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Top 5-04: Where to get tacos in New Orleans

Here are a few of the many awesome taco spots we have in New Orleans.

by Marielle Songy
May 3, 2022

Cover photo courtesy Emily Ferretti

Something about spring in New Orleans makes me want tacos. I don’t know if it’s the warmer, but still comfortable weather or the fact that tacos make for the perfect picnic food. For this Top 5-04 list, I wanted to highlight a few of the many awesome taco spots we have in New Orleans.

Barracuda

3984 Tchoupitoulas St.
446 Pelican St.
www.eatbarracuda.com

Barracuda owner Brett Jones wanted to create the ultimate neighborhood taco spot. In 2019, Jones made his dream a reality when he opened the first Barracuda location on Tchoupitoulas, serving up tasty tacos and margaritas. Jones opened a second location in 2021 in Algiers at a converted gas station. Taco selections include chicken, pork, beef, mushroom, crispy fish, and “farmer”- a veggie taco. The stand also offers quesadillas and chips with a selection of dips.

Price points:
Tacos: $3.60- $4.25
Sides: $1- $3.75
Chips and dips: $4- $16

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Casa Borrega

1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
www.casaborrega.com

Casa Borrega serves street food and specialties from Mexico City and the, ancient capital of the Aztecs, Tenochtitlan. The menu here serves other Mexican favorites like enchiladas, tostadas, and flauta, but the tacos are hard to beat. Tacos come filled with chicken tinga, chicken mole, grilled chicken, carne asada, carnitas, picadillo, chorizo, vegetable or Fish. Case Borrega also offers nights of live music and a tasty cocktail menu.

Price points: 
Tacos: 3 for $14
Appetizers: $5- 12
Entrees: $8- $30

La Patrona

575 S. Carrollton Ave.
www.lapatronanola.com

Owner Edwin Alonzo has created a small restaurant with a sizeable menu in the Riverbend. La Patrona serves authentic Mexican food such as fajitas, quesadillas and, of course, tacos. The tacos filling choices such as chicken, asada, cochinita pibil, al pastor, shrimp, carnitas, lengua or asado de puerco are served with cilantro and onions. This spot has a tasty 5 for $10 taco special that shouldn’t be missed! I took advantage of this deal on my visit and, they were so packed with goodness, that I couldn’t finish them all. This restaurant gets bonus points for their tasty Mexican breakfast options.

Price points:
Tacos: $2.50/each or 5 for $10
Appetizers: $6.75- $12
Entrees: $11- $18.50

Los Jefes Grill

3224 Edenborn Ave.
www.losjefesgrill.com

At Los Jefes, owner Oscar Chimal has created a restaurant that not only serves delicious Mexican food and refreshing drinks, but is always throwing a party with live bands. Located in Fat City, Los Jefes wants to bring the fun back to an area that used to be known for a good time. Here you can get your fix with fajitas and burritos, but the star of the menu is the tacos. Selections include beer-battered tacos, crawfish tacos, voodoo tacos and more.

Price points:
Appetizers: $8- $11.95
Tacos: $7.95- $9.95 (per 2 tacos)
Entrees: $12.95- $22.95

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Tacos & Beer

1622 St. Charles Ave.
www.facebook.com/tacosneworleans

What’s better than tacos? Tacos and Beer! This restaurant on St. Charles Avenue serves up all of the Mexican classic you could want. Since “tacos” is a part of the restaurant’s name, you know they gotta be good. Here you can get a selection of street tacos, birria tacos, or crunchy tacos. I like a good crunch so I went with crunchy tacos with al pastor, suadero, and steak when I visited. The tacos here come piled high with so much cheese you can barely tell that there are tacos under all of it. On Tuesdays, Tacos and Beer offers soft tacos for $1 and with fillings like lengua, barbacoa, chorizo, and portabello mushroom, it’s easy to get your fill. You can even get a twelve pack of tacos, if you’re in party mode.

Price Points:
Tacos: $2.50- $19.99 (12 pack)
Appetizers: $4.00- $14.99
Entrees: $12.99- $28.00

Lagniappe:

Paco’s Tacos

2434 Manhattan Blvd
4726 Veterans Memorial Blvd
www.pacostacos.la

Owners Carlos and Daysi Valencia have created fast food tacos with actual taste! Paco’s Tacos has quickly become one of my personal “go tos” since it opened just two years ago. Tacos are made fresh to order and their 5 for $10 taco deal is a complete steal. Your choice of tacos includes arrachera, chorizo, trompo, birria, and suadero. The restaurant also offers a selection of specialty tacos and even ramen with your choice of meat.

Price Points:
Tacos: $2.50/each or 5 for $10
Specialty Tacos: $5.25- $9.50
Sides: $1.50- $8.50

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Marielle was born and raised in New Orleans. She thinks it's hard to grow up there and not let the culture and history of the city become part of you. Whether it be the jazz, food, of fabulous architecture, she thinks most would agree that things are a little spicer down here. You can reach her via email at [email protected]

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