Happy Hour Hotspot: Cantina Laredo

As you may remember I celebrated my birthday this year with a #monthofme. For the month, I created a birthday bucket list with several items I would like to accomplish with my friends in celebration of another year of life.

Included on that list was traveling to Chicago to attend a photography workshop with one of my favorite photographers, Audrey Woulard. I fell in love with her work almost a decade ago and I was determined to finally attend one of her workshops this year.  I am so glad that I was able to make it because I learned so much. She is a master at her craft and an amazing business woman. She is also a Taurus which is probably why I totally loved her personality as much as I love her work.

While in town I was able to meet up with two of my friends who were in town as well.  I met both of these ladies through my membership in Nomandness Travel Tribe. Although we do not see each other often, we talk regularly and have become close friends so it was great to be able to catch up with them to hang out.

At my friend Toni’s suggestion, we decided to meet for happy hour at Cantina Laredo. Cantina Laredo is a modern Mexican Restaurant with locations nationwide. Despite having one in my city, due to the proximity of the restaurant, I have not been in the restaurant in over a year so I was glad to get a chance to return.

Chicago was surprisingly cold for it to be mid-May so we chose to have a seat upstairs by the fireplace.  This Florida girl was a little chilly and this gave me a chance to warm my buns a little while stuffing my face and catching up with my girls.

Cantina Laredo Happy Hour-164209

Of course we could not start happy hour at Cantina Laredo without margaritas. Margaritas are available on the rocks or frozen but since we were a bit chilly already, we chose to have ours on the rocks.

Happy Hour at Cantina Laredo - Margarita

Complimentary at Cantina Laredo are chips and salsa but we also ordered the Top Shelf Guacamole.  The guacamole is usually prepared tableside but for us it was fireside.

Happy Hour at Cantina Laredo - Chips

I must admit I was not impressed with the guacamole. In fact we had to doctor it up with some citrus and salt and I still wasn’t very satisfied with the result.  I have had some awesome guacamole in my life and this just did not qualify.

Happy Hour at Cantina Laredo - Guacamole

Happy Hour at Cantina Laredo - Chips

We ordered several appetizers to share including the Cangrejo Y Mango Tostadas (Crab and Mango Tostadas), Empanadas De Chorizo Y Camarones (Chorizo and Shrimp Empanadas), Flatbread De Camarones Chipolte (Shrimp and Goat Cheese Flatbread) and Ceviche.

Happy Hour at Cantina Laredo

Happy Hour at Cantina Laredo - Chorizo Empananadas

Happy Hour at Cantina Laredo - Shrimp Flatbread

Happy Hour at Cantina Laredo - Ceviche

My favorite was definitely the Shrimp & Goat Cheese Flatbread.


And since it was my Month of Me, our server treated me to a complimentary brownie to celebrate.

Happy Hour at Cantina Laredo - Birthday Brownie


During happy hour at Cantina Laredo, the Platillos are half off the menu price. Our selections averaged $6 each. The guacamole and ceviche were not included in the happy hour prices and we paid full price for those items. 

I do not know the total of the bill because the ladies treated me as birthday gift.  I do not think we broke the bank though which is why I love happy hour so much.


Happy Hour at Cantina Laredo

It was amazing enjoying a meal and drinks during happy hour at Cantina Laredo with my girls. I truly appreciate them taking the time to spend with me and celebrate my entrée into another year of life.


Where is your favorite place to grab a margarita? And guacamole?


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  1. July 15, 2016 / 12:22 PM

    Pass the margaritas over this way and the guacamole! Looks like you had an amazing time!

    • Tia
      July 15, 2016 / 12:40 PM

      Yes I usually go for frozen margaritas but its good on the rocks too.

  2. July 15, 2016 / 3:34 PM

    That food looks amazing!! I’m suppose to be on a diet but you are making my inner fat girl come out

    • Tia
      July 15, 2016 / 6:55 PM

      My inner fat girl is becoming my outer fat girl. I need to be more careful and get my behind to the gym if I am going to continue to eat like this.

  3. July 15, 2016 / 5:41 PM

    The food looks soooo delicious. That desert though…it’s calling my name. lol

    • Tia
      July 15, 2016 / 6:56 PM

      Dessert is my favorite part of the meal but if I am honest this isn’t worth the calories.

  4. July 15, 2016 / 6:52 PM

    Now this is my kind of place. Anything that is remotely Mexican makes me happy!

    • Tia
      July 15, 2016 / 6:59 PM

      Really! I am learning more about authentic Mexican food as I age because I realized what I was in love with was Tex-Mex.

  5. July 15, 2016 / 9:56 PM

    Everything goes great as long as there are margaritas lol! Looks like you ladies had a great time. It’s always nice to catch up with friends, especially when there’s food involved 🙂

  6. July 17, 2016 / 3:22 PM

    I love Mexican. Especially when it is Mexican with a hint of modern flavor which is exactly what this sounds like. Glad you had a good time. Thanks for sharing!

  7. July 17, 2016 / 10:54 PM

    I love the month of me idea. This sounds like a nice spot, I’m a sucker for quality guacamole so I would have been all in my feelings. The Crab and Mango Tostadas look really good.

    • Tia
      July 18, 2016 / 8:09 AM

      Yes I love a good guacamole too but this wasn’t it. The month of me gives me time to enjoy dates with all of my friends while checking off some bucket list activities.

  8. July 17, 2016 / 11:34 PM

    I love me a good happy hour with my girlfriends. You had me at margaritas 🙂 Sorry to hear the guacamole was not good cause I love me some good guac. One of my favorite spots for fresh guac (where they make it in front of you) is Rosa Mexicana (I’m based in the DMV). Happy Belated Birthday 😉

    • Tia
      July 18, 2016 / 8:08 AM

      Thank you. Yes I will admit the guacamole was a disappointment. I’ll definitely have to try Rosa Mexicana next time I’m in your area.

  9. July 19, 2016 / 11:49 AM

    I’m not a huge fan of Mexican food but I LOVE guacamole. Everything looks so good.

    • Tia
      July 20, 2016 / 2:50 PM

      Yes I love guacamole too. I was so sad their was so bland.

  10. July 22, 2016 / 7:06 PM

    I’ll take the margarita and the mango crab tostadas please and thank you. Those all look fantastic!

    • Tia
      July 24, 2016 / 8:22 PM

      Yes the crab tostadas were the first thing that caught my eye on the menu. I love mango and crab but had never tried them together.

  11. July 23, 2016 / 9:34 PM

    OMGEE Looks like so much fun with the girls! That guacamole though sucks it was bland!

    • Tia
      July 24, 2016 / 8:22 PM

      It was a great girls outing for sure.

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