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Mexican goes upscale at Don Chepo's Taco Shop in Boca Raton

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Don Chepo’s Taco Shop

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

The owners of the 1-year-old Wellington taqueria have opened a second location in the former Blue Moon Mexican Café in the Boardwalk, a renovated plaza.

“Our Boca [Raton] location has a bigger space,” says Dustin Parfitt, executive chef and co-owner. “Our artist designed the walls, so it's got a graffiti vibe for a fun theme. We expanded our menu as well, so there are more options in this location.”

One of his new favorites is the roasted garbanzo bean tacos ($9). “It's a cool twist on tacos for those looking for vegetarian options,” says Parfitt, who is also a partner of Oli’s Fashion Cuisine and Whitehorse Fashion Cuisine in Wellington.

Other new additions include spiced cauliflower tacos ($10), enchiladas ($12-$17) and grilled marinated skirt steak with chile relleno and salsa verde ($22).

Parfitt favors the al pastor tacos ($9). “We smoke the pork with our special blend of chilis and spices over hickory for eight hours,” he says.

Finales are caramelized plantains with dulce de leche sauce ($6) and churros with Nutella sauce ($7).

The La Verdad cocktail ($8) is punched with tequila, mescal, cucumber and jalapeno.

A high ceiling houses Mexican décor with multicolored walls and Patron barrels. Gigantic lime umbrellas cover a patio deck overlooking a lake.

Lunch and dinner are served daily, plus weekend brunch. Musicians perform on Friday nights, and a DJ spins from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Saturdays. Games, such as Jenga Giant, beckon at the entrance.

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