On a warm summer's day I dropped into The Cantina for lunch, and a few days later found myself there for brunch with family. The Cantina was a long lived restaurant in Mill Valley that left for a bit, replaced by Maria Maria, then it came back with some reinvention.
Chips and salsa arrived soon after I sat down, and I found that the chips are gluten free and made fresh every day on premises.
I enjoyed an old favorite, and found a new twist. This arroz con pollo had a pounded chicken breast atop Mexican rice. Along with the ranchero sauce, there were chunky pieces of red and green bell peppers and onions. Usually I've had this dish where the chicken was served over the rice in tenders, and not with such fresh and colorful peppers and sweet onion as toppings. Also my experience of this dish at other places is without the corn cake, refried beans and green lettuce. This dish shined. The only thing I would have changed is to have some kind of dressing or topping for the plain, yet crisp and fresh lettuce.
A second trip for brunch found me irresistibly drawn to the crab omelet. The omelet was accompanied by soft potatoes, sour cream and pico de gallo. I was happy with this dish. The crab was very smooth and paired well with the egg envelope.
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651 E Blithedale Ave.
Mill Valley, CA 94941
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