Authentic Tex-Mex, the biggest frozen margaritas in town and legendary service are all on the menu in Queenstown’s latest restaurant offering.
Miss Rita’s Cantina opened last week in the town’s newest hospitality precinct below the Skyline Gondola, the seventh venue brought to life by the talented team at Future Hospitality Group.
The menu tips its hat to a lively mix of Texan and Mexican culinary traditions and recipes passed down through the generations, from the smoking grills of San Antonio to the bustling streets of El Paso.
It’s got the drinks covered with its soon-to-be-legendary frozen ‘Super’Ritas’ with six signature flavours and rotating options, Mexican bottled beer, refreshing twists on classic cocktails, taps flowing with the best local brews, and a tequila and mezcal line-up that promises to knock your boots off.
Miss Rita’s Cantina food is a fiesta in your mouth, featuring flavour-packed tacos, sizzling fajitas, and Rita’s fried chicken, a dish the owners believe will soon become a crowd favourite.
The new restaurant seats 145 inside, and 40 outside in a sunny courtyard perched above Queenstown’s bustling CBD. For the ultimate in peoplewatching, regulars will be keen to secure a coveted seat outside alongside huge windows which open up to reveal the restaurant and bar within.
Interiors feature a stunning Wild West mural by renowned Wanaka artist Shane Walker, new lighting and colourways, and a bedazzling margarita wall next to the bar.
Rita’s Rituals include Nacho Average Monday, Taco Tuesday, Fried Chicken Wednesday and Texas Fold’em Thursday, all from 5pm. Lunch specials at just $16 are on offer daily from 12-3pm and Happy Hours from 4-5pm.
Future Hospitality Group co-owners James Ace and Bert Haines predict Miss Rita’s Cantina will become a new favourite spot for banter, beers and good times.
“It’s bright, it’s airy, and it’s all about having fun with your family or a group of friends, for a party or for no reason at all other than the sun is shining and we’re here to entertain you,” says James.
“We’re delivering a turbo-charged Tex Mex-led menu and Queenstown’s biggest frozen margaritas, in size and selection.
“All the snacks, the quesadillas, burritos, fajitas and tacos have been developed, tried and tested for flavour punches by our kitchen team under the watchful eye of executive chef Matt Tobin of Margo’s and odd saint fame. It’s a combination of dishes that are great for sharing or enjoying solo.
“Our service style is attentive, fun and food centric, because we’ll tell you about each dish as we’ve tried them all.
“We can’t wait to open the doors on a summer of fun.”
About Future Hospitality Group
Founded in 2011, the Queenstown-based multi-award-winning business creates unforgettable experiences and venues. Co-owned by Queenstowners James Ace and Bert Haines, they’re renowned for delivering outstanding hospitality through dynamic dishes, exceptional drinks and epic service. Venues include Margo’s, Little Blackwood, Queenstown Ice Bar, odd saint, Minus 5° ICE BAR and Little Mez.