A Quick Glimpse Of Texicali Taco & Tequila Bar
The newest addition to the NC Music Factory, Texicali Taco & Tequila Bar, opened earlier this June. We stopped in last night for a brief introduction to their drinks and cuisine.
Chef Gene Briggs and Alex Myrick from Blue and Osso partnered with Mike Harmon to create this Tex-Mex/Gulf Shore inspired concept. Texicali replaced the spot where The Saloon was located. The decor is a mash-up of Dia de los Muertos iconography, rock-a-billy elements (hot rods and choppers), and tattoo artistry that looks like a Voodoo Glows Skulls album cover come to life. Area artist Chris Davis has added his personal touch to the brand.
TVs are visible from every angle in Texicali. Many of the booths even offered their own TVs which would make this a prime location for watching sporting events with friends and excited crowds. A young and attractive crowd was filing in throughout the night.
I tried a couple samples of the chicken tinga burrito (also available as a taco) along with the house pico de gallo and guacamole. The Chicken Tinga presented a wide range of flavors contributed by the refreshing mango salsa, the smooth feel of tomatillo, queso fresco, and guacamole, all folded into the tender chicken and rice. The spices brought a slow smolder that made my lips tingle long after I finished the burrito.
I also ordered one of grilled portabello tacos- meaty strips of portabello, crumbles of queso fresco, and a pop of green from the shreds of fresh cilantro and guacamole that all combine nicely on a warm tortilla which crackled just a touch when folded into a taco. Chef de cuisine Carlos Rangle brings his Mexico City roots to a menu full of tacos, carne aside, carnitas, and more of the like. One dish which really intrigued me was the bacon guacamole. I didn’t get a go at it this round but will be sure to try it next time.
Margarita and tequila fans will be impressed by the selection. The bar keeps about thirty premium tequilas from distillers in the US and Mexico in the rails: blanco, anejo, reposado varieties galore. Of the three margarita cocktails I tried (Marinarita, Tipsy Tarantula, & The Machete), The Machete offered an enjoyable variation from the usual margarita tastes by integrating squeezed to order orange juice into mix.
You can learn more at www.texicalicharlotte.com.Â Be sure to let us know about your experience if you visit Texicali. We’ll be back with a full review once they get a bit more road behind them in the Charlotte scene.