(Updated 8/3/2023) Description and review of lunch at Chando’s Cantina, a Mexican restaurant and bar located on 15th Street in Midtown Sacramento. NEW: See “Update” below.
A friend and I recently met for lunch at Chando’s Cantina. I did not realize it in advance – but it turned out it was “Taco Tuesday”. On Tuesday street taco’s at Chando’s Cantina are $1.50 each.
I had suggested Chando’s Cantina as I was hoping that my first disappointing dining experience there had been an aberration. Three friends and I had met for Happy Hour, and while we certainly liked the ambiance the food had left a lot to be desired.
Since blogging about that experience I have had it in the back of my mind to visit Chando’s Cantina again – a second chance you might say.
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I was the first to arrive, and my friend arrived soon afterwards. We had both found metered on-street parking nearby the restaurant with no problem.
We decided to start lunch with chips and salsa ($3.00). While we munched on chips we looked over the menu.
Neither of us were starving. Since it was Taco Tuesday we each decided try out the street taco’s. I ordered one fish taco and my friend ordered two taco’s with meat. The waiter had mentioned that the enchiladas were $4 each – so we each (we thought) ordered one. I went with the red sauce and my friend chose mole sauce.
The taco’s arrived first. My fish taco was ok – but nothing special.
Shortly thereafter the waiter delivered the enchiladas to our table – depositing a plate containing three enchiladas in front of each of us. Caught by surprise, we did not have a chance to get a word out before the waiter departed.
We decided to make the best of it, reasoning that after eating one enchilada that we could each take the other two home. Unfortunately, like the taco’s, the enchilada’s were just ok. By “ok” I mean edible but certainly not a dish that I would call particularly flavorful or tasty. We were charged $14 for three enchilada’s because we both had “added” meat.
I should add that despite the mix-up with our order (we decided that we were likely at fault for not being more specific) our waiter was both pleasant and friendly. So – on the plus side of the Chando’s Cantina ledger – ambiance and staff.
Luckily, Sacramento is blessed with many good and great Mexican restaurants – so I don’t see myself patronizing Chando’s Cantina again anytime soon when I am in the mood for Mexican food.
(8/3/2023) The Sacramento Business Journal has reported that Chando’s Cantina has closed its doors, reportedly due to financial issues. The various Sacramento area locations of Chando’s Taco’s, however, remain open.
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