Every prince knows that the most effective way to wake up a sleeping beauty is not with a boring kiss, but with a single potent drop of fiery green chili. Awaken tired taste buds in royal fashion with today’s choice of deals at Salsa Café & Cantina in Pewaukee. Choose between two options:
- $15 for $30 worth of dinner cuisine
- $7 for $15 worth of lunch fare
Chef Gregory Bautista draws on old family recipes, traditional ingredients, and Latin American influences to craft Salsa Café and Cantina's authentic dishes. Tortilla-craving tongues can wrap around wild-mushroom quesadillas ($9) like a boa constrictor or swim through mango salsa alongside a ginger-saturated ahi tuna steak ($17). Carnitas in tomatillo verde sauce ($12) tantalize tastebuds with savory pork cooked slowly and delivered swiftly by smiling wait staff. Salsa’s lunch menu jolts groggy palates awake by dunking them in the ginger-lime sauce that suffuses tilapia tacos ($12) or ringing bell-pepper-stuffed chorizo burgers ($9) near dozing tastebuds.
Salsa Café’s hardwood floors, tasteful artwork, and high-backed leather seating create an elegant backdrop for meetings with shadowy business partners or ghostly guidance counselors. WiFi-infused air wafts into the wireless nostrils of visiting computers every day except Monday, when Salsa Café is closed.
Salsa Cafe and Cantina
Though the vibrant crimson walls and the flat screens in the bar area fight for it, it's the rich red and green enchilada sauces at Salsa Cafe and Cantina's that steal diners' attention. The sense parade continues into the more subdued dining room, where freshly made guacamole with a secret blend of seasonings builds excitement for the meal ahead. The menu features traditional favorites, such as the slow-cooked and seasoned Mexican-style carnitas, but it also weaves creative Latin flavors into dishes such as the Venezuelan hot dog with cabbage and crushed potato chips, and embellishes American tastes with a trio of burgers. Meal encores take the form of red velvet cake, cinnamon crispies, and Chocolate Rage cake, the only known cure for Hulk rampages. Such innovative fare has not gone unnoticed in the community—Carol Deptola from the Journal Sentinel raves about the dishes in her three-star review.