Hours: Lunch: Saturday-Sunday; dinner: seven days
Open late: Friday & Saturday till 2, other nights till 1
Restaurant and bar from the family behind the erstwhile Pasadita corridor.
It was alarming and a bit sad when the original La Pasadita on the east side of Ashland closed early this year. Then the Espinoza family opened this sports bar cum cantina. Inside, it's all chrome and pleather booths, with a frenetic cumbia soundtrack and a full bar with giant, cheap, but watery margaritas that are just boozy enough to inspire a second round. The tacos and burritos are still there, along with steak and fajitas and salads. And then there are the burgers, a full half dozen including a jalapeño-habanero-chipotle-pepper-jack job titled, appropriately enough, "The Fuego." I tried the quesadilla burger, a thick patty sandwiched by two chihuahua cheese-stuffed quesadillas, lettuce, onion, guacamole, and sour cream—a noble experiment, but a sloppy, failed one.
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The former D'Vine is now Cantina Pasadita, a sports bar from the Espinoza family, who here have adopted a more formal approach than anything seen in the Pasadita empire before. Inside it's all chrome and pleather booths, with a frenetic cumbia soundtrack and a full bar with giant, cheap, but watery margaritas that are just boozy enough to inspire a second round. —Mike Sula