Choose Between Two Options
- $8 for $16 worth of Mexican food for lunch, valid from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- $15 for $30 worth of Mexican food for dinner, valid from 3 p.m. to close
- See the menu.
Bloomington’s gargantuan Mall of America is a long way from Mexico, but that doesn’t stop Cantina #1 from reaching south of the border for its influences. Surfboards, colorful beach décor, and lush plants surround the dining room, and the aromas of home-style Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine pervade the air. If you don’t consider the sandwich a distinctly Mexican dish, Cantina #1’s tortas—inspired by Guadalajara artisans who have mastered the lunchtime specialty—are likely to change your mind. Aside from sizzling fajitas and beer-battered fish tacos, there are plenty of pizzas and burgers crafted in the style of Mexico’s northerly neighbor. The bar also hosts happy hour specials for mall shoppers who need to relax between sprints from store to store.