725 Atlantic Blved.
Atlantic Beach FL 32233
So two of my foodie besties, called and asked me to go and try a relatively new Mexican spot at the beach, so off we go. First impressions walking up, oh this looks like fun and after going inside that impression was confirmed. The total interior is dedicated to the Day of the Dead art so familiar in Mexico, and all the vibrant color normally associated with this art form. That was the best part of the visit for me.
Although not a big fan of Mexican, there are a few dishes I can enjoy, I really don’t know how authentic they are. Since it was still happy hour we kicked off with a some Margaritas and a beer while we looked at the menu. One thing that caught my eye immediately, one of my most favorite item, Mexican Street Corn, having sampled this while in Mexico but alas only available on weekends . My companions were as equally disappointed. So what do we do, order what we know Nachos Supreme, how very original of us. A plate of chips covered with melted cheese, ground beef or shredded chicken, sour cream, fresh lime. One can add Steak for an additional 2.00$, we took the chicken. Once it arrived, I had to admit it was one of the best Supreme offerings, I have seen. All the ingredients were plentiful with a massive amount of tender chicken.
We then opted for a few of the many taco offerings:
Surf and Turf, Skirt steak and shrimp topped with avocado and drizzled with sriracha ranch. I little stingy on the surf for the price at 4.50. Normally I do not address pricing in my reviews, but felt for quality and quantity this dish a little overpriced.
Chicken Nachos Supreme
My next choice, Sriracha Shrimp Taco Deep fried southern jumbo shrimp tossed in sriracha buffalo sauce. For $3.99, this dish was far superior to the Surf and Turf, It promised to be hot and spicy and delivered. My favorite.
Surf & Turf Taco, one lone shrimp
Tacos de Pastor a Marinated pork with cilantro and fresh onions was the tastiest. Meat plentiful, tender, onions sweet, I thank my friend for sharing with me.
Sriracha Shrimp Taco
Tacos de Pastor
Last taco a delightful tart Ceviche Taco Fresh shrimp marinated in lime juice and topped with diced raw onions, tomatoes, and cilantro. It was easy to identify just how fresh this dish was on first taste.
We split and order of Chile Rellenos, consisting of 2 Poblano peppers battered in egg and stuffed with cheese. Topped with red sauce and served with a side of rice and refried beans. This dish was most unappetizing, thick red sauce, I still have not idea what was on the inside of this dish, but if it was cheese, no one could tell, and the pepper, had no hint of flavor. Big fail.
A dish that was a total win, Chile Colorado, Pork tips cooked in red tomatillo sauce. Served with a side of rice, refried beans, and flour tortillas. The meat in this dish was amazing. Much to the dismay of the owner, my friend and I attacked his dish.
Only one dessert a Flan, again safe, the only other option was Churros. The gentleman who ordered this suggested it may have been a commercial or canned dish. I looked good, evidently did not live up to the promise.
Go try this place, if for nothing else than the art work and happy hour. I would give it one more try, return on a weekend to sample the corn, and get the Chile Colorado. but there are much better spots in town I would go to first.