On October 15,  Boca Raton’s newest taco spot opened ready to show south county diners real deal Mexican cuisine. Located in the Boardwalk at Boca Raton shopping and dining center (6897 SW 18th St, Boca Raton, Florida, ) the facility offers up over 4,200 sq. ft of fun where diners enjoy lakeside outdoor seating, festive painted walls for any fiesta, and a bright and expansive bar perfect for enjoying fresh, house-made margaritas and icy cold beer.
Recently, Palm Beach Happening was able to sample some of the dishes they are soon to be famous for. We began with cocktails (of course,) starting with The Desperado (cucumber, pineapple, Don Suenos, cranberry, lime, ginger beer) as well as their signature margarita, the Don Chepos Margarita (tequila, orange juice, lime juice, sugar rim.) Both were excellent, though in this writer’s opinion you cannot go wrong with a classic margarita!
 We then moved on to the appetizers, where we chose our go to favorite – corn off the cob  (grilled corn, cotija cheese, cilantro, tomatillo sauce) as well as Tres empanadas, which were suggested by our server (pork, chicken, cotija cheese.)

It seems that every “upscale” Mexican restaurant has their own version of “elotes,” and this one doesn’t disappoint. It is very corn forward, unlike others than turn into a mass of cheesy goodness (not that there is anything wrong with that!) The empanadas were all very flavorful, and each one sang with the notes of it’s primary ingredient. Together, they provided a wonderful soundtrack for the meal to follow.

Chef/Owner Dustin Parfitt and Owner Juan Gando are excited to bring their popular concept to new foodie fans by giving them delicious house-made, street-style tacos — with options for meat lovers, vegetarians/vegans, even those with gluten allergies — flavorsome quesadillas, burritos and hand-selected chef’s platters. “We take great pride in the foods we are serving,” shared Parfitt. “Our corn tortillas are made fresh in-house every morning, our vegetables from local farms, and we match our cocktails with the dishes we serve.”

Knowing that the corn tortillas were fresh made, our dinner consisted of a variety of tacos. Gourmet street tacos ($7-12 and served two per order) are the restaurant’s specialty.  We enjoyed the Americano Tacos (ground beef, lettuce, Mexican cheese, pico) as well as a Taco trio, which for us consisted of spiced cauliflower tacos, asada tacos, Al Pastor tacos – though you can choose any 3 from their large selection.

The tacos were amazing, and you could almost taste the love that the team of chefs make each one with. Our favorite, however, was probably the spiced cauliflower! Yes, cauliflower is another “in” thing in the culinary world, but we have yet to find a dish that suffers from it. Try it and see for yourself!

“Smoking the pork for our Tacos al Pastor has to be my favorite thing to do at the moment,” continued Parfitt. “The pork is marinated in our own special blend of chilies and spices and smoked over hickory for eight hours. When you come to Don Chepo’s and smell the aroma, you will see –and taste — why it’s my favorite.”

Of course, no good meal is complete without an amazing dessert, and Don Chepo’s delivered! We ordered the Fried Ice Cream, and were amazed at the complex flavors in such a small package. It is served with fresh sliced bananas to cut down on some of the decadence, and was a magnificent finish to the meal.

A resident of Wellington since the age of 12, Parfitt has fine-tuned his culinary talents over the years in the kitchens of restaurants such as The Breakers Hotel, Cucina Palm Beach and as part owner of Oli’s Fashion Cuisine, and Whitehorse Tavern. Look for a profile of the chef in an upcoming edition of Celebrity Chefs of South Florida.

We’d like to thank the management and staff of Don Chepo’s for inviting us out us out. We’ll be back!

Be sure to follow Don Chepo’s Taco Shop on social media to keep up to date on all things Don Chepo’s.

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