T and T (Tacos and Tequila) at Luxor
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11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Chef Saul Ortiz
Michael Frey and Craig Gilbert worked closely with Alvarez + Brock Design on the 8,000 square-foot restaurant. Five icons of Mexican culture – the sombrero, the shot glass, the bullfight, skeletons and seductive women – inspired the design concept.
Sample Menu Items
Carne Asada $24
Grilled skirt steak, chile morita salsa, poblano rajas, chimichurri, guacamole,
black beans, rice
Beef Barbacoa Enchiladas $18
Slow-roasted beef brisket, roasted tomato-guajillo sauce
Yellow fin tuna, mandarin orange, red onion, cilantro, chile habanero
Carne Tacos $15
Carne asada, corn tortilla, cilantro, onion, lime
Mavens Overview: T and T
T and T, as in Tacos and Tequila at Luxor is another of Robert Sandoval's growing empire of Mexican Latin American restaurants. The restaurant is located on the second floor atrium of the Luxor, near the entrance to the Mandalay Place mall, which gives the restaurant an open and center of the universe feel. The design focal point of the restaurant is 20 brushed aluminum panels featuring thousands of laser-cut images, all back-lit.
The internet buzz on T&T is mixed, leaning towards favorable. Most feel the food is over-priced, though that is to be expected for a Strip restaurant. The free chips and salsa that they bring to the table get rave reviews. The service gets mixed reviews, and some of the comments about the hostess, were less than kind. Personnel tends to change over time, hopefully the service issues will improve. The margaritas seem to get particularly high praise.
Internet Buzz: T and T
- Located on the second floor near the front entrance to the Luxor, the restaurant has a nice, modern, upscale vibe. The restaurant is open air to the pyramid so you have a great view to do people watching from the dining tables or the bar.
- I must say that this may have been the best Mexican food I have eaten, and I eat a lot of Mexican food. I ordered the Beef burrito. It was the most amazing pulled beef burrito. The meat just melted in the mouth.
- The tequila list is good, if a bit overpriced. The most noteworthy menu item for me was the margarita made with mescal instead of tequila. It definitely had a nice smokey flavor as advertised, but for $12 I like my margaritas to have 3-4 times more booze in them than this one had. Maybe it's just me....
- The crab tostadas, made from fresh jumbo lump crab meat kept in large chunks, is mixed with roasted sweet corn, bell pepper, pico de gallo and avocado. The crab is mixed with a tangy but light chipotle aioli and finished with an Oaxaca chile sauce.
- The best thing here is the margaritas, the salsas are good, but they're no different from some of the other Strip Mexican restaurants. And the chips are too greasy for me to enjoy. The meat in the various offerings (tacos, enchiladas, etc.) has good flavor, but always seems too tough. And the tortillas are definitely not handmade or fresh.
- You pay for the experience and convenience here, not the food. We paid $50 for 2 taco plates, 1 Negro modelo, and 1 mixed margarita. Not a bargain. The food taste great though, so it's ultimately up to you.
- The ambiance was good but they were blasting 60/70s American rock, not very Latin inspired. The service was atrocious.
- We had a great time at T & T. The food was pretty awesome, the sangria was fantastic. The atmosphere was casual but appropriately themed. The guacamole was soooooo good. I would definitely go back,
- Excellent chips and salsa - they were free. good margaritas - my fave was the pineapple one. tacos - meh. i live in santa ana and of course the tacos here are outrageously delicious and its hard to compare. ambience - super fun and laid back.