El Jefe Luchador in Deerfield Beach
El Jefe Luchador translates to the “Chief Fighter” in english, and this small restaurant located on S Federal Highway in Deerfield Beach is just like its namesake; packing quite the punch in a small, but efficient package.
If you are unfamiliar with Lucha Libre, it’s a form of wrestling in Mexico and other Spanish speaking countries. Traditionally, wrestlers wear masks to hide their identity and to make it just a little more mysterious. In some circles, losers of the match are made to take their mask off forever, so looking at the wall of masks in El Jefe Luchador, we can imagine that masks from each of the losers is hanging on the wall like a trophy kill out in the wild.
El Jefe Luchador is owned by the same restaurant group that presides over Charm City Burger Company, in Deerfield Beach as well and Rebel House, in Boca Raton. In addition, a newer El Jefe opened up within the food court at Town Center Mall in Boca Raton earlier this year.
This location has been open since May 2011 and in the time since has been known for their creative decor, affordable Mexican street cuisine and quality ingredients. This trip was focused on three key offerings from the restaurant. The El Rey (crispy shrimp taco with mayonesa picante, guacamole & cabbage slaw), El Chicharron (crispy pork belly with ancho-smoked tomato, salsa suave, guacamole & cabbage slaw) and the El Jefe Luchador Quesadilla (al pastor with pineapple, sweet potato, queso blanco and salsa verde).
Averaging at about $4.00 per item that we enjoyed, diners are certainly getting a lot of quality for the small price. Of the three, the El Chicharron came out on top with us; its cubes of crispy pork belly were a perfect textural complement to the soft taco and shredded lettuce. The crispy pork belly was a tad salty and buttery smooth on the inside, just the way it should be. We’ve dined on pork belly all over the country and this iteration was one of the more memorable ones. We could imagine eating this every day ant not getting tired of it – ever.
Visiting at 11am when they opened their doors, the restaurant was quiet and calm. By the time we left at noon things were beginning to pick up with the lunch crowd and continued to get busier over the next few hours with all of those who live and work in the area popping in for a quick and tasty bite.
We’ll be back to El Jefe Luchador to sample more of their menu, particularly the El Nacho Libre and Dos Locos Gringos. It’s possible we may do that for no other reason than to stand at the counter and order them by name – please don’t judge us.
El Jefe Luchador
27 S Federal Hwy.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441