Pair tacos with tequila at LIME Fresh Mexican Grill in Orlando

Every bite is packed with fresh flavor…all without the greasy aftertaste.

LIME Fresh Mexican Grill is not your average taco joint.

It’s a crisp bite.

Fresh seafood.

And best of all…no grease.

What started as a restaurant in South Beach 15 years ago has since grown into 14 locations, with more on the way. LIME delivers a Miami-inspired vibe, but “it’s not another expensive taco place,” according to Ethan Albrecht-Carrié, the director of people and culture.

For LIME, fresh doesn’t mean a hefty price tag. Here, all meals are made from scratch, so you don’t have to worry about getting a once-frozen burrito warmed in a microwave.

“No smoke and mirrors, we’re real people,” Albrecht-Carrié said.

TELL ME ABOUT THE TACOS

The menu features quesadillas ($9+), salads ($12+), bowls ($11+), and burritos ($10+), but the tacos are the star of the show.

"Feed me tacos and tell me I'm pretty" sign with tacos at LIME Fresh Mexican Grill
A worthy motto for a worthy spot.

A few favorites include:

Mahi-Mahi: fresh Mahi, shredded green cabbage, lime crema, pico de gallo, fresh cilantro

Beef: seasoned ground beef, shredduce, pico de gallo, fresh cilantro, chihuahua and cheddar cheeses, lime crema

Spicy Shrimp: seasoned shrimp, shredded green cabbage, cotija cheese, roasted sweet corn, red onion, lime crema

Tacos range from $4.50 to $5.50 or $12-$15 for three.

Chips, queso, and dip at LIME Fresh Mexican Grill
I judge my Mexican food spots based upon important criteria, such as the quality of the queso. LIME passes the test with flying colors.

While deciding which combinations of tacos to order, start with the beef empanadas ($5.50) or homemade queso ($7.50). Served hot, the queso comes with ancho-chile-dusted corn chips. Just…order it.

Empanadas at LIME Fresh Mexican Grill
Gooey beef empanadas, served hot, are the perfect appetizer to pair with the chips and queso.

And if you didn’t completely fill up on tacos, polish off your meal with a serving of churro bites ($5.50) for cinnamon-dusted fingertips.

Churros at LIME Fresh Mexican Grill
Even if you didn’t save room for dessert, order the churros anyway.

AND THERE’S TEQUILA?

Full disclosure, I am not normally a tequila fan, but LIME offers such a range of different styles and cocktails, it’s worth a visit.

From bright, citrus-forward drinks to those with a bit more of a kick, there’s plenty of options for everyone in your party. It’s also a great place to discover what type of aging you prefer, with options like reposado (2-12 months), añejo (1-3 years), and joven (blend of blanco and reposado tequila).

Cocktails on the bartop at LIME Fresh Mexican Grill
LIME puts an emphasis on flavor and presentation for each cocktail creation.

A few favorites from the cocktail list include:

Frozen Margarita: served with Monte Alban reposado tequila

Nona Paloma: Camarena reposado tequila, hibiscus, agave, grapefruit, black lava salt (Bonus points because it’s pretty)

Narcoosee Sunset: Monte Alban blanco tequila; hibiscus; agave; fresh
pineapple, orange, and mango

Oaxaca Old Fashioned: Corazon Añejo tequila, Del Maguey Vida mezcal, house bitters blend

Cocktail prices range from $6-$11. There’s also wine, seltzers, and more.

THE AMBIANCE

Both Albrecht-Carrié and Vinay Rama, CEO of Mandala Holdings and owner of LIME, graduated from Cornell University (my alma mater, Go Big Red!), so you can trust the hospitality is spot-on. I had the pleasure of speaking with both of them the night of my visit — the intent with the restaurant, its food, and the experience is sincere.

Interior of LIME Fresh Mexican Grill
A vibrant interior with a full bar adds to the LIME experience.

In addition to a welcoming team, the focal point of the space is the full bar, complete with a floating garden and vibrant seating. From cozy booths to tables and bartops, there’s plenty of space to sit inside, plus a glorious patio strung with market lights for breezy Florida evenings.

Patio with market lights at LIME Fresh Mexican Grill
The cozy LIME patio is perfect for those warm Florida evenings.

Soon, the Lake Nona location will be joined by a spot opening in Flamingo Crossings — no doubt a great option for Disney College Program Cast Members to get an inexpensive, post-work bite.

“Have tacos, spend time together,” Ethan Albrecht-Carrié said. “It doesn’t have to be more complicated than that.”

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