It’s a small restaurant in Grandview, Ohio that serves good food, so you know what that means…You’re gonna wait. But if you can stand it, I think you’ll find it worthwhile. Local Cantina debuted in Ohio a few months ago with it’s location in Gahanna, which from what I’ve been told is just as good as the second location. The restaurant in Grandview is dimly lit and eclectically decorated with a mildly hipster theme that isn’t so much the hipster-haters will be uncomfortable but enough that it’s noticeable. I thought it had a good vibe. We almost passed it by, due to the variability in star number throughout yelp but decided to check it out for ourselves and I’m glad we did! One piece of advice: Sign in as soon as you get there! There isn’t a host stand. Instead there is a clip board located just as you come in the door. It’s a self-service sign in situation. If you don’t put your name on it, you will end up waiting a lot longer.
Overall: 4 out of 5
Food/Beverage: 4 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Ambiance: 4 out of 5
Value: 4 out of 5
We ventured out, party of 3, on a Saturday night to celebrate a birthday for one of my dining companions. It was after 7, so we figured we would wait. After 7 on a Saturday in Grandview ANYWHERE good, you’re going to wait. And wait we did. But only for about 30 minutes before grabbing a seat at the bar. We were able to grab the attention of the adorable bar tender and secure ourselves some margaritas for the mean time. We went with the Mustache Ride ($7) which was served in a mini mason jar (yes, it’s tiny but jam-packed with top shelf tequila, among other things) and is very cute.
There are other options for margaritas as well with cute names and a very good beer list if you aren’t a drinker of tequila. While it was very cute, the margarita was about a 3 out of 5 in my opinion, considering it was a little watery but we had no problem drinking about 3 each. They have a little self-serve chips and salsa station that you can access while you wait for your table as well. The salsa had good flavor and just enough kick to keep you drinking the margaritas.
The menu includes 12 different types of taco ($3) served on soft flour tortillas, and you also have the option of ordering any of them “food truck” style (onions and cilantro only) which is pretty cool in my opinion. They were great! And there are 2 vegetarian options and 3 fish options which is great considering I’m a mostly pescatarian.
Dining companion number one ordered the Grilled Chicken Taco, which is topped with black beans and corn salsa. Upon delivery of her first taco, she stated “wow, that’s tiny.” A few minutes later, the host delivered a second taco that was much larger. Very cool. He said that no man can hear a woman call it tiny without him hopping into action.
Dining companion number two ordered the two vegetarian options, the Migas and the Veggie taco.
The restaurant was a little dark so its difficult to see. The Migas is filled with refried beans, guacamole, queso fresco and topped with sour cream. The Veggie taco has black bean and corn salsa, avocado, cabbage, pico and chipotle agave chili.
My taco, the baja shrimp taco was served with baja sauce, queso fresco and cabbage. It was really good! The flavor combination of the sauce with the cheese and cabbage was just tasty!
Our waitress did a great job of attending to our needs and balancing her other tables. She didn’t make us wait long for drinks or food and had a great sense of humor about the crowd.
Overall, this was a place I would return especially if I weren’t starving and had a little time to kill.