When Cantina Laredo shuttered its south Springfield location last summer, it was replaced by Tulsa-based Los Cabos Mexican Grill & Cantina. The eatery has reached over into Missouri with locations in both Springfield and the Kansas City area. My husband, Eli, and I are always on the lookout for a new favorite Mexican spot, so we were anxious to give it a try.
We visited Los Cabos for lunch on a Saturday with Eli’s mom and dad, Stan and Kathy Estes. They love Mexican food and have joined us and our two kids at several Mexican spots around town. The place was packed when we arrived, and they set the six of us up at a big semi-circle booth on the edge of the restaurant.
Our server brought out chips and a selection of salsa, and we ordered a bowl of the White Queso Los Cabos to snack on. You can get the warm cheesy dip topped with chorizo, steak or ground beef—your choice. The chorizo sounded delicious, but we went for the basic cheese-only version. It offered a bit of sustenance for us while we studied the menu, which is pretty big. Classic, Mexican restaurant items including fajitas, tacos and enchiladas are all there for your enjoyment. But many of the menu items have an interesting twist. One taco is filled with fried avocado. One of the quesadillas features blue cheese.
Eli was in the mood for tacos, so he picked one of the more interesting options: tropical chicken tacos. These were little guys, served in delicate corn tortillas with a side of rice and your choice of beans. (Eli picked the borracho beans.) Along with the meat and cheese in his tacos, he got a sweet and fresh addition with cilantro and a fruity mango pico de gallo. He seemed to really enjoy them, including the little drizzle of chipotle ranch that was on top.