Ever since the Cantina opened a few years ago we've stopped by for dinner before or after Rays games. I guess we would eat there 5-8 times a summer, which is a lot considering we live 2.5 hours away.
Initially the food was quite special - an amazing tostada with a black bean puree, chicken pipal andpickled onions; awesome potato tacos and salmon tacos. We started to notice awhile ago that the food was becoming a little less adventuresome - the tostado disappeared and was repaced with a chicken pibal soft taco; now that is gone as well. Oh - and the chicken tortilla-like soup (it was called something else) that was absolute perfection - delicious broth, big pieces of chicken and avocado. No longer on the menu. What a disappointment when we discovered this had disappeared on our first visit to St. Pete this baseball season.
The menu is now fairly pedestrian, pretty much what you could get at any other southwestern restaurant in Florida (which isn't saying much). It's as if they are not even trying anymore - the last time we went for dinner at 9:30 (the kitchen was supposed to close at 10:00) they had already thrown out the iced tea for the night.
Before all the changes this place was a 5 in our book and we didn't miss it on a trip to St. Pete. Not sure we will return. If the kitchen ever decides to be adventuresome again, we'd give it another try, as the food previously was amazing.
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