El Jefe Luchador to Open in Deerfield Beach

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Courtesy of Mike Saperstein
Just because it's May 6 doesn't mean the Mexican festivities should stop. At El Jefe Luchador in Deerfield Beach, they don't just celebrate the 5th of May, they celebrate every day.

Well, starting Tuesday they will, when they have their official grand opening. Tonight, Saturday and Monday, from 4-10 pm, the Mexican restaurant will continue to serve guests during their soft launch. Owner Mike Saperstein, who also operates Charm City Burgers across the street from El Jefe, had the idea of traditional Mexican street food before he started flipping burgers.

"I eat Mexican more than any other food, usually three times a week," Saperstein says. "Before we opened Charm City, [co-owner Evan and I] wanted to open a street-style taco place."

Saperstein compares the operation's quick service to Chipotle Mexican grill, but across the street is a different fast-casual Mexican food joint, Tijuana Flats, an Orlando-based chain that has swiffered across South Florida over the last five years. Saperstein says while they serve similar food, El Jefe isn't in competition with them.

"We have higher quality meats, we carry corn tortillas," he says. "We don't have any competition in this area." Not even against themselves, apparently, despite Charm City being in the same plaza as Tijuana Flats.

What stands out? The trompo (meat spit) that cooks the al pastor meat daily, serving tacos at $2.50 each. Don't look for the flour tortillas, either. The restaurant only serves corn. With the beer and wine license set to be approved by Tuesday, according to Saperstein, the restaurant will be serving up homemade sangrias in 32 oz mason jars.

El Jefe Luchador, meaning "The Chief Fighter," is based on Saperstein's admiration of Spanish-style wrestling. No word yet if employees will be wearing masks as part of the required dress code.

El Jefe Luchador
27 South Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
(954) 246-5333
http://www.eljefeluchador.com (website currently under construction)


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Sukisteeltoes
Sukisteeltoes

Honestly I had high hopes that I finally found a place that reminded me of the street tacos I got in Arizona and the trips to Mexico ever summer when growing up...that hope was shattered with some of the worst damn tacos I have ever had the misfortune to put in my mouth! As awesome as Charm City Burgers is I was shocked at the quality of service AWFUL, pack three completely different tacos in one container shoved it in a hot bag and then put it sideways in the take out bag..yeah tacos which are so known for staying put together..Idiots!@972eb7a0e11dd49116f437857055eb4d:disqus Ok the El Rey was ok not great but ok, the Barbacoa was disgusting, greasy and i got a chunk of fat which brisket doesn't usually have, the Dragon Taco was WAY to sweet almost made me sick a lil hoisin goes a long way. The tortilla chips are way too thick and hard to eat...stop doubling up the tortillas when ya actually cook em! The salsas the Verde was decent but the red on YUCK too much chipolte! I have to wonder if the dude who came up with the recipes has ever even been to Mexico, or areas of the US that have many awesome taco street vendors, casue it sure didn't taste like he has! What a waste of money and a drivce from Coral Springs!

Sukisteeltoes
Sukisteeltoes

Oh side note...Barbacoa is actually a slow cooked cows head, in which the strip the meat off the skull along with brains and if your really brave an eyeball all in a tortilla with fixins!  I am not sure when it became the name for what is actually Machaca/shredded beef but I just thought if your going to use the word ya should know what it really is. If it makes ya feel better Chipolte has it wrong as well!

freakerdude
freakerdude

I thought cabeza was head meat as well.

JamesGoobehr
JamesGoobehr

Nasty horrible food  ewwwwwwwww First of all the menu  is super confused. Tacos, Quesadilha, was dry like a dog food Purina, no cheese  just some poor little cheese like salt .Quesadilha was open ,very weird food... ....Chips queso :  was super hard and almost broke my teeth,and was nasty   cheese like soup... oil looks nasty like over 3 weeks old .Place stinks like  a very low cheap food.No kidding but I never ever ate something so horrible and nasty in my entire life. The reason I went there ,because Tijuana flats was closed....I left this horrible place  to eat at Taco bell, and much better and Fresh..... 

Ferrari_1975
Ferrari_1975

Nasty horrible food  ewwwwwwwww First of all the menu  is super confused. Tacos, Quesadilha, was dry like a dog food Purina, no cheese  just some poor little cheese like salt .Quesadilha was open ,very weird food... ....Chips queso :  was super hard and almost broke my teeth,and was nasty   cheese like soup... oil looks nasty like over 3 weeks old .Place stinks like  a very low cheap food.No kidding but I never ever ate something so horrible and nasty in my entire life. The reason I went there ,because Tijuana flats was closed....I left this horrible place  to eat at Taco bell, and much better and Fresh..... 

Toni
Toni

How long u been working at Tijuana flats?

BigPig
BigPig

um, it is totally not in the same plaza as Tijuana Squirts. It's across the street. And this place wins big time. The menus is a tad bit confusing, but you get used to it. They should have a food truck and paint it all awesome-like.

Www Tab 81
Www Tab 81

Best thing to happen to Deerfield... I love charm city but I have a new favorite.

Elotes Loco
Elotes Loco

Just came from there, food is great but the price isnt, a small taco is $4.00. kinda defeats the the streetfood idea, being from central america, street food is delicious but it is also cheap. I hope the prices come down or something else gets offered with the taco. Final say is food is good but the price to food ratio discourages me. I wish them luck

Randy
Randy

Elotes, A small taco is $2.50 unless you ordered one of the "Chef's Specialties" tacos...some of those are $4.00 because of the ingredient's and extra prep that is put into them. Overall, you get what you pay for and this place is quality all the way!    

Aly
Aly

I meant their. Not there. hehe

Aly
Aly

It was amazing!! Tijuana Flats is boring. El Jefe put there own twist on the entrees-which added a uniqueness to the already fun, friendly atmosphere. AND most importantly, the food is fresh-cooked to order-not mass produced and sitting in cambros all day! Oh yea, it's also cheaper!

Richard Foshee
Richard Foshee

I found the food to be extremely lacking. The Dos Locos Gringos is nothing but a torta slathered in melted white cheese that overpowers every other topping, except for the jalapeño slices. I also had three tacos : carnitas, carne asada, and barbacoa. While not sub-par, they lacked a defining flavor. The carnita meat was flat while the barbacoa was too fatty. My girlfriend had a mahi mahi taco which was simply a deep fried dolphin finger which tasted like cod and not sumptuous sea fare. They're banking heavily on a gimmick, whereas somewhere like Taco Prince on Federal in Boca (just a few miles north of El Jefe) makes street food that lets the food do ALL the talking.

Tacolover
Tacolover

wow, not lover, and plugging another restaurant! amazing marketing tactics!

Randy
Randy

Sorry Richard, I am afraid I must place you among those people that simply aren't happy unless they post something negative. Taco Prince? Really? Surely you must be kidding (or else you own Taco Prince)! There is truly no comparison.  

BamBam
BamBam

Wow! Your going to claim Taco Prince! Tisk Tisk You should try NachoBizness food truck.

Arty
Arty

swiffering? There are editors for this pub?

Dori Zinn
Dori Zinn

Who sweeps anymore? Swiffering isn't allowed?

freakerdude
freakerdude

Wow...in the same plaza as another mexi joint Tijuana Flats will be tough competition whether they think so or not.

BamBam
BamBam

Not at all! This place is original and not the big rip off that Tijuana Flats is. The only thing Tijuana's has going for it is it's salsas, nothing more. Give El Jefe Luchador a try and see what you think. Plus, I rather support a new local business!

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