I posted about El Fenix in the Best Mexican Markets
topic, but since it is also a taqueria and that is perhaps its biggest gift to us, it should also have its own topic.El Fenix
meat market and taqueria, in Rancho Santa Margarita in the post office center on the corner of RSM Parkway and Empresa. (Address is Aventura, but that is the street at the back of the center... El Fenix faces the parkway.)
Tiny but easy to find, an unfortunate 2 doors down from the hapless Celinda's, which is mainly hapless due to its own deadly inconsistency, the occasional lucking into a well-prepared chile relleno burrito notwithstanding, El Fenix is a meat market with very good-looking marinated and plain meats, all sorts, and I mean ALL sorts of Mexican ingredients, incl. very good-looking produce like 3/$1 cilantro and crisp white onions.
It has everything much larger markets have, only in charming miniature. There's a teensy self-serve panaderia case complete w/tongs and trays, a teensy chicharrone case with both plain sheafs and the kind with a good slug of belly meat attached, and a food prep area where a nice lady will make your delicious choices right before your eyes, customizing as you wish with excellent salsa and fresh chopped this and that.
I got a chorizo burrito with beans and egg, my morning grail, and Ivan got tortas Milanesa and Cubana, the second halves of each going to Le Mangeur homeworkin' at home.
Stupendously good! I can't wait to go back for tacos and whatnot.
And to avail myself of the ingredients for home use.
The Universe has smiled on us with El Fenix and I do not intend to squander this gift.