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El Camino Gives Downtown Delray Beach Its First Tequila Bar

It just makes sense that the owners of Cut 432 decided to bring the taste of the taco to downtown Delray Beach with their new taquería-ish El Camino.

El Camino owners Brandon Belluscio, Brian Albe, and Anthony Pizzo have brought Mexican soul-food and a top-notch tequila bar -- which opened its doors late December -- just off the city's Atlantic Ave. restaurant row. The establishment offers patrons a taste of Mexico through the lens of executive chef Victor Meneses, originally from Juarez, Mexico.

The restaurant, with its gaping open entrance reminiscent of a giant garage door, has been slapped into a space that was -- until recently -- a vacant corner parcel behind The Office leading into Delray's Pineapple Grove district. Today, the building's exterior has been given a total makeover, the exterior north wall hit with a splash of color with a large mural of custom graffiti art by Ruben Ubiera, who was contracted to paint Emiliano Zapata Salazar -- a leader of the Mexican revolution -- along with Day of the Dead skulls, an El Camino car, and other Mexican-themed images.

Inside, bright lime green booth seating and a handmade, rustic wood beam bar run the length of the space where bartenders sling craft-style margaritas and customers put them back like they're nothing more than water on a hot summer day. The bar menu and beverage program has been designed by Albe, who highlights over 200 selections of tequila from blanco reposado to anejo and mescal, and plenty of specialty margaritas you can drink them with. Draft and bottled beers have the standard Mexican favorites, but also local and regional craft picks, including a specialty porter from Boynton Beach's Due South brewed especially for El Camino.

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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