Tequila Cowboy

Over break I went to visit one of my best friends who happens to live in South Florida. Even though technically Florida is considered the South, we were in one of the least southern places, Miami. One night we were out shopping and looking around when we stumbled upon this restaurant called Tequila Cowboy. Obviously from living in Texas, tex-mex is one of our favorite foods so we thought that we would try it out. We walked into to the restaurant and it was one of the most stereotypical “country” places I have ever been to. There was a man and a guitar singing at the entrance, the décor was rustic with cowboy boots and trucks as decorations, and the waiters and waitresses were dressed to a tee in theme. However, the best part about the restaurant was that they had an electric bull and a karaoke bar attached. They were playing older country music over the speaker system, although it seemed like me and my friends were the only ones that knew the songs.

We ordered our margaritas (because who doesn’t get tequila at Tequila Cowboy) and started looking over the menu. The first thing noticed is that almost everything on the menu contains some form of barbeque. Whether it was pulled pork tacos to barbeque chicken enchiladas. They took the two main staples of Texas cuisine and tried to combine them. Don’t get me wrong, I know pulled pork tacos are a very normal dish but on their menu it seemed like they were trying too hard.

After dinner, we went to the next room to the karaoke bar. We were the only ones in there, when a man walks up to us and asks us if we “want to ride his bull”. We explained to him that we live in Texas and have ridden or have the opportunity to ride a bull on almost any night a week. Finally, the place started to fill up, meaning two more people walked in. The karaoke begins by the “dj” singing a George Strait song. Next up is the two other people in the bar, who happen to be this old man and a woman clearly half his age, watching them sing a love song had to be one of the most uncomfortable experiences out there.

We were up next and chose to sing “Friends in Low Places” by Garth Brooks. We weren’t serious about our singing or anything we just got up there to have fun, which we did, but no one knew the song. More people began to trickle in at this point and we had a street audience since the stage was at a window. Yet there wasn’t an ounce of recognition of the song on anyone’s faces. We got up there, sang, got down, and left.

We had a blast in this cheesy stereotypical country restaurant. Granted the food wasn’t very good, their margaritas sucked, and no one knew the music. But I was with my two best friends and we had a great time.


Filed under Dancing, Honky Tonk, Live Music, Reflection, Texas, USA

2 Responses to Tequila Cowboy

  1. One thing I love about this post is that it calls out the way that people create artificial “country” environments to try to make money. Another example is the Cracker Barrel restaurant. It’s well and fine to go to a fake country store and eat chicken fried steak on the highway outside of Dallas, but it’s kind of weird the farther the restaurant gets from the south.

  2. Gabrielle Hernandez

    Being a native Texan myself I can tell you I also love my Tex-Mex food. Hearing about places like this though makes me lose hope that there is anywhere to get good food outside of my beloved state. Sure it might be good to people in Florida, but there is nothing like home. I am glad you got up and sang one of my favorite songs. Its a fun tune but sad that no one else there had heard it before. Maybe you opened their eyes (and ears) to the wonder that is great country music. Also, just have to say that I shuddered at the thought of someone doing karaoke to George Strait especially in a place like that. I feel like the King deserves to be honored better than that.

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