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Cantina Feliz: Outstanding Margarita’s, Taco’s, Saviche’s & Tequila’s

Cantina Feliz 300x166 Cantina Feliz: Outstanding Margarita’s, Taco’s, Saviche’s & Tequila’sFt. Washington’s Cantina Feliz: Exceptional Service, Enjoyable Relaxed Atmosphere, Average Entrée’s  

By Team Goldmine

Team Goldmine stormed into Ft. Washington’s Cantina Feliz to drink a lot of tequila, then we went back again for more tequila, and more tacos!  The tacos are simply outstanding and the flights of tequila can keep any agave lover occupied all night.  At the WG, we like to taste everything possible, especially liquor and drinks.  This is why we will continue to go back to Cantina Feliz to try every every of tequila they have, and then we’ll do it again.  With over 50 different tequila’s, the appetizers and tacos that rival any restaurant.  The laid back atmosphere, excellent service and fair prices at Cantina Feliz will keep you coming back.       

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cantina feliz artichoke app pic 208x300 Cantina Feliz: Outstanding Margarita’s, Taco’s, Saviche’s & Tequila’sCantina Feliz:  The Appetizers

Artichoke Huarache:  A+

With san simon crema, poblanos, truffles, cotija is an absolute must try. 

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Ceviche Verde:  A

With hiramasa, honeydew vinaigrette, jalapeno, and lime sorbet, the Ceviche Verde is excellent.

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Cubano Huarache:   A

With jamon, swiss cheese, pickles, radish, dijon crema is very solid.

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cantina feliz seviche 217x300 Cantina Feliz: Outstanding Margarita’s, Taco’s, Saviche’s & Tequila’sNachos de la Casa:  A-

With black beans, queso, arbol chile, pickled jalapenos. 

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Sprimp Saviche:  A- /B+

The shrimps saviche with a red salsa/sauce base was sweet, tangy, and perfectly balanced. 

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Guacamole:  A+

With avocado, tomato, jalapeno, onion, is this be the best guacamole in the city?  “Might could be.”

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Catina Feliz Black Logo 300x138 Cantina Feliz: Outstanding Margarita’s, Taco’s, Saviche’s & Tequila’sCantina Wedge Salad:  B

With baby iceberg, cabrales, confit tomatos, black pepper cotija dressing the Cantina Wedge is pretty good. 

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cantina feliz tacos 222x300 Cantina Feliz: Outstanding Margarita’s, Taco’s, Saviche’s & Tequila’sSweet Plantains:  B

With crema, queso fresco.

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Cantina Feliz:  The Taco’s!

Chorizo Taco:  B / B-

With jalapeno, tomato, oaxaca cheese, avocado, the Chorizo Taco was loved by one of us, not by some of us.  Solid, but not great. 

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Mushroom Taco:  A+

With wild mushrooms, green asparagus, lemon vinaigrette the Mushroom Taco is one of the best taco’s we ever had. 

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Saveche Taco Special:  A

Excellent! 

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Catina Feliz Black Logo 300x138 Cantina Feliz: Outstanding Margarita’s, Taco’s, Saviche’s & Tequila’sVeal Tongue Taco:  A+

Another champion taco right here; this is simply one of the best taco’s we’ve ever had. 

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Cantina Feliz:  The Entrada’s

Black Bass:  B- / C+

With crab & poblano rice, green asparagus, corn, the Black Bass was just ok. 

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Baby Lobster Special:  B-

The Baby Lobster was not too bad, but it was a little bland and overcooked.   

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Red Sangria:  A- / B+

With red wine, brandy, orange liquor, seasonal fruit

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The Santana Margarita:  A+

With espolon reposado, fresh lime juice, orange liqeuor, the Santana Margarita is one of the best margarita’s we ever head.

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Cantina Feliz:  The Tequila!

