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Tuesday night, I ventured to TNT with my friend Emily. I passed it on 5th street a few weeks back, and recently discovered TNT stood for Tacos and Tequila. I needed to check this place out! Vision of mixed drinks and assorted tacos baited my stomach and lured my taste buds, and I was reeled in like a fish.
At first, I was overwhelmed with the scrumptious options of tequila drinks mixed with agave nectar and fresh fruit juices; there were so many I wanted to try! So I decided to start with the basic house margarita. Emily decided to stick with the house red. Drinks on the way, our server introduced us to the savory quesadilla bar with choices of Chile Glazed Steak and Southwest Veggie. Turns out, TNT offers free quesadillas until 6:30 during happy hour. We considered ourselves lucky for getting an early start! Another complementary treat at TNT, crispy sweet potato chips with a creamy chipotle mayo dipping sauce. These are not to be missed!
For our entree, we split the Good Karma Guacamole and the TNT platter. The house margarita was good but typical for a house margarita; I stepped it up with their Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita. The Good Karma Guacamole was made fresh at our table and with roasted garlic, giving it a very smoky delicious flavor. It may seem pricey on the menu, but we found it to be worth it. Not to mention, a portion of proceeds of the guacamole goes to Urban Roots. Our platter arrived with three different tacos, Corn Crusted Chicken, Korean Beef and Rojo Shrimp and two sides, Chimayo Market Corn and Black Bean Adobe Pie. The Chimayo Market Corn was absolutely heavenly! I was hooked by its sweet, buttery kernels smeared with cotija cheese and sprinkled with red pepper. The adobe pie was a tamale shaped in a flan dish covered with a cream sauce and pico de gallo. I finished the meal with my refreshing margarita. Cucumber based drinks are perfect for the summer. I was surprised that it wasn’t too spicy even with the jalapeño. Overall, I found my food to be flavorful and the drinks worth a sip or three.
Happy Hour is Mon-Fri from 4-7pm. Drink specials includes $4 house drinks and $2 draft beer. Free retail parking at the Gables Pressler Apartments. Visit TNT .
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