El Patio Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Garden just debuted Friday in the Warehouse District, but the spot will feel familiar to people who patronized La Casita on Julia Street in the Warehouse District. It’s also owned by La Casita owner John Michael Wade, but the new spot is so big (seating 200) that naming it the Spanish word for “little house” didn’t make sense anymore. The margarita happy hour remains the same, but the menu has been expanded, reports Ian McNulty.
When La Casita closed last spring, regulars of the popular margarita, taco, and happy hour lamented the loss of the tiny shop with the post-work margarita happy hour. Shortly after it closed, a new margarita and empanada spot, Ariaane (now open), announced it would open in its place. Two days later, La Casita owner Wade had signed the lease at 845 Carondelet.
Now open, new spot is much bigger than La Casita was and the large patio (or tequila garden) has cactus, string lights, and patio furniture. Tacos and queso still appear on the menu, but new additions like duck meatballs with peanut mole, chorizo verde boudin balls, mussels steamed in tequila and lime, chicharones, and grilled octopus have also joined the list.
El Patio maintains the popular La Casita happy hour daily from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight.
It’s open every day of the week from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.