On one of my long weekend excursions down the shore in Long Beach Island NJ, I came across the most amazing little Mexican eatery called El Swell. Oh by the way us New Jerseyians call our beach towns “the shore.” It doesn’t matter which of the many towns we are referring to..they are all “down the shore”. You can read about another one of my LBI excursions here.
El Swell prepares all of their dishes daily using the highest quality seafoods, produce, and meats. Their menu includes fish and shrimp tacos, pork carnitas, burritos and bowls, homemade guacamole & chips, and my personal favorite: Mexican Street Corn. This addictive specialty is roasted Jersey corn slathered with mayo, lime, cotija cheese and chipotle dust. My mouth is literally watering as I write this.
Even though the food is mighty delicious it’s the inside of this little eatery that I fell in love with at first sight. Seriously if I ever had the privilege to decorate this or any other Mexican eatery I would not change one thing. It’s just perfectly eclectic, fun, creative, and hip.
Welcome to El Swell…
Check out how perfectly imperfect this space is. You have metal chairs in every fun color imaginable, oversized rustic farm tables, a white washed wood planked accent wall, and an enormous chalkboard menu with a Mexican skeleton carrying a surfboard and wearing a sombrero. I mean seriously how much cooler can you get?
Well I’ll tell you how much cooler…How does a huge skeleton dancing all “Dead Head” style on the table sound?
And check out these fun counter stools with all the different quirky fabrics and the shiny plastic for protection from all of those little guacamole, salsa, and sour cream covered hands!
I’m so bummed that I didn’t take a picture of the other two stools across from these. One was in a large scale leopard print and geez I forget the other one but they all looked perfect together!
I’m so inspired by these beautiful Mexican Sugar Skulls, especially the “bride” with her lovely flower crown and wedding veil. I think this Halloween I’m going to mix in a few “Day of the Dead” inspired decorations in with our traditional stuff. I even created this Free Sugar Skull printable that I’m offering in 8×10 and 5×7 sizes.
For the 8×10 version click here
For the 5×7 version click here
Isn’t this printable the cutest? I love how sugar skulls can add a touch of color to everyday Halloween decorations. I plan on framing this guy and putting him on my Halloween decorated bar cart. To check out my Halloween bar cart from last year click here.
Everywhere you look in El Swell you come across another display or piece of art that is cooler then the one before.
My absolute favorite touch is of all things a bathroom door….
This is the best idea ever. So adorable. Just imagine throwing a Halloween bash and making a similar sign to hang on your powder room door! I could see using a mini chalkboard and a fine tip chalk pen to draw the skeletons…
I know this was a little different then my normal home décor posts but I hope you got a kick out of it anyway…and perhaps found some inspiring ideas for Halloween decorations like I did! Oh and don’t forget to print out the Free Sugar Skull printable!