LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 5, 2016) — Doc’s Cantina, 1201 River Rd., now welcomes diners to travel South of the Border with traditional Latin street food and tropical craft cocktails. The Louisville restaurant, located in Waterfront Park at the foot of the Big Four Bridge, opened after a year-long transformation that resulted in a bold and festive atmosphere inspired by an authentic Mexican cantina. Vibrant murals and a 15-foot agave light sculpture created by local artists complement the creative menu influenced by corporate chef Jonathan Schwartz’s family ties to Mexico. Open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and brunch, the 400-seat restaurant includes panoramic views of the Ohio River from every table and two levels of patio seating. People picking up meals after work, picnicking in the park and boaters docking at the public slips outside the restaurant can get to-go orders of food and drinks from a separate carry-out entrance. For more information, visit DocsCantina.com.
Sample menu items include:
Tijuana Danger Dog: Our version of Tijuana’s traditional street food featuring a bacon-wrapped hot dog on a butter toasted bun with Jack cheese, diced onion, pickled jalapeno, habanero aioli and crushed Doritos.
Molletes: Open faced bolillo sandwich with refried beans, pico de gallo, Monterey Jack and chipotle mayonnaise.
Watercress Salad: Watercress, bacon, pickled jicama, shaved red onion, cotija cheese, fried chickpeas and lime vinaigrette.
Shrimp a la Diabla: A Mexican spin on a Southern shrimp boil. Skewered and grilled shrimp with arbol chili tequila sauce, crispy potatoes and Mexican street corn.
Lengua Tacos: Slow-roasted and grilled beef tongue served on traditional corn tortillas radish and morita salsa.
Huevos Rancheros: Corn quesadilla topped with refried beans, two over easy eggs, salsa roja, sour cream and queso fresco.
Blue Corn Waffle: Fresh blue corn waffle topped with whipped cream, orange syrup and candied jalapeno butter.
At the bar, guests can choose from a variety of frozen cocktails; Spanish wine on tap; house-made margaritas and sangria in the glass or pitcher; and a variety of beers. One-of-a-kind craft cocktails also include private barrel mezcal hand-selected by co-owner and master sommelier Brett Davis.
Sample cocktails include:
Frozen drinks: Mojito, margarita, piña colada and bourbon sour mule available on tap.
Alambique: The Spanish word for pot still. This drink features pot still aged Blackwell rum and aged Louisville-made Copper & Kings brandy.
Legend of Gusano: Named after the worm that can be found on the leaves of the agave plant. It’s made with Nuestra Soledad mezcal, Copper & Kings brandy, Campari, dolin rouge and habanero.
Vino Diablo: This “devil wine” includes mezcal and habanero bitters for a fiery cocktail.
Verdita, sangrita and banderita: Drink tequila and mezcal just as they do in Mexico with these chasers. The Verdita is sweet and herbal to refresh the palette. The sangrita is tart and spicy. The banderita is a flight resembling the Mexican flag.
Sangria: Made with Copper & Kings brandy with fresh strawberries and blueberries, and served by the pitcher.
Wine on tap: White, rosé and red from Spain.
About Doc’s Cantina:
Doc’s Cantina, 1201 River Road, is a South of the Border concept located where the Ohio River meets the Big Four walking bridge in Louisville’s Waterfront Park. The Mex-Mex restaurant is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. for lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends. To-go orders are available through a carry-out entrance. The menu features traditional Latin street food and drink including margaritas by the glass or pitcher and private barrel selection mezcal. A wall of windows, patio dining along the river and a large private event space complete the restaurant. For more information visit DocsCantina.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Insta