Article and photos by Liane M. Davis
Do you have a craving for some Mexican cuisine? Try Tequila Joe’s, the new Mexican restaurant and hot spot in Parker, which has become a favorite with the locals. Owners Jeff Kratcha and Wayne Crabtree are either greeting you as you walk through the door or checking on you to make sure you have everything you need. Customers are hooked on the first visit because of the great food, unique drinks, and friendly staff... and it does not hurt with happy hour being one of the best in town.
Happy Hour is Monday thru Friday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $3 Margaritas, Sangria, and their must-have delicious trademark, Sangria Swirl (a frozen margarita with a swirl of Sangria). Don’t forget the $2 draft beer with fresh chips and salsa.
The location, formerly BB’s Bistro, was remodeled with brightly colored walls, festive decorations, an inviting bar area (with the barstools homemade by one of the owners’ father), dining area and a cozy yet upbeat outside patio complete with fire pit and torches.
The owners had not picked a name until they got a feel for the space, location and community. “Tequila” because of their menu highlighting a variety of tequilas, a place you always feel welcome, with a fun, relaxing atmosphere - a getaway of sorts. “Joe” a name that embraces everyone and anyone. Welcome to Tequila Joe’s!
The menu has a sizable selection of appetizers, pasta, fish, beef and chicken entrées, soups, salads and desserts. “The menu is a fusion of New Mexico, California and Texas all wrapped into one,” said Crabtree. The portions served are not lacking in size either. Start with the Jalapeno Shrimp (or enjoy as a meal), five tasty shrimp skewered with jalapeno and bacon covered in pepper jack cheese sauce and fire roasted salsa.
Always a favorite, the carnita burrito, savory seasoned pork and beans smothered in a delicious pork green chili sauce or the tilapia lime, a pan seared filet topped with jalapeno butter and fresh lime juice.
In the mood for some spicy pasta? Try the chipotle pasta, penne pasta tossed in a scrumptious chipotle cream sauce and served with a chicken breast. If you still have room for dessert try the Basket of Sopapillas and drench them in butter and honey or the creamy with a zing to it cheesecake.
Enjoy their lunch menu offered Monday thru Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., which includes items from the menu with smaller portions and prices. Reservations recommended Friday and Saturday nights. Tequila Joe’s is located at 11280 South Twenty Mile Road in Parker. You may also reach them at 303-840-5637.
11280 S Twenty Mile Rd #103
Parker, Colorado 80134