Restaurants & Bars 4

Cantina Laredo - Boulder

chowmix | Nov 16, 2008 01:47 PM

I don't get this place. Tried it last night for the first (and last) time. When the server began by telling us that this is a "gourmet Mexican restaurant" and that all ingredients "are made from scratch" I got the feeling that she was trying to justify what was coming in advance. By the way, the server was the best part of the meal. She was pleasant, friendly and just the right amount of attentive.

But, if you want real gourmet Mexican, then go to Don Juan's in Chicago or second choice, Tamayo in Denver.

My gripes in the order that we received them:

1. The tequila list is really thin. No stand-outs. Just the usual.
2. Ditto on the beer.
3. The wine list is worse than dismal.
4. 10 bucks for guacamole? Yeah, it's made at the table but that didn't help it. I have a recipe for guac that is light years better.
5. My wife got the Durango plate. The relleno was over battered and over limp. The mole enchilada was just bland. (If you want better mole, go to Mamacitias.) The sour cream & spinach enchilado was also fairly tasteless.
6. At 6:30 they were out of the halibut special but gave me swordfish which wasn't on the menu. It was a thin cut, grilled well but the alleged red pepper sauce didn't seem to have any red pepper.
7. Because of the aforesaid halibut outage, the server comped us dessert which was a nice gesture. This was the best part of dinner. The 7 layer chocolate cake was dynamite. The serving size was designed for Orson Wells.

So, gourment Mex, it's not. Passable hole-in-the-wall Mex it's not. This place is just mediocre at best.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound