Warm chips out of the fryer, zesty freshly-blended salsa, guava margaritas. That’s how we spent our Friday night at Cantina Lobos, a new Mexican restaurant in Pelham that encourages patrons to “treat everyday like it’s Taco Tuesday.” The motto, written on chalkboard columns throughout, lives up to its suggestion of fun.
With modern rustic décor and high-top booths – a large illuminated sign greets you with a friendly “Hola” at the bar – Cantina Lobos is a lively spot for a family dinner any night of the week. The menu is friendly to all, offering kids quesadillas, tacos and chicken tenders; the pulled pork in the quesadillas was so tender my husband and I fought over the kids’ leftovers.
But the grown-up fare will keep you coming back. Some of our favorites: the tasty crispy octopus over cannellini beans and chorizo sausage, savory chicken enchiladas served with chipotle crema and microgreens, jumbo tequila shrimp (butter sauce = yum) or my personal favorite, grilled rib-eye pinchos, tender skewered meat marinated in a house-made marinade of honey, chipotle peppers, garlic and lemon.
Of course, there are tacos, too. With lots of options for fillings: slow-roasted pork shoulder, chorizo and onions, portabello tempura, baja fish (cod in a corona beer batter), among others.
The space, which for years was a dive bar, was gutted it to its studs and given a homey touch, with wide-plank wood floors, aqua metal stools and artsy geometric chandeliers. On warm days, a wall of windows slide up to open the restaurant to the outdoors. Come here to grab a drink before heading to Pelham’s historic Picture House movie theater, a few doors away. Margaritas come slushy or on the rocks; some with sugar and salt on the rim.
Cantina Lobos, 217 Wolf’s Lane, Pelham; open for brunch and lunch.