Ocean Driveâ€™s newest restaurant, JalapeÃ±o Mexican Kitchen is now open, becoming the only authentic Mexican eatery on the famed beachfront boulevard. A departure from its restaurant neighbors, JalapeÃ±o Mexican Kitchen has created a dining destination that takes guests on a journey through the cantinas and street-side markets of
Mexico. Featuring vibrant, colorful dÃ©cor with views of the beach and ocean, an expansive list of signature margaritas and traditional Mexican cuisine made with the freshest ingredients, the restaurant presents a new standard for locals and visitors seeking a casual but memorable experience.
“We are very excited to offer both our residents and vacationers genuine food in a warm yet energetic setting,” said Alejandro Maya, partner of The Maya Group. “Our menu emphasizes traditional dishes and rich flavors that are as diverse as the many regions of Mexico. At JalapeÃ±o Mexican Kitchen, families and friends can indulge in a meal together while enjoying the idyllic views and South Beach state-of-mind over margaritas.” As one of the few family-run businesses on Ocean Drive, JalapeÃ±o Mexican Kitchen strives to make every guest feel comfortable and at home.
The 88-seat, outdoor establishment is adorned with traditional Mexican, colorful lamps adding to the bright hues of the space. Its outdoor lounge area welcomes patrons to relax and rejoice in the weather as well as the five 55â€ TV screens perfect to watch any big game. For a more private setting, an intimate eight-seat bar is located inside.
Leading the kitchen is Argentinean-born Chef Miguel Faget whose menu changes twice a year to highlight South Floridaâ€™s seasonal ingredients in addition to peppers and spices that are sourced from Mexico for the utmost authentic flavors. Appetizers; Salads; Burgers/Sandwiches; Cantina and Street Tacos; Cuban-inspired Dishes; Grilled EntrÃ©es; Signature Dishes; and a Childrenâ€™s Menu round out the restaurantâ€™s offerings.
Laudable items include Flautas ($11.50), three large, crispy flour tortillas filled with seasoned chicken and vegetables, served with Mexican rice, frijoles, guacamole and sour cream; Table-Side Guacamole ($12.50), a savory blend of fresh avocado, spices, pico de gallo, cilantro and lime; Cochinitas Al Achiote Tacos ($12.50), achiote-seasoned chorizo, pulled pork, smoked bacon, cotija cheese, fresh lime and pico de gallo; a Huevo Burger ($14.50) with Â½ lb. homemade Angus beef burger with green leaf lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, chihuahua cheese, bacon and ham topped with a sunny-side-up egg; and the Shrimp Orale Salad ($15.50) offering tangy, pan-seared shrimp,Â mandarin oranges, fire-roasted corn, fresno chiles, avocado slices and black beans on a blend of spring mix and butter lettuce, topped with tortilla strips and drizzled with a chipotle orange vinaigrette.
JalapeÃ±o Mexican Kitchenâ€™s flavorful ingredients are also at the forefront of its Cocktail Menu and signature drinks including the JalapeÃ±o Margarita (glass: $11.95 / pitcher: $34.95) with jalapeÃ±o infused tequila, passion fruit juice, fresh squeezed lime juice, cilantro leaves and housemade sour mix; the Tequila Mojito ($13.95), silver tequila, muddled lime, mint leaves and syrup; and the â€œGigante Drinkâ€ Mexican Bulldog Margarita ($29.95), silver tequila, triple sec, fresh squeezed lime juice served with two bottles of Corona upside down in a 32 oz. glass.
Special offerings include #TacoTuesday with $1 every Tuesday from 7 pm â€“ 12 am. Every Friday and Saturday, Chef Faget cooks a Mexican Paella tableside, with unlimited servings for just $19.95. Happy Hour is daily from open â€“ close boasting drinks for $5.95. And for diners-on-the-go, the â€œIn The Bizâ€ lunch special is available daily offering $5 burritos.