Sunday, January 4, 2009

Tequila's Mexican Restaurant

So I really don't like to give bad/mixed restaurant reviews. But I also try to offer a comprehensive review of Waterbury food culture so here it goes. I'll be brief:

1. Scott got the most horrific food poisoning of his life at Tequila's. My friend Brandon also got food poisoning there about 3 years ago, so I can't get either of them to go back with me. I have never been sick from their food, however.

2. This is probably my first choice for "Best Margarita Selection in Waterbury." My faves are the jalapeno, jamaica (hibiscus flower), and avocado, but they have a ton of other flavors to choose from. Plus they are not stingy with the tequila, but it does not overpower the flavor.
Did you know that "margarita" is Spanish for "daisy?"

3. This is not Mexican food. I practically had to beg to get a corn tortilla (instead of flour) for my tacos. And even if you understand and accept it for the Tex-Mex Americanized creation that it is, it still is not very good. Although take this opinion with a grain of salt, for as I have mentioned, I am a huge Mexican food snob.

See? A mixed review. Here is what I think Tequila's is GREAT for: Getting together a few girlfriends, ordering a bunch of margaritas, and maybe getting some nachos, sans meat (you can't screw up nachos). After you've had about 4 margaritas, throw some coins in the jukebox, key up a little Luis Miguel, and pretend you are celebrating your friendship in a Mexican beach oasis. Just don't order any pork.

P.S. I should also mention that Tequila's has a sister restaurant (also named Tequila's) in Oakville. This place is hoppin' on Thursday nights for kareoke night. They have the same great margarita selection and a pretty good crowd as well.

P.P.S. I'm fairly certain I remember a late Tequila's night that involved shots of mezcal, which is a distilled spirit from the state of Oaxaca, in Mexico. It tastes God-awful (sort of like smoked tequila), but I think that Tequila's is one of the only places in Waterbury where you can find it. Try it!

Tequila's Restaurant
733 Lakewood Rd
Waterbury, CT 06704
(203) 755-4806
471 Main Street
Oakville, CT 06795
(203) 274-9408

P.P.P.S. If you are still searching for real Mexican food in Waterbury, all is not completely lost. There's always Los Arcos, although it isn't really a "restaurant" per se. What I've been doing lately is making my own Mexican food by hitting up Compare Foods on Thomaston Ave, which is not only a Mecca of ingredients for all sorts of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Peruvian, and other South/Central American and Caribbean dishes, but also one of the most inexpensive and largest grocery stores in Waterbury. It's my new favorite, actually. I spend about 1/2 of what I would spend at Stop and Shop and find all sorts of neat-o ingredients.

Btw, the above photo was NOT taken at Tequila's, but is like the margaritas you will find there.

1 comment:

chicafigui said...

I gotta say that your comment its spot on. I have no complaints myself of tequilas however one of my friends will never return with me. The rest will jump in to the opportunity. If you want real Mexican tacos and quesadillas, there is a gentleman with a food vendor style truck that makes best tacos I've tasted since coming from vacationing in Mexico because before visiting the country any restaurant's tacos were good enough. Doesn't get closer to Mexico than that. He is right behind the brass mill mall.