‘Watts for Dinner:’ Mr. Tequila for melted cheese and colorful chips

Will Watts

It’s probably no secret to regular readers of this column that I love Latin food; especially Mexican. And with that, we happily headed to Mr. Tequila. Why mister and not Señor Tequila? That name’s taken. Also, based on my experience, it perhaps points to a more Tex/Mex mix.

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Multi-colored chips with salsa got things off to a festive start. I always prefer a salsa like this, made for flavor and not so hot its meant to make you buy more drinks. Good job, Mister.

Colorful chips and salsa from Mr. Tequila.

For my main entrée, I picked the cochinita pibil. I was happy to see this on the menu because most Mexican restaurants don’t have it. Typically – and what I expected – this dish involves marinating the meat in strongly acidic citrus juice, seasoning it with annatto seed which imparts a vivid burnt orange color, and roasting the meat while it is wrapped in banana leaf.

Firstly, let me just say that what I got was delicious. But it was not what I described above. In the restaurant’s defense and upon rechecking the menu, they delivered what they described.

Cochinita pibil from Mr. Tequila, Naples.

So, what did I get? It can best be described as carnitas – roasted pork – with melted cheese on top and served with rice, beans and corn tortillas.

I cleaned my plate; but I still wanted cochinita pibil.    

My partner in dine selected the chicken flautas. For this dish, you roll up the meat of choice in a corn tortilla and fry/deep fry it in oil. This dish also came with rice and beans and the flauntas were covered in melted cheese – which I’m beginning to think is a house specialty.

Chicken flautas from Mr. Tequila, Naples.

If you are looking for authentic Mexican food, you might be disappointed. If you’re looking for fun, filling and safe for all tastes, then you’ve arrived … at Mr. Tequila.

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If you go

Mr. Tequila

  • 3785 Tamiami Trail, Naples
  • 239-304-8629
  • mrtequilarestaurant.com