After a name change and a couple of location changes (two east locations), Cabo Joe’s has revamped its image and menu. Gone are bikini-clad waitresses (with the exception of private parties and special events) for a more family-friendly experience. There’s still an “El Paso Tex-Mex” theme, but boiled seafood has been added to the menu.
While you take in the new menu, munch on complimentary chips and salsa; warm tostadas are accompanied by a red and a green salsa, both packing a subtle heat. There aren’t as many appetizers as before, but you can still get a mound of nachos topped with their signature queso and garnishes on a trashcan lid, sanitized of course. Wings can be ordered in different increments, crispy or grilled and with your choice of sauce – lemon pepper and jalapeno-teriyaki stand out. Burgers, all served with two quarter-pound beef patties, come with a side, as do tacos and smothered burritos. Tacos are served on corn tortillas and can be filled with steak, grilled shrimp al pastor or fish (grilled or fried). On weekdays, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Cabo offers lunch combos that allow you to choose two items from a list of tacos, quesadillas, burritos, tortilla soup and salad.
What really stands out is the addition of seafood boils sold by the pound, just like in New Orleans. Your “catch” is boiled and tossed in a plastic bag with cajun spices, potatoes, corn on the cob and sausage slices, and accompanied by King’s Hawaiian rolls and whole, pickled jalapenos. Catch options include shrimp, mussels, clams, snow crab legs, lobster and chicken wings, but you can also choose one of their combinations that includes three items. If that’s not enough food, order up a side of charro beans, cole slaw, dirty rice with chorizo, Mexican corn in a cup or Margarita fries. Cookie skillets will appease those with a sweet tooth.
This is still a fun, laid-back spot to meet up or watch sports with great drink specials, but now you can enjoy a NOLA favorite with Cabo Boils to #GetDirtyByThePound.
7942 Gateway East Blvd., 915-519-0264, 1700 N. Zaragoza, 915-231-6600, eatatcabojoes.com, $4-53, Not vegetarian friendly, save for a couple of side dishes.