Tacos are serious business – little bundles of deliciousness that are appropriate at pretty much any meal of the day. The taco options in NOLA are plentiful, and deciding where to go (and which ones to order) can get a little overwhelming. Luckily for you, we’ve gone ahead and navigated the taco scene on your behalf… see below for our favorites!
10 Spots for Taco Tuesday in New Orleans
1. Juan’s Flying Burrito – Aside from being ridiculously reasonable in price, this casual local spot cranks out reliably delicious staples, many with a NOLA twist. The spicy Blackened Redfish Tacos are a perfect marriage of Cajun and Mexican cuisine, while the Mardi Gras Indians tacos are a favorite among vegetarian diners. Feeling meaty? Grab the Pork ‘n’ Slaw tacos, and wash them down with the delightfully refreshing Cucumber Margarita.
2. Taceaux Loceaux – Think of Taceaux Loceaux as the O.G. food truck of NOLA’s mobile dining scene. It’s held onto a loyal following since the beginning, and with good reason… their tacos are just that “crazy good.” The brisket is tender and packed with flavor, but Taceaux Loceaux is also extremely accommodating to dietary restrictions, from vegan to gluten free. Check out their seasonal specials, as well as their addictive avocado fries. And if you hit them on a Tuesday, be sure to stick around Dos Jefes Cigar Bar for live music.
3. Casa Borrega – This colorful, festive spot serves up authentic, flavorful Mexican fare right in the heart of Central City. If you dig meat, try out their namesake tacos (the Borrega, with tequila-marinated lamb) or the traditional chicken mole. Your best bet is to get a plate of tacos, which allows you to mix and match any three options. They also have great live music on Tuesday nights (as well as Thursday through Saturday) and a seriously impressive selection of mezcals.
4. Johnny Sánchez – Chefs John Besh and Aarón Sánchez teamed up to create a vibrant, stylish destination for elevated Mexican classics. Whether you want to stick to the traditional (think carnitas and barbacoa) to the more adventuresome (slow-cooked beef tongue and crispy pork belly), there’s something for everyone, and it’s all awesome. They also feature a killer happy hour that runs from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. every day and features $5 tacos and half-off beer, wine, well drinks, and pitchers of their house margarita.
5. The Rum House — The Rum House feels like a little Caribbean vacation right in the middle of Magazine Street with its tropical décor and tiki-inspired drink list. Their taco selection is expansive: the current menu offers 15 unique options ranging from duck cracklings to jerk chicken, Indian-spiced lamb and seared scallops. And if you pop by on a Tuesday, you’ll get even more bang for your buck – they offer $2 tacos and plenty of drink specials all day long.
6. Santa Fe – The sprawling outdoor section of this Esplanade Avenue eatery makes it an extra magical no-brainer for when the weather is too glorious to even consider eating indoors. They offer all the usual suspects from roasted pork to chicken, but also have a nice variety of Gulf seafood options, including crispy fried oysters and soft-shell crab (when it’s in season).
7. La Casita – This teensy Warehouse District taqueria may be small in scale, but it makes up for it with its delicious tacos, guacamole, and fresh fruit margaritas. Their happy hour is also a great deal, featuring $4 margaritas, $5 mojitos, $2 simple tacos, and more every day from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Also be on the lookout for their second location, which is opening soon on Oak Street Uptown.
8. Pagoda Cafe – They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so you might as well make the most of it with Pagoda Café’s intensely good a.m. tacos. You can get them with or without bacon, and they’re served with their house-made hot sauce on the side – which, fair warning, is incredibly spicy… but also incredibly good and 100% worth setting your mouth on fire for. You can grab them to go, or stay and hang a while on their gorgeous patio. But if you’re looking for breakfast tacos, make sure to get there in time – they move onto their lunch menu after 11 a.m.
9. Cowbell – This colorful, spirited Uptown eatery may be known for their hamburger, but their tacos deserve equal praise. Communal tables inside add to the neighborly feel of the restaurant, and their recently expanded outdoor seating is perfect for making the most of a beautiful day. The fish tacos are a favorite, but be sure to ask for extra “agogo” sauce on the side – it’s addictive.
10. Tuco Taco Tuesday at the Hi-Ho Lounge – This weekly pop up in the back courtyard of Hi-Ho Lounge features super pillow-y, handmade flour tortillas and incredibly tender roasted pork, among other treats. Make sure to get a side of the butter beans – they’re salty, delicious and super satisfying – as well as their spicy, avocado-based salsa.