Hours: Lunch, Dinner: seven days
Open Late: Friday & Saturday till 1
South Loop spot offering affordable Mexican and mucho margaritas.
La Cantina Grill is the sort of casual joint you can take out-of-towners like your ma and pa to: they can't go wrong with either the specials (all meat- or fish-based) or the menu's "traditional" section: burritos, enchiladas, and tostadas that share the plate with the familiar puddle of refried beans, mildly seasoned rice, and tuft of shredded iceberg lettuce. Portions are fat-American size, and the prices, most under $12, shouldn't prompt any pursed lips. For an appetizer we tried an old standby, queso fundido, which came with a pool of salsa verde on top. A dish of shrimp al mojo de ajo arrived sizzling and proved pleasant if not as flavorful as you'd hope. The mole sauce on the pollo michoacano, on the other hand, was rich and satiny; I also loved the fresh, limey tang of the guacamole. If I lived in the South Loop I just might make a habit of this comfy place.
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