It’s a late night and you get that unexplainable hankering – you want some Mexican food. Or, at least something Tex-Mex that kind of resembles something Mexican. Or something that at least has an exotic-sounding name.

Hey, there’s Taco Tico. Wait, no … that’s closed.

Oh, yeah. Taco Bell. Wait, no … there aren’t any left in New Orleans proper since Hurricane Katrina, and Metairie gives you the hives.

Maybe a taqueria truck that’s better than the chain joint? Most are probably closed for the night.

Fret not. Salvation comes in the form of a hot meal from Si Señor, the Tex-Mex grill tucked inside Cosimo’s, the neighborhood bar on the corner of Burgundy and Gov. Nicholls in the lower Quarter.

The great thing about Si Señor is the hours. Advertised as being open for lunch and late night, they sell themselves short. It’s more like lunch and early morning (on Friday and Saturday they’re only closed for seven hours).

That means almost any time of day you can order from their varied menu.

Craving a snack of chips and salsa? No problem.

A barbeque ranch chicken salad? It’s on the menu.

A burger? Or maybe a quesadilla, or some tacos or over-stuffed burritos? Done, and done.

Whatever you choose, it’s really hard to go wrong.

Your food is made to order; nothing’s sitting around getting old. And gross. They use fresh ingredients, and you can taste the difference.

The “American taco,” for example, is amply stuffed with delicious ground beef, fresh, crisp lettuce and tomatoes and sprinkled with cheddar and jack cheeses. Spanish rice and beans – either pinto or black – come with an order.

The quesadillas are another good choice. While nothing out of the ordinary in regard to size, they’re grilled in fresh flour tortillas. The cheddar jack quesadilla is a great choice. Add chicken, steak or shrimp to round out the flavors of spicy jack and cheddar cheeses.

Add to the variety of the menu quick, friendly service when ordering and prices that are palatable, and it’s hard to go wrong with anything you wind up getting.

An added bonus: This food can travel far. You can eat there or have it delivered anywhere from the Marigny all the way to the Warehouse District.

New Orleans isn’t really known for its Mexican cuisine. And while Si Señor doesn’t hide the fact it’s a Tex-Mex grill, it’s a better alternative than waiting at a drive-thru for some processed food. The difference is Si Señor is pretty bueno.

Si Señor Tex-Mex Grill
1201 Burgundy St.
504 525-5636

Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.