El Cantarito Mexican Restaurant at a Glance COST:  $$$ SERVICE:  *** FOOD:  *** ATMOSPHERE:  *** STYLE:  Casual Dining BASE:  Local Restaurant HOURS:   Monday - Thursday: 11AM - 10 PM;   Friday: 11AM - 11PM;   Saturday: 11AM - 10:30PM                  Sunday: 11AM - 9:30PM                                                                          RATING:  ***                              ***1/2 HEALTH INSPECTION RATING:   N/A  (Last available posted score.) Official Website: http://elcantaritomex.com/index.htm
Menu h RETURN TO KNOXVILLE DINING COMMENTS ABOUT THIS RESTAURANT CAN BE POSTED HERE. Menu and Prices are subject to change. Additional menu items available. This page last updated 01/01/2012 191 S. Tulane Avenue, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 865-482-0090      Appetizers Nacho Served with chicken or beef. 4.99 Nacho Served with cheese. 3.50 Nacho Served with beans. 4.00 Nacho Supreme Served with beef, lettuce, tomato, sour cream & guacamole.  Half order also available (deduct $2). 5.75 Nacho Primavera Nachos with grilled chicken, spinach, pineapple & sour cream.  Half order also available ($5.50). 7.99 Fajita Nacho Mixed Half order also available ($5.50) 8.50 Fajita Nacho Our steak or chicken fajitas served on a bed of crisp nachos, topped with sauteed tomatoes, onions, peppers and melted cheese.  Half order also available ($4.50). 7.50 Shrimp Fajita Nachos Our famous shrimp fajitas served on a bed of crisp nachos and topped with sauteed vegetables and melted cheese.  Half order also available ($6.00). 8.99 Chicken Wings Eight wings, deep fried and topped with our special sauce, served with celery, carrots and dressing. 4.99 Queso Flamedo Grilled onions, peppers, tomato & chorizo on top of melted monterrey jack cheese. 4.99 Salads Guacamole Salad Lettuce topped with guacamole, tomato and cheese. 2.50 Taco Salad Chicken or beef, served in a crispy flour tortilla bowl with lettuce, tomato, cheese and sour cream. 4.75 Grilled Chicken or Beef Salad Served on a bed of greens with tomatoes, onion and bell peppers, sprinkled with shredded cheese.  Substitute shrimp for $1.00. 5.50 Fajita Taco Salad Chicken or beef fajita meat in a taco salad shell topped with lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream and guacamole.  Substitute shrimp for $1.50. 6.50 Dips El Cantarito Dip Beef Pico de Gallo cheese dip. 2.75 Guacamole Dip 2.99 Cheese Dip 2.79 Spinach Dip 2.99 Bean Dip 2.50 Express Lunch Speedy Gonzales One taco, one enchilada, and your choice of rice or beans. 3.75 Taco Lunch A crispy taco topped with lettuce & cheese.  served with rice & beans. 3.50 Enchilada Lunch A soft corn tortilla stuffed with your choice of pulled chicken, ground beef, or cheese, topped with enchilada sauce, rice & beans. 3.50 Tamale Lunch Tender pork wrapped in masa corn meal, topped with our seasoned ground beef and mile sauce., served with rice & beans. 4.50 Tostada Lunch A flat, crisp tortilla covered with beef, lettuce, cheese, tomato & sour cream, served with rice & beans.  3.50 Chalupa Lunch A flat, crisp tortilla covered with beans, lettuce, guacamole & tomato, served with rice & beans. 3.50 Tostaguac Lunch A flat, crisp tortilla covered with beef, beans, lettuce, cheese, tomato & guacamole served with rice & beans. 3.50 Chile Relleno Lunch A mild green chile stuffed with monterrey jack cheese, lightly battered & deep fried, topped with traditional red sauce and served with rice and beans. 4.50 Enchiladas Supream One chicken, one beef, one cheese enchilada served with lettuce, tomato, sour cream and cheese. 4.95 Combo Lunch Special Lunch #1 One chalupa, enchilada with rice & beans. 4.50 Special Lunch #2 Burrito, taco and choice of rice or beans. 4.50 Special Lunch #3 Chile relleno, taco and served with rice and beans. 4.50 Special Lunch #4 Enchilada and taco served with rice & beans. 4.50 Special Lunch #5 One beef burrito served with rice & beans. 4.50 Special Lunch #6 Chile relleno, taco and choice of rice or beans & guacamole salad. 5.00 Quesadillas Quesadilla Mi Rancho A quesadilla filled with pulled chicken or beef tips & cheese, served with guacamole salad & rice or beans. 5.50 Quesadilla Roja Stuffed cheese quesadilla with your choice of ground beef, beef tips or chicken, topped with ranchero sauce served with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and your choice of rice or beans. 5.50 Quesadilla Verde Same choice of stuffing as above, topped with green sauce, served with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream & guacamole and your shoice of beans or rice, chicken or beef. 5.50 Pork Quesadilla Flour tortilla stuffed with pork, cheese and grilled veggies, served with your choice of rice or beans & guacamole salad. 