Nestled in a Grandview shopping plaza, the outside of Local Cantina boasts bad service and mustaches. I’ve been to Cantina a few times in the evenings for a drink or dinner, and have never had bad service (I HAVE seen a fair amount of mustaches), but it has always been really crowded.
I was pleased to find it fairly empty and peaceful when I arrived for brunch around 11:30 on a Saturday morning for drunk brunch. Local Cantina has vats of complimentary chips and delicious salsa which I happily snacked on while I waited for my friend to arrive.
My booze of choice was the St. James Infirmary, made with muddled oranges, Jameson, cherry bitters, Frangelico and ginger beer. It was a very pretty drink served in a mason jar, as are all of Cantina’s cocktails, and was delicious to boot. Also featured on the brunch drink menu are the Verde Bloody Mary (Absolut Pepper, salsa verde, olive juice, lime juice, siracha, nitro beer float, pepperoni garnich) and a classic Dark N’ Stormy, along with several of Cantina’s specialty margaritas and a solid craft beer selection.
In addition to serving their standard taco menu, Local Cantina has some specialty brunch options, such as Mexican Toast (grilled Texas toast served with powdered sugar and syrup), Huevos Rancheros (tortillas, fried salsa, sunny side up eggs, fried potatoes and queso) and Carnita & Egg Burrito (carnitas, fluffy egg, refried beans, pico de gallo, potatoes, lettuce, queso, jalapenos.)
I had Pepe’s Quesidilla, with fluffy eggs, chihuahua cheese, pico de gallo and sour cream. I eschewed the pico in favor of dunking my quesidilla in my remaining salsa, which I refilled twice, because hey, free salsa. The chihuahua cheese (note: not made from chihuahuas) goes great with eggs for a mild and tasty Mexican brunch option.
Brunch at Local Cantina is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm. Local Cantina is located at 1423 Grandview Avenue.
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