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Blue Moon Mexican Cafe opens first Florida location in Boca Raton



Blue Moon Mexican Cafe

6897 SW 18th St., west of Boca Raton, 561-571-7000,

A 30-year-old mini chain based in New Jersey has opened its first Southern location. Blue Moon Mexican Cafe is located in the new building that replaced Mykonos Greek Restaurant in the Boardwalk, a plaza that is about to finish renovation.

“We always wanted a restaurant in Florida, as many of our customers live here or come here in the winter,” says co-owner Jeff Lewis, who relocated from Manhattan. “We call it American Mexican, meaning it is not as spicy as traditional Mexican. However, we do have jalapenos to satisfy anyone’s hot-and-spicy fix.”

Signatures include guacamole ($10.95), fried calamari with salsa ($11.95), Fiesta Salad with honey-lime chicken and lime-cilantro dressing ($15.95), fajitas ($14.95-$21.95) and nine renditions of giant burritos, including build your own ($14.95-$16.95). New vegetarian selections include Mexican-spiced cauliflower tacos ($15.95).

Flights of tequila ($18-$22) complement eight kinds of margaritas ($9.50-$12), such as the Blue Moonarita with blue curacao.

Cheesecake chimichangas are rolled in cinnamon sugar ($7.95).

A soaring ceiling houses Mexican-themed decor with yellow, deep red and eggplant walls, Patron barrels over the bar and TVs. A deck overlooks the lake.

Lunch and dinner are served daily. Sunday brunch and weekend acoustic music will launch this fall.

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