Visiting Cantina El Gato Gordo

By Jade Arroyo

The nonprofit organization Feed The Hungry, which provides daily meals to children in San Miguel and its surrounding communities, held its third annual Street Food Festival to raise fund for this social cause, but this year it came with a twist, to the delight of local foodies and habitués of local cantinas.

Last Saturday we were at the cobblestone street at Ancha de San Antonio 30 to witness the largest cantina in town: the Gato Gordo (Fat Cat), the cute love child of the mythic cantinas La Sirena Gorda (Fat Mermaid) and El Gato Negro (The Black Cat). This event was meant to be, above all, fun. Capturing the spirit of traditional Mexican street and
party culture, El Gato Gordo brought enjoyment in its purest and simplest expression: food. Dozens of food stands lined calle San Miguel with all sorts of savory dishes, such as enchiladas, tacos and lamb barbacoa, and delicious sweet treats, not to mention free-flowing tequila shots, margaritas, cold beers and mescal, staples of any self-respecting

This tasty day was enhanced with live performances by María Sánchez, David Garza and Jaime Mimino, along with mariachi music. This was an event in the best San Miguel style, filled with color, fun, good friends, music and food.

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