Located at 114 Jungle Rd. in Suite E, Tortuga’s Mexican Grill offers a fresh take on Mexican favorites like tacos, burritos, quesadillas and enchiladas for breakfast and lunch Tuesday-Saturday (closed on Sundays and Mondays). Their meats, sauces, salsa, guacamole and more are made from scratch using traditional Mexican recipes and ingredients to create unique dishes that will wow your palate.
Venture outside the traditional breakfast box and explore the Carne Asada Hash, an omnivores’ odyssey of grilled steak, potatoes, homemade chorizo, peppers and onions, topped with two over easy eggs, queso fresco and cilantro, and served with a side of house salsa and three corn tortillas. And if you can’t make it here until lunch, don’t fret, this bad chico is available all day.
Their Mexican Omelet comes stuffed with spicy chorizo, cheddar jack and pico in a three-egg omelet with sour cream, cilantro and dusting of queso fresco and joined by sides of crispy potatoes and refried beans. Vegetarians can opt instead for the Garden Omelet with spinach, grilled peppers, onions, cheddar jack and pico.
The Huevos Rancheros is an affordable, but filling dish of a flour or corn tortilla loaded with refried beans, egg over easy, queso fresco, pico and sour cream. They also have a breakfast burrito, quesadilla and taco, including vegetarian versions of the burrito and the taco.
For lunch, surrender to your inner carnivore and devour the enticing house specialty Cazuelon, a trio of grilled chicken, carne asada and chorizo smothered in queso, with onions and served with corn tortillas, pico, fresh lettuce and house made guacamole.
Bite into their Surf and Turf Burrito, packed with carne asada, grilled shrimp, rice, pinto beans, cheddar jack, guacamole, pico, chipotle sour cream and mild or hot sauce. Or try the Tres Carne, a generous portion of chicken, juicy slow-cooked carnitas and ground beef.
Discover your caliente side with Shrimp A La Diabla, a main entrée of local shrimp grilled in a spicy tomato, onion and garlic habanero sauce. The Diabla is also available in taco form. Pick red or green sauce with Enchiladas Rojas or Verde respectively.
Healthy, vegetarian and vegan plates abound on the lunch menu as well with tasty Black Bean Tostadas or Spinach Enchiladas. There are also numerous salad options from the Veggie Fajita Salad to the more meat-centric Tres Carnes Salad.
Also check their Facebook account for delicious weekly specials.
Their Kids’ Menu features a choice of a more basic taco, quesadilla or burrito paired with a side of chips and salsa.
In addition to sodas, Tortuga’s beverage list includes a selection of beer and wine.
Tortuga’s, which is Spanish for “turtle,” bears important significance to the owners and is not just some randomly generated generic name for a Mexican restaurant. They are passionate about the conservation of endangered loggerhead turtles, which nest on Edisto Beach. Some of their Facebook posts help inform and educate the public on how they can practice habits that protect the turtles. Additionally, they are environmentally friendly, which includes recycling and using compostable to-go containers.
Tortuga’s is the place to go on Edisto for quality, affordable Mexican fare, served up fast and friendly in a welcoming environment.