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Agave Taco Bar, A Modern Mexican Taqueria, Now Open In Fort Lauderdale

There's a new place to try on Taco Tuesday.

Agave Taco Bar, a modern Mexican taqueria, opened Feb. 1 in Fort Lauderdale's Federal Marketplace. The restaurant is a fast casual eatery serving up authentic Mexican fare in a modern setting. 

The concept is headed by chef Ivan Alarcon, who grew up in Monterrey, Mexico, learning family recipes in his grandmother's kitchen. Alarcon currently has two fast casual restaurants in Davie called El Agave Azul, which he plans to eventually transition into Agave Taco Bar concepts.

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A grand opening for the Fort Lauderdale restaurant is set for Feb. 19, but details are still in the works.

Tacos de trompo—corn tortillas filled with an adobo-marinated pork and beef combo—make up the signature dish at Agave Taco Bar. They can be ordered by the plate with five small tacos for $7.99, or $3.49 each for specialty tacos de trompo, like the Gringa with melted cheese or the Pirata with carne asada and avocado.

In addition, Agave Taco Bar offers botanas, which are made-to-order small plates ($4.50-$16); favorites such as the El Burrito Regio (stuffed with carne asada, sliced poblano pepper and pinto beans; $9.49) and Sopes del Jefe (corn cakes topped with chicharron, refried beans and crema; $7.49); and a build-your-own option.

The Fort Lauderdale location is decorated with hand-blown lanterns, vibrant tiles, classic pottery and framed traditional Amate artwork—all of which Alarcon brought back from Mexico.

The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a 12-seat bar. Guests can order craft beer, draft beer, wine, and specialty margaritas ($9) and micheladas (spicy Mexican-style Bloody Mary; $8).

Happy hour takes place Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. On Taco Tuesday, all tacos are $2.75 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and unlimited tacos for $11.99 from 4 p.m. to close. There are similar specials on Burrito Wednesday and Trompo Friday.

The restaurant will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

Agave Taco Bar; 2949 N. Federal Hwy., Suite 3, Fort Lauderdale

Agave Taco Bar

Agave Taco Bar

(Photos courtesy Facebook/Agave Taco Bar)