For Cabo Flats Executive Chef Antonio Brodziak, Cooking Up Mexican Cuisine Is More Than Just A Job—It's A Lifelong Passion
The mouth-watering menu brims with authentic Mexican fare. Carved bottles of añejo, blanco and reposado glisten behind a full bar. Chunky wooden chairs and faux-leather booths decorate the dining room.
Cabo Flats Cantina & Tequila Bar takes diners on a multisensory journey to Guadalajara. At Jupiter’s new restaurant, traditional folk art meets nouveau décor. From the ceiling hangs a giant chandelier fashioned from funky shaped stars. Interesting artifacts juxtapose brightly colored walls. Cartoon-like illustrations of smiling skeletons greet patrons.
After soaking up the scenery and settling into a seat, diners can explore the food options. One of the restaurant’s most popular aperitivos—avocado fries—features ripe avocados coated in a light breading and fried golden brown. A side of cilantro-lime aioli accompanies. Moving on to the entrée, two signature dishes stand out: chimichurri steak and carne asada. The first finds a grilled skirt steak marinated in adobo and topped with chimichurri sauce. The carne asada is also a grilled skirt steak but with a one-of-a-kind chile de arbol sauce. For dessert, order the churro waffle sundae—a cinnamon-sugar pastry with dulce de leche ice cream and bananas brûlée.
Executive Chef Antonio Brodziak hails from Mexico City, where as a young boy he used to watch his grandmother make tamales. She would kneel on the floor and grind peppers and spices in a three-legged metate made from volcanic rock. “I was 7 or 8,” Brodziak says. “I never knew that would impact me until I became a chef.”
He completed culinary school in his native country and, after one job at an Asian-American fusion restaurant in New York, has worked with upscale Mexican cuisine ever since.
“We’re focusing on fresh ingredients and a scratch kitchen,” Brodziak says. “Everything is made in-house. We don’t have anything coming out of a can.” He still mixes his spices like his grandmother did but he does so via an electric grinder.
Cabo Flats Cantina & Tequila Bar relocated to Jupiter this summer from its original Palm Beach County location at Downtown at the Gardens. A second restaurant operates in Delray Beach and a third in Stuart. Early next year, a CityPlace eatery in West Palm Beach is also expected to open. (Update: The CityPlace location officially opened its doors Dec. 10.)
Since 2011, the restaurant has helped raise more than $300,000 for charity through its community service program Cabo Cares. Organizations are invited to stage catered events in the dining room with complimentary food and drinks.