Q’Salsas Latin Bar & Grill is serving up flavors that burst from unique recipes that dreams are made of.
Chef and owner Christian Ramirez not only follows his heart, but also his vivid dreams, to guide his creative cuisine at this family-owned restaurant.
“The name Q’Salsas came from a dream that I had,” Ramirez explained. “I love salsa music and salsa means ‘to sauce,’ so I wanted to give a name that will grab a smile from people.”
And people have been dining for the past three years at this rustic and inviting locale. Customers are welcomed by oversized booths and tables as they walk in.
“There are booths on both sides,” Ramirez said. “Customers tell me they feel like they’re on a train.”
Q’Salsas offers a casual but upscale feel as brightly colored hammocks are draped from the ceiling, creating a relaxed atmosphere. Music fills the background while the friendly staff serves up Columbian, Mexican and Peruvian fare.
“We just started a new menu. We offer different kinds of soups and salads. The new menu and some of the things I have now, they came from dreams,” Ramirez said. “I remembered the recipes, and I wanted to make it happen and see the dream come true.”
Ramirez’s dream began in Bogota, Colombia, where he was born. At age 8, he realized his love of food, flavor and bringing it all together by watching his grandmother and mother, a chef, cook family recipes.
He now puts his own twist on the family classics, with additional flavors, matching his lively personality.
“I came to the U.S. when I was 13. I wanted to become a chef. I went to culinary school at Lincoln College, got my bachelor’s degree, and from there I started cooking,” he said, noting that he gained experience at several prestigious establishments, including Mar-a-Lago. “I got a lot of knowledge from great chefs throughout Palm Beach County before I decided to open this restaurant.”
For starters, the “Chef’s Famous” lobster bisque is popular, ranging from $9 to $15.
The port wine poached pear salad with mixed greens is a unique blend of flavors. Shrimp, salmon or chicken can be added for an additional cost. Sweet corn cakes are also a staple.
The Trio Fajitas are among the most popular entrees, served with tender skirt steak, chicken and shrimp, tossed with zucchini, mixed bell peppers and bursts of flavor.
For those with a taste for Peruvian cuisine, the Lomo Saltado is a popular dish with marinated strips of sirloin with onions, served over a bed of French fries and a side of rice. Another Peruvian favorite is the ceviche made with white fish, corn, sweet potatoes and Leche de Tigre.
“Everything on the menu, the customers have been asking for. My goal is to make them happy,” Ramirez said.
From burritos to seafood, there’s also a selection of burgers, like the Avocado 2 Ways burger for $15. It’s topped with both fresh avocado and homemade guacamole, along with lettuce, tomatoes and a Mexican cheese blend.
For the kids, the Kung Fu Panda bowl made with beef, broccoli, rice and tomatoes is kicking up big taste for even picky eaters, according to Ramirez.
“People tell me, ‘I’ve never seen my kids eat beef.’ And, now they see the Kung Fu Panda bowl on the menu and want it instead of chicken tenders,” he said.
The 115-seat restaurant also serves breakfast until noon on weekends, from omelets to both Peruvian and Colombian dishes. There’s also an executive lunch offered ranging from $8 to $12. Daily happy hour is available from 4 to 7 p.m. with margaritas, Coronas and chips and salsa, all $3 each.
For a sweet way to wrap up a flavorful meal, try the newest dessert “Kiss of an Angel,” another creation inspired one night with flavors that vary daily, from blackberry to passion fruit, mango and more.
“It was in my dream. I was in the sky flying when I see an angel. He was eating dessert, and he told me how to make it. It was a sweet dream! So, I decided to put it on the menu. When I tell people, they laugh. They’re having a good time,” Ramirez said.
It’s a good time, that can be accompanied by a fresh coffee, espresso or the restaurant’s popular mocha latte to top off the dining experience.
“It’s all from the heart. I don’t compete with anybody but myself, and my goal is to make everyone happy,” said Ramirez, a man with a happy vision who is truly living his dream.
Q’Salsas Latin Bar & Grill is located at 123 S. State Road 7, Suite 201A, in the Publix plaza just south of Southern Blvd. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The restaurant is closed Monday. For more information, call (561) 619-9979 or visit www.qsalsas.com.