New Congress Avenue hot spot, The Townsend, scores badass guest bartender

Adam Bryan Guest Bartender The Townsend
Adam Bryan Guest Bartender The Townsend

 

It’s fairly common for music venues like the Continental Club and Cactus Café to have an artist residency with guest bands playing shows on consecutive nights or weeks. It’s not a common thing to have a guest bartender residency, but newly opened cocktail bar The Townsend is doing just that.

The cocktail lounge and live music venue situated on Congress Avenue kicks off its bartender residency program with Adam Bryan running the show through July 23.

It’s not new to have guest bartenders, but this is the first week-long residency at a bar in Austin. For the three-week old Townsend, it’s quite a coup to land a buzzworthy bartender. Bryan is well-known in Austin for launching the cocktail program at East Side Show Room, working behind the stick at Midnight Cowboy, and serving as bar manager at Bar Congress.

“People have been asking me who was going to be the first guest bartender,” says Justin Elliott, The Townsend partner and food-and-beverage wrangler. “We wanted to take our time to get the right person, because this is a part of who we are. We knew when it’s right, it will be right to offer a residency.”

“I was the guy that showed up,” says Bryan.

Elliott continues, “Adam and I have spent a lot of time working together at East Side Show Room and Midnight Cowboy and have an in-the-trenches mentality. He called and said he was coming through town. The timing worked out. It works really well for Adam to be our first, because we are bringing in someone we trust and with whom we share values.”

Bryan was attracted to the residency because he and Elliott value simplicity in drinks. The Townsend’s approach to doing things differently with a classic cocktail lounge in the heart of downtown also caught his attention.

“For six or seven years the culinary landscape in this town has put on its big pants,” says Bryan. “To see the people involved in making that happen now establishing their own programs in their own spaces is really great. To be able to come back to Austin after being gone for a handful of months and see someone I respect doing just that is a great fit for me.”

Steven Weisburd, principal partner at The Townsend, dreamed up the residency program as a way to bring in talent from the hospitality industry and shake up the creative cocktail menu for customers. It’s a part of The Townsend’s royalty program in which bartenders earn a 1 percent royalty fee each time a drink they created is ordered.

“Our residency program won’t be limited Austin-based bartenders,” says Weisburd. “We want to be innovative with ideas at the Townsend so that we are not just another in a sea of bars. The way we approach our royalty program, the way we do art and music, all are a part of how we are respectful of talent and craftsmanship in several areas. It is a way to celebrate talent in an innovative way.”

Bryan has created a special three-drink menu that will be available from 7-11 pm during his residency. The menu incudes the Rosella Reyes, made with Ancho Reyes; the Velpar, made with Treaty Oak Rum and St. George Absinthe; and the Pedro y Lola made with Tequila Ocho Reposado and Pedro Ximenez Sherry. Each drink is priced at $12.

“The Velpar is an old drink from the early days of the East Side Show Room,” says Bryan. “I wanted to use a local spirit, and Treaty Oak had just been released. I appreciated those guys’ gumption and wanted to showcase that taste. There is a good story behind the name too. Treaty Oak Rum is named for the Treaty Oak tree in downtown Austin, which someone had an attempted to destroy with Velpar poison to kill the tree. At the time the drink was made, absinthe was misunderstood, so that fits in there too.”

Velpar Cocktail
Velpar Cocktail

 

Bryan’s cocktails will only be available for a short time, but Elliott thinks they may make a cameo appearance after the residency. He is toying with fun ideas to bring back various recipes from guest bartenders in an end of the year roundup or something like a throwback Thursday.

The Townsend is currently in discussions with several notable bartenders from around the country to take over the bar for future residencies.

This story was originally published on CultureMap.

What Are You Drinking? 

Eat, Drink and Legislate

After hours with the 83rd Texas Legislature.

This story is a Special Feature in the Spring 2013 issue of Austin Man Magazine. Check it out in print as the format brings it to life. 

Every odd-numbered year, Austin becomes the temporary home to almost 200 hard-charging politicians and thousands of lobbyists and legislative staffers eager to do the business of the state. These men and women work long hours in the Capitol building trying to get as much done as possible in the 140-day session. When voting is done on the legislative floor and the lights go out in the offices, a mighty hunger and thirst draw the legislators and cohorts in to the restaurants and bars throughout town. Where do the part-time resident politicians go for a bite to eat and something to drink?

