MONARCA’S AUTHENTIC MEXICAN CUISINE BAR & GRILL
Don’t be fooled. Most Mexican dishes in Southwest Florida are really Tex-Mex, which is great, but it’s more a blending of cultures and recipes. Monarca’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine Bar & Grill in Cape Coral, however, is pure Mexican cuisine of beef and chicken selections, but also seafood dishes of shrimp, snapper and scallops. The owners are from Pacific Coast Mexico, which accounts for a deeper selection of seafood in the delightful menu. The setting is also part of the Monarca’s experience, carved wood booths and doors, a metal-art exterior—and also accessible by boat. Tortillas and chips are made in-house, as are the salsas and pico. The Monarcha’s shrimp Aztec cocktail is a favorite; as is a specialty Michoacan dish of a corn tortilla with beans, onions, tomatillo sauce and tip steak. Monarca’s (former Jimbo’s location) is at 1604 SE 46th St. Details are at 239-5409533, monarcasrestaurant.com.