Big Taste Part II: Blanco Cantina

If you haven’t checked out the Big Taste, you’ve got one last evening to get out there. With $25-35 three-course dinner menus, it’s honestly quite the deal. Plus, it’s  a great excuse to try something new. Funnily enough, Blanco is basically one block away from home, and yet, somehow, we hadn’t found the chance to drop in. Cole’s always craving tacos, but usually we end up at the staple French & Italian spots.

But, with a $25 big taste menu for dinner, I decided it was time to book a reservation and take a peak. At that price, you really can’t lose.

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The interior is everything you would expect from a local cantina. Just a basic spot to head in, grab some mexican grub, and laugh as loudly as you want with your dinner guest.

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We plopped down by the large garage-style window, peering out onto 17th Ave and watching people pass by on their way out for the night.

Glancing at the menus, we debated ordering a plate of nachos, but didn’t want to spoil our appetites.

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The nacho selection was pretty stellar though, with a ton of different options. Plus, if you’re having trouble choosing, you can get the everything on your plate for a whopping $79! With multiple types of meat (among other things) you might want to bring a couple buddies along.

In any event, we each selected the Big Taste menu and awaited our first courses.

House made tortillas, dusted with lime & paired with fresh guac and a spicy chili con queso.

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blanco cantina

blanco cantina

We took turns scooping each one up, before I couldn’t handle the spice anymore. Of course, Cole just laughed saying he hardly noticed.

blanco cantina

blanco cantina

And then in no time, we were onto course two.

Chicken tacos. Tender pulled chicken, marinated with a kick, topped with chopped onions, tomatoes, and a couple leaves of cilantro. All loaded up, drizzled with a cool sour cream, and topped onto a fresh flour tortilla.
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The tomatoes and sour cream added a little bit of cooling to the heat of the chicken, and the flour tortillas really made a difference in quality.

And, Fish tacos (or, pescado). Large pieces of breaded basa with chopped onion, pieces of poblano peppers, and of course, cilantro. Again, loaded up, drizzled with guac, and loaded onto three flour tortillas. Paired, with a little salsa.

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blanco cantina

To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised by my meal! As you may have realized, spicy Mexican food isn’t really my jam. But, I totally enjoyed my tacos – albeit with a couple glasses of water. The fresh ingredients and authentic Mexican flare are not to be missed.

And, as no meal is complete without dessert, we awaited our third course.

A massive portion of tres leches cake. Described as “miniature” – it was a traditional vanilla cake, served warm and soaked in sweet milk, topped with a cream cheese icing and drizzled with caramel.

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Sweet, warm and indulgent. Pure.utter.joy. 

But, definitely, not miniature.

Blanco is the perfect spot for a lazy night out – one where you don’t need to doll yourself up and act like you aren’t hungry. The portions are large, the atmosphere is fun, and most importantly, the food (and drinks) are pretty darn good. Not that I’m surprised though, given the success of it’s sister shop, Anejo.

You can book reservations or simply walk in and grab a high top. It’s the perfect place to meet up with friends and share some laughs.

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See you there, Amigos & Amigas!

The making of this post was aided by the Downtown Calgary Association, in support of Big Taste, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. This place is stellar for a chill night out, and with big portions & authentic mexican cooking, be sure to bring your appetites!

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