Taqueria Cañonita

While we adore the foie gras brulee from Sage at Aria and the black truffle soup from Restaurant Guy Savoy, we’re always pleased when we find a casual restaurant on the Strip that is also serving memorable food. We recently worked up a pre-show appetite while wandering the Venetian when the menu in front of the entrance of Taqueria Cañonita caught our eye. Chicharrones (crispy fried pork rinds) were listed as an option to the usual Mexican restaurant basket of tortilla chips. Chicharrones get our attention any time we see them on a menu; we don’t see them nearly as often as we’d like. We made a beeline to the hostess for a table. Our chicharrones ($6.00) arrived still crackling from the fryer. They were perfectly crisp, airy and nicely seasoned. Served with a creamy chile dipping sauce and a fresh tomato salsa, they were pork rind perfection.

Equally impressing was the Patzcuaro Duck Relleno a mild fried green chile stuffed with duck confit, served with a tasty red chile/orange based manchamantel sauce & Mexican crema ($12).

A superb beef enchilada ($18) big enough to serve two people was served with a red chile sauce that obviously had a lot of thought put into it, grated queso fresco, black beans and a vibrant cilantro-spiked rice.

A few other interesting menu choices (a ceviche trio, wild mushroom enchiladas, lobster & goat cheese tamales) stood out. A return trip is planned soon for the pork & walnut empanadas. Plan to hit Taqueria Cañonita during their happy hours (3-6 and 9 until closing) for $5.00 specialty drinks (loved the Black Mai Tai) and a patio table on the canal with the gondolas floating by for a pleasant break from the casino madness.

Taqueria Cañonita
3377 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Suite #2160
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Located on the Grand Canal Shoppe level
Inside the Venetian Hotel
Telephone # 702-414-3773
Fax # 702-414-3874

    • pegasuslegend
    • March 30th, 2012

    These photo’s are gorgeous! Hope you are doing well!

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    • March 21st, 2012

    One of the newest Chefs on the Vegas scene who has cooked with many of the best Chefs in the country goes by the name of Chef A. Michelle (Basinski). She is currently completing her training at Le Cordon Bleu and is doing her externship at Lolas Louisiana Kitchen on Charleston. She is a talented and promising new Chef that will take Vegas and the Culinary world by storm. The Chefs of Vegas community are watching this new Chef very closely and are eager to snatch her up once she graduates from Le Cordon Bleu in May. It will be very exciting to see which Chef grabs her up first.

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