Austin has its share of tried-and-true haunts that legislators have flocked to year after year, like Cisco’s for breakfast, the Austin Club for lunch and after-hours drinks at Austin Land and Cattle for a hefty steak. While veteran politicians may stick to the traditional favorites that are an easy walk from the Capitol, other members of the 83rd Legislature are venturing to hot spots on West Sixth Street and the Eastside.

“The landscape has changed a lot in the last four years with a lot of new places opening near the Capitol. For a long time, the Texas Chili Parlor and Capitol cafeteria were the only lunch choices, and you can’t eat at the Chili Parlor four days a week. Also, in the last four years, about 60 percent of the people in the Legislature are new. There are a lot of guys who aren’t ingrained in old habits and have heard about Austin as a culinary mecca, so they are eager to try new places,” says Mike Lavigne, a legislative consultant. “Don’t worry. The Cloak Room will never go away. It’s an institution.”

It seems the tone is changing too. Healthy eating has replaced the never-ending buffet of barbeque as legislators try to get through session without gaining weight. They are cutting down on booze too. In the past, many legislators treated session like an extended Spring Break, taking full advantage of the freedom of being away from home for a few months. The late-night party scene of past decades is giving way to a more businesslike attitude. You will still find senators and representatives in bars throughout Austin, but with fewer wearing their ties around their heads.

STEAKHOUSES REIGN SUPREME

While there is a trend toward healthier eating, steakhouses are still the first choice among the Capitol crowd.

“The most popular places for legislators to eat are steakhouses. They are the go-to spots for staff members and lobbyists,” says Isaac Albarado, with the office of Representative Harvey Hilderbran.

A visit to any of Austin’s beef sanctuaries will reveal this truth with dozens of blue-blazer and lapel-pin clad policy warriors eagerly meeting over meat. Several of the established steakhouses like Flemings, III Forks, Ruth’s Chris and Sullivan’s remain mainstays, and Bob’s Steak & Chop House, which opened last summer, has quickly become part of the regular circuit.

“Members of the 83rd Legislature are in here every night,” says Nick Uhlman, a server and apprentice sommelier at Bob’s Steak & Chop House. “They sit at tables of four but move around between each other’s tables discussing bills and business. Typically, they are very, very frugal and order basic filets and baked potatoes. Legislators are not boutique wine drinkers. They like to share bottles of Jordan cabernet sauvignon and Rombauer chardonnay.”

It’s not just the legislators; the governor also comes in.

“Rick Perry is very respectful to the servers and calls them by their names. He even insists on de-crumbing his own table, saying, ‘I made the mess. I can clean it up.’ He brings in his own Bordeaux from home to enjoy with his 12-ounce ribeye,” Uhlman says.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, a short walk from the Capitol, has a regular parade of politicians. They flock to Perry’s in small groups and in pre-arranged large parties with set menus. The most demanded items are the pecan-encrusted snapper, the eight ounce filet mignon and the peppercorn New York Strip. But the standout dish is the signature 32-ounce pork chop, which is carved tableside.

FAVORITE STEAKHOUSES

 

MAN CAN’T LIVE ON STEAK ALONE

Between the take-out TexMex, barbeque and steak, legislators have a fantastic selection of restaurants to choose from in Austin’s burgeoning gastronomic scene. In general, restaurant decisions are not voted along party lines. However, the Roaring Fork on Congress Avenue is a Republican gathering place, while the Buenos Aires Café on East Sixth Street is a Democratic hangout.

The rest of the top spots for politicos are a mix of time-honored establishments like Eddie V’s and Uchi, along with newer restaurants downtown. Trace in the W Austin is a favorite for lunch because of its proximity to the Capitol and the incentives set up just for legislators.

“Trace’s Lunch on the Fly is by far the most popular menu item with legislators, and it’s truly a great deal. Having the option of being served in multiple courses gives them an opportunity to conduct business over the meal. During the current legislative session, we are seeing a lot more bottles of cabernet sauvignon being ordered at lunch as well,” says Sean Bradshaw, director of beverage and food for W Austin.

Warm doughnuts to go are also a big hit. To cater to the members of the 83rd Legislature, the W Austin introduced a Session Insider Card this year with free valet parking anytime and special rates for rooms and events. Chef Jason Dodge, part owner of Péché, opened the Italian eatery Cherry Street last fall, and it quickly became a favorite lunch destination for politicians.

