El Zocalo—A Taste of Mexico in Historic Downtown Sanford

El Zocalo — A Taste of Mexico in Historic Downtown Sanford

When Sanford’s El Zocalo Mexican Restaurant lost their lease on their First Street location several years ago, Sanfordites were horrified at the potential loss of a fine, friendly, authentic Mexican Restaurant in Historic Downtown Sanford. But things worked out for the better for El Zocalo, as their current location at 406 Sanford Avenue has been a tremendous success—in large part due to the great Mexican food and a great location. They are definitely not your average, run-of-the-mill Mexican food. Not by a long shot.

From Tacos, Tamales, Tostadas and Taco Salads, to Enchiladas, Chimichangas and Burritos, you can find most any combination of authentic Mexican food at El Zocalo. And of course, many items and combos come with traditional sides such as rice, refried beans, guac, and more. Want a Torta? They have it. Have a desire for some great Tortilla soup? Of course! Do Chiles Rellenos come to mind and have you drooling? Sure, order it. Sometimes, they will put a modern twist on a traditional dish, just to kick it up a notch, so be sure to check out the Chef’s Favorites Dishes section of the menu and their creative, imaginative, and scrumptious daily specials.

But there is more. Are you looking for a good Mexican dessert? Try the churros, flan, sopapilla, or fried cheesecake. And every meal will start off with the most delicious homemade salsa and chips around— this is not your out-of-the-bottle salsa that the chains give you, this is the real deal. On top of all the great food, El Zocalo has a full bar featuring, of course, house made Margaritas as well as a variety of imported Mexican beers such as Corona, Modelo, Dos Equis, and more. A wide variety of Mexican Margaritas will tempt you: Mezcal Margarita, Oaxacan Mule, El Zocalo Margarita, and so much more. What a great selection.

When I’m hungry for some great Mexican food but a bit indecisive, I usually get the Enchiladas three ways, it’s the best of all worlds with one each of ground beef, shredded beef and chicken enchiladas covered with both the red and green sauce and covered with melted cheese, served with sour cream, rice and refried beans on the side—that satisfies all my Enchilada cravings on one plate, and fills me up. And on those “low carb” days, I find that either the chicken or steak Fajitas (skipping the tortillas) or the Avocado salad (including cherry tomatoes, spinach, onions and lime juice) with either chicken or shrimp fills me up without a lot of carbs. And it’s a fantastic meal.

Sunday afternoons at El Zocalo are quite lively, with live entertainment, often a Mariachi Band, and special Margarita (and other drink) prices. Always a fun time, inside or out. But a word of caution: when Sanford Avenue is packed, so is El Zocalo—with good reason—so plan ahead and get there early for any of the many Sanford Avenue Events, such as the Fourth Friday Block Party–you’ll be so glad you did.

Everything I’ve ever had at El Zocalo has been nothing short of amazing Mexican food. Check out their menu online at https://www.elzocalosanford.com/our-menu/. I’m sure you’ll be drooling shortly and quickly headed out the door for some great Mexican Food on Historic Downtown Sanford Avenue!

Leon Konieczny

Leon Konieczny is a local Sanfordite and avid foodie. From food blogging to eating to cooking, he enjoys all about food--that is, when he's not out-and-about enjoying all the fun that Sanford has to offer.