For my first Milwaukee restaurant spotlight, I had to pick Belair Cantina. Belair was one of the first restaurants I tried after moving to Milwaukee and it is the go-to place for my roommates and I. They have a "California Coast" styled interior and an amazing taco menu. They also make sure to work some humor into their messages on the sign outside the restaurant and their menu. I can live by one of their old menu quotes, "Inhale tacos...exhale negativity."
After being seated, they serve complimentary chips with three different types of salsa. My favorite is the yellow/orange one. They change up their taco selection, but as of the last time I went my some of my favorites are "Housemade Chorizo" (ground guajillo pork, potatoes, radish, cilantro, queso fresco), "Fried Avocado and Bacon" (Avocado, arugula, corn salsa, bacon pieces, serrano chile mayo), "Zihuatanejo Shrimp" (shrimp, pico de gallo, citrus slaw, chipotle ancho mayo), and "Port Queso" (portabella mushroom, queso fundido, black beans, radish, chimichurri). Order three tacos and get free rice and beans (or, as Ryan has done, six tacos and two free sides of rice and beans). To boot, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, select tacos are only $2! So, get a large meal for just $6 or an even larger for just $12!
They also have huge, tasty burritos. Their menu boasts they're as large as chihuahuas, and they aren't wrong! For a lighter option, they give you the chance to have each burrito in a bowl instead. My two favorite burrito bowls are the "Shrimp" (chipotle shrimp, citrus slaw, corn salsa, pico, rice, cilantro, chipotle ancho mayo, salsa roja, queso fundido) and "Port Rajas" (portabella mushroom, rajas, rice, black beans, lettuce, roasted corn salsa, crema, chimichurri and guacamole, topped with queso fundido and salsa roja). Soooo good!
We most often go to the Downer location because it is close to our college campus and takes only a short walk to get there. They usually have funny sayings on their sign outside on the patio. My favorite from last fall was "currently training for taco body season!" It's always taco body season to me! After you're finished eating, they offer free stickers and gum. We have so many stickers that we just started putting them on our recycling bin because we ran out of practical places to put them!
They've also got wonderful drinks! Their drink menu also changes, but they always keep their frozen margaritas (they were previously called "el cheapo" margaritas, so that's what we always ordered!). Right now they have some awesome seasonal flavors, including "Blackberry Plum," "Bergamot Orange Ginger," and "Pom-Cider" margaritas.
Writing out all these menus items has me dying to get back ASAP and eat everything! If you ever find yourself in Milwaukee and in the mood for tacos, this is a great place to go!
Hi my name is Emilee and these are my adventures as a young adult living in Milwaukee. Here I will share my experiences as I navigate through college. Thanks for stopping by!