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Eat Beat: Rave Reviews from Taco Loquisimo at Oceanside Farmer’s Market in Lake Worth

February 16th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Anthony Sanders (center) serves diners at the Taco Loquisimo stand at Oceanside Farmer's Market in Lake Worth

A wood-fire grill and chef’s know-how are the key to the tacos made by Anthony Sanders and his crew at Taco Loquisimo, a new booth at the Oceanside Farmer’s Market in Lake Worth on Saturdays.

The month-old stand has become so popular, lines form early to get the $3 tacos before they run out, according to Peter Robinson, market manager. He uses his manager status to score some of the first off the grill so he doesn’t miss out. “My first one this morning was consumed by Lady Godiva as I was helping right a tent that was blowing over,” he said, referring to his hungry greyhound. “I quickly got a pork taco replacement – so delicious!”

Sanders trained to cook with fresh ingredients

Unlike many taco-truck vendors, Sanders, 32, is a chef with a serious culinary background. He’s a graduate of Florida Culinary Institute and worked for years as sous chef for Nick Morfogen at 32 East in Delray Beach. He carries over his love for cooking with fresh market foods learned there and at other restaurants.

“We changed the menu every day there – I’m used to cooking with whatever’s fresh and making up dishes as I go along. I love to cook that way,” Sanders said.

He walks around the Farmer’s Market before making his tacos and adds whatever unusual ingredients he can find to what he’s brought.

Also at Cafe Cellini

For his “real” job, he’s chef-consultant at Cafe Cellini in Palm Beach. The once-staid all continental restaurant has a whole new crew of chefs who are doing exciting things when diners ask, he said. “I’ll cook anything – and love to do that for the guests,” he said. “The owner is so great to work for – he’ll go for anything.” (Call a day ahead to the restaurant to be set up for a dinner of your choice – or the chef’s.)

He also worked in Atlanta with the Buckhead Life Restaurant Group, working at several restaurants in that mini-chain. “I’ve done everything from soul food to sushi,” he said. He opened as chef at Rare Soul Tapas in Midtown, Atlanta. “My grandmother cooked soul food and this was a take on Southern soul food, with tapas.”

His dream is to open a modern restaurant with soul food influences. “It’s my next concept. It’s my mission to educate people and show them real Southern cooking isn’t all about fat, and heavy fried foods. It’s a great cuisine with lots of fresh vegetables and foods.”

“The taco stand lets me express myself on the weekends. It keeps me motivated.”

He changes the menu every week – the chocolate-beer nage that was served with mussels won’t be on this week’s Taco Loquisimo menu – but a French toast taco will. The chocolate beer was just for the market’s weekly theme – chocolate for pre-Valentine’s Day.  The theme for Feb. 19 is breakfast.  “A French toast taco, with sausage and eggs – with a brown butter syrup – it will be good,” he said.

Taco Loqisimo

  • When: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Oceanside Farmer’s Market, on the waterfront, in the parking lot at the Northeast corner of the Lake Worth Intracoastal bridge

Cafe Cellini

  • 2505 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach (in the Presidents condominium)
  • 561-588-1871, cafecellini.com
  • Open daily for dinner from 5 p.m.

Tags: Chefs of Note · Markets · The Eat Beat: Restaurant News

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Scott Simmons // Feb 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    And Cafe Cellini was a pleasant surprise when we reviewed it some years ago in The Palm Beach Post’s TGIF section. It’s delightful to see the place has an ambitious chef.

  • 2 Ali // Feb 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    The taco stand was amazing!!! Can I please have the olive tapanade recipe. Wishing I had ordered 2 more!

  • 3 Shannon // Mar 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Anthony Sanders is a talented chef that is truly passionate about his food. Please make sure to visit the stand w/ your friends, you’ll be very pleased to see what new tacos he’s creating week after week!

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