7.25 Fajita Quesadilla 6.99 Fajita Quesadilla (Mixed) Flour tortilla stuffed with your choice of fajitas chicken or steak, cheese & grilled veggies, served with your choice of rice or beans & guacamole salad. 7.50 Quesadilla Flameada Melted monterrey jack topped with chorizo, peppers, tomatoes & onions, served in a steamy flour tortilla.  Served with rice or beans & guacamole salad. 5.50 Dinner Entrees Carnitas Dinner Pork tips served with rice, beans & guacamole salad and served with tortillas 8.50 Chile Verde Chunks of pork topped with green sauce, served with rice beans & tortillas. 7.50 Taco de Carne Asada An order of three Mexican style tacos of grilled steak served with beans & Pico de Gallo. 7.25 Chile Colorado Chopped sirloin steak topped with chile Colorado sauce, rice, beans & tortillas. 8.50 Carne Asada Thin sliced sirloin steak grilled with onions and served with beans, salad, pico de gallo, fresh guacamole and tortillas. 8.50 Pollo Primavera Our grilled chicken served with cheese & rice.  Half order $4.50. 7.25 Steak Ranchero T-steak topped with ranchero sauce, served with rice, beans, guacamole salad & tortillas. 8.50 Pollo El Cantarito Chicken breast topped with two kinds of cheese and served with guacamole salad, rice and beans. 6.25 Flautas Three deep fried corn tortillas stuffed with beef tips & served with guacamole salad, rice and sour cream. 6.50 Steak Mexican Style Grilled t-bone steak topped with bell pepper, onions and tomato, served with rice and beans. 8.50 Pollo a la Parilla Grilled chicken breast on top of a bed of grilled vegetables, topped with grilled pineapple served with rice & beans. 7.99 Pollo Supremo Grilled chicken with ranchero sauce & cheese dip, rice and beans with three tortillas. 6.99 Mexican Chilaquiles Nacho chips steamed with ranchero salsa & cheese dip served with rice and guacamole salad.  Choose beef or chicken. 6.25 Sizzling Skillets All skillets served with rice & beans, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, Pico de Gallo and corn or flour tortillas.  All skillets are served with tomatoes, onions and peppers that are served hot on the skillet. Beef or Chicken Fajitas 9.50 Combo Fajitas (beef & chicken) 9.50 Mixed Fajitas A combination of beef, chicken and shrimp. 10.50 Shrimp Fajitas 11.00 Fajitas Arandas Chicken, steak, pork, shrimp & chorizo.  Served with rice & beans, guacamole sour cream, Pico de Gallo & corn or flour tortillas.  Skillets come with hot tomatoes, onions and peppers. 11.00     A la Carte Rice 1.50 Beans 1.50 Cheese Burrito 3.50 Chicken or Beef Burrito 3.00 Cheese Quesadilla 2.00 Beef or Chicken Quesadilla 2.50 Soft Taco 1.75 Hard Taco 1.50 Tamale 2.00 Cheese Enchilada 2.00 Chicken or Beef Enchilada 1.75 Chalupa 3.00 Chile Relleno 2.00 Tostada Chicken or Beef 3.25 Sour Cream 0.75 Jalapenos 0.60 Pico de Gallo 0.75 Tortillas Corn or flour. 0.70 Cantarita Lunch Specials Huevos con Chorizo Three scrambled eggs with Mexican sausage, served with rice, beans & tortillas. 5.50 Huevos Rancheros Three eggs over easy topped with ranchero sauce, served with rice, beans & tortillas. 4.75 Mexican Chilaquiles Nacho chips steamed with ranchero salsa & cheese dip served with rice and guacamole salad.  (Beef or chicken). 4.95 Taquitos Mexicanos Two corn tortillas wrapped aournd pulled chicken or beef tips & deep fried.  Served with rice, beans guacamole salad. 4.50 Chimichanga A stuffed flour tortilla with your choice of beef, chicken or ground beef, golden fried and topped with our cheese sauce and served with lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo and served with rice and beans.  Lunch portioned. 5.50 Fajitas El Cantarito Strips of chicken or beef grilled with tomatoes, onion & bell peppers, served with rice beans, flour tortillas and salad.  Lunch portion. 7.00 Mole Rojo Chicken in mole sauce, rice & guacamole salad, servedd with tortillas. 6.99 Burrito Mi Rancho A large flour tortilla filled with seasoned ground beef, topped with lettuce, tomato, sour cream & cheese, served with beans. 4.99 Burrito Deluxe A large flour tortilla filled with your choice of beef or chicken, topped with lettuce, tomato guacamole, sour cream and served with beans. 4.99 Los Altos One enchilada, one chalupa and one cheese quesadilla. 4.50 Burritos Burrito de Chile Colorado Sirloin steak inside a big flour tortilla covered with cheese & chile Colorado, served with Pico de Gallo, rice and beans. 7.49 Burrito de Carne Asada A flour tortilla filled with sirloin steak, onions, peppers, smothered with cheese dip & green sauce, served with rice, beans and Pico de Gallo. 7.49 El Burrito de la Roqueta Soft tortilla filled with delicious grilled chicken & vegetables, topped with cheese dip, ranchero sauce, Pico de Gallo and served with rice and beans. 5.99 Burrito Mexicano A flour tortilla stuffed with pork, grilled tomatoes, onions & peppers, topped with cheese dip & guacamole salad. 