Excited about Eating by Ernie & Dora Hiers

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.

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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.

Cantina 1511 Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

Too nice to sit inside and what a relaxing, comfortable outdoor space!

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.

Cantina 1511 Excited about Eating Fiction Faith & Foodies Ernie & Dora Hiers

Antojitos. My favorite was the Carnitas!

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.

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Chicken Chimichanga was packed with all my favorite ingredients, but 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)

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Excited about Eating by Ernie Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to Three Amigos Mexican Grill and Cantina located in the Midwood area of Charlotte. Dora here. You getting tired of Midwood yet? I’m not. 🙂 This restaurant located in a small strip center provides an ideal location for a quick drop-in lunch or a family get-together for dinner.
As part of an online app promotion, we started with a free Beef Empanada, a pastry shell turnover made by folding dough over a filling, beef hamburger in this case, sealing it, and frying it. 
Beef Empanada
This Empanada was great, fried golden brown, with a juicy filling including cheese. Dora here. And what a great start it was! Gooey cheese pocketed in the perfect crust. 
For the meal, I ordered the Fajitas De Camaron, shrimp fajitas cooked with onions and green peppers served in a cast iron skillet along with sides of rice and refried beans, delivered to the table, sizzling. The shrimp and vegies were tender, but I would have liked more seasoning to bring out the flavor. 
Fajitas de Camaron
Be prepared for ginormous portion sizes. If we’d known, we could’ve easily shared.
Dora here. So hubby knows that I usually order fajitas at Mexican restaurants. At his prodding to try something different (I find it interesting that he ordered fajitas, don’t you? What’s up with that? 🙂 ) and the server’s recommendation, I opted for the Bistec Encebollado, grilled steak with onions along with rice and refried beans. And tortilla shells, of course.

Bistec Encebollado

In my opinion, this tasted much like steak fajitas and I would’ve enjoyed it with a bit more zest as well. Other than that, the tortillas, both flour and corn, tasted like they were made on site and the beans and rice were good. Overall, the meal was pleasant.

I would rate this restaurant 4 forks out of 5 for a family friendly restaurant serving great food.

What are your plans for Cinco de Mayo? 
Do you have a favorite Mexican restaurant?

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