The wood-fired Neapolitan Pizza with house-made mozzarella and a thin, crispy crust is the most-ordered selection on the menu. Pasta and pizza make up the core of the menu, but the kitchen is flexible with requests. The manager shared a story about a legislator who regularly comes in to sip on a Manhattan while reading over big stacks of cases and bills. He requested low-carb options and Cherry Street obliged by adding fish, muscles and steak to the menu.

FAVORITE RESTAURANTS

ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY

Alcohol is the great equalizer. Unlike in Washington, D.C., party lines dissolve over a drink as both Republicans and Democrats mingle at the plentiful bars throughout Austin. This session, the go-to neighborhoods are downtown, West Sixth Street, Rainey Street and the Eastside. In Central Austin, sophisticated senators relax with creative cocktails at the swank Bar Congress while their more down-to-earth House counterparts kick back in a more unassuming setting.

The Cloak Room is still top of the list for its proximity, clubiness and insider cred. During a recent visit, the bar was packed with men in suits discussing various bills. When asked where politicians go to blow off steam during session, the bartender gave a wry smile and replied, “Not here, for sure.”

Albarado says people are branching out beyond downtown.

“The W Hotel is a place that people go quite a bit,” Albarado says. “It’s a good central location, but people are moving out of just the central area and going to West Sixth to hang out at J Blacks and the Ranch. Star Bar has become wildly popular more now than last session.”

The über hot Rainey Street District is also a prime destination.

“After working for 14 to 15 hours inside the building, people want to go have a drink outside. There are several bars on Rainey Street with outside seating. No place on Rainey is untouched by legislators, staffers and lobbyists. We go to Lustre Pearl, Bar 96 and Clive Bar,” Albarado says.

Eastside bars like Shangri La and the Yellow Jacket Social Club filled with hipsters seem like unlikely places for politicians with anchorman hair and pinstriped suits, but they have become a great place to go unwind incognito. The speakeasy-like anonymity seems to be working.

When asked whether politicians frequent the Yellow Jacket Social Club, the bartender replied, “Yeah, I mean, two cats came in today that looked like legislators. You know, expensive Mercedes and big suits and stuff. They were cool folks. They tipped well.”

When asked what they ordered, he offered a worn stereotype. “Well, when you’re a legislator, you have three martinis at lunch. Isn’t that the norm?”

After a pause he conceded he was making it up, “Yeah. I don’t know, man. I don’t know what those people look like.”

The Eastside is also a destination for craft cocktails.

“Last session, I went to the East Side Show Room with lots of legislators, including both rural Republicans and urban Democrats,” Lavigne says. “That was a trip for many of them who were looking for a Miller Lite or a Crown and Coke and experienced seriously talented mixologists behind the bar making great craft cocktails. They really liked it.”

Despite the craft-cocktail and craft-beer trend that has swept through Austin in the past few years, legislators tend to go with old standbys like Bud Light and basic cocktails mixed with whiskey or vodka.

“Legislators are not necessarily connoisseurs, but drink what is available. You won’t see a 67-year-old senator waiting in line for a tiki drink. State representatives come from all over the state and typically from suburban or rural areas, and they are not as familiar with the craft-cocktail scene. They’re just not comfortable ordering a Blood and Sand. Instead, they appreciate a nice scotch or bourbon,” Lavigne says.

FAVORITE BARS

DRINK LIKE A SENATOR

The Living Room in the W Austin offers several classic and creative cocktails. A favorite of legislators is the Final Say.

Final Say

  • ½ ounce Bulliet Rye
  • ½ ounce green chartreuse
  • ½ ounce Luxardo maraschino liquor
  • ½ ounce lime juice

Shake and pour into martini glass.

 

 

 
Cherry Street sports a full list of pre-Prohibition cocktails like the Sazerac.

Cherry Street Sazerac

  • Rinse with Kubler absinthe.
  • 2 ounces Overholt rye whiskey
  • ½ ounce of simple syrup
  • Peychauds bitters

 

 

 

TEXAS WHISKEY

Whiskey is one of the drinks of choice for many Texas legislators. Fortunately, it is possible for them to enjoy their favorite libation while also supporting their Texas constituency by buying Texas-made whiskey.

BALCONES DISTILLERY

Balcones Distillery, based in Waco, was the first Texas-made whiskey on the market in 2009.

“We make an original-style Texas whiskey made with Hopi blue corn,” says Chip Tate, owner and head distiller. “We are distinctly different from bourbon. Our whiskies have a lot of similarities to Scottish malt, but a taste all their own. I like to think of it like barbeque versus steak. One isn’t better than the other; they are just different.”

