Thank you, kind waiter, for offering to give the table a tour of the Uncle Julio's menu. What did you say your name was? Oh, yeah, that's right. It's so ungodly loud in your restaurant that Clean Plate Charlie has no idea what you're saying.
What's that you say about the appetizers? I can see your mouth is moving and your fingers are pointing to parts of the menu, but I have no idea if you're recommending the quail or telling Clean Plate Charlie that you just caught it this morning.
Luckily the menu for Uncle Julio's, which just opened in Boca's Mizner Park, isn't much different than any other Mexican joint. There are a few surprises.
There's the aforementioned quail and the frogs' legs. Then you've got
your standard enchiladas and tacos and an excellent carne asada steak that Clean
Plate Charlie happily polished off.
But before Clean Plate Charlie devoured the last bit of rice
and beans came prayers to the patron saint of Guadalajara for silence.
Sure this place is packed, but how does this place seem louder than the
gaggle of girls at a Hannah Montana show? One of Clean Plate Charlie's
dining partners had a theory. Something about how the walls and ceiling
looked like hardened plaster with no sign of fabric in sight. But well,
Clean Plate Charlie couldn't hear the whole explanation.
By the end, our friendly waiter brought out a fine chocolate empanada
with a single birthday candle for the diner to Clean Plate Charlie's
right. We all sang the obligatory birthday song, but no doubt nobody
heard it. Well, ok, maybe that's good.
There was one benefit: Nobody complained as Clean Plate Charlie grabbed
the last sopapilla and dipped it into the chocolate from the empanada.
Or if somebody did complain, Clean Plate Charlie didn't hear it.
Uncle Julio's, 449 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561-300-3530, to go line: 561.300.3531
-- As told to Eric Barton
Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.