Mexican restaurant opens second branch in Matthews, NC

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Cantina Louie, a Dia de los Muertos themed restaurant, serves a blend of unique contemporary Mexican cuisine and your favorite classics.

The second North Carolina location for Cantina Louie, a Dia de los Muertos themed restaurant, is now open at Sycamore Commons in Matthews.

Belmont owner and native Jason Sharpe opened Cantina Louie’s first North Carolina location in Asheville. He told CharlotteFive he was excited to return to the Charlotte area and add a new concept to the restaurant scene in Matthews.

The Florida-based restaurant offers an authentic Mexican vibe with an environment full of vibrant colors and intentional decor. The menu showcases a fresh mix of classic and contemporary Mexican cuisine.

“When you walk into the place, you are just impressed and inspired,” Sharpe said. “There are hand-painted murals on the walls, decorations imported from Mexico, and upbeat music. It’s just a fun place to celebrate with your family, on a date, or really for any occasion.

Cantina Louie opened earlier this week at Sycamore Commons in Matthews. Cantina Louie

Cantina Louie was founded in 2014 with the aim of producing high quality cuisine, an authentic ambiance and a diverse menu. You can expect a variety of Mexican street foods, including Taco Fresco – a skirt steak in a corn tortilla topped with fresh lime, pico de gallo, and queso fresco. Other menu items include specialty tacos, including Hot Surfer Chick, which features grilled chicken breast, pineapple salsa, and ranch sriracha; or the Sunny-Side, which includes chorizo, fried egg and cilantro.

“We love Charlotte because that’s where I grew up,” Sharpe said. “Charlotte has such an amazing food scene and we are a unique addition to that and can bring something innovative and exciting.”

Mexican Street Corn and Chicken Tamales are available Saturdays and Sundays at Cantina Louie. Cantina Louie

What you should know:

  • There are drinks and specials every day, even on weekends. During “App-y Hour” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., all aperitifs are half price.

  • Daily specials include $ 2.99 for all tacos on Taco Tuesday and $ 5.99 for specialty margaritas on Tuesday.

  • Specialty margaritas are homemade with organic lime and lemon juice.

  • Día de Muertos means Day of the Dead in Spanish. The two-day feast brings together the living and the dead and is celebrated by creating altars in remembrance of the dead.

Cantina Louie

Location: 2225 Matthews Township Pkwy, Matthews, North Carolina 28105

Neighborhood: Matthews


Cuisine: Mexican

Instagram: @cantinalouie_matthews

This story was originally published December 10, 2021 6:00 a.m.

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Ebony Morman is a freelance writer. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, writing and developing Charlotte’s youth through her association. Follow her on Instagram @chitoclt.

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