PALM SPRINGS — Less than two weeks after Tac/Quila opened its doors on North Palm Canyon Drive, the 95-seat restaurant, which serves modern Mexican cuisine is “slammed” with patrons.

Located at 415 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Taq/Quila is located just a half mile from its sister restaurant, FARM. Located at 6 La Plaza, FARM is an intimate, country-chic eatery with a patio for farm-to-table Provençal fare.

Tac/quila Opens Doors On North Palm Canyon

Liz and Mark Ostoich, owners of Tax/Quila

Once you enter Tac/Quila you will be immediately transported to 1950’s Mexico City. The indoor/outdoor eatery is glamorously decorated with authentic mid-century art.

“There is not  a bad seat in the house,” Liz Ostoich told Uken Report. She, along with her husband, Mark, own the restaurant. One of the corners of the restaurant, she said, “is like being locked away in Mazatlan.”

Tac/Quila is our made up word for combining gourmet Jalisco style cuisine with specialty tequilas and mezcals, in an effort to transport our guests south of the border and into a culture rich in flavor, color, art, and authenticity, Mark said in telling the couple’s story.

One of the reasons for the restaurant is Liz’s love of Mexican food.

“Mexican cuisine is my favorite, but it often leaves me uncomfortable afterward,” she said. “I wanted to create something I love that is fresh, clean, has an international flavor — that is authentic to Jalisco and has the highest quality ingredients.”


Alfredo Carrion, chef at Tac/Quila

There was also another driving force behind the opening of Tac/Quila. His name is Alfredo Carrion. He is the chef. Carrion started working in restaurants when he was 16. He has  had a dream of bringing high quality Jalisco-style cuisine to the Coachella Valley. He the third in a line of four brothers (all of whom are chefs).

“He has an incredible passion for food,” Liz said. “We were excited about helping him fulfill his dream.”

The menu contains a smorgasbord of delectable cuisine and drinks. You can choose from a pork tamale, hanger steak nachos, vegetarian nachos, grilled avocado salad, deed fried calamari, carne asada street tacos, sauteed lobster, and grilled shrimp. Hungry yet?

That’s only a fraction of the menu.

The drink menu is an experience. They have a robust wine list and beers, but the specialty drinks had us at the mention of a “Flight of four tasting-size margaritas.”

Tac/quila Also featured on the drink menu are pineapple, watermelon, kiwi mint, and blacberry margaritas.

You will work up an appetite simply perusing the variety of drinks.

You can check out the full food and drink menu by clicking here.

Tax/Quila is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Reservations are accepted. You may do that by clicking here.

It is one more in a wealth of new eateries that have been drawn to Palm Canyon Drive.



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  • Liz and Mark Ostsoich: Tac/quila
  • Alfredo: Tax/quila
  • Tac/quila beverage: Tac/Quila
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