Balcones makes about 6,000 cases a year of seven styles of whiskey, and is working furiously to keep up with demand. It is sold in 20 states, the U.K., Australia, Sweden, Norway and Japan. Balcones whiskies are available in Austin at liquor stores and bars like TenOak, the Tigress and Fino.

GARRISON BROTHERS DISTILLERY

Dan Garrison started his whiskey distillery in Hye, TX, in 2006, and his first batch in 2008 was bottled in 2010. Garrison Brothers made 2,222 barrels in 2012, which will go on sale in 150,000 bottles in 2015, sold exclusively in Texas. Garrison has seen bottles of his whiskey on the desks of several Texas legislators and counts the governor as a fan.

“Governor Perry has visited Garrison Brothers twice. The first time he came in a limo accompanied by Texas Rangers, and the second time he came with a buddy unannounced on Harleys. We have pictures of him and staff with the stills,” Garrison says.
Garrison Brothers makes the first vintage-dated bourbon ever produced. The fall 2011, spring 2012 and fall 2012 vintages are all available in Austin liquor stores in limited supply. The bourbon is also available at major steakhouses and TenOak, and the W Austin sells it by the bottle.

RANGER CREEK BREWING & DISTILLING

Ranger Creek makes small-batch bourbon in its combination brewery and distillery in San Antonio, and released its first whiskey in 2012. Ranger Creek makes Texas straight bourbon whiskey aged in large barrels for a minimum of two years, and Ranger Creek .36, a small-barrel version that is named for the Colt .36 pistol carried by the Texas Rangers.

Head distiller Mark McDavid and co-founder TJ Miller experimented with the different woods and aging times to develop the smooth, caramel yet spicy flavor they desired in their bourbons. Ranger Creek is available at select bars, restaurants and liquor stores throughout Austin.

What are you drinking?

Photo attribution; Filet from Austin Land and Cattle Company III Forks photo courtesy of III Forks; Austin Land and Cattle photo by Annie Ray; Uchi photo by Mark Jorgenson; Living Room Bar at W Austin Living Room photo courtesy W Austin; Cherry Street Sazerac photo by Steve Anderson.

A Great Place to Drink Al Fresco: El Arbol

I love spring. Everything is in bloom, the sun stays out a little longer into the evening and its warmth coaxes us to shed those heavy winter clothes and get outside to soak it in. There is nothing better than relaxing outside on a gorgeous spring evening with a delicious cocktail and spirited conversation with friends. Austin has quite possibly the best spring weather on the face of the planet, and lots of great places with outdoor seating to drink in the warm breeze.

 El Arbol, located just north of downtown on the corner of 38th and Glenview, is a wonderful place to loll about in the sun with a drink in hand. With a three-level deck that hides behind the restaurant, there is ample outdoor seating. An iconic oak shades all three levels with a sprawling canopy that must be at least 50 yards in diameter. Privacy walls draped with hanging plants, red painted ornamental iron fencing on the upper decks, and an elaborate hand-carved door give it the feel of a South American court yard.  The setting is a great start, and then there’s the drinks.

The wine list spans about 200 selections and is grouped by “Featured Wines,” “New World Wines,” and “Old World Wines” with descriptions like “aromatic whites,” “crisp whites,” “lighter reds,” “dry reds,” and “full bodied reds.” The New Worlds dominate the list with plenty of bottles from Chile and Argentina. Wines from Argentina make up about 40% of the list. These tend to be the more popular wines as people like to stick to the South American theme of the restaurant.

 My friends Cotton Candy, Good Story and Lovey are huge fans of Malbec, so they ordered a bottle of 2007 Vistalba Corte B, a blend of Cab and Malbec from Mendoza. Delightful. Beautiful Wife ordered a glass of bubbles and dared it to be as vivacious as she. Impossible.

 El Arbol also has a decent cocktail list with drinks like a Pomegranate Blood Orange Martini, an Italiano 75 (a twist on the French 76, made with Prosecco), Palomas and the signature drink, the Caipirinhas.

Caipirinhas (pronounced cai-pee-reen-yah) is the national drink of Brazil. I just had a trip to Brazil canceled, so I ordered it to remind me of what I’ll be missing. Caipirinhas are made with lime, sugar cane and cachaça, which is fermented and distilled sugar cane juice that is aged in oak barrels to make a distinctive brandy. The sugar and lime are muddled before being mixed with the liquor and served over lots of ice. If you want a twist on the classic, try the Caipirinhas Mora that adds a splash of blackberry puree mixed in.

