Cantina Texas: Tex-Mex ‘gem’ has good food, atmosphere

CT5 FTWBy Linda Nguyen
Copy Desk Chief

Down North Hewitt Drive about 20 minutes from campus,lies Texas Cantina. This restaurant, located just outside the hustle and bustle of the Baylor Bubble, gives patrons an eclectic blend of foods that truly is Tex-Mex.

The outside is not very impressive, but walking in, patrons have the option of eating inside, at the bar or outside in the patio. We chose the patio for our visit since the weather was beautiful. The inside of the restaurant had a very relaxed atmosphere complete with a party room for larger gatherings.

The menu had a large variety of food ranging from traditional Mexican fajitas to the burgers and sandwiches. It’s a really great place to bring bigger groups because of the variety in the menu.

We split an order of Texas Cheese Fries as an appetizer. Their drinks menu consisted of sodas as well as Blue Bell ice cream shakes and floats. They also brought out chips, salsa and queso for us to munch on while we were waiting for our food. I ordered the steak fajitas and my friend Matt ordered the Backyard combo.

I felt like my portions were a lot smaller than what I would normally get at a Mexican restaurant, but Matt’s Backyard combo was more food than either of us could finish in one sitting. For the same price, I should have just gone with the Backyard combo. The food, however, was great. Definitely a place that I’d want to go to again with my friends.

The service was pretty slow, but the wait staff was friendly and helpful.

Overall, this place was a real gem to find. We made a great choice for randomly picking a restaurant off the street. It’s a nice, versatile place to bring a date or to bring a group of friends for a girls’ night out.

The prices were fairly reasonable, around the same price as any other casual dining restaurant, but the food and atmosphere makes it stand out so much more.