Expect the Unexpected at Sylvania’s New Cantina

. December 1, 2016.
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Te`kEla Mexican Cocina y Cantina

www.tekelacocina.com
www.facebook.com/tekelamexican

5147 S. Main St. | Sylvania, OH 43560
419-517-0233
Mon-Thur: 11am-9:30pm
Fri:-Sat: 11am-10:30pm | Sun: 11am-9pm

25481 Dixie Hwy | Perrysburg, OH 43551
419-874-8800
Mon-Thurs: 11am-9:30pm
Fri-Sat: 11 am-10:30pm | Sun: 11am-9pm

The kids and I have discovered another favorite Mexican restaurant. Te`kēla Mexican Cocina y Cantina in Sylvania has taken the area by storm. Opened in September in the Southbriar Shopping center, the Cocina has already become a favorite destination for many.

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Dining options for any occasion

Immediately when you step inside Te`kēla, you notice a strikingly different décor from what you have come to expect from typical Mexican cantinas. The atmosphere radiates a traditional vibe that meets contemporary flair. A beautiful mural painted by Kristen Valdez spans the length of two walls and tells the story of tequila from the planting of blue agave to the producing of tequila, to the harvest celebration in the town square. The beautiful wood tile tables were built from scratch by owner Javier Cobian. 

Aside from the aesthetically pleasing atmosphere, there are varied seating options that deliver completely different dining experiences. Te`kēla’s cantina area offers high tops, booths, and ample seating around the stone trimmed bar, where you can enjoy live music every Wednesday through Friday.

However, if you would prefer a traditional dining experience with the kids, they offer a relaxing dining room with an additional dining area in the back. They are completely separate from the bar. The majestic stone fireplace and beautiful mural offer a very comfortable dining experience for the whole family.  They will soon complete renovations on a banquet room that will seat 50.

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Food fusion

Javier Cobian, along with sons David and Javier Jr. and their cousin Juan Acuna, opened Te`kēla in Perrysburg four years ago. Javier Sr. is from the Mexican state of Jalisco, which just so happens to be the home of authentic tequila. Not only did he bring his love for tequila to the States, but when it comes to the food, Te`kēla “celebrates the fusion of contemporary and authentic foods of Mexico.”

“Just about everything is made from scratch”, according to general manager Lee Anne Sandor. The Latin fusion entrée I enjoyed is one of their most popular. The patrón and lime chicken was amazing with wonderfully fresh flavors. The offering of street tacos is varied and I may make a meal out of several of those next time. The kids and I also shared a large bowl of fresh guacamole with the perfect balance of lime and cilantro.

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The kids’ menu is reasonable at $5.50 plus drink. Not only is milk available, but your little ones can enjoy the added bonus of one free refill. With traditional choices like burritos, quesadillas, tacos and nachos, your little ones will be content. However, burgers and chicken tenders with fries are always available.

While my oldest son kept with the traditional wet burrito with slow roasted pork, smothered in salsa, cheese and pico de gallo, my daughter devoured the chicken fajita bowl. All the flavors of fajitas, but no assembly required. Despite the fact that we had leftovers going home with us, we still managed to indulge in the fried ice cream dessert for an extra sweet ending to the meal.

I would be remiss not to mention the extensive tequila menu and incredible cocktail list. I sampled the coconut lime margarita which Ms. Sandor said is so popular it’s now offered year round. One sip and I transcended to a sandy white beach scene somewhere far away. The low rumble of my children bickering over who would get the last of the guacamole immediately brought me back to reality. Ah well, I will try again next time.

Karen Zickes is a mom of three active children and freelance writer
who resides in Holland, OH. She can be reached in c/o editor@toledoparent.com.

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The Short Course

Kid-friendly: Yes
To avoid wait: Weekend evenings are very busy, though they have a large waiting area
Noise level: Moderate; may be loud on weekend nights
Bathroom amenities: No changing station
High chairs? Yes
Got milk? Yes, and one free refill
Kids’ menu? Yes
Allergy info: There is a separate gluten free menu. Also, alert your server so they can consult with the manager. Only soy bean oil is used. For extreme situations, contact them a day in advance so they can be ready for your visit the following day.

Bottom Line: Te`kēla Mexican Cocina y Cantina has a lot going for it at the new Sylvania location. The atmosphere, service and, of course, food and drink are all wonderful reasons to see for yourself what the buzz is all about. A dining area that is completely separate from the bar area is an added bonus that many families will enjoy. Be sure to stop by Wednesday thru Friday for a bit of live, local music, too.