Mariachi Band and a Meal

. November 11, 2013.

It isn’t very often that you’re serenaded by a mariachi band during your meal—especially in Findlay. But at El Tequila Mexican Restaurant, located 2411 Tiffin Ave., that is exactly what you can expect.

El Tequila, the newest restaurant in Findlay offering Mexican fare, includes a little fanfare in the form of mariachi music. Couple the music with a  varied menu and bright artwork and you have a restaurant that will give you a little taste – both in the food and the décor – of Mexico.

We were particularly hungry for dinner as we piled into the brightly lit, colorful restaurant. The murals at the tables, elaborately decorated chairs and exposed brick walls created an eclectic, funky cantina vibe.

We were warmly greeted and offered chips and salsa for the table – always a crunchy plus. Though we were tempted to get a chip refill, we decided against it, remembering from past dining experiences to avoid filling up before the meals get to the table. It’s a good thing we abstained—we needed large appetites for our meals.

Our choices weren’t easy, however, as the menu contains several pages of house specials, enchiladas dishes, quesadillas, fajitas, chicken, steak and seafood dishes. Nearly every combination was represented, from chimichangas to empanadas. Vegetarians enjoy their own menu section, as do kids. The kids’ menu features smaller portions of adult choices, such as tacos and burritos, as well as chicken tenders and cheeseburgers for the less adventurous palates.

My husband decided on the Burrito California ($11.99), a monster-sized burrito filled with shrimp, steak, chicken, and other traditional burrito fixings, then  topped with cheese sauce.  My 14-year-old ordered the tacos de pollo asado ($8.99) with rice and beans. My 11-year-old wanted the burrito and taco combo off the kids’ menu ($4.25). The sincronizada ($8.50), a grilled tortilla sandwich stuffed with mushrooms, spinach, cheese and other vegetables, appealed to me.

When our food was delivered to our table, we realized utensils were essential. The Burrito California took up the entire plate, so my husband quickly abandoned any idea of eating it the traditional way with his hands. “If you’re really hungry this will be the perfect cure,” he said, beholding the burrito. The green peppers in my sandwich were crunchy just the way I like them, tinged with the right amount of heat from the jalapenos. My daughters also enjoyed their meals, and for the first time in ages, there were no leftovers to take home.

That doesn’t mean dessert was forsaken, of course. We decided to share portions of the chimi cheesecake ($4.75), a deep fried cheesecake that tasted as sinful as it sounds, and the traditional fried ice cream ($4.75).

Just as we were finishing, we heard the sounds of the mariachi band, musicians who dress in colorful outfits and serenade diners with the folk songs of Mexico. We ended our evening with the high notes of a trumpet and guitar—a fitting cap to a good meal.

El Tequila Mexican Restaurant
2411 Tiffin Avenue
Hours:  Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Lunch is served Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.