A tortilla makes a handy mouse pad, an acceptable patch for stiff denim jeans, and, if you draw a face on it, an ideal companion on fishing trips. But there are many other uses for it, as today's Groupon proves: for $10, you get $20 worth of fine Mexican fare at Cha Cha’s Cantina, located on East Cary Street.
Cha Cha’s Cantina dishes out classic and eclectic Mexican cuisine for flavorphile stomachs during dinner hours. Classic starters are invaded by the domineering fruit faction, creating mish-mashed fare such as the mango guacamole, featuring regular guacamole mixed with mango, red onion, and a dash of fresh cilantro ($3.95), or the fiesta spinach salad filled with crumbled goat cheese, caramelized pecans, a hard boiled egg, and looked over by dried cranberry and fresh strawberry overlords, all drizzled in a raspberry tamarind vinaigrette ($8.95). Mouths can go on meaty meanderings with entrees such as the peachy chipotle pork tacos, brimming with slow-roasted pork in a stew of honey and fresh peaches, pico de gallo, and avocado or the chorizo and goat cheese quesadilla with pepper jack cheese, and covered in a layer of fresh tomatillo-honey sauce ($9.95). The friendly wait staff aid in edible Spanish lessons, teaching patrons how to roll their Rs and their enchiladas, in delicious combinations such as the shrimp with corn relish and honey ($8.95).
Cha Cha's Cantina
Inside Cha Cha's Cantina, margaritas flow freely from pitchers as late-night dance parties rage and music pounds against the exposed brick walls. The bar is known both for its huge water-pong tournaments and its Southwestern food, which includes fresh Maine lobster tacos and burritos filled with slow-roasted duck. On weekends, diners can stop by to brunch on bison flank steak with eggs and hash browns or just grab a zesty omelet to throw at a passing airplane.