— By BRIAN SMITH
Tradition is a big thing in Texas, with flavors and recipes being passed on from generation to generation.
It’s in that vein that Tequila Bar Y Grill, 2150 Tin Top Rd. was opened back in November. While the restaurant prides itself in being more a of a traditional Mexican/Latin restaurant instead of the popular Tex-Mex genre, General Manager Sylvia Elvira says Tequila has a little something for everyone.
“We try to be different and use the flavors of Central Mexico as opposed to Tex-Mex,” Elvira said. “For those that like Tex-Mex, we still offer enchiladas, chimichangas, nachos and tacos al carbon.”
She admits that some of the new customers haven’t been content with the new menu. She has asked them to come back for another try and tells them they will be hooked ... and they have been.
“Our customer base has been very good with about 90 percent of our customers liking the experience and the fact that there’s something in this building after so many years,” Elvira said. “We’ve had a lot of people trying out different things. If they don’t like it, we ask them to come back another time and try something else. We’re always willing to accommodate everyone when we can.”
The building Tequila sits in has been vacant for about seven or eight years and was formerly a Denny’s and a Dixie House diner. Weatherford residents and business owners Dolores and Julie Savage, the latter having lived in Mexico for 14 years, were the brain trust of wanting to bring the flavors of Mexico to town.
With the prime location just off I-20 it took some time to get the facility the way everyone wanted it. Renovations began in June with the addition of a bar, which features 19 different type of tequilas, and a new patio area, which will be heated with air conditioning and misters expected to be added as the weather warms up.
One of the most noticeable differences is the fact there are no menus ... at least in the traditional hand-held style. The menu is actually an electronic tablet that people can touch to find different areas, such as appetizers, main courses and drinks. All wait staff are trained on the tablet and are very willing to give their thoughts on the different menu options.
Hostesses are trained to ask if this is a customer’s first time at the restaurant. Elvira is then told and will walk them through the menu and suggest items from the menu, as will the wait staff if she is not around.
Elvira said the wait staff are very knowledgeable about the menu, having to try a little bit of everything before they hit the floor. The wait staff is high energy, friendly, and really what make the place go.
“These are young girls who are helping to pay for college. They are young mothers trying to raise a family,” Elvira said. “We want them to be happy to come to work. We want to teach them how to earn money and it’s been really great.”
There are still some very familiar vibes to the place, as the diner feels with red and black seating permeates the restaurant, so it feels very comforting.
For customers who want to try something a little more traditional Mexican, Elvira recommends that Biscayan style cod, as seafood is very popular in traditional Mexican cooking. A ceviche and mushroom chicken piccata developed by Chef Octavio Vieira are two of the more popular dishes.
Street tacos are very popular in Mexico and are starting to get their following at the restaurant. Tequila offers carne asada, milanesa (breaded steak) and shredded beef tacos along with chorizo and potato tacos, all served on corn tortillas.
Tequila Bar Y Grill is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and are open for an extra hour on Friday and Saturday. Sundays, a brunch-style menu is offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information on Tequila, call 682-333-0750.