First Bite: Tres Agaves

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A friend and I traveled to The Fountains in Roseville last night to check out hot new Tres Agaves, which opened a week ago. Featuring bold, lusty food inspired by the Jaliscan region of Mexico, the colorful (and raucously loud) restaurant was packed with diners and drinkers. Tres Agaves’ notable differentiation from other chain-style Mexican restaurants (like Chevys, which it resembles) is its extensive high-end tequila collection. In the Bay Area (the company’s flagship location is in San Francisco) Tres Agaves is admired by foodies for its focus on tequila education and appreciation. The company, which regularly takes key employees on tours of distilleries in Jalisco “to further their tequila education,” has even initiated a tour program for interested customers (see website for details).

Not a margarita aficionado – the slushy, sweet-sour beverages, with their salty crust, don’t appeal to me – I attempted to order a beer. But the waitress wouldn’t hear of it. Her argument to “just try” a Tres Agaves margarita was so persuasive (“I don’t normally like margaritas either, but these are different, I promise”) that I caved. She was right. My margarita – prepared with fresh, hand-squeezed lime juice, aged tequila and a company-produced “agave nectar” made from organically grown agaves was a knockout. Complex, balanced, and silky-smooth, the delicious cocktail (no salted rim!) was served on the rocks (not blended) and went down reeeeeal easy.

Yep, I’ll return to Tres Agaves for another margarita, and also look forward to a second helping of the kitchen’s super-fresh fish tacos and thick, rustic hand-pressed corn tortillas.

1182 Roseville Parkway, Suite 110, Roseville, (916) 782.4455; www.tresagaves.com/locations/roseville