Cantina on Cahaba Valley Road
Cantina has been a first choice of mine for a long time. Margaritas, salsa, guacamole, chips and eating outdoors - what could be better? I had my first fish taco there - lightly breaded and fried talapia with slaw, cilantro mayo, and salsa on a flour tortilla - and my first Cuban sandwich (amazing).
The Lunch Bunch group met at the Second Avenue South location on Friday. I ordered my favorite fish taco. I also loaded up on take-out guacamole and chips to take to a friend's house - good conversations happen over guacamole that has just the right amount of garlic and topped with pico de gallo because every sentence starts with mmmmmm.
Lunch on Friday whet my appetite for a repeat performance prior to my grocery store stop, just around the corner. The margaritas are made in bulk, as is common in many other restaurants that serve Mexican foods. Since I arrived for lunch mid afternoon my margarita tasted a bit flat, metallic and stale. I usually don't say anything but had really looked forward to that margarita. The wait staff was so nice about it and immediately prepared a fresh drink for me that was absolutely delicious! An extra good tip was certainly in order.
I realize I'm talking more about the decor than the food but it is just as much fun to be there. Check out the menu. Prices are reasonable. I was told tips are shared. The Cantina is just an overall great place to visit.