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Full menu, liquor, bigger servings start Friday at Cantina Loco

When Cantina Loco opened with takeout in November, some of the first online customer reviews were lousy, with numerous complaints about too little food for too much money.

Chef Mike Andrzejewski took the feedback seriously, and when his Mexican-inspired place opens for real Friday, with an expanded menu, table service, and liquor, customers will see the difference, he said.

"We listened to the legitimate criticisms, and I think some of them were pretty valid," he said, "and we responded to make the food a little more value conscious, portion and pricewise."

For instance, customers get two tacos instead of one, except for the fish and Koreatown marinated steak, which are much bigger, he said. The expanded menu, starting 4 p.m. Friday, will include tamales ($6), tortas ($7), enchiladas ($7) and daily specials like mole or barbacoa.

More than 25 tequilas, and at least eight different mescals, headline the liquor selection, which will include specialty cocktails. The restaurant, at 191 Allen St., received conditional liquor license approval Wednesday, he said.


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