Going South of the Border in the Heart of the Gold Coast

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Modern Mexican Dining at Cantina 46, Opens May 12

A lively new neighborhood cantina will be spicing up the Gold Coast just in time for margarita season. Cantina 46, an Urban Restaurant Group (URG) inspired concept in association with Da Vine Superior, will feature vibrant, authentic gourmet Mexican cuisine with a modern twist. The grand opening on Thursday, May 12th, will feature flavor-forward, robust fare as well as racy signature cocktails, including margaritas, Hum palomas, sangria, mojitos and caipirinhas. Dine in the chic, modern-style restaurant, or relish the refreshing outdoor scene on the inviting patio and sidewalk café.

Located in a 136-year-old pre-Victorian brownstone on Superior Avenue between Rush Street and Wabash Avenue, the newly rehabbed interior, created by Ideation Studio, juxtaposes contemporary design with timeless architecture. Flanked in reclaimed wood, it boasts a stunning bar and colorful banquette with Mayan and Aztec influences. A linear stainless-steel fireplace with oversized staggered candles, raised porcelain agave-themed tiles, and chocolate-brown oak floors set the stage for a chic, yet inviting bossa nova-esque vibe. Outside, there are two gathering spaces: the upper sidewalk patio and a lush sunken dining area, prime for people watching and enjoying the al fresco ambience.

The Mexican fare will feature upscale comfort food, presented by Chef Servando Camargo, previously of Table 52, where he worked under the acclaimed Chef Art Smith. Camargo’s inspiration derived from his childhood in Mexico City, where he was rooted in a healthy balance of seasonal cuisine. “I created a menu based on dishes I learned to cook as a child with my mother,” he says. “I wanted the menu to convey the light and flavorful way we ate as children in Michoacán, Mexico.” The modestly priced, robust menu has something for every palate. Guests can indulge in fresh citrus-driven signature Cantina 46 Red Ceviche, prepared with red snapper, or grilled shrimp empanadas and slow-cooked shortrib nachos. Vegetarians and seafood lovers can feast on the veggie enchiladas, poblano chile rellenos, or the cedar-plank halibut. The Gaucho-style ribeye steak with chipotle mashed potatoes will cater to carnivores, while classics like sizzling fajitas conquer any craving. All dishes are served with fresh chips and salsa, and can end on a sweet note with the crispy baked churros and chocolate dipping (and sipping) sauce.

With an emphasis on superior service and guest satisfaction, Cantina 46 delights in the details. As CEO of Urban Restaurant Group Michael Biggins explains, “Great food, unpretentious service and attention to detail are our daily goals. We are recommitting to the fundamentals of a great restaurant.” A few of these details are the fresh guacamole prepared tableside, as well as the signature margaritas, which have a new twist all their own: The bartender prepares most of the margarita (with one of the 30+ pristine tequilas), then the servers finish off the Cantina Margarita tableside with a one-ounce pour of pure agave tequila from a tequila bottle carried in holsters on belts. The result? A unique, smooth finish. Tequila lovers can rejoice knowing ‘it’s in there’.

The commitment to freshness is raised to the highest level, as there are no freezers or fryers, supporting the restaurant’s vision of soulful, honest food with integrity. With authentically refined and accessible Mexican goodness in the heart of the energetic Gold Coast, talk of Cantina 46 will certainly be buzzing por mucho tiempo.

Cantina 46 is located at 46 East Superior, Chicago, one block west of Michigan Avenue and 3 blocks south of Water Tower Place. The Cantina is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner from 11 am to 10 pm on Sunday and Monday, Tuesday to Thursday from 11 am to midnight, and 11 am to 2 am on Friday and Saturday.

For additional information, please call (312) 664-0100 or visit http://www.cantina46.com.

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