fish
55. Fancy Bacon Cheddar Turkey Burger at Oneburger
56. Joey Pizza at Joey’s
57. Adult Grilled Cheese at Angelina’s Coffee & Yogurt
58. Country Beef Stew at Jimmy’z Kitchen
59. Steak Chow Fun at Gigi
60. Raspberry Tart at Le Royal
61. Duck Confit at DB Bistro Moderne
62. Seared Scallops at Bistro One LR at Ritz-Carlton South Beach
63. 50 Mile Salad at Sustain
64. Huevos Rancheros at Sra. Martinez
65. Apricot Tart at Essensia at the Palms
66. Vegetable Red Curry at Yuga
67. Cinnamon Bun at Solo
68. Herb-Crusted Salmon at Lulu
69. McBelly at Pubbelly
70. Queso de Cabra al Horno (Baked Goat Cheese with Tomatoes) at Tapas y Tintos
71. Tapas at Xixón
72. Mac ‘n’ Cheese Pancake at CheeseMe Mobile
73. Yum Yum and Earth Day Tacos at Nacho Bizness
74. Vegetarian-Smoked Duck at Shing Wang Chinese
75. Steamed Local Snapper In-A-Bag at The Forge
76. Gouda Tater Tots at Meat Market
77. Raspberry Flatcakes at Morgans
78. Barbecue Shrimp at Emeril’s Miami Beach
79. Croquetas at El Floridita
80. Chicken Salad at Manhattan Cafe
81. Organic Chicken and Sundried Tomato Panini at BLT Steak
82. Tuna Nicoise at The Royal
83. Cubi-Thai Sampler Plate
84. Chicken Chili Con Queso at Deli Lane Cafe
85. Lemon Meringue Cake at Ice Box
86. Fig Pizza at Kokopo Fresh Kitchen
87. Poulet Rouge at Cecconi’s
88. Grilled Scallops with Pickled Plum at Zuma
89. Garnachos at Taqueria el Mexicano
90. Pancakes at Sky Grille in Miami Tower
91. Tuna Ceviche at Sushi Samba
92. BBQ Pork Roll at American Noodle Bar
93. Mandolin’s Hand-Cut Fries
94. Joe Allen’s Bourbon Bread Pudding
95. Lobster Roll at Joe’s Stone Crab Takeaway
96. Brussels Sprouts at Sakaya Kitchen
97. Gandules en Escabeche from Raaga Cart
98. Pizza Genovese at Spris
99. Leek Soup at Buena Vista Deli
100. Dumplings at Chow Down Grill