It IS an old-fashioned gas pump and it was right beside our table last Saturday night. And, I will apologize for taking so long to share this place with you. Life (school) is back in session and what a two weeks it has been! But, I think we are finally hitting our stride around here.
Anyway, rain and storms are part of our life here in the south. We are finally just accepting it. But, I must add....Let's keep New Orleans and the surrounding areas in our thoughts and prayers. We are getting hammered again as I type and I can only imagine how bad it must be in the direct path!
On a lighter note, do the words Caribbean Cantina make you smile? They certainly made us grin Saturday evening. We had a bit of ugliness in our overly-tired, not making good decisions, worn out household Saturday morning and by lunch time it still wasn't pretty. Getting back in the groove is HARD!
The mister came up with this remedy all on his own and he deserves the credit. Fuel. Not gasoline. Fuel as in good-for-your-tummy food. What a great local hotspot. It's a gas station on the corner of Rutledge Avenue converted into a local eatery! We loved it. The atmosphere was perfect and just the low key, relaxing evening we were hoping for.
Just lazy fun. The younger crowd was playing bocce and enjoying the great cool air. We had a few cold beers and just....soaked it up. We started with the best Chips and Queso Carne ever minus the chorizo. I have finally made the vegetarian commitment in all aspects but it was great even without the chorizo. I am a total sucker for chips and cheese!
The mister ordered some roasted chicken tacos minus the stewed tomatoes and fries. No complaints but we were both full of chips and cheese by this point! I should also add that this place was featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri from the Food Network. Kinda cool, right? They didn't have any Bud Light Lime so our waitress brought out a Bud Light with a Lime. Cute.
I ordered a black bean burger with pepper-jack cheese, sprouts and tomatoes with a side of sweet potato fries. The fries were delicious but the burger had a strange texture that didn't sit too well with me. More like refried beans, which I love, except when you call them a burger. Too mushy but the flavor was good. It was all good. We needed some hanging out time after two full weeks of school!
It was fun. It unwound us. We needed that! You should definitely check them out. You will feel like you are sitting on your neighbor's back porch until you remember that your neighbor doesn't have old gas pumps growing in his garden. It's that laid back, back porch sitting, kind of place that everyone needs. Fuel. Go. Today. Or, well, maybe once this storm passes.