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Cantina 76

Cantina 76 is a relatively new Mexican restaurant on Devine St. across from Henry’s. Just wait ’till Eric San Jose gets wind of this. Columbia, SC restaurant scene, prepare for a clash of two high-powered Mexican food cartels. The restaurant sports a cool interior, striking a great balance between casual and somewhat upscale. Cheap too. Their signature dish you ask? Gourmet tacos at a delicious price. But beware, there is something very addictive about the tacos at Cantina 76 (no, they don’t have a “Colombian Taco”). The tacos have been excellent on three of three visits (three out of three? Are we talking Carolina vs. Clemson football???) but the service has been spotty. Twice our party of two was in and out very quickly, but on another occasion, impatience almost got the better of us. ALMOST. But then the tacos came…

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The “BBQ Brisket” and “Peruvian Shrimp” tacos have gotten rave reviews from friends, but I would have to recommend substituting the “Chicken Pesto” for the shrimp taco. Now we won’t get into the merits of shrimp versus chicken and vice versa, so lets just move on to the best of the bunch: “BBQ Brisket.” Hands down, my favorite taco. The “BBQ Brisket” is a mouthwatering combination of chopped dry rub brisket with an agave chipotle bbq, fresh pico de gallo and a lime wedge for your squeezing pleasure. Delicious. Go for lunch and ask about the lunch special: two tacos and a side for $5.99. With a side of “savory Mexican rice” and a cold $2 PBR, this was a satisfying nosh fit for anyone’s midday meal. You can get your taste buds going early by checking out the menu.

Cantina 76 has some great specials to take advantage of. Among the more special specials are “Corona Fridays,” where you can refresh yourself all day long with $2 Coronas and Corona lights. But don’t make the mistake of going to Cantina 76 in between the hours of 2:30 and 4:30 (they won’t be there). A delicious Mexican addition to our collection of Columbia, SC restaurants.

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5 Responses to “Cantina 76”

  1. Anon
    January 24, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Cantina has been here for about three or so years now so I would hardly call it new and its not across from Henry’s but just down the street…

    • Capital City Eatz
      January 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

      Two valid and exciting revelations. I dare say that these are not true facts, but rather an alternative perspective of time and location. Thanks for reading!

  2. recipesforsustenance
    February 15, 2012 at 11:44 pm #

    I really like Cantina 76. The BBQ brisket taco is my favorite. The Peruvian shrimp taco is pretty tasty too.

    We moved to Columbia a year and a half ago and I still don’t understand why Eric San Jose is always packed. We ate there once. The food was not good and the restaurant was dirty. What is the appeal?

    • Capital City Eatz
      February 16, 2012 at 10:24 am #

      I guess we will never know. The ingredients at Cantina 76 seem to be much fresher than San Jose’s, and the restaurant cleaner. Thank you for reading!

  3. Shannon M
    April 9, 2012 at 5:07 am #

    First of all thank you for showing me all the wonderful places to eat here. my wallet and waist appreciate it. Second you’ve gotten me addicted to cantina. I’ve been four or five times in the last two months the ‘ritas are that lovely. And i believe i get the meat sweats in my sleep dream about that brisket.

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