The pop-up eatery at Midtown Garden Center serves up fresh and colorful tastes of Mexico by Chef Omar Montero

La Santa Taqueria delivers on its promise to bring out the flavor and the sexiness of authentic Mexican tacos. The Miami pop-up, located at the Midtown Garden Center, is a labor of love for Chef Omar Montero. The new culinary destination pays homage to Chef Omar’s heritage and his childhood in his native Mexico City.

Born in Miami and established in 2017, La Santa Taqueria is Chef Omar’s first personal project after many years working for fine dining restaurants and hotels. Chef Omar’s childhood revolved around the family kitchen while watching his family’s catering business evolve. That early introduction to authentic Mexican cuisine led him to received professional culinary training in Mexico City at University Anahuac (Campus of the renowned CIA and The Cordon Bleu). Chef Omar worked in many prestigious restaurants, resorts and private catering companies in Mexico City, Monterrey & Cancun.

After a bold decision of moving to the States, he gained ample experience in fine dining while working in Florida, Colorado, Minnesota, San Francisco & Napa Valley focusing on high-end boutique hotels. He has been mentored by well-known Chef Louis Pous from Little Palm Island Resort, Asia de Cuba, and had the opportunity to be part of his team at the New York James Beard Awards. Settling in Miami, he joined the culinary team at The Setai. Chef Omar embarked on the opening of La Veinte Deli & Café, sister to Cantina La Veinte in July 2014. In 2016, Chef Omar, along with his partner and friend, Chef Giovanni Sandri, founded Unique Catering Design. Chef Omar has also consulted for Copper29 Bar & Restaurant and worked with Healthy and Happy Cafe, both in Coral Gables.

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