The Pittsburgh Food Diaries: Round Corner Cantina.

The thing I love most about dining at Round Corner Cantina in Lawrenceville is the atmosphere. It reminds me of having a Mexican-themed BBQ in an old friend’s backyard. The decor is colorful and hip; the list of libations is extensive, but the selection of food is minimal. They pride themselves on being a bar that serves food, not a restaurant, yet  I find myself here every time I’m craving some below-the-border flavor.

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Last week, I was craving tacos, so a night at Round Corner was the obvious choice.  The order inevitably started with tortilla chips, which are fried in house, and an order of roja salsa, which we promptly devoured. The chips are fresh and greasy, and the perfect pair to the just-spicy-enough salsa. To drink, I ordered the refreshing, seasonal sangria, joined later by a cool mojito.

For dinner, we typically don’t vary from our usual selections: the puerco tacos for him, the gobernador tacos for me. The perfectly crisp and lightly seasoned tortillas of the puerco taco gracefully house an unbeatable combination of pork belly, apple pico de gallo, radishes and cilantro.

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The gobernador tacos are stuffed with grilled shrimp, queso chihuahau, roasted seasonal tomatoes and cilantro. When sprinkled with a light dressing of lime, the tacos have a signature tang that pairs perfectly with the creaminess of the queso. Seriously – yum.

We ordered another round of drinks, and soaked in the atmosphere of the outdoor patio. The sun lightly struck our table, as we talked about life, laughter and our love of tacos. These kinds of nights are my favorite.

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