R and I went to Cantina 76 on Saturday for a late lunch/early dinner. Cantina 76 bills itself as "A Taste of Mexico with a Unique Southern Twist." It's a pretty apt description. It's certainly different from the other Mexican restaurants in town that I've been to, right down to the atmosphere. Instead of slightly cheesy, piped in Mariachi music (which I certainly don't object to, as I like Mariachi music and cheese), the soundtrack on this particular day read like the greatest hits of the 80s that weren't actually hits - lots of not as popular songs by The Cure and U2, and I believe we heard a little bit of Blondie in there too. We chose to sit outside on the covered deck, which I imagined is windowed in during the colder months. It was great - it wasn't in the direct sunlight, so it wasn't too hot, we had a great view of the always interesting human traffic on Devine Street, and because we were there so early, it didn't even get crowded until we were about to leave.
But now onto the really important stuff: The Food.
Apparently on Saturdays, Cantina 76 serves 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas until 7 p.m. Yes please. I was glad we had a special to fall back on because the drink menu had so many choices! I definitely want to try the strawberry basil margarita at some point in the future. At any rate, we opted to order our 2 for 1 margaritas in pitcher form. We figured it would keep our server from having to run back and forth to the bar, plus we didn't want to have to wait. Instant gratification at its finest.
|Nice salted rim on the glass. The margaritas were great!|
|Lots of chips, but still plenty of salsa to go around.|
I, of course, ate way too many chips. But that's partially because we also ordered guacamole. The guacamole was awesome. It wasn't overpowering, and it was topped with a lime. I squeezed the lime juice into the guacamole and mixed it in, and it was exactly what I wanted. It wasn't heavy, it was flavorful, and it was a nice alternative to the salsa.
|Definitely fresh, and LOVED the added lime.|
|BBQ Brisket in the back and the Special in front. Look at all the feta!|
|The Special in the back and the Peruvian Shrimp in front. The slaw looks fantastic.|
|Did I mention that it was also gigantic?|
R ordered the Mexican Brownie a la Mode. I'm not really sure what about the brownie made it Mexican - we were hoping for chocolate flavored with chili powder - but it was delicious. The brownie was warm and the ice cream was a great contrast.
I, in a not-so-surprising move, opted for the chimi-cheesecake. Really, when have you ever known me to say no to cheesecake? Exactly. I'm pretty glad I ordered this. It was cheesecake stuffed into a chimichanga and drizzled with caramel. I was destined to love this dessert. Actually, I'm pretty sure that if it were possible to be marry a deep-fried cheesecake, we'd be announcing our engagement tomorrow. Next time I go, I'm definitely going to save some room for dessert. I think I'll enjoy this one even more when I'm not about to burst.
|Do you understand now? How could I pass this up?|