Two words that are sure to get the attention of many college students are “DRINK SPECIALS.” For this reason two local Mexican restaurants work hard to draw in Bearkats by offering a mix of good food and appealing specials.
Establishments like Casa Tomas and Jose’s are popular among college students. Both restaurants feature good food at reasonable prices and drink specials that almost any college student can afford.
Casa Tomas, located off the nothbound feeder road at 3315 Interstate 45, is a reasonably priced restaurant that has plenty of space for large groups and organizations to get together.
Casa Tomas serves traditional Mexican cuisine as well as new inventive house specialties. The lunch prices at Casa Tomas range from $5 to $9, featuring a Tex-Mex buffet for $5.95.
The dinner prices are reasonable as well, ranging from $6 to $12.
The atmosphere at Casa Tomas is relaxing and welcoming and has become a regular spot for student organizations to meet.
“We appreciate the college students,” said Bryan Koerselman Casa Tomas’ general manager and an SHSU alumnus.
Koerselman said Casa Tomas has a college happy hour between the hours of 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The happy hour features $1 bottle beers and $2 hamburger and fries among many other specials.
SHSU students always get a 10 percent discount with their student ID. There is a large patio at Casa Tomas that provides a nice place for students to gather and socialize.
“We want and encourage college business,” Koerselman said.
Casa Tomas is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. All major credit cards are accepted and no reservations are required.
Jose’s Mexican Restaurant is located at 3011 11th St. in the Townwest Center, near the local movie theater. Jose’s is known as the “Home of the 99 cent Margarita.” Jose’s serves a variety of flavors, from traditional, to strawberry and peach. Beer and wine are also available from the bar.
“It’s hard to beat 99 cent margaritas,” said senior English major John Wayne Comunale.
Jose’s serves authentic Mexican food at good prices which makes is popular with college students. It has a casual atmosphere and is especially busy Thursday through Saturday evenings before people start heading out to area bars.
The restaurant is also busy with local Huntsville residents as it is a popular place to take a family out to eat. It is a child friendly restaurant and large groups are welcome. Reservations are only necessary for large groups. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.
Jose’s is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.