Guisado de puerca. Tampiquena Camarones a la diabla. At Santi’s it’s best to avoid the burritos and quesadillas and go for the deep cuts on the menu, seeking out dishes you’ve never heard of before and diving into a plate of authentic fare that comes from Santi’s hometown of Puerto Vallarta. Chunks of richly braised pork swimming in a spicy red sauce next to some refried beans and Mexican rice are the perfect foil to the tart margaritas. The enchiladas verdes and chicken mole are solid choices too. The former Huddle House restaurant has morphed over the years into an oasis with a comfortable dining room, a lush patio, and outdoor dining. Granted, you’re looking at Morrison Drive, but diners are happy to ignore that fact as they enjoy their bargain-basement-priced authentic Mexican food. We can’t say we’ve made it out to the newer Summerville or Mt. Pleasant locations, but we eat at the Santi’s downtown about once a week. Get a pitcher of margaritas, voted Best of Charleston, and pair it with some chips and salsa and you’ll be starting your night off right. —Stephanie Barna DISH (Summer 2013)
Diverse selection of authentic Mexican cuisine in an off-the-beaten path location that has plenty of parking and lots of personality. Voted Best Margaritas and Best Mexican by CP readers.
Features: Lunch, Dinner, Best of Charleston winner, Parking
Hours: Lunch and Dinner (Mon.-Sat.)