Margaret's Cantina Chapel Hill
- Vegetarian friendly
- Outdoor dining
- Lunch specials
- Take out
- Alcohol served
As chef-owner, I’m often in the kitchen wearing an apron and a baseball cap. I’ve been creating my personal cuisine in Chapel Hill-Carrboro since 1990 when two friends and I opened a take-out chicken stand called Chick-It-Out. Having grown up in Southern Arizona, that cuisine quickly took on a distinctly Southwestern flavor.
Long before locavore entered the lexicon, I was buying organic produce from farmers like the legendary Bill Dow of Chatham County. Today I still work with Bill and other growers, among them Rose & Mark Lyon, Jan Mann & Tom Jackson, Bill & Joanna Lelekacs and Lisa & David Pope. I’ve been a member of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association for years and I also purchase produce from Eastern Carolina Organics, a farmers’ co-op. “The Egg Man,” Gerald Hall of Pleasant Garden, NC, brings me fresh brown eggs from his free-range chickens.
I use organic brown rice and black beans and locally milled organic flour. North Carolina is represented year round on my “South meets Southwest” menu in the form of sweet potatoes, grits and greens. Seasonal produce includes asparagus, strawberries, blueberries, apples, tomatoes, tomatillos, chiles, salad greens and shiitake mushrooms… the list goes on!
All desserts, including ice cream, are made in-house with fresh fruit, unsalted butter, local eggs, quality chocolate and real locally-made vanilla extract. We serve a rotating list of favorite desserts, including my grandmother’s chocolate cake and classic flan.
I believe that we all want to live well and eat well and we all can use a little help with the cooking and cleaning! That’s the niche I’ve tried to fill in the restaurant world. Because my dishes are made in-house from wholesome ingredients, you can make pleasurable and healthy choices, no matter your preferences. You’ll find extensive vegetarian and vegan selections. See V (vegetarian) and VV (vegan) after many menu entries and many vegetarian dishes can be made without dairy products. We offer gluten-free dishes too.
I’m thankful for having been a part of this wonderful community of caring people for nearly 20 years, and with your continued loyal support, I hope to be here for a long time to come. I couldn’t have done it without you!