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Agave House introduces Mexican flavor to University Boulevard

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Jackie Cabrera
Agave House opened on June 28 and has many good reviews. Check out the restaurant for authentic Mexican flavors near campus.

Agave House opened its doors on University Boulevard to introduce the flavors of Mexico to the University of Arizona student body. 

Agave House is located on the corner of North Park Avenue and East University Boulevard in Main Gate Square at 943 E. University Blvd. Ste. 171. The restaurant opens at 11 a.m every morning but closes at 12 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and at 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday

The modern cocina opened over two months ago on June 28 and has received a lot of positive feedback. They offer a wide range of options like typical enchiladas and red and green enchiladas, priced at $13 and $15 respectively before tax.

Zulema Herrera is a graduate student studying bilingual journalism at the University of Arizona; she recently dined at Agave House and had the green enchiladas. She’s noticed most places mainly offer red sauce enchiladas, and it was nice to see Agave House bring in green sauce as well. She would like to try the red enchiladas next. 

“They’re at least bringing it to proximity, which is good,” Herrera said. 

They also sell different types of bowls and tacos. The prices range from $14 to $17 before tax, depending on the bowl.

Tacos are also priced differently, from as low as $4.50 for one sweet potato taco all the way to $17 for the quesabirria combo, which comes with a side of rice and beans and your choice of salsa. According to the general manager, Jonah Gomes, the tacos have been the number one sellers. 

If there’s still room for more after the entrée and appetizers, Agave House also offers desserts like tres leches for $8, churros for $7 and pastel de elote for $8 before tax. 

Agave House is located at 943 E. University Blvd. Ste. 171. The new restaurant opens every day at 11 a.m. (Jackie Cabrera)

The restaurant also takes dietary restrictions into account with gluten-free and vegan options. The full menu can be found on the Agave House website.

As a Mexican cocina, Agave House has a tequila-heavy cocktail list. Bartender Hannah Hasley, 26, said that tends to turn new drinkers away. 

“Our rendition with the tequilas and how we mix it really makes it easier for new drinkers to get a taste of how tequila is supposed to be consumed,” Hasley said.  

She said the espresso martinis are made with tequila, and the smoke and mirrors are made with mezcal. According to Hasley, these are the top two drinks that people are initially unsure about. 

“Not only are we providing a fun and aesthetic drink but also playing with their taste buds a bit,” Hasley said. 

If you’re looking for a flavorful margarita, the prickly pear is made with a Tequila Ocho, and the coco loco is made with an orange tequila. Hasley said that the orange tequila mixes well with the coconut puree used. 

The restaurant has started having happy hour daily from 2 to 5 p.m. 

“We’ll have $5 margaritas, $1 off craft beers, $3 chips and salsa and $2 off tacos a la carte,” Gomes said.

Gomes and Hasley also recommend checking out Agave House at night.  

“If you need a nice refreshing drink during the day or at night, this would definitely be the spot,”  Hasley said.

Keep a look out for different events they hold and DJs they feature on Agave House’s Instagram.


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