Cantina owner likes food to 'pop'

Cantina owner likes food to 'pop'

There are 24 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Aug 18, 2009, titled Cantina owner likes food to 'pop'. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Mike Tibbetts, left, and general manager Sarah McGarvey run Cabo Cantina in Dublin.

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Dan the Man

Columbus, OH

#2 Aug 18, 2009
The Columbus Dispatch readership might be interested to know this: Cabo Cantina's service and food both stink.

Columbus, OH

#3 Aug 18, 2009
Went to Cabo Cantina over the weekend. Service and the food were horrible. If this is an example of not expensive than neither is $4.50 gas. Just another example of a "food critic" who does not have a clue.
Taco Bell is better.

Blacklick, OH

#4 Aug 18, 2009
City BBQ is over rated. Their food stinks.
Hard Truth

Chesterfield, MO

#5 Aug 18, 2009
I can get better food and eat like a king at dive restaurants in NE Ohio for $20 compared to the $40 and $50 overpriced "chains" in Columbus. It seems everything in Columbus has to be "hip" and "trendy". That doesn't make for a good meal. Neither does plasma TV's, Buckeye jerseys on the wall, or loud music. Apparently, this is what people want in Columbus.

And the best BBQ in Columbus is Shane's Rib Shack. It's owned by Southerners. BBQ chains owned by Columbus business interests are mediocre.
Dan the Man

Columbus, OH

#6 Aug 18, 2009
What happened to the comment from the anti-Planned Parenthood protesting Sonic? Did the Dispatch just engage in censorship? Regardless of the writer's beliefs, as well as how off-topic they were, how very sad that a newspaper of all places would zap such non-profane comments.

Columbus, OH

#7 Aug 18, 2009
I'm not impressed with the review on Cabo and found it interesting that someone has already eaten there and posted a negative review.

Mexican food to me is meant to be gluttenous - and at these prices, I can't afford to pig out. Not to mention that I just don't feel Mexican food should be as 'pretty' as that picture in the article shows. And the big burrito sounds horrible - I wouldn't want the chorizo or the chili stuff and half the other stuff in there.

If it was more like an El Vaquero's but with slower service, it would be awesome. I've eaten at this location before and this patio is gorgeous...but I'd rather go to El Vaquero's and enjoy the food and company then spend my money for food that doesn't sound appealing.

Columbus, OH

#8 Aug 18, 2009
Just wanted to point out that this is NOT a review as people seem to think. It's a story on new restaurants around Columbus.
again dumb ohioians

Columbus, OH

#9 Aug 18, 2009
Kroger not Kroger's - no S EVER!
El Vaquero no S ever!!!

chubby little osu pigs

Columbus, OH

#10 Aug 18, 2009
Cabo will meet the fate of all other restaurants that have inhabited this location. After eating there, I can honestly say that I will never eat there again. To be a Mexican restaurant in this city, you better have something good and something special. The food is typical mexican (nothing special), and really not all that good (especially when compared to other Mexican in town). I felt like this was just a themed restaurant that fell really far from being authentic in any way.
Sonic PlannedParenthoo d

Galloway, OH

#11 Aug 18, 2009
For all you off-topic whiners, read beyond the lead article. Sonic is covered. Just read a little farther children and you'll get there.

Zanesville, OH

#12 Aug 20, 2009
Horrible! Drinks and menu items did not come out as they appear on the menus. Sauces were bland at best. Fajitas came out cold!? Server tried her best but did not make the grade. Party of two left spending $75 with a not so good feeling.
Hope they get their act together. They have potential but really need some work.

Columbus, OH

#13 Aug 21, 2009
Wow! Can't believe this nonsense. I loved it. Have been twice. Best Margaritas ever,perfect tart lime.
My fav. The "A Little Better" Margarita. Columbus has needed this upscale Mexican for years. Spicy Talapia dish, fabulous. Crab and corn rellenos yum!
Love the patio. Best of Luck.
knows hes talking about

Columbus, OH

#14 Aug 21, 2009
you people obviously have no idea what you are talking about! Cabo Cochina (the actual name) is wonderful, the Big Bang Burrito is excellent, and no, it is not authentic mexican, it's mexican with a modern and in my opinion far superior twist.
As for the service, they are training a new staff but i am confident they will do better given time
Mixed review

