By Becky Billingsley
Thursday, October 29, 2009, Myrtle Beach - Malibu Cantina Tex-Mex, which was at 946 Lake Arrowhead Rd. between Bimini’s and The Office, has closed.
Owners Maria Casas, and her husband, Leonardo Rojas, are Columbian natives, and their menu drew from Texas, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean, such as Cuba.
The restaurant had terrific food such as the Tropical Plate ($11.95) with marinated grilled sirloin steak served with fried yucca, fried plantains, guacamole, ranchero beans, salad and white rice.
The fried yucca was similar to huge French fries, but these were better because they were crispy without being greasy. A flavorful dipping sauce made of mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, onion and spices accompanies the yucca. Plantain is similar to banana, and the fried plantain on this platter tasted like it has a sweet glaze, but it was actually just the natural sugars in the fruit becoming caramelized during the cooking process.
In addition to fantastic ethnic cuisine, Malibu had $1 beers, $2 well drinks and free pool if you bought least $10 worth of food and/or beverages.
The décor had the ambiance of a coastal Latin village.