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GoNOLA Tops: The Great Taco Tour

Ditch the fork and dig in to these top New Orleans taco spots.

Tacos from La Casita. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

You loved them in the cafeteria as a kid, in the drive-thru during college, and chances are, you still love them today. Tacos are one of life’s simple pleasures made even better by the fact that they’re cheap, portable, and super versatile. But perfecting a recipe isn’t always that easy, which is why many of us opt to go out when taco temptation sets in. So whether you like meat, seafood, or eggs wrapped in your tortilla, here are a few New Orleans restaurants that give us even more reasons to ditch the fork and dig in.

Taceaux Loceaux
Digging into some of Taceaux Loceaux’s delicious tacos. (Photo: Emily Smith)

Top Tacos in New Orleans

Beef

One of the most popular tacos in New Orleans comes from the Anthony Bourdain approved Taceaux Loceaux food truck. Their “Messin’ With Texas” tacos are piled high with tender, slow-roasted brisket, shredded cabbage, thin-sliced radishes and fresh cilantro. Follow Taceaux Loceaux on Twitter to find out where they’re parked, or hire them to cater private events. Two tacos per order for $7.

Or Try: Juan’s Flying Burrito’s “Americanos” tacos with guajillo chili-spiced ground beef, shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce and salsa fresca in hard shell tortillas. Three tacos per order for $7.

Casa Borrega. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Chicken

If you haven’t been to El Pavo Real on S. Broad yet, you’re missing out. I’d go for the complimentary chili-spiced popcorn alone, but it’s the chicken tinga tacos that will definitely have me visiting again and again. Tender pulled chicken with avocado cilantro crema, diced onion, jalapeño and cilantro, cubes of queso fresco, and fresh lime on house-made tortillas. The real deal, y’all. Two tacos per order for $6.

Or Try: Casa Borrega‘s Halal grilled chicken tacos with onions, cilantro, lime, and tomatillo salsa. Three tacos per order for $10 during lunch and $16 during dinner.

Tacos from Juan’s Flying Burrito. (Photo: Juan’s Flying Burrito Facebook)

Pork

The most alternative of New Orleans Mexican restaurants, Juan’s Flying Burrito (multiple locations in Mid-City, the CBD, and Uptown) likes their music loud and their food even louder. Try the shredded pork tacos with melted jack and cheddar cheese, spicy red cabbage slaw, and diced jalapeños in grilled flour tortillas. Three tacos per order for $6.95.

Or Try: Baru Bistro‘s tacos de carnitas with braised and then fried pork, black beans, pickled onion, cotija cheese, crema, and chile toreado, which is a spicy condiment made from fresh jalapeños or serrano peppers, salt, oil, and lime juice. Available only during lunch service. Three tacos for $13.

Tacos from La Casita. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Shrimp

Located in the Warehouse District on Julia and in the Riverbend on Oak Street, La Casita has a happy hour that lasts until 7 p.m. and some bomb shrimp tacos with Louisiana Gulf shrimp, pickled cabbage, onion, radish, avocado, and chipotle tartar sauce. Served a la carte for $5.

Or Try: El Gato Negro’s Gulf shrimp tacos sautéed with onion and served with corn, flour, or wheat tortillas. Served a la carte for $5.75.

The ambience is as lovely as the tacos at Santa Fe. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Fish

Freret Street might be one of the hottest dinner and lunchtime spots in the city right now. Sarita’s, the only Latin Fusion restaurant on the strip, is dishing out some seriously delicious fish tacos made with fried flounder and topped with spicy tartar sauce, cilantro, onion, and red cabbage. Throw in some fried yucca and margaritas, and you’re in for a treat. Served a la carte for $4.25

Or Try: Santa Fe on Esplanade Avenue has grilled, sautéed or blackened fish served with dressings, pico de gallo, and all the other fixin’s. Two tacos per order for $17.

Tacos from Johnny Sanchez. (Photo courtesy of Johnny Sanchez)

Veggie

Meat free? No problem. Johnny Sanchez’s cauliflower with crispy flash-fried cauliflower, queso fresco roasted corn salsa, and salsa verde will absolutely hit the spot. And don’t forget their Brussels sprouts with jalapeño vinaigrette! Served a la carte for $5.00

Or Try: Mizado’s vegan tacos with kale, black beans, cashews, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), raisins, edamame, ancho adobo, and tomatillo salsa. Two tacos per order for $7.

There’s no better place to enjoy a breakfast taco than Pagoda’s sunny porch. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Breakfast

Make your morning exceptional with breakfast tacos from Pagoda Café on N. Durgenois. Two flour tortillas come loaded with re-fried beans, eggs, potatoes, cheese, and “Villa Arcos” sauce (similar to salsa verde). One taco for $3 or two tacos for $5.50. Corn tortillas are available upon request.

Bacos at Ba Chi Canteen. (Photo via Facebook)

Or Try: District Donuts pork belly breakfast taco with avocado, cilantro, and crema in a griddled flour tortilla. One taco for $5.50.

Bacos

You don’t have to be a Mexican restaurant to get in on the taco fun. At Mint Modern Vietnamese restaurant on Freret Street, they serve steamed bun tacos, or “bacos,” stuffed with delicious chargrilled pork, Sriracha aioli, and sprigs of fresh cilantro. Two tacos per order for $6.

Or Try: Ba Chi Canteen on Maple Street’s Coconut Curry Shrimp with basil aioli and sweet potato sticks. One taco per order for $3.95.

 

Emily Smith is a native New Orleanian and Uptowner who loves sharing her passion for food with others. When she’s not blogging about culinary adventures, she can be found snapping food photos, running alongside the streetcars on St. Charles Avenue, or hovering over a steaming hot bowl of phở at her favorite Vietnamese restaurant. She also firmly believes that nothing says, “I love you” like a dozen... donuts. Follow her on Instagram at @fleurdelicious_nola

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