Del Fuego Taqueria (4518 Magazine St., 504-309-5797; www.delfuegotaqueria.com), the highly anticipated spot for high-end Mexican fare, opened June 10.
It has colorful, wood-heavy decor (with Day of the Dead-style art and skull motifs throughout) and festive hanging baskets that create a relaxed, south-of-the-border vibe. There's ample seating indoors and out. The bar's menu of more than 100 tequila and mezcal offerings is robust but not intimidating, with descriptions detailed enough to help first-time enthusiasts find their way. The liquors are organized into three distinct pages for tequila and mezcals — blanco tequila (unaged), reposado tequila (aged in oak for less than one year) and a section that includes both anejo tequila (aged in oak between one and three years) and mezcal — as well as a section for cocktails, beer, wine and agua frescas.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a solid starter cocktail, with smoky mezcal, tamarind agua fresca, house-made triple sec and a spicy ancho salt rim.
The menu is full of modern updates on taqueria favorites, including rich, roasted duck enchiladas, perfectly seasoned vegan cactus tacos and a bolillo sandwich (basically a torta), which features crusty, oval-shaped white bread with a choice of meat and vegetable fillings.
The restaurant opens for dinner at 5 p.m. daily.