This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to the Park Road Shopping Center in Charlotte, North Carolina and to Cantina 1511. This upscale casual restaurant offers a unique variety of Mexican fares.
Dora here. What a gorgeous day! Too nice to sit inside and what a comfortable, relaxing outdoor space! They certainly live up to their creed, “A tapestry of flavor, color, aromas and textures happening in a joyous and friendly atmosphere.” As usual, we arrived super early, but this patio was jammed by the time we left.
For my meal, I ordered the Antojitos, an assortment of foods one might find on the streets of Mexico City, and the selection changes daily. Today, it included Nachos, Tlayudas (sometimes referred to as Mexican Pizza), Pig Wings Carnitas, and Salmon wraps. All four of these items were great, but my favorite was the Pig Wings Carnitas, pork shanks flash fried and tossed in an orange caramel sauce. As you can probably tell, they were crispy on the outside and full of favor. The salmon wrap was packed with fish, very tasty, and my second favorite.
Dora here. I don’t usually choose to eat Mexican food because I tend to overeat. Shocker, I know, but those chips, y’all!! I could eat an entire basket by myself, especially here, where both the chips and salsa were soooo good. Just a little kick in the salsa and tomatoey thick. Yum! The Chicken Chimichanga was plump with chicken, black beans, and rice and a smattering of corn and cheese. Delicious, one of the best I’ve ever eaten, with all my favorite ingredients, and the slaw was a perfect accompaniment to add depth and crunch. I did not finish it, but I didn’t leave the table feeling stuffed, either. What I really enjoyed about this dish was the fresh flavor.
What’s your favorite Mexican dish?
We rate this restaurant 4.5 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving great food. (Dora’s rating, 5; Ernie’s, 4)