Tonight, date night, my husband and I went The Cantina in Biltmore Village, fka Neo Cantina fka La Paz. We had not been since this latest change, and decided to see what was the same, new, or otherwise just plain quirky.
Our server was the best. She was funny and attentive, but not hovering. She was not familiar with the old menu under the now not-so-neo name, but her lack of knowledge about the restaurant's former life was MORE than made up for by her great service and quick wit. Couldn't ask for better.
The food? Well, that was ... ummm ... somewhere between pretty good and not quite great. Here's my only problem.
I'm not a vegetarian, but I come close. I looooved the old Ashevegas Burrito. It was stuffed with crisp-tender zucchini, corn, onions, spinach, goat cheese, and other amazing things. Then...it was topped with three wonderful quesos -one with a smoky hint- that gave it the most distinctive, but not overpowering flavor. It was still on the menu, so I ordered it again.
The Cantina gets an A+ for presentation. This act was Tony worthy. As for quality, the ingredients in the burrito were fresh, my cornbread was yummy, and the charro beans would have made Goldilocks proud.
I have to admit though, that the Ashevegas Burrito has lost something in translation. It just doesn't have that sultry smokiness anymore. It was like eating a George Clooney hamburger. Definitely one of the best looking burgers you've ever eaten - but you know it should be so much more than, well, burger.
I also must comment that the "Skinny Margarita", made with Agave, was too sugary this time. It usually has just the right balance of tart to sweet - a bit of a tease, if I might say. This margarita, while pretty good, was a bit too "in your face."
I wish I could give 3.7 stars, because I remember the old days when the passion burned, and I know it could be better. Ah, but that is the way of relationships, isn't it? Even the good ones lose their sizzle from time to time. Bring back the smoky, cheesy, romance, Cantina! I'll be giving you another try.