6.49 Burritos Deluxe Order of two burritos, one chicken, one beef, topped with lettuce, tomato and sour cream. 6.75 Burritos Tipicos Two burritos with beef tips, topped with cheese dip & ranchero sauce, served with beans & guacamole salad. 6.99 Burrito Verde Order of two burritos stuffed with sirloin steak & grilled veggies, topped with green sauce, served with rice & beans. 8.99 Cheese Steak Burrito A soft flour tortilla filled with thin sliced steak, grilled onions & pepper, topped with cheese dip, lettuce, tomato & your choice of rice or beans. 5.99 Burrito California Grilled chicken with creamy spinach in a big flour tortilla, topped with cheese dip, lettuce, tomato & sour cream, served with rice and beans. 6.99 Burrito Arandas Fajita chicken, beef & pork in a flour tortilla, served with chorizo, guacamole sald and rice & beans. 7.49 Enchiladas Yolandas Order of three chicken enchiladas topped with ranchero sauce, served with rice & guacamole salad. 6.75 Enchiladas Verdes Order of three enchiladas stuffed with beef tips & topped with green sauce & cheese dip, served with rice & beans. 6.50 Enchiladas Suizas Four corn tortillas filled with grilled chicken breast smothered in green sauce, cheese dip with sour cream & salad. 7.99 Enchilada Supreme Supreme combination.  One chicken, one beef, one cheese, one bean, all topped with enchilada sauce with lettuce, tomato and sour cream. 6.99 Enchiladas Rancheras Two enchiladas stuffed with pork, grilled tomatoes, onions, peppers and topped with enchilada sauce and served with guacamole salad. 6.50 Spinach Enchiladas Three enchiladas filled with creamy spinach, topped with cheese dip and served with rice or beans and guacamole salad. 6.50 Pork Enchiladas Three enchiladas filled with pork & grilled veggies, topped with enchilada sauce and served with rice or beans and guacamole salad. 6.50 Chimichangas We fill a flour tortilla with your choice of proteins (below) then deep fry it to a golden brown and top it with cheese sauce.  Served with rice & beans, lettuce, sour cream, guacamole and Pico de Gallo. Ground Beef 6.50 Chunks of Steak 7.25 Shredded Chicken 7.25 Fajita Steak 7.99 Fajita Chicken 7.99 Fajita Shrimp 8.99 Sampler Plates Guadalajara Special Tamale, two taquitos (one chicken, one beef) and a sample of chicken nacho supreme. 6.99 El Cantrito Special One chalupa, chile relleno, beef taco, rice, beans, enchilada and a burrito. 8.75 La Favorita Tostaguac, burrito and a chicken enchilada topped with lettuce and sour cream. 6.75 Vallarta Special One chicken burrito, one chicken enchilada, topped with lettuce, tomato, sour cream and guacamole with one cheese quesadilla. 6.75 Special la Casa Steak, chicken breast, and shrimp served with guacamole salad and rice or beans. 8.50 Sampler Platter One skewer of each chicken, steak & shrimp marinated in special spices, served with four chicken wings and four quesadilla pieces all served with our own “Beef Pico de Gallo Cheese Dip.  Half order availabe, deduct $3.00. 9.00 Dinner for Two #1 Two beef burritos, two beef tostadas, two tacos all served with guacamole salad. 13.00 #2 Fajitas for two with beef & chicken. 18.00 #3 Fajita with shrimp, chorizo, chicken & steak, served with rice, beans and tortillas. 20.99 #4 Two burritos, two enchiladas, two tacos, cheese nacho & sopapilla for dessert. 14.00 Desserts Sopapillas Fried flour tortillas covered with honey, butter and cinnamon. 1.50 Flan Also known as Mexican custard with a caramel taste that melts in your mouth. 1.75 Fried Ice Cream Delicious vanilla ice cream rolled in crunchy corn flakes and tucked neatly inside a tortilla bowl and drizzled in your choice of chocolate or honey. 2.00 Banana Chimichanga A sweet banana rolled in a flour tortilla, deep fried and smothered in our delicious caramel sauce and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 2.50     Back in late 2002 or early 2003 Oak Ridge’s most patronized Mexican Restaurant, El Arriero split, it is not clear what the conflict may have been but sides were split and the competition was fierce, El Arriero has since ceased to exist and El Cantarito has continued to exist with the Oak Ridge location as well as a new location in Harriman.  Given and ethnical restaurant that has survived as long as El Cantarito has been in Oak Ridge, the food and restaurant quality must be living up to expectations.  Based on our contact with patrons, El Cantarito is serving up the right dished at the right quality.  Individuals eating here tend to have a biased opinion of the competition which  has resulted in the former El Arriero shutterings it’s doors.  Our last review of this restaurant is very dated but back then we found everything to be equal to average of El Arriero and found no conflict with either restaurant. El Cantarito Mexican Restaurant