Atlantic County Magazine - GACCA Article -
Print Date: 4/29/2022
By: Moira Kirkpatrick
Greater Atlantic City Concierge Association Board Secretary
and In- House Marketing Concierge at Wyndham Skyline
When first asked to cover this weekly article I immediately
knew what I would write about. My favorite week of the year is
coming up soon.
What is my favorite week? The first week of May! Why is it my
favorite? For starters, it’s my birthday week! More importantly, to
the masses, it’s Cinco De Mayo! Both holidays are traditionally
celebrated with my favorite food and drink, tacos and tequila! This
year I have two new local spots to celebrate. When I give a
recommendation for a certain cuisine, I like to give two choices.
One that has a full bar and one that is BYO. Luckily these two
brand new establishments are opposites in that way. While La
Mesa Tequila Taco Bar in Galloway offers a full bar with a truly
impressive tequila menu, Mr. Gordo’s Taqueria is a hip new BYO in
Ventnor that offers virgin Margarita pitchers so you can add your
I first experienced Mr. Gordo’s recently with some friends. We
were having a girls’ night out and were invited to a “Friends,
Family, and Influencers” soft opening there. We grabbed a bottle
of sangria and a bottle of champagne (for our fancier friend) and
headed to the restaurant. The place was packed with locals ready
to enjoy some Mexican cuisine. We were immediately greeted with
a basket of chips served beside a salsa trio with varied degrees of
heat. Considering ourselves nacho connoisseurs we started with
the nacho appetizer. Crispy chips covered in creamy queso,
chopped (not shredded) well-seasoned chicken, and amazing
guacamole made these nachos an instant local favorite. From
there each of us chose something different from the menu. Tacos,
Mexican shrimp cocktail, empanadas, skirt steak entrée, and a
burrito bowl piled high with meat and toppings.
Everything was delicious and the service was great! To top off
the meal, a new friend joined us with a bottle of tequila, so we
made a toast to our new favorite BYO with shots.
Mr. Gordo’s will be offering food specials on May 5 th in honor
of the holiday. Follow them on Insta @mrgordostaqueria for
upcoming specials and info.
Now I needed to plan a dinner at La Mesa (for research of
course) so I invited my sons, Galloway residents in their twenties,
to join me. They advised me that we would need a reservation. I
was skeptical about that on a Thursday in Galloway, but I
searched my OpenTable app and found that the available times
were indeed limited. When we arrived the parking lot was packed.
The interior was dimly lit with string lights, candles, and lively
A full bar took up one side of the restaurant decorated with
their huge selection of tequila bottles. I could see why social
media has been buzzing about this place. We started off with
some street corn and bang bang shrimp, which did not disappoint.
Although there were other entrees to choose from, we all selected
different types of tacos. I was delighted to find that the soft corn
tortillas were handmade from scratch, which is a difference you
can taste. The Al Pastor tacos were the favorite of the table, the
pineapple salsa bursting with flavor. I was also introduced to Birria
tacos, the latest taco trend. These tender pulled beef tacos are
served with a side cup of the stew the meat is marinated in as a
dipping sauce for the tacos. Just as satisfying as the tacos were
the cocktails. They have a tasty selection of specialty cocktails as
well as the option to build your own house margarita by selecting
your favorite tequila. La Mesa is having a Cinco De Mayo festival
with an all-day indoor and outdoor party from 3-10pm!
Reservations are recommended for indoor dining, but they will
also feature an outdoor tent area with Margarita bar, Empanada
Stand, drink specials and Live DJ. Follow them @lamesanj for
Did you know that Cinco De Mayo is actually not Mexican
Independence day? That is a popular misconception but actually it
is the celebration of one single battle, the battle of Puebla. When
the French sent 6000 soldiers to invade a small town in Mexico. A
ragtag army of 2000 loyal men gathered, and with the help of
heavy artillery came out victorious.
Sometimes we have to focus on one battle at a time.
Sometimes we have to celebrate the little victories. Sometimes
that calls for tacos and tequila.
Feliz Cinco De Mayo!