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Peek Into This Palace of Tequila and Mexican Food

[Photos: Mike Newton]

La Tequila, which recently opened in the former location of Los Arcos in Chula Vista, has an extensive food and drink menu, but the 6,000-square-foot
space also provides a visual feast, from colorful surfaces, glittering embellishments and birds, lots of birds, whimsically painted on walls or perched on branches throughout the restaurant.

Karina's Group, which owns seven other family-run area restaurants, including the Karina's
Mexican Seafood locations and Savoie in Otay Ranch, did a substantial remodel here, and principal David Contreras-Curiel, who designed the space, says that they wanted to provide a downtown dining experience to the South Bay.

Naturally, tequila is the focus here, with a selection of more than 200 available by the flight, glass or bottle, which can be stored in personal "tequila lockers"; an agave field planted next to the new outdoor patio adds to the theme. The menu, which features breakfast, lunch and dinner, is centered around traditional dishes from the tequila-producing region, and includes carne en su jugo, a beef soup with onions, garlic and bacon, slow-stewed beef birria, crocodile tacos with homemade tortillas and tlacoyo, masa cakes stuffed with savory fillings. La Tequila is also making homemade paletas, frozen pops in seasonal flavors.

· Karina's Group [Official Site]
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