Cantina Diablos

Located in Downtown Royal Oak, Cantina Diablos is serving fresh Tex Mex with a twist. I describe this food as modern meets gourmet Mexican. With fresh ingredients and creative combos, Cantina Diablos is trendy enough to fit right in to the Royal Oak scene, but classic enough to satisfy the traditional palette. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 2 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3 out of 5 bites

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We had to start with….

Chili Con Queso: Blend of melted cheese, jalapenos, and tomatoes. Creamy, combines with fresh veggies. The chips were served still warm, with that fresh crispy crunch. I also loved how the chips weren’t covered in salt.

queso

This is why I love trying restaurants with my significant other. Just when I think he’s going to go with his safe choice: chicken, he chooses what my first pick would be and without knowing it, helps me make up my mind. Thanks Boo!

Josh’s pick:

Tacos Al Pastor: Braised pork shoulder, pineapple relish, slaw, topped with spicy pickled onions, serviced on fresh corn tortillas. These tacos were stuffed with sweet, juicy pork. The pineapple relish was sweet, but didn’t steal the show from the crunchy slaw. My only disappointment was that the pickled onions weren’t spicy as advertised.

alpastortaco

I went with….

Veggie Tacos: Portabellas, Zucchini, poblano peppers, corn, black beans served on flour tortillas and topped with avocado sauce and poblano crema. What caught my eye was the avocado sauce and poblano crema and they lived up to my expectations: fresh, cool, and creamy. The roasted veggies were packed with tons of fresh flavor.

veggietaco

We also got a kick of out how they listed Josh’s Coke on the receipt: They actually labeled it as “Pop.” Only in the Midwest.

pop

If you want fresh, creative flavors, visit Cantina Diablos. A little on the pricey side (Queso and chips were $8), but service was good. With a prime location, this Tex Mex restaurant is perfect for a nice relaxing lunch or a night out.

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