Cantina 1511

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This weekend the husband and I went to Cantina Fifteen Eleven for our monthly-ish date night! They have several locations in the Charlotte area and have delicious food with massive proportions! We used an amazing LivingSocial deal where you spend $20 for $40 worth of food! Unfortunately, I just saw that this deal is sold out! Maybe they’ll do another one soon since it did so well.

When we got there we had a decent amount of time to scope out the menu. They don’t have a separate gluten free menu, so I kept in mind several items I knew I wanted to ask the server about once we got seated.

Since it was a special night we decided to order the queso as an appetizer! While I didn’t document a picture (we were too busy digging in!), here is their description of this mouthwatering appetizer: Over low heat we carefully blend classic Manchego, White Cheddar and chili rubbed Anejo cheeses then add traditional Queso Blanco, caramelized white onions and poblanos and finish with authentic Queso Cotija. Yeah, it’s ridiculous, and gluten free!

Before ordering we told the server I was gluten free and she told us about their gluten free corn chips.  They aren’t made fresh to order like their normal tortilla chips, but they’re still yummy.

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Along with the queso, we had their homemade salsa.  It’s really fresh with lots of cilantro and just enough heat!  I liked how she gave us separate salsa for our chips and separate plates for the queso to keep it gluten free as well. Sounds like a lot to mess with, but knowing it’s 100% gluten free puts me as ease.

For dinner we ordered the marinated steak fajitas.  They came out sizzling, just the way I like it! (Hence the smokey pictures.)  The fajitas came with marinated steak and veggies, fresh guacamole, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, pickled veggies (onions, cauliflower and carrots) and your choice of soft flour or corn tortillas.

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The pickled veggies added a really unique flavor to the build your own meal.  I especially loved the pickled onions!  All the items included with the fajitas were gluten free.  Most of their menu items are naturally gluten free, with the exception of fried items and their flour tortillas/chips.  Since they didn’t have a gluten free menu, I would rather be safe than sorry, so I double checked with our server about each item before ordering.

Here’s the husband with his flour tortillas and me with my corn tortillas.  Yum!

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After our dinner, our server told us about one of their flour less chocolate cakes! She was working me good since it was a gluten free dessert.  Unfortunately, after we each devoured a whole bowl of chips and our fajitas, and having absolutely no more room in our bellies, we had to pass on the cake.  She told us they’re making it a permanent dessert item, so we’ll have to go back and try it another time for sure!

Overall, we had a great dining experience! I had to chat a good bit with our server about the gluten free options, but she was very gracious and helpful!

¡hasta luego



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