Tex-Mex fare holds a very special place in the hearts of many expats of North American origin. Famous for its hearty nature, fresh ingredients (when it’s done right) and seemingly bottomless flavor, it’s hard to dislike this eclectic style of cuisine.
When it comes to giant burritos and zesty tacos, Guangzhou has pretty slim pickings. Sure, there’s Tekila, but the portions are small and the prices are high – making it unappealing for the daily devourer of Mexican food.
Enter Tristan’s TexMex Restaurant and Bar. This new and slightly hidden location is an undisputable gem of the Guangzhou food and beverage scene.
Owner and manager Tristan Sapp is well known among locals for his Tex-Mex wizardry. Prior to opening his own location, Sapp ran well-received taco nights at some of the city’s celebrated drinking and dining sites, including The Brew, El Cafetal and the recently shuttered Standing Goose.
First-time visitors are encouraged to try the beef super burrito (RMB55/large, RMB45/small), which comes stuffed full of guacamole, sour cream, beans, rice, lettuce, pico de gallo, red salsa, cheese and, of course, beef. It’s filling, delicious and will turn even the most prim of foodies into an instant fan.
Another must-try on the Tristan’s menu is the pork chimichanga (RMB65), which comes with the same fillings as the beef super burrito, but with pork substituted instead. Oh, and it comes deep-fried.
Vegetarians should not fear, for both of the above-mentioned burritos come meat-free upon request.
If you’re not into wraps, opt for Tristan’s chicken wings or legs, which are deliciously smothered in one of his in-house sauces. Flavor options include buffalo with caramelized onions and apple cider BBQ (RMB45 for five), both of which hold their own against Guangzhou’s elite wing-serving locations.
In addition to Tex-Mex options, this taco haven also serves up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches (RMB30) with additional toppings such as caramelized onions (RMB5) and a fried egg (RMB10), along with a variety of finger foods – including, but certainly not limited to, mozza sticks (RMB35).
Possibly Tristan’s TexMex Restaurant and Bar’s best feature is Taco Tuesdays, when hungry taco fiends can enjoy an all-you-can-eat special for only RMB50.
With a well-stocked bar, complete with numerous tequila options and a notable selection of imported and craft beer, Tristan’s place also serves as a watering hole for those not as passionate about stuffing their face as the rest of us.
Who’s going: Students, teachers and home-sick Californians and Texans
Good for: Good vibes and zesty meal options
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