United States

#15 Aug 23, 2009
Interesting experience. Started by ordering 20 oz margarita at the bar, got a much smaller looking glass that seemingly defied the laws of physics, with mostly ice. Good margarita though, better than El Vaquero which is saying something. Next margarita, asked for 1/2 as much ice, got less ice, and a glass 3/4 full. Got snooty bartender's attention after she took great lengths to avoid eye contact, which affected her eventual *zero* tip. Asked her to fill it up, which she did with some protest. You also get free chips and salsa at the bar, and they are worth every penny because the salsa is basically tasteless tomato puree.

On to the dinner ... got a cool and understanding waitress who conspired to ensure that previous bartender did not spit in our drinks. Great view by window, as anyone who has been there would know. Ordered food that was labeled as spicy but really wasn't. One dish was pretty good while the other was not. Article says flavors that "pop" - we didn't experience that. In summary from a single visit, good view, good drinks, spotty service, unimpressive food. There are so many good restaurants in Columbus that I wonder if they will make it.

Columbus, OH

#16 Aug 24, 2009
again dumb ohioians wrote:
Kroger not Kroger's - no S EVER!
El Vaquero no S ever!!!
chubby little osu pigs
I'm not sure if I'm the chubby OSU pig...but I do appreciate the pointer on not putting an 's' on El Vaquero. You're right, now that I think of it, it does seem wrong.

United States

#17 Aug 27, 2009
Ate at Cabo Cochina last night and I (as well as my fiance) enjoyed my meal.

The drinks were great (and strong!) The only disappointment was that they couldn't make me a featured drink (assume they didn't have all the ingredients, which I find is common at many local restaurants with featured drink menus).

I thought the food was worth the price. The plantain appetizer was awesome. I didn't think anyone could top Starliner in this area, but they did it. I will point out that the waitress said that the sauce on my dish was spicy and I felt it wasn't, but I have a much higher tolerance for spicy foods than most people, so I usually find what people consider spicy to be not-so-spicy to my tastebuds. It was still a good sauce and a very good meal.

We also had a very good waitress, who seemed a little stressed and apologetic for being stressed when I felt she did not need to apologize. She provided a fine service.

If I have to criticize, I would say that the menu should be more descriptive on the preparation of food. Maybe I'm just dumb when it comes to Mexican-inspired dishes, but I had no idea that empinadas are fried. Being someone who almost never eats fried foods, this was disappointing at first (but they weren't greasy at all and tasted great). Also, the red beans and rice had some kind of meat in it. I think for the non-meat eating crowd that should be noted. Maybe I missed the side dish description of red beans and rice.

I can't overlook the patio (I had been to the prvious restaurant on the patio as well). It's pretty nice.

Overall, a good experience and I plan to eat there again.

Columbus, OH

#18 Aug 27, 2009
Two of the few positive reviews I read on here INSIST on calling this place "Cabo Cochina".
How am I suppose to take your review seriously when you make such a silly error??
The place is called Cabo Cocina.
Look up the definition of "Cochina". Dirty, filthy, disgusting. Rotten, Lousy.
Look up the definition of "Cocina". Kitchen, stove, cuisine, cooking.
Two very different things, correct??
And which one do you think the owners would pick to describe their restaurant??
Geez people.......

Columbus, OH

#19 Aug 27, 2009
It is Cabo Cocina as in Cabo kitchen. Dispatch made one of it's numerous errors. Again.
experienced one

Kenton, OH

#20 Aug 28, 2009
Maybe this restaurant isn't for everyone but the things im reading are just not correct. The most expensive dish on the menu is 14$. If four people eat there without drinking the bill is going to be less then 60$. The guy that had a 75$bill between two people had 4 12$ margaritas by choice. This place has just opened and I think you should try it before believing some of these unfounded rants. Make your own opinions don't trust miserable people to judge things for you.
dublin resident

United States

#21 Sep 16, 2009
My wife and I went there recently to chow on some mexican. The place is decorated nicely but everything else was mediocre at best. Food was cold. service slow and unfriendly. It looks like this place will fall into the pattern of its predecessors; it will fail. El Vaquero is still the king!

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