By Barbara King
The folks that brought you the popular Juls restaurant on Old Jacksonville, have new culinary treats in store for your palate.
Step inside Holy Guacamole, and you’ll be delighted with the colorful ambience, enticing smells, and friendly faces. It’s an established location with a new twist; the remodeled former Juls café is now serving Mexican specialties for the entire family.
The Schulz family has once again put together a unique dining experience; from the tongue-in-cheek “Holy Guacamole” piñatas that grace the dining room to the outside rustic eating area where you can relax and watch the kids play.
Open since the beginning of May, Holy Guacamole is the collaborative family vision of the Schulz family; Jay, wife Pam, and children Matt and Priscilla. “We came up with the entire look and feel of the new place,” Jay explained. “Every decision, from the name to the logo design was a consensus, but not without a lot of discussion.”
Not a chain or franchise, the restaurant is the brainchild of the family, who stand behind their solid reputation in the Tyler community since 1985. All menu items are freshly made to order and can be modified to your taste.
Place your order at the front counter, then sit down and start with appetizers like nachos, the baddest Guacamole on earth, choriqueso (savory queso dip), or Mexican street corn bites topped with Cotija cheese, Elote seasoning with chipotle Mayo, and chopped cilantro. Appetizers run the gamut in price from $4.95-$7.95.
Freddy’s Famosas Fajitas are “hot, smokin’ sizzling to your table” and include your choice of beef, chicken, or shrimp, with all skillets served with rice or calabacitas and either borracho pork black bean or pinto refried.
Especialidades de la Casa include “Wild Thang Burrito,” “Mexican Hippie Skewers,” “Texas Sombreros” (sopes topped with refried beans and either beef taco meat or chicken guisada), “Diablo Tacos,” “El Grande Flaco Quesadilla,” “Jay’s Carne Asada,” Grilled chicken Monterey, or for those not tempted by the Mexican flavors, the “Cheeseburger Classico.”
Those eating lighter can enjoy items from the Sopas and Salads part of the menu, including “Old Skool” Taco salad, Tijuana Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad, Grilled Chicken Tortilla Soup, or Boss Man Chili.
Think out of the box and build your own Mexican bowl with all kinds of options including Spanish rice, chopped romaine lettuce, beans (borracho, pork black beans, refried pinto, chorizo potato hash), and proteins (taco beef, chicken guisada, beef or chicken fajita, or shrimp). Then add on items like roasted corn, spinach, all kinds of cheese, and pico de gallo to make it your own.
For the Schulz clan it’s all about family, and it’s reflected on the “Para Los Ninos” for the little ones in your life! They can choose from cheesy enchiladas, crunchy or soft tacos, or quesadillas, served with a side choice of celery sticks with peanut butter, apple slices with caramel sauce, refried beans and Spanish rice, or pineapple chunkies. Future plans for the kiddos include a playground area with Astroturf and coined rides.
It’s more of a casual atmosphere than Juls next door, but along with your Mexican favorites, you can also enjoy Holy Margaritas, local craft beers, and wine by the glass or bottle. The outdoor enclosed eclectic-styled patio is the perfect place to socialize, relax, and watch the water with family and friends.
“We want to make it a place where people want to eat, visit, and stay for awhile,” said Schulz. “We have always taken pride in our service and being part of the community in everything we do.”
Finish off your delicious meal with a dessert; either crispy churro bites, tres leches vanilla cake, or cinnamon sugar chips. (On a side note: all meals come with chips and salsa, and there’s always free ice cream for the kids).
Holy Guacamole also caters for larger parties, minimum of 10, in the Tyler community. The restaurant is open Monday-Wednesday, 11am-9pm and Friday and Saturdays, 11am-10pm.
Plus, there are more great things in store right next door. Step outside of Holy Guacamole and right up to the order window of Cup-Pow for a specialty smoothie, juice, coffee, and more.
Open every weekday morning at 7:30am until closing at 5pm, the espresso, juices, power bowls, and smoothies are made-to-order. Coffee drinks are specially made cappuccinos, French press, cortado, iced coffee, café au lait, espresso, or lattes; take your pick. Fresh juices might be more up your alley, including California Soul (pineapple, spinach, celery), Kale Storm (apple, kale, lemon), Diplomat (carrot, apple, ginger, spinach, parsley, kale), Farmacy (carrot, orange, garlic beet, parsley, lime), or Vitamin Seed (orange, beet, pineapple).
Power bowls are yours for just $5.75 with a base like acai, coconut milk, avocado, spinach, banana, and agave with toppings like blueberries, granola, blackberries, or sliced almonds. Cup-Pow also serves up excellent smoothies, 16 oz or 24 oz, like Greenleaf, V-18, Field Day, Strawburst, or Chunky Monkey. You can go natural with fresh fruit choices like blueberry, banana, strawberry, mango, peach, or orange. There’s lots of covered seating out front so you can eat, read, or just relax.
The Schulz family have dreamed big and added yet another dimension to their gastronomic arsenal: Holy Guacamole and Cup-Pow. The restaurant is located at 7212 Old Jacksonville. Call for catering or for more info at (903) 581-5857 or find them on Facebook.