Tacos Tequila Whiskey
3950 E. Indian School Road, 85018
When you decide to go out to eat, there’s more to choosing a place than the type of food. The time of day, the mood you are in, the people you are with, can all play a part in the decision.
If you are on a lunch date, a cool and quiet indoor spot might be the way to go. For a late afternoon happy hour, sitting outdoors as the sun sets might be a better fit. At night, a fun bar with a wide variety of drinks could be exactly what a group of friends is looking for.
What is unique about Tacos Tequila Whiskey is that it fits the bill for all three of those scenarios.
The restaurant is located at 40th St. and Indian School Road, in a shopping center shared by Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers and Masterpiece Doughnuts & Coffee. There’s plenty of seating indoors, and doesn’t seem overly crowded during lunch time. There is also a large outdoor seating area facing the parking lot, and the porch blends seamlessly with the inside seating.
Ordering a drink is almost mandatory at a place with Tequila in the name, and the large bar in the middle of the restaurant provides a plethora of options. Some of the standout cocktails include the Pinche Paloma, which has tequila mixed with fresh grapefruit, lime and agave nectar, and Seasonal Sangria, a vodka, mango, pineapple and white wine concoction which is smooth enough to make you wonder if they forgot the vodka.
The street tacos on corn tortillas are the main course, and there are plenty of options. An instant eye-catcher is the Pork Belly, with sweet and sour braised meat covered by candied garlic, and a cabbage and cilantro slaw. They don’t short you on the pork belly, and this is the most likely candidate to fall apart in your hands.
Other meat-lover options include the Asada, where citrus-marinated steak, avocado, diced onion and cotija cheese combine for a surprisingly sweet taste. The Carnitas taco is kept simple, crispy roasted pork with pickled red onions and avocado cream.
If you’re looking for a different direction, a surprise hit was the rich-tasting Taco Estilo Abril, which was absolutely jammed full of grilled cotija cheese, roasted chile poblano, sour cream, and a spicy, creamed chipotle corn.
But on personal level, it is hard for anything to beat a good fish taco. And there isn’t a better one on this menu than the Fish N’ Beer. The crispy and soft beer battered fish combines with the tangy slaw and pineapple guacamole to create a standout bite that I would definitely come back for, no matter what mood I was in.