By BLAKE AUSTYN
The building at 5001 S. Harvard Ave., in Midtown Tulsa, has been a popular Mexican restaurant spot for many years. While a name change from El Tequila to Casa Tequila and some interior aesthetic changes took place recently, that is the extent of the noticeable changes.
Choosing to dine on a Sunday evening, even in the midst of the Coronavirus, it was clear that the restaurant’s popularity, regardless of a name change, is holding strong.
With no outdoor seating choices, my party chose to sit apart from the crowded dining room in the small, somewhat secluded bar area, a small space that juts off from the main dining room. We appreciated that all serving staff were wearing masks.
I chose to start with a Top Shelf Margarita on the rocks. The easy flavor and generous pour by our bartender made it a pleasurable drink to nurse while waiting for our food.
The menu offers a wide selection of meat and vegetable choices: chicken, shrimp, steak and fish, as well as entrees, burritos, fajitas, tacos, all traditional Mexican fare.
Our party chose the Combo Fajitas of chicken and steak. The dish comes with the traditional sides of beans and rice, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, and tortillas. The steak and chicken were both tender; although, there were a few pieces of steak grizzle. The fajitas were a generous size – more than enough to take home for leftovers or for two to share.
A nice offering for those who love fajitas but are looking for a meatless option, Vegetable Fajitas are available – a mix of mushrooms, onions, cauliflower and bell peppers.
The Filete de Pescado entree features three large white fish filets – grilled or breaded – covered with veggies and cheese plus a side of beans and rice. The cheese can be requested on the side. This dish offers a healthy dining-out choice, though, with the fish having such a mild flavor, it was slightly bland; adding the queso and some salt and pepper helped with that.
Casa Tequila offers a reasonably priced authentic Mexican experience in a pleasing environment. Add to that its excellent food quality and generous portions, it’s no wonder that this restaurant and the family that owns it has maintained a long and successful history in the local restaurant scene. I also appreciate being reminded of the authenticity of the restaurant staff and owners, with Spanish being spoken by the majority of the waitstaff.
Currently, there are two Casa Tequila restaurants in Greater Tulsa. The second location opened in Broken Arrow in September at 1311 Hillside Dr.
The Midtown location features an elegant but subdued dining area, including a blue chandelier and the bar set off privately in the corner, in comparison to its Broken Arrow location, which features a much more open, grand dining room with high ceilings and a large, round bar that sits near the back of the dining room.
To view the menu or find more information, visit casatequila.com.