By Todd Barron @ FoodieCuisine.com
When in the French Quarter in New Orleans the first thing that comes to mind is not Mexican food. In fact, the thought of it brings images of vats of grease to mind. The French Quarter is “dirty” and most restaurants in the immediate area suffer as a result. There are a few stand-outs but for the most part, Mexican food is something I would avoid.
My wife and I are leaving the Aquarium after a pleasant visit there and my trusty Zagat application tells me there is a highly rated Mexican restaurant a block away. Really? Well, Zagat has been batting a thousand so far so why not? We head down the street to Felipes Taqueria.
It’s clean on the inside. That’s the first thing I notice. I also notice the large sign on the wall telling me what I can pick from. Felipe’s is not a fancy restaurant where you sit down and order. Far from it. You choose your items from the board, tacos, burritos, etc, and then choose your protein such as chicken, fish, or beef. It reminds me of an upper scale Chipotles.
I order the fish tacos and my wife orders the chicken nachos. We walk through the line picking out the toppings such as sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, etc. and pay for our food. I find us a nice table in the corner, before the crowd shows up, and dig in.
The tacos are very fresh, with a lightly fried fish for the meat. The lettuce is nicely shredded and everything has a great flavor to it, especially after I add the house-made chipotle salsa. My wife’s nachos have heapings of shredded chicken on top and taste great. One thing I notice while we are eating are the several locals who show up for lunch. There are firemen, policemen, nurses, electricians, and various other workers from around the area eating at Felipes. The food and the clientele all point to one thing: a great local restaurant with reasonable prices. I will be back.