The community vibe that inspired and sustained Velvet Cactus' success in its first half-decade (with an expansion to Baton Rouge a year ago) is evident in the vivid paintings by area artists on display (and sold at no commission). Sit inside or chill under tree-strung lights on the patio with a variety of seasonal margaritas made with local ingredients. Open daily. Full restaurant menu. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Fri.
There is a long list of tequilas and specialty margaritas and a menu of Mexican favorites including nachos, quesadillas, fajitas, enchiladas, burritos and grilled items. Chicken Pablo is mesquite-smoked chicken topped with roasted portobello mushrooms, grilled onions, pico de gallo and jalapeno creme and served with two sides. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$