Lime Fresh Mexican Grill is actually one of our favorite ‘fast-casual’ Mexican restaurants. This location in is located inside of The Promenade at Coconut Creek in the Mainstreet District of Coconut Creek (Wiles Rd and Lyons Rd). They have a prime spot in the plaza, right in front and a large patio that is always busy.
You order at the counter and they bring your food to your table when it’s ready. They actually seem to find you fast with your order, either inside or outside. The inside dining area is sectioned off into almost a maze in the front giving some diners some privacy and in the back you have the large windows to give you some light. The colors are darker with Mexican themes and it actually looks cool. They have a salsa bar with fresh cilantro, limes and a few sauces. It’s not as large as some of the ‘others’ in town, but it’s always fresh and tasty. They do have a large selection of hot sauces in bottles near the front counter for your use…so the choice is quite large.
They have your Mexican ‘staples’ here like tacos, burritos, quesadillas and salads. Everything is made to order so it comes out fresh. We really like this concept as it doesn’t feel like you are a cafeteria going through a line. Lime also states that all salsa is made in-house along with their sides. While the menu might look a bit ‘small’ at first glance, there are many ways to customize and add on to the options. Tacos options are hard or soft…flour or corn. Burritos come low carb, naked or as-is. All dishes are served with ‘endless’ chips too.
The line to order went quickly and you can actually see the kitchen when you are placing your order. Open kitchens are always a great idea…no hiding anything there. We started with an order of the homemade queso dip served with chips. You can add in ground beef or bacon for $1 extra, but we kept it as is. I ordered the Lime Burrito – Naked (in a bowl with cilantro rice). Jeff went for the Cantina Steak Salad.
The queso dip came out really fast. It was warm and evenly melted with a little shredded cheese on the top that melted into the pool of cheese. It was a bit salty, but it did go well with the tortilla chips. It’s a hefty portion, so you might want to get a ‘side’ of the queso if you don’t want to leave so full you can’t move. Soon after our queso was dropped off, our main dishes came. My burrito is served in a bowl (since it’s nude/naked) and this was HUGE.
Lime Burrito: Served with your choice of chicken or ground beef, refried beans, cotija cheese, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, our signature sour cream, tortilla strips, and salsa asada. I added on fajita peppers and onions (which were great by the way) but it was a lot larger than I was expecting and I couldn’t even finish it. The rice was at the bottom of the bowl and was really good…not overcooked and had a nice mild flavor. The chicken was some of the best I’ve had in any fast causal spot, tender and not dry with a lot of grilled flavor infused. All of the other toppings made for an interesting meal since no fork full contained the same items. The sour cream was a rather large spoonful and had spices mixed in…very tasty. This was an awesome choice and would get it again…no doubt there. I just wish that you could order the burritos ‘nude’ with lettuce instead of rice. That would be the best customization option. I think I’ll ask if they can do that on my next visit.
Cantina Steak Salad: Grilled steak with crispy bacon, carrots, cheese, pico de gallo, and fried jalapeños, peppers, and onions. Served with creamy cilantro dressing. The portion was large and the steak was freshly grilled and seasoned well. The greens were fresh and we really liked the creamy cilantro dressing as well. You can order the dressing on the side if you want to control the amount, but we felt it had just the right amount. He had trouble finishing this too it was so big. I think the chips and queso was the culprit on filling us up so quick.
Another great trip to Lime Fresh Mexican Grill restaurant so we will keep going back. They also serve beer and have Happy Hour specials and specials for patio diners, so be sure to check when you get there and you might save some cash and get some cheap beer! This might not be ‘authentic’ Mexican, but it’s darn good ‘American Fast-Casual Mexican’ in a cool place.