Food & Drink

New Mexi eats in Media

Not actually run by Carmen San, Diego's Cantina & Tequila Bar is a new south-of-the-border booze-ería on Media's main drag, dropping wood-fired Tex-Mex and volumes of agave shooters in a Mission-style interior outfitted with pressed tin ceilings, green leather booths, and walls that mix adobe with more bricks than a foul-lined Dwight

Drinking's made easy with bottles of Tecate & Pacifico, South American reds & whites, pitchers of fresh & frozen margs, and sub-$10 cocktails like mezcal Old Fashioneds, to the Kahlo (reposado, elderflower, mango), to the Rivera (blanco, Aperol, pomegranate). They've also got 40+ tequilas available neat, in flights, on the rocks, or with lime, including el Jimador, Cabo Wabo, and Casa Noble -- though it'll be the beans you eat that give you gas

Speaking of beans, food brings up stuffed-your-way tacos (!) & burritos (w/ chorizo, fried tilapia, shrimp...), side plates (sweet plantains w/ queso fresco), wood-grilleds (whatever-looked-good-at-the-market whole fish), and tweaked traditionals like roasted-pork-packed tamales, who want you to share in their husky-ness

They're also planning a Siesta Happy Hour with complimentary nachos and discounted margs & beer, though have too many of those and you might be the one wondering where in the world you are.