Dining out can get expensive. This is especially true now that Miami Spice is over. Where have all the good deals gone? One of them has gone to Cantina La Veinte in Brickell, where guests can indulge in a satisfying three-course lunch for just $25. It’s a bargain that you won’t find anywhere else.
For those not familiar with Cantina La Veinte, shame on you. Just kidding. But seriously, it’s a place that should be on your radar (if it isn’t already). This Mexican restaurant inside the Icon is helmed by Chef Santiago Gomez, a talented guy who also runs the show at Tacology just a few blocks away. At Cantina, he’s put together a new lunch menu that’s big on options and quality.
For example, there’s a dozen mouthwatering selections as appetizers — that’s insane. These selections include highlights like a Red Snapper Ceviche and a Mussel Toast that both do an exceptional job at whetting your palate for the entrees (of which there are also 12). You could literally eat here for weeks on end and order a new combination of plates each time. We’ll gladly order the same things time and time again, though — our Seared Scallops and Branzino a la Plancha (turnip puree ftw) were enough to turn us into regulars. And not only were they flavorful, but they were also sizable; we ended up eating the latter dish for lunch the next day, and it was just as good.
In keeping with the trend, we were expecting 12 desserts, too, but there’s only seven. That’s more than enough and more than most places. A Rum Walnut Cake and a Pistachio Cake brought our meal to a close on a sweet note. What about drinks? Well, this is the first time we’ve encountered a place that offers happy hour-esque deals for lunch. While many restaurants reserve their promotions for post-work hours, Cantina La Veinte understands some people like to imbibe earlier: $5 margaritas and other discounted drinks ensure a fun mid-day adventure.
Tl;dr: Get your butt to Cantina La Veinte for lunch. For $25, you get three memorable courses at one of Brickell’s top restaurants. And for a few bucks more, you can enjoy some delicious cocktails, too. This deal is a winner.