Bites 2013: Cantina Burger
We don't necessarily gravitate to burgers, especially at a Mexican joint. But then we met the Cantina Burger and freaked the eff out and now sometimes we write haikus in its honor. Its custom-made Great Harvest Bread Co. corn bun, lathered with chipotle mayo, embraces a 6-ounce patty covered in gooey Manchego cheese. Then cabbage slaw enters the equation, with cilantro and sautéed onions and jalapeños. ($11)
Best Of 2012: IndyPick • Burger at a Place You Wouldn't Typically Order a Burger
I've always considered it something of a sin to order a hamburger at a Mexican restaurant. And so, a few months back, when my husband ordered the Cantina burger, I gave him a glare of disapproval. "Why not get the Pablano Chile or the Navajo Taco?" I pressed. But when the dreaded burger arrived, I had to eat my words. And half of my husband's hamburger. This 6-ounce patty features manchego cheese, jalapeño, cilantro and caramelized onions with chipotle mayo and cabbage slaw, all on a wonderful corn bun. To be honest, I would eat any part of this combo on its own, but put together, this is the most unstoppable burger I've tasted. So wonderful, in fact, that I've sheepishly allowed it to become my regular at the Cantina. — J. Adrian Stanley
Former Denver Bronco turned Manitou High School football coach, Justin Armour, and original Savelli’s Pizza owners David and Sue Pisaneschi purchased the Mission Bell Inn in late February; it had been in continuous operation under the Masias family since 1962. The new team changed the name to Crystal Park Cantina and with some renovations, intend to have the doors open with a new, fresh ingredient-inspired Tex-Mex menu by early May. Armour’s mother Anne, who’ll assist with cooking, has run other eateries in Manitou and Colorado Springs before.