In Review: Taquilo’s

Jenna Bohnsack, Reporter

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The bright teal exterior of Taquilo’s is the first thing that stood out to me. The charming, brightly-colored awning enticed me. The cool breeze and warm sunlight made some people choose to dine outside on the available tables.

Walking inside, I smelled various wonderful potent flavors. I smelled the fresh tortilla chips frying by the bar and the chicken being grilled for the quesadillas. I knew I was in for a treat. The walls were bright yellow and were adorned with many quirky decorations. Leopard masks, seashells, and moon paintings were just a few of the things I caught sight of. The bright colors and decor immediately lifted my mood and made me excited to eat lunch at Taquilo’s.

A kind and gracious hostess led me and my family to a booth in the corner of the restaurant. The booth was bright red and surrounded by paintings of exotic animals. We were immediately served salsa and chips. There were two variations of salsa. One was red and spicy, and the other was green and a bit milder. Both of them were delectable. I’m not usually a fan of spicy foods, but the spicy salsa was so flavorful I couldn’t resist.

After reviewing the menu, I decided on a chicken quesadilla. I’ve made them at my house, and I’ve had them at other Mexican restaurants across the country, but Taquilo’s quesadilla was by far the best. The tortillas were crispy and buttery and salty. Inside, there was a blend of Mexican cheese that was so flavorful and delicious. The chicken was the best part. It was juicy and crispy and seasoned perfectly with rosemary and chili powder. The flavors of the tortilla, cheese, and chicken blended together to create such an incredible taste. My family asked to try a piece after I raved about it all lunch, and I reluctantly agreed. They were also impressed. It was truly an incredible quesadilla.

Normally my family and I do not order dessert at restaurants, but after all of the amazing entrees, we had to try the dessert. We ordered the churro bites. They came with dipping sauce. These churros were so much better than food stand churros. They were sweet and fluffy and had just the right amount of cinnamon sugar. The dipping sauce was also sweet and creamy and complemented the churros perfectly.

Although the food was a bit more expensive than most Mexican restaurants, the food and service at Taquilo’s was well worth it. It was by far my favorite Mexican restaurant I’ve ever been too. It makes me sad that it is halfway across the country on Galveston Island in Texas.

 

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