I ordered the classic because it’s the signature drink and because it’s a screamin deal during happy hour. Happy Hour is 5 to 7 pm Tuesday through Friday, by the way. Our kick-ass server, Carter, brought me a Mora on the house because he figured I needed to try it too. He was right.

Caipirinhas

Look Pale emerald like fresh spring leaves after the rain. The light froth, ample ice and lime wedges make is look a bit like a margarita.
Smell A mild scent of herbs and lime zest.
Taste Fresh, like spring in a glass. The tart lime is the most prominent flavor and it pairs well with the flavor of the cachaça. The liquor is earthy, herbal and a bit sweet, like a cross between tequila and rum.
Price $3 during Happy Hour, $8 normally

Caipirinhas Mora

Look This is a party in a glass; like a blackberry smoothie poured with a flourish over giggling ice cubes.
Smell Citrus sunshine and blackberry happiness leap from the glass.
Taste Tart blackberry dominates the look, smell and taste, but it isn’t so bold to overpower the cachaça. The herbal heather flavor blends well with the lime and berries for a cocktail that begs to be served outside in the sun.
Price $9

 I liked both drinks, but finished the classic first. The happy hour price dared me to order yet another, but I didn’t.

I’ve been to El Arbol more than once and I’ll keep going back to idle in the long rays of the afternoon sun under that towering oak. The fantastic wine list, the delicious cocktails and the gracious atmosphere are just as appealing as the huge outdoor deck. Cotton Candy summed it up nicely: “It has a lovely patio with high-end drinks and nibbles. I don’t have to sacrifice good food for a good patio like I do at some old school Austin places.” There you have it.

What are you drinking?

Do you love to drink in Austin?

DrinkUP Austin is a handy guide for great happy hours and the what’s what of bars in Austin. Today they posted a survey on Twitter (@drinkupaustin) to find out more about Austinites drinking and online habits. It looks like they will build a handy drink special and coupon tool based on the feedback. Take a look and weigh in on it: http://drnk.in/survey-one. Who knows, maybe they will create something that keeps us in bars even more.  

Tito's and Lemonade at Luster Pearl

Tropical night in the backyard of Luster Pearl and the fans obscelecently spin against the thick heat. Zeppelin and AC/DC thump from speakers hung in trees to the amusement of hipsters playing ping pong and whirling hula hoops.

Sweat drips down my back. I’m angry at my beers inability to quench my thirst. Thank God the bartender came thru with a Tito’s, soda and lemonade. This picnic table now can drink my sweat for a while longer.

That one worked.

Show Me Your Taco!

I recently went to Tacos and Tequilla with my friend, food and taco critic extrodenaire, Nelson to review the drinks. My review of the drinks at Tacos and Tquila is here. He posted his review of the tacos on his blog Show Me Your Taco. Nelson has incredible expertise in taco reviews and this one gives you the goods on TnT. He also has a couple of videos so you can get a first had view of the scene at TnT. Check out his site and his videos.

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Tacos and Tequila

There are a lot of classic flavor combinations; you know two great tastes that go great together like chocolate and peanut butter, coffee and Krispy Kremes and Gin & Tonics. Tonight I’m trying out a true Texas combo, Tacos and Tequilla with my friend @ShowMeYourTaco (Nelson) at a new taco place Tacos and Tequila (TnT) on west 5th street in Austin. You can follow them on Twitter @TnTacosTequila.

Nelson is chronicling our adventure in video and reviewing the food on his blog ShowMeYourTaco.com. Check out his post to hear about the food. I’m going to focus on, you guessed it, the tequila.

This urban taco spot recently opened by the good folks at Blue Mesa Grill in Dallas and it has been in business for nine weeks now. Rumor has it that TnT has the 5th largest tequila list in the country with 95varieties and that list keeps growing. This massive list is organized by tequila types  designated by stlye of aging: Blanco, Reposado and Añejo.

It offers more than variety. TnT has a staff that is steeped in tequila knowledge and a passion to share that knowledge with the likes of you and me. If you want to sample a variety of tequila, they offer four different tequila flights to compare three types of tequila. TnT also has cold tequilas on tap – Milagros Silver, 1800 Silver and Cazadores Silver – have you ever seen tequila on tap? If your tastes skew to the higher end, there are currently seven extra ultra premiums ranging from $30 to $65 a shot.

