As a fan of a great margarita, I’m always looking for a nice Mexican spot they can provide both authentic cuisine, as well as a potent rita. When I think Mexican, I’m thinking lets cut to the point. Full with a nice buzz is the main goal. Soooooooooo I put together a list of my five top Mexican joints in the city.
1. El Gato Negro
The French Market location is especially convenient for dining al fresco, great drinks and the food is some of the most authentic in the city. Plan a day of browsing the local vendors at the Market and walking around the area – there is a plethora of shops within walking distance on Decatur St.
1. French Quarter – 81 French Market Place (overlooking the French Market)
2. Lakeview – 300 Harrison Avenue
2.Sante Fe (Esplanade Location)
This could easily be my number one pick just depends on how I’m feeling that day. With some of the best margaritas in the city, and their take on Mexican with a hint of New Orleans seafood. It’s hard to not love everything about this spot especially the crawfish quesadillas.
Location: 3201 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119
3. Superior Grill
Expect to wait a bit if you are visiting Friday or Saturday nights, but it shouldn’t take too long and the super-strong drinks make it all worthwhile. Superior is right on the streetcar line, and offers both indoor seating and quasi-outdoor (covered patio) seating.
Location: Uptown – 3636 St. Charles Ave
4. Juan’s Flying Burrito
This funky NOLA-style cantina has two locations – one in the Lower Garden District on Magazine and the other in Mid-City right off the Canal Street streetcar line. Try one of their namesake burritos, or opt for their generously-sized taco plates. They have plenty of veggie options as well. The winner however is the redfish tacos……..
Locations: Lower Garden District – 2018 Magazine St., Mid-City – 4724 S. Carrollton Avenue
5. Felipe’s Taqueria
Fast, fresh, and assembly-line style production provides for the fast food of Mexican in the city. But you cant resist the fact that the French Quarter location stays open late, so it’s available after shows or as a late-night option. The margaritas here may not be the best but they are the most potent and to the point. I’ve had plenty wild nights walking out of this one, so it had to make my top five.
1. French Quarter – 301 N. Peters St
2. Uptown – 86215 S. Miro St