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“Fresh, delicious, different, affordable, friendly, comfortable”
Review of Cantina de Salsa - CLOSED

Cantina de Salsa
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: Cuban, Latin, Mexican, Central American
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Fresh Latin food served in the casual and fun atmospheres of our locations in both Cherry Valley and Cooperstown. Find all your favorite Mexican classics, as well as dishes with exciting Latin twists. We offer a full bar, including wine, beer, margaritas, specialty house cocktails, and an extensive selection of tequilas.
Reviewed August 16, 2012

Everything on this interesting and well thought out menu is homemade and everything is worth trying, depending on your mood and budget. From the excellent tamales (three for $8.00 - a wonderful lunch) and tacos (three for $9.00 - perfect for lunch or dinner), to the lobster and cowboy steak (both on the high end, both tasty with excellent sauces), it is really a treat and a welcome addition to the entire area. This has got to be the only restaurant featuring this type of food, and this type of food done so well, for . . .what? 200 miles? Whether you want a faithful standby, such as a burrito or enchilada, or something a little more exotic like the octopus or plantain/pulled pork casserole, you will not be disappointed. As for the chips - no, you don't get unlimited baskets of complimentary, mass produced, generic "tostidos" to endlessly munch on. What you do get, and what it is reasonable to then have to pay a little more for, are handmade, homemade chips made out of freshly ground, organic corn. You won't find chips like these anywhere else, and it is a testament to the restaurant that they care enough to go through the expense and the trouble to make them. The fact that they do is representative of their entire approach to everything and should be appreciated, respected and enjoyed. As for the ambiance, it is cheerful and convivial - a good place just to "hang" and have a beer or margarita at the spacious bar if that's all you're up for (free wifi). All in all - what in the mundo is there not to like?

5  Thank Albanybound
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Since we’re from out of town, we decided to go to this restaurant without realizing it had just opened. There were definitely some kinks. Hopefully they will get worked out because we enjoyed the food – when it finally arrived.
Initially, we were directed to the bar, where we sat awkwardly without being approached by the bartender. When we were seated, our server turned out to be a very nice person who was obviously doing the best she could under difficult circumstances. I agree with the previous poster that the menu seemed to suggest that the chips and salsa were provided to every table. That was not the case, but our server ended up bringing some as the wait for our food dragged on. We thought the chips were great, though the salsa was in a pretty small cup. When they finally came, we also enjoyed our fried plantains, burritos and enchiladas. I believe the cheese used was queso fresco, which was nice. We shared a piece of cuatro leches cake with blueberries for dessert. It was good. The drinks were less enjoyable – it seems there was a very low supply of ice.
Overall, it was an unfortunate and long experience, but there is hope.

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1  Thank beekeeper5
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Finally a restaurant with a different flair. The Cantina offers authentic Latin American (not just Mexican) food that took this diner back to the days of college when I spent a semester in the Yucatan. Homemade chips, tortillas, guacamole, and other goodies to warm the stomach (be sure to ask which salsa is hot and which is not....). Knowing that the place has just opened I can endure the working out of kinks with staff and such....but regardless of the little things, the food is worth the trip and the wait.

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2  Thank newbear1
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