In the crow’s nest (read: located above) a local Mexican restaurant chain and anchoring one end of New Orleans’ budding “Tiki Main Street” corridor on Decatur, Tiki Tolteca is the ultimate in kitschy, tiki fun—right down to the Hawaiian print shirts and crooning sounds of Don Ho. One of the cheekiest menu items is the tiki gummies, which are molded in the shape of wooden tiki-god carvings and chewy (but no less boozy) versions of a Hurricane, Mai Tai and Zombie. If you’ve been waiting for Jell-O shots to make a return, think of these as a more “adult” incarnation. One of the most sensory-involved drinking experiences in the city is the A Huevo, which combines pisco, passion fruit, ginger beer and a Peruvian fertility potion comprising eggs cured in lime juice. The drink’s piece de resistance is the accompanying jambu flower bud, which will make your mouth buzz, completely altering the cocktail’s flavor.
The Drink to Drink: The What A Aspirin Is pleases the crowds. It’s a pineapple- and coconut-forward drink that goes down (almost) a little too easily, with a rummy kick that doesn’t hit until the second (or third).
Know Before You Go: Tiki Tolteca is often closed for private events, so call ahead before hula-ing that way.
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