Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
New Orleans Cafe and Oyster
Santiago de Queretaro,
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
We stumbled upon Hanks just
out of good luck.
We arrived in
de Queretaro after a long 5.5 hour bus ride on
ETNs First Class Double Decker Bus. After taking a taxi from the
bus station to
hotel for 130Pesos (about $6.50USD), and checking in, it was about 4pm, and
time to eat.
Because Mexico is known for
having good restaurants lining their Plazas, we went out to find one.
A Plaza, that is.
Hanks was there, staring us
in the face.
Patina sign for Hanks
A New Orleans Cafe and Oyster Bar in
We were hungry and assumed they would have
something to eat that was decent, so we took a chance.
We found out later that Hanks began its
history in Mexico in San Miguel de Allende in 1999 and was called Harry's.
It became so famous that in 2004 a second
branch began here in the City of Queretaro.
This building used to be part of the San
Francisco of Assisi Convent built during the mid-1500s.
Indoor and outdoor seating at Hanks
Offering indoor and outdoor seating in Jardin
Zenea, it was perfect, and obviously very popular.
A varied menu at Hanks
So this was an
American/Cajun & Creole Bar, eh?
Because we were tired and
it was our first meal here, we ordered something simple.
Billy and I shared a Greek
Salad, some deep fried calamari with a green mayonnaise/cilantro dip and then
later added a seafood chowder.
There was a lot to choose
from! Take a look at the menu above!
The Greek salad arrived and
because it had no lettuce, our interest was piqued.
Piled high in the center
were chunks of fresh vegetables - cucumber, baby tomatoes, feta cheese, sweet
red onions, and tasty Kalamata olives.
The balsamic dressing was a
reduction so there was no bite. It might have even been reduced with some honey
or raw sugar, and drizzed decoratively over the salad and the plate. There was
virgin olive oil as well and it was a perfect blend of flavors.
I'm not big on fried foods,
and when I have them, I don't want them soggy, dripping in oil.
This Calamari was crisp and
not oily at all.
We were impressed so far,
and since we were sharing this meal we were still just a tad bit hungry.
So then we ordered a
seafood chowder with shrimp, whitefish, clams, mussels, and bacon.
Hit. The. Spot.
You can almost taste it
right out of the photo!
Pulled pork sandwich and Cole slaw
Our friend ordered a
spinach salad with crisp bacon and then since we decided to order and share the
chowder, he got a pulled-pork sandwich with Cole slaw.
Lookit that thing!
HUGE and picture perfect.
Our friend said it was the
best he has ever had in Mexico.
Where were we? How did
we magically find this place?
The bill for 3 people
With drinks, our bill for 3 people came to
Our portion was $50USD which included our
Since Hanks was close to
hotel, it became
Lovely view, outdoor seating
Traditional Cajun-Creole cuisine in Louisiana
is a fusion of African, French, Spanish and American style food.
Couple that with a Happy Hour drink menu (ask
for it), and we ended up cruising by there several times during our stay in
It was fun meeting up with friends for Happy
Hour drinks and a meal or two.
Beautiful, fresh grilled salmon salad
Back again for another lunch meal, this time
a grilled salmon salad.
As you can see, it's fresh, and plenty big.
Goat cheese, sliced cucumbers, grilled
salmon, tiny tomatoes, lettuce and mango.
A drizzle of raspberry vinegar dressing made
the whole salad sing.
Hubby Billy decided on this Penne made with
tasso (pork shoulder used in Cajun cooking for flavor), Andouille sausage (for a
bit of spice) with a cumin cream sauce.
This was powerfully tasty and rich.
The bill for two
This meal for two, including drinks came to
This was before leaving a tip.
I can't tell you how many times we ate or
drank here, but Hanks never failed to deliver.
Once our friend ordered meat loaf with mashed
potatoes and that looked amazing. His wife ordered a huge seared tuna
salad and it was so good, she ate every bite!
We had so much fun here that strangers came
up to us and asked what they should order!
By now we were regulars!
Would we return?
Hank's New Orleans Cafe
& Oyster Bar
Juárez Sur 7, Centro
Queretaro City 76000 Mexico
Tele: +52 442 214 2620
Open daily Noon to
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