DELRAY BEACH — Turns out this hipster taquería isn’t just a favorite for locals, it’s nationally recognized.
El Camino, a popular downtown Delray Beach Mexican restaurant and tequila bar, made it onto OpenTable’s Top 100 Hot Spots in America for 2017. It’s one of three Palm Beach County spots to land on the list, compiled by the online restaurant-reservation service.
OpenTable’s annual listicle highlights restaurants with good food and drinks, vibrant bar scenes and festive atmospheres. OpenTable narrowed the top 100 from a vast list of more than 24,000 restaurants with 10,000,000-plus reviews.
El Camino landed on the list for the second year in a row. It’s joined by two other Palm Beach County favorites: Contemporary American restaurant Buccan in Palm Beach; and Italian restaurant Grato in West Palm Beach.
El Camino, on Atlantic Avenue at Northeast Second Street, offers more than 200 types of tequilas and menu of Mexican soul food. It’s defined on The Ave by its artistic facade — a mural of artist Frida Kahlo and Mexican Revolution hero Emiliano Zapata in a Day of the Dead theme air-brushed on the outer walls of the downtown eatery.
(You can watch a time-lapse video of the mural’s creation by Dominican-born artist Ruben Ubiera on the restaurant’s website.)