Mexican restaurant El Camino opens in Rosemary Square

On trendy tacos and try something new

Is West Palm Beach ready for the battle of trendy taquerías? It could happen at the end of the year when two popular taco and tequila restaurants open in the downtown area.

This week, the owners of Delray’s funky Mexican restaurant El Camino and the bar announced the opening of a store in Rosemary Square. It will occupy the former space of Brother Jimmy on the second floor of the renovated square. South Beach hot spot two months ago Bodega Taquería y Tequila announced the opening of a Clematis Street store in the former Tapeo space. So it could be a spicy winter in downtown West Palm, if the opening plans for both restaurants hold true.

Pictures:Food and scenes at El Camino restaurant in Delray Beach

The latest announcement made me wonder about the status of Rosemary Square’s intimate taco pop-up, Taquería Bonitas. Taco master Niria Perez, who co-owns the place with her husband Ricky Perez, tells me their pop-up will be gone by the time El Camino arrives.

“Work on something exciting in the future. It’s been a long time coming!” She hinted in a text. She and Ricky also own the local cult Zipitios taco stand at the Grandview Public Market in West Palm where the chicken tinga tacos are my favorite. I can’t wait to see what this talented couple will do next. Watch this place.

Speaking of talented couples, have you heard of the local husband and wife who quit their corporate jobs to open a small sub-shop in downtown Lake Worth Beach? Makayla and Danny Clanton are building more than stacked sandwiches at L-Dub Subs – they are building community. Their story touches all the right notes: a desire that becomes a new career, a welcoming community, a sub-boutique that celebrates local products.

And on the theme of venturing into something new, Swedish café Johan’s Joe is now serves dinner. The menu was created by one of Palm Beach’s top chefs, Aaron Black of PB Catch. What a treat for downtown West Palm diners.

Let’s go to venture out and try new flavors.

Liz balmaseda

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