Rock Hard Tacos Now Open in Boca Raton, Serving up SoCal Style Mexican Fare

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Nicole Danna
Breakfast burritos are the specialty here, where they're served all day long.
​When it comes to East Coast/West Coast battles, it seems like 
California has it all. It's got the girls. The sun, the surf. 

And -- according to Rock Hard Taco partner and general manager Steve Miller -- it's also the inspiration for the Boca Raton taco shop, as well. 

Why? Because Miller -- along with partners and owners Chris and Elizabeth Dobson -- thought it was just what the South Florida surfer/beach scene was missing. 

The Dobsons, who moved to Florida several years ago from Orange County, Calif., echoed Miller's own sentiments: where were all the cheap, fun taco joints they were so used to back home? 

Realizing the job was theirs for the taking, the SoCal trio got together and collaborated to create Rock Hard Tacos, setting up shop just blocks from the ocean near the intersection of A1A and Palmetto Park Rd.

Step inside Rock Hard and you're instantly transported to the West Coast. The team has infused everything they love about their hometown culture into the tiny space from the decor to the food -- even the hyped-up punk rock pumping through the place.

You'll feel like you're being barreled in beach-easy cool just walking down the long hallway from the back door, surrounded by wallpaper-like plastered color photos of surf shots and all manner of extreme sports. It gives Rock Hard a distinct rock-n-roll, edgy feel you'd expect with a name so tough, and a logo that sports a skull-and-crossbones.

​"We wanted the experience to feel like you're in Southern California by the beach, with that SoCal-swag," said Elizabeth. "And it must be authentic and fresh -- everyday. And we take a lot of pride in that."

So much so that the chefs even grate the cheese fresh from a block, and taste-tested salsa recipes beside Chris before deciding on the precise size to chop the tomatoes. Even the refried beans are something special, deliciously fragrant with a tantalizing hint of cumin.

Rock Hard Tacos sports a Chipotle-style ordering station where patrons can see their food before adding it to salads, nachos, tacos, burritos or quesadillas. You'll get a great view of the ingredients, including pork chorizo, carnitas (shredded pork), machaca (shredded beef), carne asada (steak), shredded chicken, and the place's own classic or refried cumin-infused black beans.

And whether your out for dawn patrol, or in need of a late night snack, Rock Hard is ready to serve. At 8 a.m., it's an upbeat way to start the day. Especially if you're ordering their signature dish (served all day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.): a massive breakfast burrito. 

Served with a copious amount of scrambled egg, breakfast potatoes, Mexican cheeses, and pico de gallo it comes with your choice of applewood smoked bacon, pork chorizo, machaca, veggies and beans. Or get all of it, like Charlie did -- not a single bit lacking a lick of flavor from any of the ingredients. Buy it in a burrito or bowl ($6.95), or a smaller version served up in a soft taco ($2.95).

Anyone who loves good (cheap) food should go. And if you want to grab something fast and healthy for your family of five, don't expect to shell out more than $20 with hard or soft tacos ringing in at just $2.50 apiece.

* STARTING SOON: Delivery service to the beach, located at the end of Palmetto Park Rd. in Boca Raton.

891 E. Palmetto Park Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33432
(561) 393-8226
Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Sunday

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The Taco Craze continues... we'll check it out soon just in case. Is this a place to sit and have dinner? Do you have servers?

Absolutely disappointed in this place and even more so at Clean Plate Charlie for giving this "restaurant" the time of day. I've experienced more flavor and creativity at Taco Bell. I'm not even sure where to start! I didn't want to judge the size of the $7-something burrito that consisted of yellow cheese ("grated from a block?" Yeah, try a block of Kraft cheddar cheese), an absurdly large serving of white rice, and just the tiniest scoop of steak. But when I realized the burrito was more tortilla than anything else, it was a downward spiral from there. How about the cumin-flavored beans? I've had better beans straight from the can. Or the rice inside of the horrific burrito we ordered? Not even a pad of butter could have saved this rice.

Honestly I am embarassed that I spent as much money as I did at this place, considering Chipotle was just a couple miles North. The ambiance doesn't do much for this "restaurant" either - it looks as if a teenage, PacSun fan-boy dreamt up the decor during his usual marijuana induced escapade.

The best part of this restaurant was the water. And the Yucateco hotsauce.


went there today, this is hands down the worse excuse for a mexican casual sit down restaurant there is; let alone "authentic". I didn't know adding a little cumin to your black beans gave your food the right to be called good. Honesty i could really go in on this place but i won't defame it any longer, anyone who has gone to chipotle won't bat an eyelid at this god awful "mexican restaurant" the way this place looks like a makeshift mobile home kitchen. ( making food in front of you is very misleading.)


Wow...lots of info about the atmosphere and scene but nothing definitive about the overall food experience other than visual observations.

Mike Dukes
Mike Dukes

Rock Hard Tacos is Crushing it in Boca!! I ate there last thursday and it was 100% captain kick-ass... Keep it up guys


Rock Hard Taco absolutely has places to sit and dine.  You may enjoy the patio in the shade of umbrellas in front of the restaurant, or inside tables, or even more table in the back of the restaurant by the parking lot.  There are no servers, but the staff is very helpful, should you need assistance.


They have El Yucateco hot sauces? Awesome!


seems that you are plating a "shout out" to Chipotle in your completely absurd description of Rock Hard Taco's delicious burritos, which happened to be filled with grand bites of steak.  To say that they use Kraft Cheese is an outrageous lie.

what further makes your OBVIOUS PLANT for Chipotle, is your offering of directions to Chipotle being, and I quote: "a couple miles north".  Really?!?!  Honest comment on your part?  I think not.


well, well...another Chipotle PLANT----SOOOO OBVIOUS.


That's because it's not a review,dude. It's a post to let people know about a new restaurant. Here's an idea. Go find out for yourself.

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