Force of Habit

By Lynn Lieu

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Posted July 15, 2010 in Eats

The Mexican Subway has made its way to the Inland Empire. Chronic Tacos Cantina, right off the 91 freeway on Lincoln Avenue, officially opened its doors on Cinco de Mayo just in time to entertain guests throughout the NBA playoffs and World Cup.

Keeping the feel of classic Chronic Tacos throughout Southern California, Chronic Tacos Cantina is exactly what you expect: baseball caps, skunk hair and plenty of good food and drinks. And with more than enough TV screens lining the walls, it’s no wonder that fans made Chronic Tacos Cantina the spot for all their viewing needs.

If you’ve never been to Chronic Tacos before, this isn’t your average Mexican restaurant and cantina. Chronic Tacos takes dirt bikers, surfers, tattoo enthusiasts and other off-beat types and blends them together with a Mexican twist. The Cantina features lounge-style booths along with wooden tables and chairs and an island-esque bar. Chronic Tacos’ cantina ladies sport tanks, short-shorts and knee-high tube socks. It is a cantina of a different sort.

Even if this doesn’t sound like your style, Chronic Tacos is worth the visit for their carnitas and fajitas. With just the right amount of flavor the carnitas taco is a classic favorite. And if it’s Tuesday, you’ll get more than your money’s worth. Taco Tuesday at Chronic Tacos is more casual as tacos—steak, chicken, carnitas, etc.—are served Subway-style with your choice of fillings from lettuce and tomato to onions and cheese.

Topping the carnitas are the steak fajitas. Served sizzling hot (you have been warned) with beans and rice, the fajitas platter is enough to fill two people (editor’s note: The Weekly staff found this out the hard way.). Like the carnitas, the steak is packed with just enough flavor mixed with the caramelized onions and grilled bell peppers. If you’re looking for a completely different taste, the fish tacos are a good blend of mild and spicy. The sauce, with a mayonnaise-like texture, sports a spicy kick.

But if things aren’t hot enough for you, on the table are the standard variety of hot sauces from Tabasco to Tapatio. If things get too hot, the house margaritas are great at cooling off your taste buds. Unlike other margaritas that usually heat up a mouthful of hot sauce even more, Chronic Tacos’ salty-rimmed delights take temperatures down by at least two notches.

And to finish off the meal, Chronic Tacos Cantina offers a small variety of offerings for the sweet-toothed, from flan to cheesecake.

Recommended were the churros. Served with caramel and chocolate dipping sauces, Chronic Tacos amps up a classic Spanish dessert and makes it . . . well, chronic.

So, whether you’re taking a break from riding, hitting the surf, work, marriage or whatever, Chronic Tacos is sure to provide some habit-forming good eats and entertainment.

Chronic Tacos Cantina, 100 N. Lincoln Avenue., Corona, (951) 737-0227; www.chroniccantina.com. Opens at 11AM daily. AE, D, MC, V.


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