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La Cantina
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Ranked #29 of 119 Restaurants in Opelika
Description: Great location in historic downtown Opelika with plenty of seating and a pleasant covered patio as well.
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Description: Great location in historic downtown Opelika with plenty of seating and a pleasant covered patio as well.
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

My wife and I went there for lunch this afternoon and were pleasantly surprised. We had a couple drinks and Queso with Chorizo for an appetizer. It was very good and a little different spin on queso versus other places in the area. The service was great and very friendly. I had the burrito grande (I think that's the name) and my wife had the loaded nachos. The meals had great presentation, flavor, and we'll definitely go back.

I was surprised to see the some of the other reviews. It was not very crowded but it was after 1pm. I thought it was a good change from the other area Mexican restaurants.

Thank Brian M
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Reviewed 23 June 2017

We went for lunch on Cinco de Mayo due to the advertisement about the specials and celebration. Well the place was empty and the staff was still setting up for the fun later in the evening. When we asked about the different activities that were supposed to happening - the staff told us it was for the evening. So no Cinco fun.The three salsas that came with the chips were bland and when we asked for more chips - we were told it was an additional dollar. For chips at a Mexican restaurant. The food was okay but I don't think we will be back.

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Thank aregier
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

A visit to La Cantina in downtown Opelika around 1 on Saturday proved to be a good choice. Michael greeted us at the door with a warm welcome. He seated us at a table as requested. Menus arrived quickly as did our beverages.

The menu here is small but has a limited workable variety. Brunch was advertised on a board outside but no mention was made of it. There appears to be the same menu all day long. The cuisine is Tex-Mex but in a refined style.

The exterior of La Cantina is a little confusing. The entrance is not clear. The ramp going to the main level is great and very safe. There is some outside covered seating right there. The interior is nice and attractive. When busy it’s likely loud from the hard surfaces. The music level was pleasantly appropriate.

There’s a bar with limited selections. A number of beers are to be had. The wine list seems best avoided.

Soon after we were seated, a trio of salsas arrived with a basket of warm crisp chips. All were OK but rather bland. Little spice or heat but quite attractively presented. One had beans and a thinner sauce. It had good flavor. The green salsa had more interest than the red.

Most everything on the menu is set up a la carte. After talking with Michael we decided to try a few tacos. He suggested the fish special using cod. We also ordered the carnitas, chorizo and pork belly tacos. Michael said he could make us a platter with sides. That wasn’t obvious on the menu.

Michael told us the tacos would be on separate plates. However they were all crowded onto one. Too bad. We were given very small plates to eat from. Looks like it would have been so easy to have gotten a regular size version.

We started with the chorizo and pork belly tacos. The chorizo version had good flavor. The cooling slaw did its job. The Manchego over the top was nice. The pork belly was tasty but was missing that unctuous chew. The taco itself was really mild. The avocado accentuated that. The touch of Cotija sure helped. Adding some of the salsa verde was just right.

Then it was time for the carnitas and fish tacos. The carnitas version was nice. It was mild but had a good flavor and tender. It had pico de gallo, Manchego and a chipotle cream drizzle. Sure looked great. Some of that bean-rich salsa really hit the spot.

The cod taco sounded great but was a real disappointment. There was very little fish. It was fried and overcooked. There were tasty mango chunks, shredded purple cabbage, the chipotle drizzle plus lots of onion. So much that it overpowered the dish.

We chose flour tortillas for every taco. Michael said that’s what he would do. Every taco was served “open faced” and looked great. There was a single tortilla only and quite thin. Two tortillas would have made folding and eating easier. The addition of fresh cilantro would have been a pleasant option, too.

La Cantina offers a few appetizers, 4 specials and some favorites, plus 3 dessert selections. It seems fine as a lunch spot but lacking for dinner interest. The price point is somewhat high for the area – especially at lunch.

Our lunch was OK but could have been better very easily. It was attractive and the service was excellent. Even though the food was surprisingly plain, the experience was good enough to try again. On the downside there is no handicap parking even though the entry is very friendly.

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Thank Jim S
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