When On the Border went off the rails, Miguel Lopez stepped in. The former partner (with sister Aleyda Cardona) in Aleyda’s Tex Mex Restaurant, a long-time fixture on Okeechobee Boulevard until closing last year, has opened his own eatery, Miguelito’s Cancun Grille (11121 Southern Blvd., 561-688-9033) in the old On the Border location in Royal Palm Beach.
The more Mex than Tex menu emphasizes seafood, with everything from seafood nachos and fajitas to mahi and shrimp Veracruz-style. Of course, all the usual Mexican culinary suspects are on the menu, along with dishes like grilled skirt steak, pork and chicken chuletas (fried chops) and shrimp taco salad.
As for the room itself, it isn’t a lot different than it was as On the Border, a big, handsome, colorful space with artfully rustic touches like stone walls and wood ceiling treatments. There’s also a full bar with flat-screen TVs mounted on the walls, the better to amuse yourself during the weekday happy hour.