 Pedro Feliz Tequila Flight: A-

 A flight of tequila with Don Julio blanco, Cazadores Reposado, Corralejo Anejo

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casa noble tequila  300x153 Cantina Feliz: Outstanding Margarita’s, Taco’s, Saviche’s & Tequila’sThe Neftali Feliz Flight:  A-

A Flight of tequila with Cabo Wabo blanco, Partida Reposado, Casa Noble

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FROM A PREVIOUS ARTICLE BELOW:

The Reposado Flight:  A

A Tequila Flight with Corralejo, Hornitos, Casa Noble

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Corralejo reposado tequila 240x300 Cantina Feliz: Outstanding Margarita’s, Taco’s, Saviche’s & Tequila’sCorrelejo Reposado Tequila

Aged for 4 months in three different types of cask barrel; French Oak, American Oak and White Oak, this unique three cask reposado tequila has won double gold medals twice and three separate gold medals in international spirit competitions.  The Correlejo Reposado has a scent of sweet caramel with a thick mellow sweet flavor.  This tequila has a great mouth feel, and dry complexity and aftertaste.   Correlejo is a solid reposado tequila.

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Hornitos Reposado Tequila

The Hornitos Reposado is unique in that it is aged in large barrels and rarely touches the wood for a reposado tequila leaving it light in color.  Mostly, the flavor of the oak and wood that liquors are aged in provide much of the character.  Surprisingly, the Hornitos Reposado has a good oak flavor.  With sweet notes and hints of oak the Hornitos has good mouth feel with a salty finish.   

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Casa Noble Reposado Tequila

The Casa Noble Reposado is aged for 364 days in new but lightly charred French White Oak Barrels.  364 days is the maximum time a tequila can be aged to be labeled a reposado.  It’s also much more expensive to age as there are investment and storing costs, along with the angels’ share, the amount of liquor that evaporates from the barrel overtime.  The longer it ages, the less you have.   The Casa Noble Reposado Tequila is smooth, sweet with a thick mouth feel and great vanilla flavor.  This is an excellent reposado with a great smooth finish. 

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The Anejo Tequila Flight:  A / A+

An Anejo Tequila Flight with Don Julio, El Tesoro, Tres Generaciones

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donjulioanejo 242x300 Cantina Feliz: Outstanding Margarita’s, Taco’s, Saviche’s & Tequila’sDon Julio Anejo Tequila

Established in 1942 by Don Julio, this tequila is made with 100% blue agave.  Matured in American White Oak Barrels for 18 months, the Don Julio Anejo Tequila is light and golden in color.  With a vanilla scent and sweet flavor, well rounded and tangy, this Anejo has a great bite.  There is a complex and charming finish with a sweet aftertaste.  This is an excellent Anejo. 

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El Tesoro Anejo Tequila

Made with 100% agave and the winner of 9 gold medals in international spirit competitions, the El Tesoro Anejo Tequila is handmade and aged two to three years in oak barrels.  Founded by Don Felipe, the El Tesoro Tequila is a family recipe dating back to the early 1800’s and the current La Atena distillery was founded in 1937.  The El Teroso scent is complex and the flavor is spicy, dry and tasty.  Also having sweet and buttery notes with hints of nuts, oak and wood, the El Tesoro Anejo is a unique and flavorful tequila.    

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Tres Generaciones Anejo Tequila

Made with 100% blue agave and aged in toasted American Oak Barrels for 12 months, Tres Generaciones Anejo Tequila is triple distilled.  Tres Generaciones has also partnered with the Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya.  This anejo is sweet, spicy and full flavored with a solid bite.  Having good notes of oak and a lot character in the finish, the Tres Generacions Anejo Tequila is smooth and well balanced; very solid. 

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The Reposado Tequila Flight: Correlejo Reposado, Hornitos Reposado & Casa Noble Reposado Tequilas

casa noble tequila  300x153 The Reposado Tequila Flight: Correlejo Reposado, Hornitos Reposado & Casa Noble Reposado TequilasFlights of Tequila at Cantina Feliz

By Matt Goldstein

Legend has it that before the Hispanic era, in what is now known as Jalisco, a group of Indians were looking for shelter from a storm and hid in an area full of Blue Agave.  By the hand of the Mayan God Mayahuel, a flash hit the maguey bush and it began burning for hours.  When Tlaloc the Rain God finally put out the fire, the aroma coming from the maguey bush was very enticing.  When one Indian tasted the plant, he passed it around to the others and the Agave plant and tequila became one of the most important treasures to the tribes of pre-Hispanic Mexico.   —The Tequila Correlejo web site. 

