Last night was a fiesta in Wilton Manors.
Pinche Taqueria had opened a few weeks back quietly after turning an old storefront into something that would not be out of place at any beach town. The front was pushed back, the old school windows were removed, and big green "garage doors" were installed.
How better to enjoy the Florida Breezes than to sit at a table, enjoy your food and drinks, and watch the entertainment of the crowd or the TVs on the wall?
They had said that they didn't want to have their grand opening "until it was perfect".
They are now there, last night's food was perfect - even with the size of the crowd that were there to celebrate the event.
I had been there within a week of their opening, and then again two weeks later, and each time the food was noticeably better. Last night it was incredible.
The place was packed with many local notables that I have seen from the City of Wilton Manors, as well as some of the neighboring cities. Many more of the locals were there enjoying the scene.
I got to see City Commissioner Scott Newton and his wife Cindy, Celeste Ellich, and others that I recognized from many other places. It was the place to be last night.
Of course this being a Mexican Taqueria, they had a Mariachi Band there, and the band was a blast! The musicians had a lot of personality, and were serenading us as we got our food and rubbed shoulders with the folks at the next table.
Yes, it was a very busy night, as you might expect.
The food was excellent, we will definitely be back. I've gone on the weekend for lunch, mainly. The food is quite authentic Classic Mexican fare as their history bares out. I was told that it started as a taqueria in Tijuana Mexico. They took the place, Lock, Stock, and Barrel to New York City where it was a success. Some of the most discerning customers in the world live there, and if you can make it there like the song says, you can make it anywhere - but only if you're doing it right.
They did it right, they grew past their first restaurant into a second and began to look for another place to open and chose Wilton Manors.
Many cuisines when brought to the United States end up being a bit of a split personality. We've all heard that Chinese Restaurants will have a "Secret Menu" that "only the locals" will get, but that is the best food and the most authentic.
With Pinche Taqueria we're all locals, getting only the best.
I have a strong preference for Carnitas, savory pork that isn't "too spicy" served on a soft Taco or a Tostada. They have one of the best that I have ever had. Last night I had their signature Crab Taco with Mango Salsa. It was simply put, amazing.
If you're looking for something to wash it all down, skip the bottled stuff, and get a Mojito. A Mojito is typically a syrupy sweet Lime and Mint beverage with alcohol. When they make it, you get a crisp and clear Lime drink with a little minty sweetness - but it's not tooth achingly sweet. It's the best Mojito I have ever had, and I was never really a fan of the drink until I had it there because of that sweetness. You can actually taste the lime and the mint.
So definitely I will be back, and as demanding as I am, I can fully recommend a stop in for the Carnitas Taco, some chips and a Mojito. I may even get their signature dish again, that Crab was amazing!
It's a great place to sit back and enjoy some time with some amazing food and drink. Right across from City Hall in Wilton Manors at 2020 Wilton Drive, in the heart of the Arts and Entertainment District here.