Tengo Sed Cantina has reopened in the Power & Light District.
The owners temporarily closed the venue to revamp the decor and menu under a new “collaborative partnership” with local chef/restaurant owner Patrick Ryan of Port Fonda fame. Ryan designed the menu and trained the chefs and will continue to serve in an advisory role.
Tengo’s new menu offers a “fresh take on classic Mexican food, focusing on coastal cuisine from the Baja region and southern California.
Appetizers include fried plantain nachos, house-fried hot-ranch pork skins, Espinaca dip (house-made garlic, spinach and cheese dip served with fresh corn tortilla chips), and guacamole made table-side.
It also serves a tortilla soup, Baja Caesar salad, and a variety of tacos with such ingredients as braised pork belly, smoked trout salad with cabbage and bacon, Ensenada-style fried tilapia, braised pork belly with chipotle barbecue, and marinated grilled steak. House specialties include the grilled red snapper and grilled rib eye fajitas. It has three desserts, including a cheesecake with chocolate, sweet crema and mint. The Tijuana Mule (Patron Silver, ginger, and a splash of soda) is one of several new cocktails.
Tengo, at 1323 Walnut St. on the first level of the KC Live block, also has new furniture, paint, decor and flooring, and a new layout that features a garage door on the west wall to give the space an indoor/outdoor feel and match the garage door on the east side that opens to the outdoor patio and KC Live block.
After its grand opening weekend, which runs through Cinco de Mayo on Monday, it will then be be open for lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night Tuesday through Sunday.
Tengo Sed Cantina originally opened in the district in March 2008.