With locations across South Florida—including in Boca Raton and soon in Wellington—Naked Taco serves creative Mexican fare in a fun, high-energy setting. Here, owner Ralph Pagano shares his favorite food-and-drink pairings.
The Dish: Classic Ceviche
The Drink: Some Like it Hot
Behind the Pairing: As Naked Taco’s version of a spicy margarita, the Some Like it Hot features muddled jalapeños and fresh passion fruit. It’s a lovely counterpoint to the refreshing ceviche with shrimp, corvina, sweet potato, corn, and leche de tigre.
The Dish: Chicken Tikka Burrito
The Drink: Mezcal Gin Clover
Behind the Pairing: Providing a smoky complement to the burrito’s Indian spices, the Mezcal Gin Clover is “tart, bright, and very crushable,” says Pagano.
The Dish: Blackened Octopus Taco
The Drink: Tamal Collins
Behind the Pairing: This taco is rich in Mediterranean flavors, says Pagano. It pairs well with the surprisingly complex Tamal Collins, which includes a house-made tamal syrup.