I hope it's still there. Have you heard about Ocean Blvd's being washed away by the storm surge from Hurricane Sandy? That sh#t cray. Our entire South Florida economy is pretty much based on beachfront property, so before you get all whiny about having to subsidize other people's property and flood insurance, keep in mind that no one would live here and have cool stuff to experience like concerts, nice restaurants, and LeBron James, if not for the coastal property that's so precariously located within the inevitably likely path of a hurricane or storm surge. If it can happen to New York City, it can damn sure happen here, and it has and it will in the future. In the meantime, try not to let that thought stress you out.
Speaking of New York City, Dos Caminos is a chain of Mexican restaurants that began there and lands somewhere in between your usual local Tex-Mex place and the high-end upscale Mexican places like Rosa Mexicano and Maya (NYC). Dos Caminos is an extremely high quality product for the money, and it's worth the drive up to Broward (or will it be Ft. Lauderdale..?) County.
I attended a media event at the Ft. Lauderdale location back in September, and shame on me, it's taken this long to get my post polished and posted. It's a delicate art, and sometimes art just can't be rushed. It's really because I try to do too much with the 24 hours I'm given each day, so I have lists of perpetually pending items that I manage to cross off eventually, but often quite tardily. Boo hoo.
Dos Caminos is located inside the Sheraton Hotel. Pretty standard restaurant location, in a beautiful area called Harbour Isles of Ft. Lauderdale. The decor is homey. It's got just the right amount of lighting that you can see the food you're eating, but it's dark enough that your date will look his or her best. Take a look and you'll see the Mexican inspired interior, with dark pinks and skulls on the walls.
Executive chef, Ivy Stark, was in town for the introduction of Dos Caminos' new menu and was kind enough to present us food writers in attendance with a copy of her new book, which you should really check out. It's called Dos Caminos Mexican Street Food and I've used it several times. It was also a great resource for choosing the dinner menu at my upcoming wedding in Mexico. It's like authentic Mexican street food, but without the Montezuma's Revenge! In case you don't know what Montezuma's Revenge is, it's what happens when you eat food in Mexico because your ancestors were Europeans and are therefore guilty by association with the colonists who invaded Mexico and killed everyone. Montezuma (II) was the Aztec emperor at the time, and now he haunts the bowels of anyone who eats anything even remotely suspect. If you've never had explosive Mexican diarrhea, well, let me tell you, you just haven't lived to appreciate the pleasure that it is not to have Montezuma's Revenge once it's over (usually lasts about a week).
Now, you're probably not crazy about the fact that I mentioned explosive diarrhea in a restaurant review, and neither are the people who operate Dos Caminos, but that's just what you get when you hop in bed with Eat It, Miami. The irreverence is our signature! It's our hallmark! Our touchstone! Along with impeccable grammar and its accompanying lessons, of course! Isn't it interesting that hallmark and touchstone have synonymous figurative meanings but also quite closely related literal meanings? Fascinating. English is such a rich language.
Back to the diarrhea! You won't get it if you eat at Dos Caminos, I bet! I highly recommend the place. They have great staples like chicken flautas, excellent guacamole, cheery service, and great decor.
If you work nearby, they have a an affordable happy hour menu with $4.50 margaritas and $3 tacos. The happy hour guac only costs 8 bucks (usual 2 person order is 14).