With the dog days of summer looming just around the corner, Florida Keys residents and visitors will be searching for their favorite spots to cool down as the mercury begins to rise.

The Weekly Newspapers’ Island Eats team ducked in out the heat for an authentic south of the border experience at Lencho’s Mexican and Seafood Restaurant this week and was pleasantly surprised to rediscover this old favorite.

It always seemed that my waistline expanded a bit in the wintertime in New York as the days shortened and the cold became just too much to bear. I liked to call it “Winter Weight”. It seems that with the change in latitude also came a change in seasonal weight gain. I fear that summer’s increased humidity and more tempered pace of activity will threaten another expanding waistline.

Fortunately, Lencho’s offers unique takes on classic Mexican dishes that won’t threaten your waistline.

Of course, the La Skinny Wrap was one of the first things to catch my eye on the menu. This faithful fan of Lencho’s burritos, available with chicken, steak, or shrimp, I decided to shake things up a bit and try something different.

This pressed wrap, sure to keep all the scrumptious goodness inside the wrap instead of your on your lap, was filled with grilled steak strips, portabella mushrooms, shredded mozzarella cheese, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts and crisp romaine lettuce dressed with a wonderful balsamic vinaigrette was a steal for $8.95. A heaping pile of Mexican rice ensures you’ll not walk away from the table hungry. However, if your low-carb diet deters you from this dish, simply sample the La Gorda Salad – all the contents of the La Skinny without the flour tortilla.

“Mine is delicious!” exclaimed Weekly Newspapers La Gorda sampler Kate Koler.

The other half of the Island Eats team has an admitted addiction to homemade soft corn tortillas, so he immediately decided to sample the Carne Asada Tacos. Three soft tacos filled to pile high with lettuce and tomatoes, served with a side of sour cream, guacamole, hot sauce, and rice and beans yielded a satisfied sigh of relief.

For our next visit, we’ve already got our eyes on Lencho’s Mexican Burger, ground beef mixed with spicy Mexican chorizo sausage and plenty of cheddar cheese. We’ll just plan to run a couple of extra miles the next day.

For die-hard fans of super saucy and cheese-covered concoctions a la chilles rellenos y enchiladas, there’s no need to worry. Lencho’s has plenty of Mexican staples on their menu.

Chef and owner Jesus Rodriguez has also expanded his offerings to include international dishes with Argentinean and Cuban influence. Of course, he’s also maintained a local influence with several preparations of dolphin, snapper, and shrimp.

Lencho’s Authentic Mexican and Seafood Restaurant was voted Marathon’s Best Ethnic Food two years in a row. Located at 1622 Overseas Hwy. MM 47.5, they are open seven days a week from 11 am to 10 pm. Be sure to ask about daily lunch and dinner specials. (305) 743-4500.


Jesus and Andrea
He cooks and she serves it! Chef/owner Jesus Rodriguez and his server extraordinaire, Andrea, greet their regular lunch crowd each day at Lencho’s.




Carne Asada Tacos



La Skinny Wrap



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