After about a year of renovations, stops, starts and the like, the old Goodfellas Pizza spot at 122 Mulberry St. in Milton has finally lit up as Tequila Real, a Mexican-themed tequila-centric restaurant! The owners are related to a family that runs Plaza Tolteca in California, Maryland. If you live near Lexington Park and the Patuxent Naval Air Station you probably know this place.
Jose Herrera, Ignacio Herrera, Jesus Herrera and Paulo Vargas make a special point to ask me to post a “thank you” to Miltonites who have been packing their restaurant since they opened. But there's a reason for that … the food is good! We've been there several times, and have been quite pleased every time. We have been lucky enough to be waited on by none other than Maggie Acevedo. They did not roll back any of the flavor of their food. There are several Mexican places that have opened over the last couple of years where the food looks great on the plate, but has no taste. That is not the case at Tequila Real. The flavors are up front and work together nicely. It's a Mexican restaurant, for goodness' sakes, and it should taste like one.
Scroll through the gallery to get a sneak peek at a few of the dishes and the menu!
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My current Rehoboth Foodie pick hit at Tequila Real is the strikingly flavorful Burrito Degollado. This bigger-than-your-head feast is stuffed with a beautifully spiced chorizo, shredded chicken and sauteed onions and green peppers. It is topped with the restaurant's creamy queso. This one is a challenge, but you know you're up for it!
Another tasty surprise is the hibiscus soft drink. Think cranberry meets acai – it's quite nice and the acidity stands up perfectly to the savory tastes of the Mexican food. We especially like the guac. It's chunky (a good thing) and obviously made fresh. The hint of lime (to keep it bright green and fresh) was a value added. The interior of this waterside space has been completely transformed from when it was the rather ramshackle Goodfellas. Regulars tell me they did not recognize the place.
Special Thanks to my friend Jerry Pirrung for the menu shots!