REVIEW: Tinto Cocina + Cantina
Story and photos by Tim Kennedy
LynLake’s newest restaurant, Tinto Cocina + Cantina, is a pleasing mix of textures and flavors, both in food and décor. The space somehow feels rustic and modern simultaneously. Wooden barrels support high top tables in the bar area, while corrugated metal sets off the open kitchen from the dining room. Exposed brick frames vibrant murals.
Chef Carlos Garza’s ropa vieja, a Cuban dish that translates as “old clothes,” features braised beef mingling with pickled onions, queso fresco and spicy aioli all resting on planks of fried plantains. This combination of sweet, heat and acid enhanced by the caramelized crunch of the plantains is not to be missed. The pork belly tacos with roasted tomatillos, cilantro and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) play nicely on house-made tortillas.
The bartenders mix a house margarita rimmed with spiced salt, adding a new dimension to an old standby. Their “Especiales” dabble with some interesting ingredients including Aperol (an aperitif made with rhubarb) and smoked bitters. The wine and beer list focuses on South American and Spanish vineyards, Mexican breweries and local taps.
We found the service very friendly and helpful. The owner, Rebecca Illingworth, even visited our table to make sure we were satisfied. We were, and I have a feeling Tinto has only begun to delight the neighborhood.
901 W. Lake Street
(corner of Lake & Bryant)
Saturday & Sunday, 10am-3pm
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