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Corralejo reposado tequila 240x300 The Reposado Tequila Flight: Correlejo Reposado, Hornitos Reposado & Casa Noble Reposado TequilasCorrelejo Reposado Tequila

Aged for 4 months in three different types of cask barrel; French Oak, American Oak and White Oak, this unique three cask reposado tequila has won double gold medals twice and three separate gold medals in international spirit competitions.  The Correlejo Reposado has a scent of sweet caramel with a thick mellow sweet flavor.  This tequila has a great mouth feel, and dry complexity and aftertaste.   Correlejo is a solid reposado tequila.

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Hornitos Reposado Tequila

The Hornitos Reposado is unique in that it is aged in large barrels and rarely touches the wood for a reposado tequila leaving it light in color.  Mostly, the flavor of the oak and wood that liquors are aged in provide much of the character.  Surprisingly, the Hornitos Reposado has a good oak flavor.  With sweet notes and hints of oak the Hornitos has good mouth feel with a salty finish.   

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casa noble reposado single barrel 180x300 The Reposado Tequila Flight: Correlejo Reposado, Hornitos Reposado & Casa Noble Reposado TequilasCasa Noble Reposado Tequila

The Casa Noble Reposado is aged for 364 days in new but lightly charred French White Oak Barrels.  364 days is the maximum time a tequila can be aged to be labeled a reposado.  It’s also much more expensive to age as there are investment and storing costs, along with the angels’ share, the amount of liquor that evaporates from the barrel overtime.  The longer it ages, the less you have.   The Casa Noble Reposado Tequila is smooth, sweet with a thick mouth feel and great vanilla flavor.  This is an excellent reposado with a great smooth finish. 

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The Anejo Tequila Flight: Don Julio Anejo, El Tesoro Anejo & Tres Generaciones Anejo Tequila

don julio anejo tequila The Anejo Tequila Flight: Don Julio Anejo, El Tesoro Anejo & Tres Generaciones Anejo TequilaFlights of Tequila at Cantina Feliz  

By Matt Goldstein

At Cantina Feliz there are 8 different tequila flights available and about 50 different tequilas to choose from.  So of course we went right for the Anejo Tequila flight with Don Julio, El Tesoro and Tres Generaciones.   Check out the brief history of these three tequilas and a taste test review.  The Reposado Tequila Flight review featuring Correlejo, Hornitos and Casa Noble is coming soon as well as a Cantina Feliz restaurant review. 

Chef Tim Spinner previously worked with Iron Chef Jose Garces at Stephen Starr’s El Vez and then at Garces’ first restaurant, Amada. Spinner also helped Garces open Distrito and served as chef de cuisine. Spinner’s business partner and high school buddy, Brian Sirhal, served as beverage director at Garces’ Distrito and as general manager at Cantina Feliz. 

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donjulioanejo 242x300 The Anejo Tequila Flight: Don Julio Anejo, El Tesoro Anejo & Tres Generaciones Anejo TequilaDon Julio Anejo Tequila

Established in 1942 by Don Julio, this tequila is made with 100% blue agave.  Matured in American White Oak Barrels for 18 months, the Don Julio Anejo Tequila is light and golden in color.  With a vanilla scent and sweet flavor, well rounded and tangy, this Anejo has a great bite.  There is a complex and charming finish with a sweet aftertaste.  This is an excellent Anejo. 

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El Tesoro Anejo Tequila

Made with 100% agave and the winner of 9 gold medals in international spirit competitions, the El Tesoro Anejo Tequila is handmade and aged two to three years in oak barrels.  Founded by Don Felipe, the El Tesoro Tequila is a family recipe dating back to the early 1800’s and the current La Atena distillery was founded in 1937.  The El Teroso scent is complex and the flavor is spicy, dry and tasty.  Also having sweet and buttery notes with hints of nuts, oak and wood, the El Tesoro Anejo is a unique and flavorful tequila.    

