Savannah Dining: Family spices up traditional Tex-Mex
Restaurant: Tequila’s Town Mexican Restaurant
Chef: Sergio Ortiz
Cuisine type: Simple, traditional Mexican food with diverse influences
Restaurant bio: The newly opened Tequila’s Town bring more than 50 years combined food industry experience from owners Sergio and Temo Ortiz and their business partner Sergio Calderon. The cuisine is described as simple, traditional Mexican with a modern twist, and they serve up signature burritos, carnitas, seafood, grilled steak and their unique Molcajete, a lava rock filled with grilled meats and topped with special sauces and Oaxaca cheese. The full bar stocks more than 30 brands of premium tequilas, as well as wine and beer.
“My son came up with the name,” Sergio Ortiz said. “He said it would be an easy name for Americans to pronounce. … I loved it.”
Chef bio: Sergio began his career in the Savannah restaurant business in 1990 at El Potro where he developed a taste for cooking and adding his signature twist on common Mexican cuisine. He then went on to cook at the former Pepe’s at Habersham and Bay Street where he was in charge of the kitchen. Sergio said he was excited to team-up with the rest of the Ortiz family with the launch of Tequila’s this year.
“I like to take my work home with me and practice my cooking. I like to practice with lamb, pork, barbecues for my family, and I practice with family parties,” Ortiz said. “That’s my best teacher, practice.”
Favorite dish: Sergio’s Carnitas de Michoacán
Why: According to Melody, the chef’s sister-in-law and business partner, “Sergio makes the best carnitas! It’s everyone’s favorite.”