Now Open in the District: Taula Fresh Mediterranean
Truth bomb: the last thing a Miami local wants on a scorching mid-July afternoon is a meal that’s going to make them sweat more than the humidity outside.
And because of that, Mediterranean cuisine just works here. It’s light, fresh, veggie-centric and all kinds of flavorful—the perfect fare to fill you up without weighing you down. Taula gets that. And our appetites couldn’t be more thrilled that they’ve joined the A+E District fam.
The fast-casual and budget-friendly Mediterranean joint owned by two childhood best friends, Jose De Leon and Jose Garcia, recently opened its doors on the ground floor of the Filling Station Lofts. The scene inside is industrial cool, yet cozy, with exposed cinder block walls crawling with lush green leaves, gaslight lamps and rustic wood tables waiting for you to tuck into your meal.
It’s Chipotle-style ordering here, so you’ll be building your dish via a counter up front. You’ll have your choice of either a box or freshly baked laffa bread, which you can then fill up with a selection of impeccably displayed meats, vegetables, and grains. You can opt to layer your bowl with the spiced veggie rice made of ground cauliflower (shout out to our low-carb fanatics) or the classic tabbouleh, before moving onto the oven-roasted eggplant with za’tar spice or the juicy lime and paprika-spiked döner chicken.
But the star of the show is the shawarma beef that spins slowly on the spit, perfectly seasoned with oregano, olive oil and coriander. Order it up and they’ll carve a fresh portion of this delicately charred meat onto your plate. Top the whole thing off with one of their four savory sauces (we see you turmeric garlic!) and call it a day.
Well, almost. There’s the small matter of the tahini cocoa cookies you should attend to. Every local knows it’s never too hot out for cookies.