'Not Tex-Mex': Tacos Way dishes up authentic Mexican food in downtown Crestview. What's on the menu?
CRESTVIEW — Gustavo Paz Rojo’s new Tacos Way eatery is fueled by his Mexican heritage, passion for authentic Mexican food and vast restaurant experience.
With a menu featuring high-quality meats, handmade corn tortillas and homemade salsas, Tacos Way serves customers in a downtown building at 252 N. Ferdon Blvd. (State Road 85) that formerly housed Uncle Bill’s Family Restaurant.
The property is between East Oakdale Avenue and the Arirang J Restaurant. Uncle Bill’s closed last spring.
In addition to his new establishment, Paz Rojo runs a Tacos Way that opened two years ago in Lynn Haven in Bay County. Growing up, he spent many years working at his father’s Mexican restaurants in Alabama.
Paz Rojo said the building that had housed Uncle Bill’s became available for lease during his long search for a location in Crestview for his new restaurant.
“I was driving by one day and I saw a sign that said, 'Restaurant equipment for lease,'" Paz Rojo said Friday.
Following a major renovation wrought with pandemic-caused delays, Tacos Way opened Jan. 13.
“It’s been pretty busy,” said Paz Rojo, who added that his staff is now more efficient in getting food orders completed compared to the first few days of business.
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Tacos Way has about 50 seats. So far, its top menu items have been its street tacos, asada fries — which consist of steak, fries, guacamole, sour cream and cheese — and Nachos Way, a blend of steak, chicken, shrimp, pico de gallo, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos and cheese.
Other items include Baja tacos with Mahi Mahi or shrimp, crunchy tacos, quesadillas and fajita quesadillas, burritos, fajita and taco salads, street corn and the “Volcan,” which is steak on a crunchy corn tortilla with melted cheese, onions and cilantro.
Tacos Way also features a free salsa bar.
The restaurant’s meats are grilled over mesquite charcoal and then finish cooking on a gas grill. Paz Rojo said his eatery’s prices reflect its top-quality meats and other menu items.
“It’s not Tex-Mex,” he said.
Beverages at Tacos Way include all-natural, fruit-flavored sodas from Mexico. Its desserts include flan, churros and churros with ice cream.
Paz Rojo said he is still finalizing the hours of operation. As of Friday, the hours were from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.