Mad Dog & Beans Mexican Cantina is a casual-upscale Mexican restaurant featuring a traditional Mexican menu. The theme is based on the Mexican Revolution. The decor features vintage black-and-white photos of banditos and scenes of Mexico printed on canvas and displayed throughout the restaurant.

Barn wood, iron, weathered furniture (imported directly from Mexico), wrought-iron chandeliers, Edison bulbs, candlelight and other traditional decorative elements all combine to provide a warm and rustic dining atmosphere.

Flat-screen televisions in the bar area feature sports and vintage Mexican movies, while stainless-steel and glass Guacamole stations add a modern contrast to the overall look.

Music is a lively Mexican and Spanish selection during the day at both the bar area and the dining area. During happy hour, the bar area switches over to top 100, classic and contemporary rock, while guests can enjoy a more traditional Mexican dining experience upstairs where Mexican/Spanish music continues to play.

The Story

Mad Dog was a character in the old Southwest who didn't always get along with the law. Now, he was essentially a good guy but he always seemed to be down on his luck. He would try his hand at anything to make a living, from helping to build the railroads to twice yearly cattle drives to the stations up north. However, no matter where he went, he inevitably ended up in trouble and built a reputation that over time has been greatly exaggerated. That's essentially how he ended up with the moniker Mad Dog.

Over one particular long weekend, which happened to be when the local festival of the year was held, he was accused of a brutal murder. Mad Dog had nothing to do with it, but his name and reputation were enough to do him in. He had enough so he fled south to Mexico.  He knew that his time had come, even if the worst he had ever done was wreck some saloons in a drunken stupor.

Soon enough he ended up in a small town where the locals didn't care about his past. As long as he didn't upset the routine, they were happy to have him. And he was more than happy with that. He found enough work to feed and cloth himself; anything else was a bonus. His favorite job, however, was for the proprietor of the local cantina. The cantina owner was a land owner but not good with his money, so he came to an agreement with Mad Dog: There was always an open tab at the cantina. Cold cervezas and a bottle of tequila were good company for Mad Dog.

The local restaurant was just across the zocalo (town square). Every afternoon the chef would wander through the dust for a few cervezas before he headed back for the dinner shift. He and Mad Dog fast became steadfast drinking partners. They marched to their own beat, but they were in step when it came to cerveza and tequila. They would sit for hours with not a word said between them. Nothing needed to be said. They were happy to be where they were, and they were happy minding their own business. The chef was only known as Beans.

Whether dropping in for a chat with the señorita behind the bar or simply quenching a thirst, you could always count on two things at the cantina: cold cerveza and Mad Dog & Beans.