El Gato Negro
Mexican food in the French Quarter? Seems like an unlikely restaurant choice for a New Orleans vacation. When in Nola, its a given your going to stuff yourselves with po-boys, oysters, beignets, bread pudding, gumbo, red beans and rice and the likes. But sometimes a little break in the midst of gorging oneself on all of the glory of New Orleans is a good thing. Enter El Gato Negro.
Located just across from the French Quarter, El Gato Negro serves a variety of tacos, tamales, burritos, enchiladas, and guacamole made table-side. El Gato also serves wonderful specialty margaritas. El Gato is usually were I go when I want a break from traditional New Orleans food. My husband and I usually stop in for a quick snack each trip. A few tacos and a margarita is a great choice for a light lunch or a bite in between meals. My favorite is the fish tacos, followed by a pineapple cilantro margarita. Even if your just not feeling Mexican, stop in for a margarita. They usually offer seasonal choices in addition to their regular drink selections. On my trip this past summer, I had a very refreshing cucumber ginger mojito. And, remember you are in New Orleans, you can always get a drink to go!
El Gato Negro is a casual restaurant. The prices range from 3.75 for a taco, to 10 to 20 dollars for traditional Mexican dishes and specialties. The location is great for when you need refreshment from all that shopping and haggling in the French Market. Keep El Gato’s tacos in mind for a budget friendly snack, or light lunch that won’t spoil your dinner. The entrees and specialties are a good dinner choice when you want a break from traditional New Orleans food, and something a little more filling. If nothing else, please don’t forget about these kick ass margaritas, they have become part of my New Orleans routine for good reason!