"Almost every restaurant serves tequila in the Valley, but only at TQLA in Mesa will we give you the chance to sample some of the rarest and finest tequila's around and to try tequila on tap."
That's what owner Michael Nelson had to say about his tequila bar and restaurant, TQLA, opening in Mesa on Monday, September 17. The Mesa location is Nelson's second TQLA, with the original in Houston.
Featuring tequila, tequila, and more tequila -- including a collection of tequilas on tap, hyper-cooled to 5 degrees Fahrenheit -- TQLA even boasts a certified tequilier (yes, it's a real thing), the tequila equivalent of a sommelier and a title granted by the Academia Mexicana del Tequila, AC.
And what food to have with the drink? Southwestern and coastal Mexican cuisine, of course.
Here's what diners (and tequila drinkers) can expect:
TQLA's tequila list comprises 100 percent blue agave representing blanco, reposado, anejo, and extra anejo varieties in addition to flavored and infused tequilas, soto, and mescal. There will be four premium tequilas served on tap in addition to seasonal tequila infusions, sangrias and specialty margaritas and palomas, and tequila tastings and dinners.
On the menu, the restaurant's signature dishes will include crawfish and spinach enchiladas, pumpkin seed crusted salmon, and Cuatro Leches for dessert.
The Mesa TQLA will be located at 1840 South Val Vista Drive, at the northwest corner of Val Vista and Baseline in the Dana Park Shopping Center.
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