On a gorgeous and steamy Thursday, my friends and I were in search of a new happy hour to try out.
My bestie recommended Tortilla Press Cantina in Merchantville, which is just down the street from her house and happens to be one of the most popular restaurants on Expressgrub.com. I’ve driven past the festive building a million times and actually tried to get a seat on Cinco de Mayo last year (that wasn’t happening), but never got a chance to revisit.
We stopped in around 4 p.m., just as happy hour was ensuing. There were $2 chicken, beef and pork tacos, as well as $2 chipotle peanut pork sliders. There were $6 Mexican pizzas, $4 margaritas, sangrias, and well drinks, and many more fantastic specials.
I decided to get the honey cholula wings, the black bean and rajas burrito with chicken, two soft chicken tacos and two crunchy beef tacos.
The wings, which came with a side of garlic-lime chile dipping sauce, made it to the table first. Though they weren’t extremely crispy as I’m used to, I still thought they were yummy. Picture rotisserie wings when thinking of a texture for these bad boys. I was surprised when told they were lightly fried because they were tender like a slowly roasted piece of meat. The mildly sweet and medium spicy sauce they were tossed in was very tasty as well.
I next sampled the tacos. I’m a firm believer that it’s nearly impossible to go wrong with tacos, especially at a spot devoted to Mexican cuisine. Both the chicken and beef were great standard takes on tacos. But, I could especially tell that the chicken was slowly braised in some kind of tomato based sauce that gave it a few more notes of flavor.
My favorite part of the meal, the burrito, filled me after only three bites. I’m not certain if it was the smorgasbord of food I’d eaten prior or just the fact that it was the size of my head. It was cut in half so I could see the large slices of grilled chicken and peppers wrapped in there with the delicious red rice and black beans. There was enough burrito left over for me to have lunch the next day so I was a happy camper.
I’ve been looking for a new place to enjoy discounted food and drinks, without the taste being compromised. After an array of good Mexican eats and two strong cantina margaritas, Tortilla Press Cantina will surely be hearing from me again.