What keeps a “staple” restaurant going?
What keeps people coming back year after year?
What is the secret to restaurant success?
IS IT THE MARGARITAS?
These are all questions that I asked Don, one of the two owners of Tres Hombres Mexican Grill and Cantina, when I visited last week to photograph some of their beautiful cocktails. Can you believe that Tres Hombres has been cooking up some of the most craved Mexican food in the valley for nearly 35 years?
There aren’t many businesses that can say they have been making the cut for that long, let alone restaurants. But serving up quality, consistent, delicious food — not to mention “the tequila” (which Don says keeps them coming back, of course) are just a few ways to go about it.
If you didn’t know, Tres Hombres and its owners Don and Mike, have been serving our community since 1984. In that time, they have catered for high profile companies, athletes, and rockstars (including ZZ Top). Mayor Ben McAdams even presented Tres Hombres with an award in 2015 for being a dedicated business in the community for over 30 years.
Not only has the community been loyal to the awesome food and tequila, but so have their employees. Many of those who work for Don and Mike have been there a number of years, including bartender Martin, who has been slinging drinks for Tres Hombres for 28 years! TWENTY EIGHT YEARS! I think he probably knows a thing or two about margaritas.
You can feel the dedication that the owners have to the success of Tres Hombres, and even Don himself has completed most of the interior, including the tables, booths, new bar, welcome desk and other indoor and outdoor features. And, it sure is a welcoming space.
With Cinco de Mayo coming up, Tres Hombres invited me over to check out its expansive tequila menu and try some of the cocktails and margaritas.
Over the years, I have been to Tres Hombres a multitude of times, however — with a newly renovated bar and a reason to party coming up — we got serious about the tequila! And let me tell you — Tres Hombres has them all — offering up some of the most expensive brands, as well as your affordable favorites. In fact, they have over 60 different kinds of tequila on the menu.
Here are some that we tried over great conversation.
Blood Orange Margarita:
Silver tequila, orange liqueur, San Pellegrino, blood orange juice
Served blended or on rocks with fresh blood orange and lime
Mexico City Mule:
Silver tequila and ginger beer
Served with fresh lime over ice in a copper mug
Both of these were made with VIDA Tequila!
Silver Tequila, Triple Sec, and pomegranate liqueur
A snifter of VIDA Anejo Tequila with a blood orange and lime sangrita backer
Custom Margarita (We called this the Spring Break):
Don Julio Reposado and a Gran Marnier Floater – blended
Watermelon Margarita – Blended
Of course, we also sipped on some premium tequilas!
Some you should try:
Casa Noble (Earthy and amazing)
Don Julio 1942 (Delicious and fancy)
(owned by George Clooney,
but don’t let that fool you — this one is wonderful)
And, of course, any of the VIDA Tequila selections.
We also munched on these delicious Shrimp Flautas!
So, have these photos enticed you to get back to Tres Hombres, or maybe try it for the first time?
Your chance is coming up — because Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner!
Not only is Tres Hombres working on a brand new cocktail menu that will focus on craft cocktails in addition to margaritas (as well as a focus on local spirits) — they are getting ready to party. Make sure to head in the week of May 5 for menu specials and fabulous margaritas, and also a myriad of chances to win prizes.
I know that you all are anxious to take some sombreo selfies…right?
Here are just a few of the fun things that Tres Hombres will be offering along with fabulous food and drink.
Take a photo wearing one of the many sombreros they will be handing out!
And don’t worry, they will have photo ops and background for you to sparkle up your selfies with.
Tag amd post on sociacl media for chance to win gift cards and other prizes!
Trivia and Quizzes
Tequilaness quiz! Cinco de Mayo quiz!
Bring your phone and make sure to participate for the chance to win!
So, get to Tres Hombres Mexican Grill and Cantina the week of May 5 and get your Cinco de Mayo ON!
3298 South Highland Drive | Salt Lake City
*Big thanks to Tres Hombres for hosting me.