Cantina Barba had humble beginnings as a taco truck before moving into a brick-and-mortar spot on North Main in mid-2018. It’s a popular spot, too. So popular, in fact, that a sister location has quietly opened on Main Street.
Owners Steven O’Sullivan and Manuel Deleon recently unlocked the doors on El Segundo at 306 Main St. in the old Moving Sidewalk space, sandwiched between Captain Foxheart’s and High & Dry. You’ll only see a chalk sign out front to indicate its location, though a neon sign is coming soon.
El Segundo is offering $2.50 tacos—smoked pork, carne asada, chicken, barbacoa, and veggie—and you can add avocado, cheese, and beans. It’s also slinging cheeseburgers, which may be small but at $5 are definitely worth it. If you’re feeling fancy, make it a double for $3 extra, and don’t forget the bacon for $1 more. If you’re looking to nosh on a little something, there are French fries ($4), and chips and queso or guac ($6).
The fully stocked bar has specialty drinks such as a mezcal margarita; alcohol-free or spiked agua frescas (tamarind and mezcal, rum and horchata, and vodka and cucumber lime); and my favorite, the frozen mojito slush. On tap, you’ll find Pacifico, Modelo Negra and a mix of canned and bottled suds.
Main Street’s newest addition also boasts a 3:30 a.m. closing time Fridays and Saturdays for hungry guests to fill up after a night of boozing. Also on the horizon is the possibility of all-day breakfast tacos and more additions to the cocktail menu.
So, don’t be shy: If you like Cantina Barba, pop on in at El Segundo and kick back with a few cervezas and grub.