Circuit Court New Orleans
5932 Magazine Street,
3535 Severn Ave., Metairie
857 Fulton St. New Orleans
guess I have to admit it. This formerly trim and fit Magistrate is becoming
a little, um, Rubenesque. Or waistline-challenged. Or, as my wife likes
to say, I am becoming a big, giant fat-ass. Honestly, I have no idea how
this happened. Really, it must be something glandular - or it might be
those tin roof ice cream-cashew-chocolate syrup-whipped cream-bacon dripping
sundaes that I am so fond of.
Taqueria Corona beckons, and this ain't diet food. The aroma of grilling
smacked me in the face when I hit the door, so I had no choice but to
sit at the bar as the chicken breasts and the beef sizzled right before
my eyes. On my plate this evening was the numero uno y medio, comprised
of a choice of taco - I chose chorizo, but there are the standard ingredients
- chicken, beef, as well as the more exotic beef tongue - a chicken burrito
and shrimp flauta, beans and rice. The tacos here are not your hard corn
shell tacos made famous (or infamous) by myriad tex-mex joints. Rather,
they are made with warm, just-off-the-grill flour tortillas, which is
just the way they should be, at least in my book. Chorizo, a very spicy
sausage, was wrapped up in one of those bad boys and topped with an herbal
pico de gallo redolent of cilantro and lime juice. Love at first bite.
And second bite. And third. You get the picture. The chicken burrito was
mostly beans, with some small chunks of smoky grilled chicken mixed in.
But that's forgivable since the beans are so damn good.
the much revered Magistrate Louise, I am a friend of the avocado, and
I appreciate a guacamole that isn't overworked with wacky ingredients.
TC's guac may be the simplest I have ever had - wonderfully tangy and
refreshing - especially when ladled over a crispy, deep fried shrimp flauta.
The flauta, stuffed with cheese, shrimp and spices is one of the tastiest
things I've ever locked these magisterial lips around. A shrimp flauta
is $3 when ordered alone, but a combo platter with a flauta, a taco and
a burrito combo costs $7. Tell ya something? The accompanying beans were
dark and rich. Lard is called for in the authentic Mexican version of
refried beans, and while I can't be sure that it's really in there my
southern taste buds detected some of that silky goodness. The beans on
my plate got smeared over everything, and what was left over got mixed
into the rice and devoured. I washed it all down with a couple of Dos
Equis, which I think is Spanish for "really, really great beer."
the great food with the cold, crisp beer, throw in a nice conversation
with the quick and helpful waiter, add a dash of pleasant atmosphere,
the cheap $7.95 price and you've got yourself a recipe for the perfect
5 corndog rating. Take a bow, TC, you've earned it.
Magistrate Loupe at firstname.lastname@example.org