It’s Cinco De Mayo, which makes me think of how, in the not too distant past, it was nearly impossible to find good Mexican food in New Orleans. Not any more, though.
Mexican food is one of those rare things in this world that can be good, fast and cheap. If I’m in the French Quarter, then Felipe’s is the place to go. How about a couple of tacos Al pastor (3.75) and a Horchata (1.75)?
Now, I’m trying to be healthy after a little too much Jazz Fest overindulgence, but it’s Cinco de Mayo. You can’t not have a margarita on Cinco de Mayo. I think perhaps I have found a good compromise, though. Downriver from Felipe’s is El Gato Negro where they make some lovely drinks, including the Fresh Carrot Juice Margarita. The carrot juice and tequila cancel each other out, right?
Then, continuing on down to Frenchmen Street, Tomatillo’s Restaurant is holding their third annual Cinco de Mayo Block Party, from 5:30-11. The featured entertainment is Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. Here he is at a festival in Mississippi a few years back singing “Don’t Mess with My Toot Toot”–which may, ahem, be an unintended, double entendre after a day of eating Mexican food.