It’s a fun Tex-Mex taqueria and bar that’s great for large parties. Not a romantic spot, though.
Rita’s Cantina is a combination of southern Californian taquerias and Mexican beach bars. You’ll pay a flat fee of $3 per person just to get in and then a la carte pricing for each dish. Rita’s opens in the afternoon for late lunch and snacks. There’s also a daily special called Rita’s Fiesta. For $20, passengers can get a preset menu, three drinks, and entertainment from the bar staff. The fiesta is a family-oriented event, and the portions are meant for four to ten people.
The menu consists of taco salad, chile relleno, shrimp ceviche tostadas, fajitas, and a wide selection of tequilas and margaritas. Being a Mexican restaurant, Rita’s also offers guacamole and salsa – both were mediocre, at best. The salsa is sweet and tasted like something out of the can. The guacamole had no taste at all.
The Rita’s Fiesta dinner starts with tacos and salsa. After a short performance from the wait staff, Rita’s serves a huge plate with enchiladas, quesadillas, and tempura vegetables. The enchiladas were boring, and the tempura veggies had no taste to them, but the quesadilla was great. Next is an even bigger plate of beef fajita, with bell pepper and green onions, which was very tasty. All in all, the portions are far too big for only two people, or even four. It’s better to go in with a big group.
Rita’s has typical Spanish-Mexican desserts: sweet cinnamon churros, banana enchiladas, and an amazing Mexican flan.
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