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Cantina Diablo’s in Royal Oak [DTW]


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Cantina Diablo’s in Royal Oak [DTW]

VTB | Jul 21, 2011 08:18 PM

I’d be as likely to hate this place as you would be: 1. Royal Oak 2. Long cramped wait 3. Mex-CHIGAN food 4. Stupid drinks chock full of sugar and food coloring 5. Ghosts of Memphis Smoke 6. Corporate ownership 7. I could go on and on.

Regardless, I ate there tonight, for the first time, and actually found things to like about it. But, it didn’t start off well. Arrived at 8pm on a weekday looking for a table for two, and was quoted 45minutes. I agreed to put my name on the waiting list and was told that in order to do so, I’d have to give them my mobile phone number…but that I could decline to be on their text promo distribution list…

Well I got a spot at the bar within ten minutes and the folks working were super nice and motivated, even if not yet too knowledgeable about their employer’s menu. The chips were plentiful and good (IMO), and the salsa was at least average. I ordered three "street" tacos along with beans and rice ($11). Tacos: Carnitas – quite good, Steak – quite good, BBQ Rib Shavings – stupid* and bad. *stupid of me to order and stupid of them to offer.

The Charro Beans side was a great choice, with perfectly done beans, tender fresh onions, and thick broth with a nice touch of liquid smoke. The rice was acceptable, and was augmented with pieces of previously frozen diced veggies in it, for color and nutrition.

I enjoyed the above with a (Traverse City) North Peak Diabolical IPA, which was excellent.

Sorry guys, but I had a decent experience and will be back within a few months…choosing very carefully from the minefield that is their menu, and trying to keep an open mind particularly since Michigan didn’t choose me, I chose Michigan. So, who am I to be crying, “This isn’t as good as Austin TexMex.”

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