ICYMI: Cholo Soy Cocina restaurant to open this week on West Palm Beach’s Antique Row

Cholo Soy Cocina, a tiny space with epic dreams, is set to open next week on West Palm Beach’s Antique Row, says its chef/owner Clay Carnes.

Carnes, who left his spacious Wellington restaurant, The Grille, to pursue his street-food-joint goals, expects to open Friday, Sept. 23.

He describes the concept as “neo-Andean, Ecuadorean,” inspired by his years working as a hotel chef in Cuenca, Ecuador. On the menu: interesting snacks, small dishes, handmade tortillas crafted of organic, non-GMO white corn grown in Alachua County.

“The thing I’m most excited about is that I can finally start making these tortillas,” says Carnes, who also will be smoking and braising meats and frying tempura fish for taco fillings.

Chef Clay Carnes: Michigan by birth, "cholo" by soul. (Alissa Dragun/ South Moon Photography)
Carnes: Michigan by birth, “cholo” by soul. (Alissa Dragun/ South Moon Photography)

He has designed a menu that’s varied enough to please a range of tastes and diets.

“We will have food options for everybody. We’ll be able to accommodate dietary preferences naturally because our menu is for everybody. If you’re vegan, we have you covered naturally. Whatever crazy trend you’re doing, you’ll be able to do it here,” says Carnes, who will also offer a selection of beer and wine as well as locally brewed kombucha on draft and locally roasted coffee.

Carnes, a Food Network “Cutthroat Kitchen” winner, plans to grow his own herbs, peppers and other veggies on Cholo’s patio, which will likely hold the spillover crowd from the 600-square-foot indoor space. Inside, there will be four tables seating eight to ten guests, plus limited room at the stand-up counter. Patio benches can accommodate another 25.

The cozy, communal factor is all part of Cholo’s street-stand vibe.

Cholo Soy translates to “I am cholo,” Latin American slang for mixed race or mestizo.

CHOLO SOY COCINA

Located at 3715 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; @cholosoycocina on Instagram; www.cholosoycocina.com.

Hours: Opens Sept. 23 and will keep the following hours: Open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.

 

Cue the mariachis: It’s the newest Taco Tuesday in West Palm Beach

Mariachi moment at Banko Cantina. (Contributed)
Mariachi moment at Banko Cantina in downtown West Palm Beach. (Contributed)

It’s Taco Tuesday tonight at the new Banko Cantina in downtown West Palm Beach. That means all you can eat tacos for $16 ($30 for seafood tacos). And next Tuesday, it also means live mariachi music.

Mariachi de Mi Tierra de Juan  García plays on Banko’s rooftop from 7 to 9 p.m. on July 5th, and the first Tuesday of every month.

The main dining room at Banko Cantina. (Contributed)
The main dining room at Banko Cantina operates on the first floor. (Contributed)

The tri-level restaurant and bar opened last month in the landmark building that once housed the American National Bank. That building is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic places.

Banko Cantina: 114 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; BankoCantina.com.

 

 

Who won our Readers’ Choice poll for best tacos?

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What restaurant serves the best tacos in Palm Beach County? We posed this question to our readers some weeks ago and the response was a resounding one.

The winner was not your average tiny taquería, but a local chain of small, rather quirky taco joints.

Check out the full story here!

Chipotle closes in Massachusetts: Would you still eat there?

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Chipotle. (Contributed photo)

UPDATE: March 9, 2016. 

A Chipotle in Massachusetts has shut down because an employee has been diagnosed with the norovirus.

Here’s what we wrote during Chipotle’s recent string of health issues:

The Palm Beach Post spoke to Chipotle devotees who say the hundreds of cases of food-born illnesses at the restaurants last year won’t keep them from giving the chain their business.

What about you? Will you still eat at Chipotle?