June 28, 2000 |
David Surro, owner of Tequila's at 1511 Locust St., answers some questions about his restaurant's namesake spirit. Where does tequila come from? Tequila comes from the juice of the blue agave plant, which is only grown in the Mexican state of Jalisco and a few small municipalities outside Jalisco. What is agave and how long does it take to grow? Agave is often referred to as a cactus, but it is actually part of the lily family. It takes an average of eight to 12 years for an agave to grow and be harvested correctly.
December 18, 1987 |
Plop plop, fizz fizz, oh, what a relief it is. No, I'm not talking about that famous remedy for dyspepsia brought on by leaden burritos and Cheese Whizzed nachos. I'm just gladdened by the fact that we finally have a Mexican restaurant with more going for it than copious portions and cheap prices and where you are not acutely reminded of last night's dinner the morning after. Tequila's occupies the former space of El Metate at 15th and Locust streets. The current tenants have transformed the restaurant into a much warmer and more convivial spot, like a south-of-the-border casa hosting a fiesta.
December 9, 2010 |
Fifty-eight varieties of tequila fill the shelves at the bar at Kokopelli (1904 Chestnut St., 215-557-7510), a new, high-energy, Southwestern, small-plate operation named after the American Indian fertility god. Aside from the polished wood tables, not much has been done to the dining room from its previous incarnation as the lounge-y Akoya @ Pearl. Beaded curtains separate the tables along the walls, and the bar and seating are bathed in lights that change color. Chef Gina Rodriguez, an Arizona import, is cooking such dishes as tamales, garlic chili-glazed prawns, baby-back ribs, and crispy quail with cayenne honey.
October 24, 1986 |
For lovers of Mexican food, Center City now has Tequila's, which bills itself as an "authentic Mexican restaurant and bar. " It's not unusual for south-of-the-border-style places to describe themselves with overstatement, but in the case of Tequila's, it doesn't seem to be idle boasting. Tequila's gets to the heart of Mexican food with some classic Mayan dishes, such as the fish fillet ($14) wrapped in banana leaves with oysters, shrimp, onions and tomato for baking partners.
October 23, 1992 |
David Suro, owner of Tequila's in Center City, says it's difficult for him to make menu changes. "My regular customers will not let me do it. 'Keep doing that dish,' they say. Or, if I make a change, 'Why don't you have this dish anymore?' . " So Suro has been featuring a lot of nightly specials. Sometimes as many as 10. This way, he can introduce interesting new tastes and keep the traditional dishes. Something like having your nachitos and eating them, too. Tequila's is going on seven years old. When it first opened, it showed diners that Mexican food was a serious cuisine that had evolved over centuries.
March 27, 1998 |
Want to make Ozzie Jones really, really happy? Take him to Tequila's. The associate artistic director of Venture Theater, Jones was like a kid in a candy store - and a rather ravenous kid at that - when he accepted our invitation to break away from a heavy-duty rehearsal schedule and chat and chew at his favorite restaurant in all of Philadelphia. Upon entering, owner David Suro greeted Jones with welcoming smile and a hearty "Where have you been?" - which is no surprise since Jones and Tequila's fine authentic Mexican cuisine go waaay back.
October 31, 1998 |
Their arms full, the ninth graders in this University City High School class streamed into the library yesterday morning and began decorating the cloth-covered tables. For Langston Hughes, lover of board games and jazz, they laid down a Ouija table and a boom box. For Edgar Allan Poe, a man who liked his drink, they offered a bottle of tequila donning a miniature white and blue sombrero and Mexican scarf. Bram Stoker got a small black plastic box - a makeshift coffin - decorated with cutout paper footballs, signifying the Dracula author's interest in that sport.
August 14, 1998 |
During the Christmas holidays of 1948, Margaret Sames of San Antonio was hosting a party for family and friends in Acapulco. Among her guests were Nicky Hilton, playboy son of the hotel chain's owner (and Elizabeth Taylor's first husband), and other socialites. Her favorite drink was Cointreau and, hoping to add some pizzazz to the evening, she mixed in tequila and lime juice. In the Mexican tradition of drinking tequila, she rimmed the glasses with salt and served it. The party went on for two weeks.
September 14, 1993 |
There are times when, as a taxpayer, I just have to put my head between my legs and weep with joy at the benefits I am receiving from the federal government ("Official Motto: This Motto Alone Cost $13.2 Billion"). You'll feel the same way when I share some news items sent in by alert readers concerning government agencies servicing the public in ways that the public could never have thought of itself without the aid of powerful narcotics. (As is often the case when discussing the government, I need to stress that I am not making any of these items up.)
November 3, 1999 |
Four freshmen at Rutgers University's New Brunswick campus were charged with spiking a fellow student's drink with sleeping pills Friday night, campus police said yesterday. Charged with reckless endangerment were Jason Rinehart of Cherry Hill; Christian Kolarsick of Fair Haven; Michael Pasinkoff of Bayside, N.Y.; and Jordan Peterson of Garden City, N.Y. All are 18. The victim, an 18-year-old freshman living in their dormitory, suffered only light-headedness, police said. They would not release his name.