Sometimes you get a craving that you cannot ignore, and, for me, on this particular evening, it was Mexican food. I remembered a colorful little place I had noticed on U.S. Hwy. 1 in Marketplace Square aptly named Casa Del Taco.
As we walked through the door, I was taken in by the beautiful decor and the very friendly staff that invited us to sit wherever we wished. We went for one of the many cozy booths and were promptly greeted by our server, Aura, who came bearing a basket of tortilla chips and an excellent salsa that, to my delight, was brimming with fresh cilantro.
While intently studying the menu we found that there was quite a variety of Mexican soups, sandwiches, egg dishes, seafood plates, and other creative dishes. Some I’d like to try, others, not so much. I’ll stick to the steak and chicken, you can keep the goat and tripe, but to each their own.
For an appetizer, I spied the choriqueso dip ($9.99). A bowl of house made white Mexican cheese dip blended with chorizo sausage and served with tortilla chips. It was everything I had hoped it would be. Thick and creamy, with just enough spice, and utterly addictive.
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Knowing my husband isn’t a spicy kind of guy, I knew that I would be polishing the dip off, so for my main course I went to the Antojitos, meaning “little cravings”, aka the small plates section.
The menu features a number of photos, and I was especially drawn to one, the Sopes ($9.99). Fried masa, shaped like little plates, had a wonderful texture. Layered with refried beans, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, a dollop of sour cream, cojita cheese, and a choice of meat. I chose steak, which was tender and flavorful. The dish was accompanied by rice and refried beans.
My husband went all out with the Trio de la Casa ($22.99). Served on a huge platter, it consisted of grilled steak, grilled chicken breast, plus jumbo shrimp with sautéed onions and mushrooms, refried beans, rice, flour tortillas, and a salad. The steak was seasoned well, the shrimp were firm and tasty, but the chicken was a bit overcooked.
If you have a big appetite, this is the dish for you!
For dessert we shared a sumptuous guava pastry.($5.99) The chewy sugared dough was brimming with sweet guava puree. The presentation was very nice, with a refreshing dip of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and a chocolate drizzle.
If you are a fan of Mexican food, definitely give this place a try. I look forward to another visit to experience more of their progressive menu.
Casa Del Taco
Address: 3181 NW Federal Hwy., Jensen Beach
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11am – 9pm; Friday & Saturday 11am – 10pm
Alcohol: Beer and Wine
Online: On Fspancebook @casadeltacofl