by Cheryl Baehr
Cantina Laredo (7710 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton; 314-725-2447) looks less like a Cantina in Laredo and more like a polished golf resort in Scottsdale. Naturally, one questions whether this trendy Dallas-based chain is capable of producing food with substance. The "Torta De Carnitas" erases any doubts.
Cantina Laredo's twist on this classic Mexican sandwich begins with buttery, griddled ciabatta bread that is spread with apricot jam. Slow-roasted pork is piled on, topped with a generous sprinkle of creamy goat cheese and an over-easy egg. The sweet and earthy interplay of the jam and cheese, seasoned meat and the rich egg yolk are a satisfying mix of flavors. This is haute couture Mexican street food.
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