Dine In or Take Out: Salt & Lime Cabo Grill’s Top 5 Menu & Drink Pairings

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SPONSORED CONTENT At the end of a long day of virtual schooling and endless Zoom meetings, the last thing you want is to get in the kitchen to cook dinner. Raleigh’s Salt & Lime Cabo Grill is there for an easy weeknight meal or a weekend feast of your favorite Baja California fare.

Whether it is a taco meal kit and a margarita pre-mix to go or a tequila flight and an impromptu tasting of ALL the guacamoles on the menu enjoyed on the restaurant’s patio, Salt & Lime Cabo Grill is the perfect place to end the day. Owners Ken and Katie Smith and chef DJ Nagle brought their love of laidback Baja cuisine and hospitality to the North Ridge Shopping Center off Falls of the Neuse Road in 2014. Their restaurant has developed a loyal following with its mix of Mexican street food and plated dishes that reflect the bounty of that desert peninsula next to the sea.

To whet your appetite, here’s a rundown of their most popular menu pairings:   

#1. Taco Kit and Margarita Mixes

For an easy takeout meal, check out the family taco kits with a choice of two proteins: Pork Carnitas, Chicken Tinga, Grilled Chicken, Korean Pork Belly, or Braised Short Ribs. The kit includes all the fixins to create a taco bar at home: shredded cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, rice, beans, sour cream, 12 tortillas, and chips and salsa. It costs $35 and serves three to four people. 

Pair that easy meal with a 32-ounce margarita premix for $20. The house-made mixes are made fresh daily and come in a mouthwatering array of flavors: Prickly Pear, Strawberry Lemonade, Skinny, Habanero Peach, Blood Orange, Grilled Grapefruit and Desert Fire (chipotle and jalapeno to be ideally mixed with triple sec and gold tequila). Each mix makes 12 to 15 cocktails, will last 10 to 14 days in the refrigerator and freeze well. Just add your liquor of choice: tequila, vodka, gin or even prosecco. Top off your meal with an order of cinnamon sugar churros! 

#2. Cabo Rolls and Tequila Flights

Who doesn’t love an egg roll? Nobody. This one is stuffed with barbecue chicken, poblano peppers, cheese, corn succotash and avocado and served with a spicy ranch dipping sauce. Yum! Pair that with a flight from the restaurant’s selection of more than 50 tequilas ranging from Lunazul to Don Julio 1942. Don’t worry mezcal fans: you can do a flight of those instead. 

#3. Classic Fish Tacos and Lemon Basil Gimlet

No restaurant offering the flavors of Baja California can omit the classic fish taco. Salt & Lime Cabo Grill’s version features Dos Equis beer-battered cod served with flour tortillas, salsa verde, pickled radishes and a lime cream sauce. Pair that with a sugar-rimmed Lemon Basil Gimlet, a refreshing twist on that classic cocktail. 

#4. Beef Short Rib Tacos and Pineapple Stinger Margarita

This is the taco for the meat lover in your group — made with marinated short ribs and served with Sriracha mayo, pickled Habanero red onions, guacamole and queso fresco. That hearty taco goes well with their Pineapple Stinger, a margarita with a bite. The drink is made with jalapeno-infused tequila and muddled cilantro, fresh pineapple and lime. It starts out sweet and spicy with a hint of heat as it goes down.

#5. Cabo Street Chicken and Sangria

The Cabo Street Chicken, one of many gluten-free dinner entrees on the menu, features a house-rubbed roasted chicken made with applewood smoked bacon and adobo sauce and served atop a pile of queso rice. It is  topped with grilled avocado, pico de gallo, queso fresco and cilantro. Enjoy that with a housemade sangria, available in two flavors: Blackberry, made with Merlot, Tuaca liqueur, blackberries, apples and oranges; or the very popular Island Sangria made with Pinot Grigio, Malibu Passion Fruit rum, pineapple and orange juices as well as apple, orange and pineapple slices. 

Patio dining and indoor tables are available for walk-in customers. The restaurant’s Covid-19 precautions include weekly professional deep cleanings, hand sanitizer stations throughout, socially distant dining inside and on the patio, and health checks for all staff prior to their shift.

The restaurant is open 4-9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Weekend brunch is available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. For takeout, call 919-872-2230. Delivery is available via Postmates or Doordash. Gift cards can be ordered online HERE

More info: saltandlimecabo.com

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