March 19, 2009

Good Tequila's Mexican Grill

By Eric Shangraw

July 13, 2010 Updated Jul 13, 2010 at 2:30 PM CDT

A Peoria restaurant is touting its' authentic Mexican cuisine.
Eric Shangraw is having lunch at Good Tequila's Mexican Grill in this week's You Gotta Eat.

Good Tequila's is not your average Mexican fare. The elegant décor is bright and smart. It is not gaudy or screaming-cheap like some other Mexican joints.
The top shelf tequila is a given, given the restaurants name. But this is no south of the border bar. It closes at 9:30 on weeknights.

"Where did the recipes originate? Your mom?" I asked the manager, Jose Barragan.
"My grandmother. It is real Mexican but we take down the spice level," he said.

"It is a beautiful place. It is colorful and clean," said customer Pam Lewis.

"It is authentic. I feel like I am in Mexico," added customer Linda Stevens.

They make the chips on the premises, which are presented, in a basket with salsa to every amigo that walks in the door. My photographer Warren ordered the steak fajita burrito. It is a ten–inch flour tortilla stuffed with sautéed onion, bell pepper, tomato, sour cream and pica de gallo.
His tall and lean Lincoln-like frame was unable to put away the burrito brute. He showed little interest in the side of lettuce and guacamole.
But I had no trouble focusing on my Southwestern Style Chimichanga. These three–bite flour tortillas are packed with chicken, four different cheeses, corn, red and yellow pepper, spinach, black beans and baby onion. They are deep fried but not greasy. They are good but approach fantastic when dipped in the primo sauce. The fresh guacamole mixed with mayonnaise, and a secret spice is brilliant. With drinks, our bill, $20.97 plus tip. Good Tequila's is extravagant Mexican in Peoria.
Eric Shangraw News 25.

Good Tequilla's is open seven days a week.
(309)691-7822
Monday-Thursday 11am-9:30pm
Friday-Saturday 11am-10:30pm
Sunday 11am-9pm

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