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Does anyone know about a new restaurant opening in Foodtown shopping center on Hwy 35 in Neptune City? It is La Cantina, I think....

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  1. This is the original La Cantina. The original owners who also own Brennan's Steakhouse are reopening La Cantina, with the same menu, rehired the original cook and also have many of the hand painted tables. They were supposed to open this week, but I think the snow held them up. They will be opening very soon

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    1. re: Ms Fury

      Unfortunately they did not hire the original chef. Went there for dinner and it was VERY disappointing. Maybe they should try to get the original cook back. So far, GROSS!

      1. re: ILuvtheShore

        Hey there. I agree that it was awful. But according to the people that own it, they in fact hired the original cook. I just don't know what went wrong but I will stick with Casa Comida.

        1. re: Ms Fury

          We had a party of 7 that went there last week. Food was very good and reminded us of the original La Canina. Would have loved to have had dessert but all of us cleaned our plates and couldn't manage anymore. Great margarita's too. This place is a lot bigger than the original and has been open only 2 maybe 3 weeks. Maybe a few more weeks under there belt will get the problems other diners have seemed to experience ironed out. We plan on going back in a week or two. Will let you know how it goes. If the food and service remains like we experienced they have another winner on their hands.

          1. re: Ms Fury

            Sorry they are misleading you. I know the original cook and he is not working there.

            1. re: ILuvtheShore

              that's very interesting. And you know I started thinking, do you remember that one of the guys who worked in the kitchen , he wasn't the main chef but he did some cooking, and he was killed in a hit and run

      2. Today is their opening day. Place is huge and set up beautifully. My husband and I went there today on the way to Foodtown. Food and service were excellent. It should do very well there.

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        1. re: dvg1027

          As I recall the old La Cantina location had a bar, does this new location have one as well?

          1. re: JerzeyShore

            went there last night...very, VERY dissapointing....this is glorified chain style tex mex..everything from the chips and salsa to the guacamole and refried beans tasted like they were out of a can, jar or bag. Ordered the fajitas...they were SWIMMING in oil and came out cool (not served sizzling tableside as one expects with fajitas). Mother ordered the street style tacos that were just drenched in melted processed cheese. I have to say it was hard for us to even eat our food but the place was PACKED, service was SLOW and we were starving so we choked it down. Bottom Line: Chilli's has better food than this place ( and thats saying something coming from a person who would rather skip a meal than set foot in a chain restaurant). VERY VERY dissapointing...

            1. re: stack_c

              Thats disappointing.....were they related in anyway to the old restaurant thats gone now..

              1. re: Tapas52

                yes same owners...they also own Brennan's steakhouse (across from the original location of La Cantina)

                1. re: stack_c

                  Thanx stack. c....was just wondering after reading these negative reviews of the new place?

                  1. re: Tapas52

                    Went for dinner last night and was very disappointed....Guac...ice cold! Combo dinner...1 item hot, another lukewarm and the 3rd cold....
                    I was a fan of the original.....this I consider....... MEH

                    1. re: tuxedo

                      big night & day difference from Dvg1027 post above...COLD?...there is no reason for that kind of shotty service...sounds like no body cares & poor management....at that rate wont be long before they're gone also.. I would of threw a couple of bucks on the counter and walked out.

                      1. re: Tapas52

                        I agree Tapas52...My comment was it reminded me of the chinese buffet
                        ( jack's place ) that was there prior to them...Off to a bad start and then gone in the middle of the night!

                        1. re: tuxedo

                          We have been there twice for dinner and once for lunch. Each time it has been excellent. The staff was very courteous and attentive and they are willing to accomodate you if you want something different. We have talked to quite a few people who have been there since it has opened and they have all raved about it. The place was packed this past Friday and there was a 1/2 hour wait for a table. I figured that the food might take longer to come out. This was not the case. It came out in a timely manner and was piping hot. My sister-in-law had fajitas when she went there and she raved about it.

                          1. re: dvg1027

                            hoping that my experience a week prior to yours was a fluke. will try again for dinner a report back. I so want to like the new place...it is very close to home!