John Besh and Aaron Sanchez have come together to create Johnny Sanchez, an original feeling taqueria with a great modern vibe and the sense that you are sitting around in someone’s (very awesome) kitchen while they make yummy things, you tell bullshit stories to each other and drink great margaritas and beer.
The restaurant is located deep into the CBD, close to the Superdome. The area seems to be undergoing a resurgence in development with lots of cranes and construction. It’s a little out of the way but worth the trek.
The space is modern, not kitschy at all, and yet still manages to capture both a Latin vibe and the feel of NOLA with a modern, slightly industrial approach. The restaurant has lofty ceilings, large windows and is very open concept. This makes it a bit loud – but in the best possible way. When you walk in, it is like coming into a packed house party already underway.
We started with the Guacamole, Empanadas and Queso Fundido. We had the option of adding spicy grasshoppers to our guacamole but I couldn’t convince my table mates to give it a go – frankly I was a bit relieved.
We all ordered different tacos and my cauliflower ones were definitely a triumph- showing that vegetarians have some options here too. For the carnivores – you have all sorts of options from goat, to seafood or pork belly – all tasty, tasty, tasty. For sides, the Street Corn and Crispy Brussels Sprouts were on point. One of our guests “hates” Brussels sprouts and ate half an order herself. So all good there.
The bar list is as thoughtful as the menu and you can’t really go wrong – I had a Grapefruit Jalapeno Margarita, then a Florecita – and then I don’t remember… Hubbie had an El Jefe and one of our guests had a Limonada Rosa – no one was complaining. Our other guest jumped into the craft beer selection with gusto and was happy to do so.
Sadly the photos of our drinks and meals were lost in a catastrophic iPhone melt down – no matter, I guess I will just have to go back when I am next in NOLA and try again. Or you can go and take some pics to send us….maybe try the grasshoppers.