It doesn’t have to be Cinco de Mayo week to enjoy a heap of good tacos and a cold Mexican beer. There is no shortage of Mexican and Tex-Mex spots to feed your taco whims.
But because it is Cinco de Mayo week, finding a place to stuff your face with tortilla chips and guac takes on a sense of urgency, one that only happens in the country that holds the Mexican holiday most dear to its heart: the United States. (Not Mexico. The holiday is not a huge deal there, as it commemorates a rather obscure battle that took place in 1862.)
Located on the historic district’s main drag, Table 427 is the domain of chef/owner Roberto Villegas, a versatile cook who often takes inspiration from his Mexican roots. His dishes are not precious, but they are earnestly prepared and lovingly served.
Villegas is the culinary equivalent of a DJ – he takes requests. And for those who enjoy surprises, he offers a “No Menu” option, a five-course dinner of his own design.
The pace here may be slower than at other neighborhood eateries, as the chef does most of the cooking himself. Consider the lag a chance to have a glass of wine and an invitation to be treated like family.
Table 427: 427 Northwood Rd., West Palm Beach; 561-506-8211; Table427.com
This is the Mexican-inspired eatery that originated in the Downtown at the Gardens plaza in Palm Beach Gardens. It has since expanded to three other cities, with three others on deck.
With the original location closed, north county Cabo fans can now find their Pancho Villa quesadillas in this free-standing restaurant on U.S. 1 in Jupiter. This is where I found a lively, but not overwhelming vibe and spot-on service on a recent night.
Also spot-on: the classic enchiladas stuffed with Cabo’s Chicken Tinga. I love it with a side of the kicky ranchero sauce and a Dos Equis lager.
Cabo Flats: 1352 S. U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter; 561-320-9644; CaboFlats.com