I recently met three friends at Chando’s Cantina on 15th and H Streets for Hara Feliz (Happy Hour). It was a weekday and the two of us that are retired planned to arrive at 4:00 p.m. and have our other two friends join us when they could.
We ordered a drink from the Hara Feliz menu – House Margarita ($5) and Light Corona ($4), as well as chips with salsa as we settled in to wait for our other two friends to arrive. No free chips and salsa here – but the generous portion of chips were thin and tasty and the fresh salsa was excellent.
I had been interested in trying Chando’s ever since it opened in January 2017, as I had heard good things about their food stand in the Arden area.
The interior of the cantina is very attractive – with a long bar and cheerful three-dimensional art on the walls. There is also an outside patio.
Our two friends arrived a bit later and ordered drinks – House Margarita and white wine – and we turned our attention to the Hara Feliz menu. The Hara Feliz taco’s were $2 each and I (unfortunately) suggested that we order two each of the four types of taco’s offered.
We all agreed that the taco’s were “nothing to write home about” – and I would certainly not order them again. We cut each of the taco’s in half so that everyone could sample the four fillings – and we did not finish them.
What we did instead was order more chips and salsa.
As we were talking the manager came by, introduced himself, and inquired about the service we had received. He made mention of unfavorable “reviews” (I am assuming on YELP). We assured him that our service had been excellent – as it had been. But then this was Hara Feliz on a late afternoon weekday – and not a busy weekend evening.
The manager did not ask us about the food – but he did inquire if we wanted to have our leftover taco’s boxed up. We declined.
I will certainly give Chando’s Cantina another try (perhaps lunch or dinner) as the location is conveniently close to various entertainment venues and they are open late (Monday thru Thursday until 10:00 p.m./Friday and Saturday until 3:00 a.m.)
Question: Have you tried Chando’s Cantina? What was your experience? Is there a particular dish you would recommend?
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