If you like mixed drinks, this is your place. TnT bartenders have a fabulous bent for making creative, delicious drinks with this venerated liquor. And the drink menu changes on a monthly basis. They mix signature recipes with fresh, hand squeezed juices and organic, locally sourced produce. Bar manager and assistant GM, Shelby Lynne, loves her job and it shows. Her favorite thing about working at TnT is exercising her creative genius and artistry in cocktails, surrounded by like-minded people. She aims to dazzle guests with inventive drinks made up on the fly.  

Our waiter recommended that we start off with a flight of infused tequila shots. Shelby dreams up all the infusions herself and the team makes up all the concoctions fresh daily. Here is what they brought us:

  1. Corzo Reposado infused with Mexican chocolate and guajillo peppers
  2. 1800 infused with peach, apricot and organic green tea
  3. Cazadores Reposado infused with cantaloupe

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With the preamble complete, it’s time to start the margaritas.

Watermelon Smash

This refreshing summer of love is made with Milagro silver, fresh smashed up watermelon and lime juice. The watermelon pulp is fleshy in the glass and satisfying.

Look The aftermath of a July picnic. Abused watermelon takes solace in a pint glass.    
Smell Sweet like a watermelon Jolly Rancher on a bender.   
Taste  Well, hello fruit smoothie in dominatrix leather. I wasn’t expecting you, but now that you are here. . . I’m going to have to chew your melons. The lime may make you perky, but that tequila shows you who’s really in charge.
Price $9

 

Dirty Margarita

Dirty is the operative word for this margarita made with Cazadores Reposado, house-made caramelized simple sugar roasted fresh on the stove, tamarind nectar and fresh-squeezed lime juice. While it’s dirty, Shelby tells me it’s nowhere near as dirty as her thoughts. Oh how I’d like to keep talking to her on the subject. This is one of Shelby’s favorites because she likes the duality of sweet and dirty. It’s how she envisions herself. She wants you to tell her how pretty she is while spanking her.

Look Masquerading as a golden brown Hefeweizen with a thin head of creamy mousse.
Smell Understated honey and a lime mist at sunset.
Taste This is the bad kid on the playground that you think is your friend. “Oh come on. It’s only Coke with lime.” Don’t believe him. This drink might be sweet and tangy on the surface, but deep inside, he’s out to pick up your mom.
Price $10

 Cucumber jalapeño margarita

This one is made with 1800 Silver chopped fresh cucumber, jalapeño slivers and lime.

Look Lemon grass green with a salad swimming about.
Smell Agave, cucumber and lime hanging out at the spa.   
Taste Cool as a cucumber right from the start, accompanied by fruity lime tang followed by acidic  heat. The spice is enough to keep me in line, but not too much to spoil the mood. I was a little disappointed by the amount of floating jalapeño seeds. They detracted from the overall experience. I didn’t need to chew this drink beyond the actual pepper and cucumber slices and the seeds added more kick than needed on each chew.
Price $9.50

 

Shelby Lynne’s Special

This one isn’t on a menu. All we had to do was ask and Shelby was extremely happy to show off her creative skills. Watch the video clip to hear what she mixes.

Look Raucous laughter lemon yellow with orange and lime wedges skinny dipping below the salt snow pack rim.
Smell Perky citrus with a wry smile.
Taste A provocative come-on that’s not going to get you slapped in the face. The smoky, oaky tequila runs this show without being domineering or rude. Mellow orange and laid back lime in a ménage a trois with caramel steals the show midway through, but steps out of the way to let the guest of honor close out this party in style. Thank you. Thank you tequila. You are awesome.    
Price $13

 
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Nelson and I had a fantastic experience at TnT. The food was delicious – read about that on ShowMeYourTaco.com – the drinks were tasty and the service was stellar. We acknowledge that we were writing  a review, which in part accounts for the highly attentive service. However, this was actually my second visit and Beautiful Wife and I had an equally enjoyable time with prompt and helpful service. I’ll definitely go back.

To close out this post, the one thing I really want is a good tequila song. There’s that one instrumental that PeeWee Herman dances to, but that doesn’t quite cut it for me. Maybe we could alter the Doors song:

Well, show me the way
To the next tequila bar
Oh, don’t ask why
Oh, don’t ask why

 Nah. A friend on twitter suggests M.I.A. Teqkilla. Here it is.