Taco Bell’s Chicken Cantina Bowl – **UPDATE – MAY CONTAIN GLUTEN**

Chef Lorena Garcia helped to create some healthier options at Taco Bell.  The Cantina bowl is one of those items and it happens to be listed as gluten-free.  The bowl contains citrus marinated grilled chicken, black beans, guacamole, cilantro rice, pico de gallo and a cilantro dressing.  This bowl was flavorful and really hit the spot.  You can also get this bowl served with steak or vegetarian style.  The chicken version has 560 calories, but this item does contain a lot of sodium so if you are watching your sodium intake you may want to skip this menu item.

Glad to see some fast food options that are trying to be on the healthier side!

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Cinco Mexican Cantina Restaurant

Last night my husband and I dined at Cinco.  This restaurant has 4  locations around the Atlanta area.  We dined at the Akers Mill Road location.  The atmosphere of this restaurant inside was really nice.  I really liked the decor and there is dining available on the rooftop too.  I did some research ahead of time and found out the that chips, salsa, salads and tacos requested using corn tortillas were gluten-free.  While I was there I asked if the braised beef enchiladas were made with corn tortillas and I was told they were so I order that and a Cinco Margarita.  They make the margaritas pretty strong, but I enjoyed it.  The salsa served with the chips was smoky and had just enough kick that you could feel it, but not too potent.  We ordered guacamole to start and that arrived late…..about 2 minutes before our entrees.  The service at this location is just plain slow.  We were scheduled to see a show after dinner so I had to be forceful in asking where our guacamole was and in requesting the check. 

The guacamole was okay.  It could have used some salt.  As a matter of fact, many items could have used some salt in my opinion and there are no salt and pepper shakers on the table.  The enchiladas were pretty good.  I enjoyed the meat, but I would’ve liked to have seen a little more sauce on the plate.  They were served with black beans and jalepeno corn.  I can attest to the fact that the corn was fresh since I found a few corn silks on my plate.  The beans could have used more seasoning. 

All in all I think this restaurant was an experience that just lacked a little more flavor.

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