Boca Raton’s newest taco spot is almost ready! Deep into last-minute decorating, menu tastings and exciting behind-the-scenes fun, the team behind the uber-popular Wellington spot is about to unveil just what diners are raving about when Don Chepo’s Taco Shop officially opens in Boca on Monday, October 15th.
The prime location in the Boardwalk at Boca Raton shopping and dining center (6897 SW 18th St, Boca Raton, Florida)provides over 4,200 sq. ft for diners to enjoy the restaurant with 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.
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.”
In addition to the regular menu, the team is planning to launch daily specials (Did someone say Taco Tuesday?), a weekend brunch (Hello, fresh mimosas and bloody marys!), and desserts (Mmmm, melt-in-your-mouth crispy churros with Nutella sauce). “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 DonChepo’s and smell the aroma, you will see –and taste — why it’s my favorite.”
Gourmet street tacos ($7-12 and served two per order) are the restaurant’s specialty, but both Parfitt and Gando are determined that although their food is offered at a great value, they won’t have to sacrifice quality. Don Chepo’s hearty Tamal al Pastor ($7) is served in an open corn husk, topped with a thick, savory sauce, plenty of crumbled cotija cheese and chopped green onions. The Chicken Quesadilla is large, toasted and stuffed to the brim with Poblano-marinated chicken and three kinds of cheese ($10). The Bean Burrito is packed with refried beans, Chihuahua cheese, Mexican rice, black beans and Pico ($10).
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. Chef Parfitt says he discovered his passion for food from his mom. “She was born and raised in Pineville, Kentucky and was great at preparing Southern meals. My mother grew up poor and had to get creative, working with whatever she had from the local farm. This really inspired me and led to my career in the restaurant industry.”
Look for Don Chepo’s Boca Raton location to open beginning with dinner on Monday, October 15th. Weekday lunch, and weekend brunch, will follow soon after. Be sure to follow Don Chepo’s Taco Shop on social media to keep up to date on all things Don Chepo’s. Visit www.donchepos.com.