Hussongâ€™s and Herradura make for a homey hangout
Hanging out at Hussongâ€™s Cantina is a lot like going to my most recent ex-boyfriendâ€™s place. Itâ€™s a very homey environ with stuffed deer heads and neon beer signs decorating the walls, dish towels serving as napkins, Eagles music playing in the background, and plenty of barflys enjoying themselves with sports playing non-stop on several TVs. Hussongâ€™s is actually the kinda place where you can really be yourself, let loose, and have a good time.
We were there for a Herradura (herradura.com) tequila tasting. And, yes, you knew it was going to happen sooner or later, first there were wine and hand-crafted cocktail pairing dinners, then beer and now, finally, tequila.
Our host Ruben Aceves Vidiro, director of international brand development for Casa Herradura, started by explaining that most people drink tequila the wrong way. â€śYou shouldnâ€™t shoot it. Rather, sip it like wine. People are scared of tequila because they have had a bad experience with it, most likely in high school.â€ť
Ruben also went on to explain its benefits as a health elixir. â€śDrinking tequila is a sure-fire cold remedy. During influenza outbreaks, doctors would prescribe a shot of tequila with lime to ward off illness.â€ť He swears by his daily pre-lunch shot that he has taken religiously for the last 36 years.
We started with Herraduraâ€™s Blanco which is clear tequila that pairs nicely with appetizers and goes well with not so spicy foods. With a nose of lemon and pepper, the smooth flavor of the tequila offered hints of mint and citrus. We enjoyed ours with the cantinaâ€™s signature Sopes, which are basically little fried corn (masa) dough boats with plenty of goodies tucked away like chicken, carnitas or steak.
Our second course featured Herraduraâ€™s Reposado Tequila which is a light amber color and has hints of vanilla, cinnamon and orange. A pleasant heat warmed the back of our throat after a sip. Sweet and complex like brandy, the tequila pairs well with just about anything. We had ours with Asado Tacos, three corn mini steak tacos. They were delicious but the Fried Avocado Salad, which was a shrimp stuffed fried avocado with Romaine lettuce and hominy with a Tomatillo Avocado dressing, also looked yummy.
We ended our meal with Anejo Tequila which has notes of butterscotch, oak, vanilla and chocolate, and so makes a nice dessert tequila. It goes well with cigars, too, and is nice on the rocks. We sipped ours with Hussongâ€™s Fried Ice Cream which was rolled in panko and was accompanied by a side of fruit salsa. The ice cream was really soft and had a rice milk pudding consistency with a mildly sweet flavor.
Like I mentioned before, between Herraduraâ€™s tequila and Hussongâ€™s approachable cuisine, itâ€™s just like hanging out at the exâ€™s.
Hussongâ€™s Cantina at Mandalay Place is open from 11 a.m. until midnight seven days a week. 702.553.0123
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