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Tequila fans rejoice! Araña Taqueria y Cantina isn’t just a great spot for brunch, it also features a tasting guide to steer you through the delicious and dizzying array of tequilas and mescals offered at the Irish Channel restaurant.
Araña got its name from the Spanish word for spider, which is the nickname of Executive Chef Richard Papier. A New Orleans native, Papier learned Yucatan-style cooking from his mentor Guillermo Peters, who hails from Mexico City.
But back to the tequila! The Araña Tequila Society is free to join and is aims to educate novices and engage enthusiasts alike with a passport to fill with stamps for each new variety they try. Prizes, of course, are part of the deal.
There are also $20 bottomless margaritas, mimosas or Bloody Marys for Sunday brunch, which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring Chilaquiles Skillets, Griddle Corn Cakes & Mojo Fried Chicken and the Open Faced Tamale with Chicken Tinga (which is also available on the main menu).
A variety of house made agua frescas rotate daily. I highly recommend the spicy watermelon, especially on a nice day when you can sit outside and enjoy people watching on Magazine Street.
Here’s our rundown:
Why we love it: Delicious Mexican food with killer drink specials, what’s not to love?
Vibe: Casual dining. Indoor, outdoor and bar seating.
Great for: Sunday Brunch with bottomless specials Sunday 11am-3pm.
Must Eat: Open-Faced Tamale served with your choice of Chicken Tinga or Shrimp.
Must Drink: Tequila flight or house-made Agua Frescas.
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