When Mike Saperstein and Evan David (owners of one of South Florida’s best Burger joints Charm City Burger Company) announced El Jefe Luchador earlier this year I was ecstatic for a couple of reasons. Over the course of the last couple of years, I’ve become a giant fan of “authentic” Mexican food and I’ve been a fan of wrestling as long as I can remember. My grandfather wrestled under a mask in Venezuela and Cuba but that’s a story for another day.
The first thing that I noticed when I walked in was the wall of Mexican Wrestling Masks on the wall:
Followed by the wallpaper on both sides of the place.
Once I reached the front I took a good look over the menu. You have the option to choose your protein from Carnitas, Al Pastor (from an actual spit), Pollo Asada, Carne Asada, Barbacoa, Chorizo, and Hongos y Name. There are also combos with “Compinches/Sidekicks” and a drink. My wife chose the combo with a Mexican Bottle Drink (Mexican Coke or Jarritos).
Before we took our seats we checked out the Salsa Bar and took some Salsa Roja, Salsa Verde and a couple of limes. Both had some heat so if you’re on the wimpy side I would steer clear.
I’ve had plenty of Mexi-Corns over the last few months and this one is tops. The Cotija Aioli on it was so good that my wife housed the corn. I was only able to get in a couple of bites but I’m definitely coming back for that. We also had an order of El Nacho Libre w/ Chorizo which came with some of the best Crema I’ve ever tried, some good stuff.
I opted to not create my own tacos and went with El Santo and Mistico tacos. El Santo (carne asada, corn, cotija cheese, pico de gallo) and Mistico (barbacoa, mushrooms, Oaxacaca cheese, mole negro, caramelized onion, and truffle crema) were my opponents. They didn’t stand a chance. I liked El Santo he was a good competitor but Mistico took the cake for me. Just when I thought the Crema couldn’t get any better they do it up with Truffle. I could easily put down 3 of these and I probably should have.
Last but not least we have Vampiro who used to be one of my Mexican wrestling faves. In this incarnation, he’s a Torta. A Torta is Mexico’s version of a sandwich and I find its success depends a lot of times on the bread used. Vampiro (Pollo Asado, salsa roja, Oaxaca cheese, jalapeños, guacamole, refried beans, and lettuce) was nicely toasted and could have easily made a great home for whatever combination you can come up with. I was stuffed at this point and really only took about 2 bites of it. My ride home was a bit long and the first thing I thought of when I arrived was Vampiro.
I removed the lettuce (not a fan) and reheated it on my press. I was good to go till I thought about Mistico again. If that wasn’t bad enough I started planning what I’m gonna have next time. Ultimo Dragon (carnitas, hoisen salsa, and kimchee slaw) and El Jefe Luchador (al pastor, grilled pineapple, fried sweet potato, queso blanco and salsa verde) are at the top of that list but that could change like with any good wrestling match.
P.S.: Try the Flan.
El Jefe Luchador
27 South Federal Hwy
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441