Chef Ze Carlos Jimenez is planning to expand theMexZican Gourmet
as a brick and mortar restaurant in South Miami.
At first, Jimenez was planning to expand by opening another food truck but decided on a small restaurant instead. When he passed by a vacant restaurant in South Miami, he knew that was the right spot.
The location is the former crepe restaurant on U.S. 1, next to
Einstein's. The restaurant will seat about 100 people, with 12 to 14 tables
inside and an additional 10 outside. The intimate location is perfect
for Jimenez, who said, "With a small location I can take care of all my
The restaurant will expand on the tacos and quesadillas served on
the truck. Though the menu is still being finalized, Jimenez will
stick to his "simply authentic" Mexican concept. The restaurant will also serve beer and wine.
"I lived 45 minutes from Mexico City, so the restaurant will give me the
chance to serve food that I grew up with," said Jimenez. "On the
weekends I'm going to do a lot of specials from different regions in
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Look for the MexZican Gourmet to open around the end of September. If
you can't wait, seek out the truck at various Miami roundups.
If you're looking for food trucks tonight, you might want to head out to Hollywood's Young Circle for their Monday night roundup. From 5:30 to 10 p.m. find more than a dozen trucks including CheeseMe, Dim Ssam a gogo, Divan Bakery, Dog Eat Dog, Dolci Peccati, The Fish Box, Guiseppe's Italian Sausage, Latin Burger, Miso Hungry, Moty's Grill, Nacho Bizness, The Rolling Stove, Snow Caps, and Sugar Yummy Mama.