Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Cinco de Mayo At Tequilas

We celebrated Cinco de Mayo at Tequilas upscale Mexican eatery in Philadelphia last night.
This dreamy culinary outpost was jammed with happy diners, and with good reason; the food is great. We arrived already fortified with margaritas (enjoyed earlier) so it made sense to follow that up with a full pitcher of sangria and hearty fare.
Tequilas got its start back in 1986 while located at 1511 Locust Street. Owner David Suro, a native of Guadalajara, grew up near agave fields in the state of Jalisco.
He went to school with the children of agave farmers and tequila producers. David met his wife, Annette, while working as a waiter in Cancun. He followed her home to Philadelphia and got a job at the only Mexican restaurant in town (El Metate). A year later, he bought out the owner and renamed it Tequilas.
Tequilas Restaurant moved to its current location at 1602 Locust Street in 2001. Today it continues to evolve and reinvent itself while providing authentic dishes from all regions of Mexico.
We enjoyed shrimp stuffed with chihuahua cheese, wrapped with bacon and deep fried. It was served on a bed of greens, Mexican rice and vegetables. Pacific coast restaurants in the states of Nayarit, Colima, Sinaloa and Sonoro offer this dish.
We learned all this and more from Tequilas wonderfully informative menu which explains the history and geography of each dish and even includes stories about people and places in Mexico. In addition to the seafood treat which we enjoyed, numerous chicken, meat and vegetarian dishes are available.
BTW: Tequilas huge and elegant bar offers the largest selection of tequila in the city.

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