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tres generaciones tequila anejo reposado plata 300x119 The Anejo Tequila Flight: Don Julio Anejo, El Tesoro Anejo & Tres Generaciones Anejo TequilaTres Generaciones Anejo Tequila

Made with 100% blue agave and aged in toasted American Oak Barrels for 12 months, Tres Generaciones Anejo Tequila is triple distilled.  Tres Generaciones has also partnered with the Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya.  This anejo is sweet, spicy and full flavored with a solid bite.  Having good notes of oak and a lot character in the finish, the Tres Generacions Anejo Tequila is smooth and well balanced; very solid. 

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The 42 Below Vodka Martini

42below vodka pic 1111 300x231 The 42 Below Vodka MartiniStraight Out of New Zealand: The Worlds Most Award Winning Vodka

Named after the geographical location of New Zealand, the 42nd parallel; 42 Below Vodka claims that their native New Zealand water is the secret behind the award winning flavor.  Locals call New Zealand the Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud.  Over the last four years, 42 Below Vodka and its flavored vodkas won 19 gold medals in international spirit competitions.  That’s not peanuts.    

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The 42 Below Vodka Flavor, Taste & Review

42 Below is a solid martini vodka.  This New Zealand native vodka is smooth with just enough bite.  42 Below has a mellow vanilla flavor and a dry mouth feel with a hint of salt that compliments the martini pretty well. For those looking for a smooth vodka at about $20, 42 Below is a pretty good buy.  19 Gold medals though?  Eh…

My Dad and Stepmom Janice are in New Zealand on vacation right now as I write this and I know one of them is sipping a martini.  Cheers!

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Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka Martini

Grey Goose Vodka Martini 

Vox Vodka Martini

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Basil Hayden’s 8 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

basilhayden 300x300 Basil Hayden’s 8 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

2007 Silver Medalist

By Matt Goldstein

The Basil Hayden’s 8 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon is a small batch light body bourbon, light amber in color with a slight sour scent made by Jim Beam.  Dry for bourbon, with a good bite and strong finish, The Basil Hayden 8 year is warm with a strong burn.  Very Smooth when sipped slow, but the burn stays with you, having a sweet aftertaste with pepper spice notes.     

The Basil Hayden’s bottle is an art in an of itself.  The light brown paper label is draped over and held in place by a wooden and medal belt.  Each bottle comes with a booklet describing the full Jim Beam small batch collection: Knob Creek, Booker’s, Baker’s and Basil Hayden’s.  The bottle is beautiful bottle but the tin foil at the top can be a problem as it flakes too easily and pieces of the tin foil can fall into the bourbon.  We recommend removing the entire piece or pieces of foil before opening the bottle.  Basil Hayden’s is an excellent bourbon and won a silver medal at the San Francisco international spirit awards in 2007. 

Small Batch Collection: 

The eponymous Basil Hayden’s® Bourbon dates back to 1796, when Master Distiller Basil Hayden Sr. created a recipe unlike any other. He used a traditional corn base, but mixed in small grains in his mash to capture the spicy flavor of rye and complement the sweet smoothness of corn. More than 200 years later, Basil Hayden’s is a singular bourbon that bridges the flavor of rye whiskies and small batch bourbons together.

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Basil Hayden’s is unequalled in that it utilizes twice as much rye in it as the other bourbons in the Collection. Enriched by a hint of peppermint, it impresses with notes of pepper balanced by slight citrus overtones, and a spicy, warming finish. Aged eight years at a relatively mild 80 proof, Basil Hayden’s has a broad appeal and is equally enjoyable alone or in cocktails such as a Juicy Basil and Basil Bubbly.

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“The group liked its clean, dry and most decidedly delicate palate. Elegant and soft.” — Patterson’s Beverage Journal, January 2005

 

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