Cheap Eats

Chapultepec Mexican Restaurant in Hallandale: Cheap Beer and Slow-Roasted Meats

Tucked behind an empty lot with anemic-looking trees, you can barely see Chapultepec while flying down Hallandale Beach Boulevard. Yet it's there, and it's a Mexico-Aztec-Incan oasis replete with cheap beer and slow-roasted meats stuffed inside everything from corn tortillas to tamales.

The restaurant's name is deep-rooted in history. Chapultepec Park is a massive green space in the center of Mexico City, the largest city park in the western hemisphere. In the fall of 1847 American forces defeated those of Mexico's during the Battle of Chapultepec, holding a historic castle of the same name in western Mexico City.

We made multiple calls to the restaurant trying to get ahold of owner Eduardo Nunez but had no such luck. The restaurant opened in 2004, according to filings with The Florida Department of State's Division of Corporations.

Nonetheless Chapultepec offers no-frills Mexican fare at dirt-cheap prices. Tacos come for $1.99 apiece stuffed with pulled chicken, tongue, tripe, chorizo, carne asada and barbacoa, spicy shredded beef.

There are also full plates for less than $10. Huarache Grande, offers two thick corn tortillas topped with refried beans, steak, avocado, tomatoes and salty cotija cheese. Chilaquiles, brings tortilla chips, fried in-house, cooked in red or green topped with cheese, steak or chicken, two eggs and a side of rice and beans.

We tried the pozole, a classic, blood-red soup with slow-roasted pork shoulder, big tender kernels of hominy corn, oregano and crushed chili served with a trio of warm tortillas.

Oh and about those tortillas, they're not made in-house, but don't worry. Fresh masa is mixed and pressed at nearby Tortilleria La Guadalupana in Davie.

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Zachary Fagenson is the restaurant critic for Miami New Times, and proud to report a cholesterol level of 172.
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