A new Mexican restaurant, Cactus Grille, opens in Palm Beach Gardens

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The upscale Tex-Mex spot has transformed the former Burger Bar space in Donald Ross Village Square.

Cactus Grille, the long-awaited tex-mex restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens, made its official table service debut on Monday, two days after its grand opening in Donald Ross Village plaza.

Co-owner Jordan Brown offers this welcome message to the general public:

“Come see what we have to offer. Be part of the Cactus family.

Much like Tex-Mex cuisine, the Brown family has roots far from South Florida. Cactus Grille’s ode to Tex-Mex was born in a town far removed from the Texas/Mexico border and its hybrid culture: Providence, Rhode Island, the hometown of the Brown family.

The restaurant is truly a Tex-Mex ode to the Brown family history. Jordan Brown’s mother, Beth, loved Tex-Mex food so much that she and Jordan’s father, Jason, traveled to Boston for authentic fare when their romance was new decades ago. . These shared meals inspired the original Cactus Grille, which the couple opened in Providence in 1992.

The former Burger Bar restaurant space transformed

The new restaurant pays homage to that original Cactus Grille, which opened before Jordan Brown was born. Brown remembers growing up at the restaurant and celebrating milestones there. She was particularly fond of the restaurant’s tall Margarita cut glasses with cactus-shaped stems — so much so that she went looking for replicas for the new Cactus Grille.

“I found the cactus glasses and there will be drinks served in them!” she says.

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By creating the accessible upscale restaurant in Palm Beach Gardens, the Browns transformed a prime space on the plaza. This is where Burger Bar operated until it closed in 2019.

Featuring an outdoor patio sprawling around a fountain, Cactus Grille offers an alfresco dining and bar area as well as a spacious indoor dining area.

Also in the Gardens: The group behind the famous restaurant Carbone will open a related restaurant

Cactus Grille’s eclectic menu of Mexican cuisine includes unique tacos

As for bites to go with those funky drinks, the restaurant offers an eclectic menu that ranges from gourmet plates to more casual Tex-Mex pub grub.

The finest dishes on Executive Chef Bill Rosenberg’s menu include Blackened Florida Grouper with Roasted Corn Risotto, Chilli Chicken with Grilled Garlic and Pickled Chilies, Premium Black Angus Striploin and premium pork cheeks with cheddar grits. (Entries are priced from $18 to $45.)

More casual entrees ($7 to $15) include shredded chicken tostadas, queso fundido with Mexican chorizo, and seafood cocktail in a spicy sangrita marinade.

The tacos range from classic (chicken adobo, platter $15) to creative (wild mushrooms, shallots, goat cheese, platter $14). Burritos, fajitas, soups, salads and sides complete the menu.

“When a lot of people think of Tex-Mex, they think fast-casual. You can be casual at the Cactus Grille, but there are also finer restaurants here,” says Brown. dishes.”

Cactus Grille debuts in a new restaurant district now rising up in the county’s north, west of Military Trail. His arrival comes 10 weeks after the expansion of chef Tim Lipman’s Coolinary Café and Parched Pig restaurants, which merged into a larger location in the square.

It also comes as acclaimed chef Pushkar Marathe of Stage Kitchen on PGA Boulevard prepares to open Ela, a traditional Indian restaurant in the square. Less than a mile to the west, locals flock to new restaurants in Alton Plaza.

Cactus Grill Restaurant & Tequila Bar

Located at 4650 Donald Ross Road, Suite 100 at Donald Ross Village Square, Palm Beach Gardens, TheCactusGrille.com

Business hours: Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Brunch: Served on Sundays from 30 Jan.

Happy Hour: Weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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