The Neighborhood Dining Group Opens Minero Mexican Grill & Cantina in Johns Island
Minero returns to the Charleston area with exciting new offerings
Minero returns to the Charleston area with exciting new offerings!
The Neighborhood Dining Group is excited to announce Minero Mexican Grill & Cantina opens its doors tomorrow, June 9. Marking an exciting new chapter for Minero in Charleston, the restaurant will continue its legacy of hand-pressed tortillas and Mexican favorites, with the addition of new menu items and an expanded indoor-outdoor footprint on Johns Island. The kitchen is helmed by Executive Chef Shamil Velazquez, also of the group’s Delaney Oyster House, bringing inspiration from his Puerto Rican upbringing and chef-driven techniques to the newest outpost of the concept.
“We’re thrilled to bring Minero back in a new home on Johns Island, one of Charleston’s most exciting areas,” said David Howard, President of The Neighborhood Dining Group. “Fans will recognize the same heart of what we do at Minero – attention to detail, great ingredients, and honoring Mexican traditions – but with a fresh take on both the menu and atmosphere. We can’t wait to serve Charleston once again and are appreciative of the warm welcome from the great residents of Johns Island.”
The menu is anchored by Minero staples, such as charcoal-grilled wings, tacos, and the cult-status burrito, as well as the tradition of making corn tortillas from scratch daily, but with exciting new additions for a fresh take on the Mexican concept. Velazquez incorporates Latin American influences into the menu, including more seafood dishes, crudos, and ceviches, while drawing from Mexico’s coastal regions for inspiration.
“We knew the Minero favorites weren’t going anywhere on the menu, but we wanted to bring some additional elements, especially to highlight some of the great ingredients we get in the South and along our coast,” said Velazquez. “Mexican food can be celebrated through many different techniques, and I’m looking forward to bring a new perspective to the concept with the same emphasis on local ingredients and quality offerings.”
Familiar Favorites & Fresh Fare
Minero’s menu honors Mexico’s culinary traditions while weaving in inspiration from the culinary South. The resulting menu includes traditional options, like nachos and fajitas, as well as bright, fresh seafood preparations and charcoal-grilled meats and vegetables. With fresh, locally sourced ingredients as the foundation for each dish, Velazquez utilizes time-honored techniques of Latin American cuisine, including nixtamalization of masa for hand-pressed tortillas, throughout the menu. Longstanding favorites of Minero include Charcoal-Grilled Wings tossed with Valentina; a Salsa Tasting including Benne, Rojo, and Verde; and the Minero Burrito featuring red rice, beans, Oaxaca cheese, crema, poblano, cabbage, cilantro, salsa verde, and avocado. Exciting new additions include the Fajitas Al Carbon with charred onions, bell peppers, pico de gallo, crema, guacamole, red rice, beans, and housemade flour tortillas; the Yucatán Style Local Catch featuring crispy fingerling potatos, pickled yum yum peppers, and pibil sauce; and Shrimp & Snapper Ceviche made with a ceviche sour michelada mix, cucumber, peanut, red onion, mandarin, radish and chips. The restaurant offers five signature tacos, including Fried Catfish or Grilled Fish, Cauliflower, Charcoal Chicken, Grilled Steak, and Pork Al Pastor. Select brunch items will be served on the weekends, including Steak and Eggs and Breakfast Burrito with hash brown, salsa verde, and huevos.
Driven by Mexican spirits and fresh juices, the beverage program balances traditional cocktails with signature and playful creations from the mind of beverage expert and General Manager Kevin King. Beyond the classic Minero Margarita with reposado and añejo tequilas, fresh lime, orange juice, curaçao, and agave, guests can personalize their margarita experience by DIY-ing it, adding a pineapple twist, boosting it for a crowd (the ‘Party’ serves six), or even making it EXTRA with a bottle-down Modelito and a choice of sidecar. Frozen concoctions, such theFrosé Sangria and the El Santanico, and a comprehensive beer list featuring both Mexican and local options round out the alcoholic offerings, while a zero-proof margarita and refreshers provide plenty of options to abstain.
An Indoor-Outdoor Oasis
Located at an expansive property off Maybank highway with equal seating inside and out, Minero’s lively atmosphere provides the perfect backdrop for casual dining of all occasions. With a large indoor-outdoor bar and climate-controlled patio, Minero offers year-round enjoyment for locals and visitors alike. A vast outdoor picnic area—with a designated dog-friendly area—and ample parking make Minero a go-to destination in the heart of Johns Island, one of Charleston’s most up-and-coming areas.
No reservations needed. Seating is first-come, first-served.
The restaurant will open for dinner Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4:00 PM – 9:30 PM and Friday and Saturday from 4:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Happy Hour is Monday-Thursday from 4-6pm. Daytime service will be added at a later date.