Openings and Closings

El Jefe Luchador Opens Second Location in Boca Raton Today

If you consider yourself a fan of good Mexican food and occasionally give in to a shopping spree are two, now you can indulge in both at the same time. Lucky for you, Deerfield Beach's El Jefe Luchador is opening its second location in the Town Center at Boca Raton today.

Owners Mike Saperstein and Evan David have fashioned a mall food court space into a colorful attraction, a second location with possibly more like it in the works where they're peddling their affordable, gourmet-style fare. The new restaurant has been custom designed to retain the original location's kitschy charm, from the brightly-hued lucha libre wrestling masks to a neon glowing ordering counter and custom tile art mural created in collaboration with the restaurant group's E&M Munchies in-house design team.

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If you're worried the move to the mall may have changed the menu, put those fears to rest. The restaurant's second location will be offering the same Mexican, street-food style picks as the original, everything from their create-your-own street plates to Saperstein's chef-driven specialty tacos, tortas -- even the homemade sangria.

Although not much has changed, a more streamlined version of the menu has been debuted at the mall location, beginning with six street plates -- tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, tortas and a salad -- all customizable with your choice of meat and one of seven add-ons ($2.75-$7.99). There's also "smokin bowls" -- meat prepared over rice and beans and topped with roasted corn, pico de gallo, guacamole and smoked ranchero salsa ($7.99).

For a more gourmet selection, David suggests favorite dishes like the Ultimo Dragon, a carnitas taco paired with a smokey, flavorful hoisen salsa and kimchee slaw ($3.50), or the El Don Hamburgueso, the sister establishment Charm City burger taco served in a double-decker soft/hard taco shell and topped with a creamy queso sauce and a mayo-style tomato salsa ($4).

El Jefe Luchador is located in the Town Center at Boca Raton. For more information visit www.jefetaco.com, or call 954-246-5333.

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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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