Print
Restaurants

Tequila Comida & Cantina Now Open

By Jessica Maurer, posted Jun 6, 2018
Tequila Comida & Cantina recently opened on Carolina Beach Road. (Photo by Jessica Maurer)

Following months of anticipation, brothers Miguel and Ramon Villasenor, co-owners of Los Portales Supermarket and Los Portales Taqueria, have opened the doors to Tequila Comida & Cantina at 5607 Carolina Beach Road.
 
Ramon Villasenor, executive chef at Tequila Comida and Cantina and Los Portales, is serving authentic Mexican cuisine with an emphasis on lighter, healthier options and preparations similar to those that would be found at upscale restaurants in Mexico. While customers will find Mexican staples such as quesadillas and tacos, there are also many entrees featuring fresh seafood, and slow-cooked cuts of pork and beef.
 
Ramon Villasenor recently attended a two-year culinary program at Cape Fear Community College in order to advance his skills and refine his cooking. He and Miguel Villasenor have also spent a considerable amount of time in Mexico, dining at upscale eateries and researching recipes to incorporate into the menu at the new restaurant.

Instead of receiving chips and salsa upon arrival, guests are offered complimentary bolillo bread and three dipping sauces, a tomatillo sauce, a tomato sauce and olive oil infused with rosemary, garlic and arbol chili peppers. 

“This is what would be served at the nicer restaurants in Mexico,” Miguel Villasenor said. “Not chips and salsa.”

Tequila Comida & Cantina does have chips and salsa on the menu, and the chips, or totopos, are created in-house from scratch-made masa tortillas. All of the salsas and sauces are made fresh daily as well, as are the fresh-squeezed juices for the bar.

“We do not use any sour mixes in our cocktails,” said Miguel Villasenor. “Only fresh fruit juices.”

As the restaurant’s name suggests, there are plenty of tequilas to choose from, and many flavors of margaritas as well, from classic to watermelon, hibiscus, tamarind, orange, lime and kiwi. There are also fresh mojitos, wine and craft beer, as well as Mexican beer and domestics, all served at the main interior bar and at the patio bar. 

Tequila Comida & Cantina’s modern décor reflects the current trend of incorporating natural elements such as brick and wood, along with high, open ceilings and large windows that allow for plenty of natural light. The Villasenors repurposed wooden palates for the walls and a multi-dimensional structure from which many of the dining room lights are hung. The result is a casual, yet sophisticated, look that welcomes both families and couples or friends enjoying a night out. 

Tequila Comida & Cantina is now open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Have a tip for Restaurant Roundup? Email r[email protected].

Story On The Map

Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Susan 2 april242017

Inheriting an IRA Comes with Complexities and Potential Dangers

Susan Willett - Old North State Trust, LLC
Chadwoutersheadshot

Disaster Relief: Employers Helping Employees

Chad Wouters - Earney & Company, LLP
Nealjohnson 12191614553

What's the Role of the HOA?

Neal Johnson - Network Real Estate

Trending News

Benefits Spring Up In Florence’s Wake

Staff Reports - Oct 19, 2018

TRU Colors Included In South By Southwest's Next Lineup

Vicky Janowski - Oct 19, 2018

Wilmington Area Home Sales Fell 48 To 63 Percent During Storm Month, Report Shows

Cece Nunn - Oct 19, 2018

Insurance Industry Sees A Flood Of Claims

Cece Nunn and Christina Haley O'Neal - Oct 19, 2018

Building, Rebuilding Homes After Hurricane

Cece Nunn - Oct 19, 2018

In The Current Issue

Tourist Attractions On The Mend

As recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence continue, several area attractions remain damaged in her wake. Last month’s unwelcome visitor no...


Building, Rebuilding Homes After Hurricane

Homebuilders discuss labor, working with other homebuilders associations in the state and more in the wake of Hurricane Florence....


Cardinal Foods’ Growth Mode

Cardinal Foods LLC has expanded a market and operations for local farmers under the leadership of Corey Barnhill, founder, president and CEO...

Book On Business

The 2018 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2018 Power Breakfast - Dishing on the Restaurant Biz
2018 WilmingtonBiz Expo - Keynote Lunch with Eric Dinenberg, Rouse Properties
2017 Health Care Heroes