OLE! MEXICAN CUISINE MAKES ITS WAY TO THE ‘BURBS
Yours Truly has been whining for what seems like an eternity that the ‘burbs are short on good Mexican cuisine (just to be clear, this former resident of Texas doesn’t consider California or Baja in the Mexican food category of which she is desperately craving). Evidentially someone has finally heeded all the grousing and Cantina Laredo has opened at Tivoli Village. And because my beloved Tacos Al Carbon is featured on the menu along with a side of queso, the Cantina will probably find me perched at one of their tables more than they had ever hoped.
Under the direction of chef Damon Workman, menu highlights for the Modern Mexican restaurant are cited as Camaron Poblano Asada, Enchiladas de Avocado, and Carnitas. One of the signature dishes at Cantina Laredo we tried from the starter section was Ahi Tuna Tacos — a mix of sushi-cut Ahi tuna, chipotle aioli, and jicama slaw. The note that makes these tacos sing is the sweet tuna, which is a result of being marinated in pineapple juice. Between the marinated fresh tuna and ginger note in the jicama slaw, it’s quite evident why these are popular.
Another signature item for the restaurant is Enchilada Veracruz — stuffed with chicken, spinach and Monterey Jack cheese and topped with tomatillo sauce, vinaigrette marinated vegetables, and queso fresco — it’s a flavorful dish but I think I am partial to my Tacos Al Carbon.
Although Mexican restaurants are usually not so well known for sweets, you would be remiss not to try the Cantina’s Mango Tres Leches — a moist vanilla cake topped with a creamy mango sauce. Once you go, you will understand why my grumbling has finally ceased.
Cantina Laredo, Tivoli Village, 430 S. Rampart Blvd., 702.202.4511, www.CantinaLaredo.com
Hours: Open Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.