This New Jersey restaurant spices it up!

Spicy canteen

Seaside Heights, NJ

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Seaside Heights’ Spicy Cantina lives up to its name. From the first time I walked into the Spicy Cantina, I enjoyed the tempo, the staff, the food and the drink. It’s a busy place that moves in the summer and it’s also our headquarters every February for The Polar Bear Plunge for Special Olympics.

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I love the friendliness of the staff, the freshness of the food and the world class margaritas. Man are they good! Can’t remember another Mexican restaurant with more choice of flavors for margaritas.

Seaside Heights beach after a pipe burst aboard a dredged barge (Matthew White, Townsquare Media NJ)

They’re right on the famous Seaside Heights promenade, and their drink specials menu reflects the sand, sea, and summer. The view from the Cantina upstairs is some of the best in New Jersey and you pair it with great burritos, nachos, good guacamole, margaritas and great staff, life is good at Spicy Cantina.

Owner Wayne Cimarelli takes the time to work out the details to make sure everything runs smoothly at Spicy. I am a fan of Wayne and his team for their community service and charitable giving.

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The Spicy Cantina has it all, great dining, cocktails, evening entertainment, the convenience of a stroll, stunning views, and great staff. That’s why Spicy Cantina is one of my favorite destinations, make it yours.

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Wayne and his team whipped up spicy tequila cantina wings. Oh, they are good! Serve it with a large margarita.

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Spicy Cantina Tequila Wings (for 4 to 6 people)

5 pounds large chicken wings

Marinade

4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

1 tbsp rosemary, finely chopped

1 tablespoon sage, finely chopped

1 tablespoon of thyme, finely chopped

½ cup fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning

Salt and pepper to taste

Mix together (can be used immediately or prepare ahead to blend flavors)

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Tequila Wing Sauce

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp rosemary, finely chopped

1 tablespoon of thyme, finely chopped

1 tablespoon sage, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced

1 ½ cup fresh lime juice

Mix and refrigerate 1 hour or up to 1 day in advance to blend flavors

1. Place the wings in a large bowl and add the marinade. Toss the wings to coat. Marinate for 1-2 hours.

2. Place the wings on a baking sheet and roast in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

3. When finished, place the wings on a platter (or individual plates) with a bed of chopped lettuce.

4. Dress the wings with Tequila Wing Sauce and a splash of tequila.

5. Garnish with celery stalks.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Big Joe Henry, host of New Jersey 101.5 Weekend. All opinions expressed are those of Big Joe.

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