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Food Review - The Surly Cantina
Authentic Mexican with a Side of Sass
Although opening a restaurant (especially in times like these) is never a sure bet, Craig Sullivan and Suzanne Schlessinger's Surly Cantina sure makes it look easy. Lines of self-proclaimed taco addicts can almost always be found at the Wharfside Village sidewalk café, for both lunch and dinner. And it's little wonder that the no-frills taco stand is making a killing. In addition to the fact that their prices are among the best on the island (3 vegetarian tacos and 2 beers for $10!), their food is consistently excellent. Everything is fresh and made to order, with a refreshingly straightforward menu. You pick your poison - tacos, burritos, tostadas, etc. - choose a filling - beans, chicken, beef, fish, or (incredible!) steak asado - and Craig makes it happen. You also have the option of hot or not - but trust us, go for hot.
The tacos are exactly what tacos should be - the cheese is hot and melty between the corn tortillas, and the whole thing is topped with crispy lettuce and fresh tomatoes. The burritos ($9) are as big as your face and chock-full of delicious, but beware, they are suited for the truly empty stomach. If you want to switch it up, try a bowl of their rich and hearty tortilla soup ($8). There's nothing fancy about the Surly Cantina, but if you're a fan of exceptionally delicious Mexican food, this is your new favorite lunch spot.
The Surly Cantina, above Crazy Crackers bar, Cruz Bay
Lunch & Dinner. 11am-2am, daily. (340) 715-3361 $
Note: The Sun Times policy is to visit a restaurant at least three times before committing to a review. We attend anonymously and do not accept freebies!
March 2009 (updated March 2010)