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TQLA

4601 Washington Ave. Houston, TX 77007 | Heights | 281-501-3237

Location Description:

The 170 different tequilas, plus eight varieties on tap chilled to five degrees and an owner who is a tequilier (yes, you heard right), might make you think this is only a bar. But TQLA on Washington Avenue is also a place to get some great Southwestern cuisine. The decor is chic and ultramodern, as are the patrons. The menu is extensive and ranges from simple fish tacos and wild mushroom tamales (a favorite) to crawfish corncakes and orange pork tenderloin.


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  • Cuisine(s): Mexican, Southwestern
  • Hours: Sun-Wed 11am-10pm, Thu-Sat 11am-12am
  • Price: $$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: Full bar
  • Reservations: Not Accepted
  • Parking: Valet
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Features: Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout

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