10 Choices for Top Tacos in New Orleans

Remember the days when the only place to get tacos was Taco Bell? Well now there are Mexican restaurants and food trucks all over town selling these little open face Mexican sandwiches. Thank goodness for the Mexican migrants who in the early 1900’s brought this delicious piece of home to our country. Here is a list of places where you can get some of the best tacos in town (and no, Taco Bell is not on the list).

Rum House

The Magazine Street Caribbean Taqueria has some of the most popular tacos in town with more than a dozen on the menu. Duck, pork, lamb, beef, chicken, oyster, shrimp and fish are some of the varieties you will find on the menu. If you are going on Taco Tuesday be prepared to wait as most of their tacos sell for only $2.

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Los Jefes

You’ll find homemade tortillas at this Fat City Mexican spot with the options of corn, flour, wheat or fried. The meat tacos start at $2.50 apiece or $8.95 for 4 and come dressed with cilantro & onions or pico de gallo or lettuce tomato and cheese. All are served with lime and salsa. On Taco Tuesday you can get 5 meat tacos for $5.

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Taco Loceaux Food Truck

A neighborhood favorite for their tacos that come fast and hot. If you want to find out where these folks will be serving them you’ll have to follow them on Facebook. Usual stops are Kingpin and Dos Jefes.

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Juan’s Flying Burrito

Whether you’re in the Lower Garden District, the CBD or mid-city, you can get your fix of tacos at Juan’s. Pineapple chicken and banh mi tacos are some of the more unique ones on their menu.

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Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria

Belly up to the counter and watch them make your taco. Choose from Tinga chicken, grilled chicken, Al Pastor, carnitas, chorizo, shrimp or fish. Toppings are ala carte but the guacamolillo sauce comes highly recommended.

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The Velvet Cactus

This Lakeview hotspot has some of the best outdoor seating and indoor decorations in the area. Get yourself a taco plate which includes 2 tacos with either 2 sides or a cup of tortilla soup for $13.99. Choices include fish, brisket, fried chicken, shrimp, mushroom, steak, pork, tuna and ground beef.

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El Gato Negro

This Mexican kitchen takes inspiration from the Mexican state of Michoacan, and boy is it delicious. The tacos range from $4 – $7.75 and they are not stingy with their meat. Two of these overstuffed tacos are enough for a meal.  Try the lobster claw taco for something different.

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La Cocina

This food truck specializes in Latin cuisine and their tacos are good and come out quick. It takes 3 quick steps – pick your vessel (tortilla), pick your protein (chicken, pork, sweet potato and black beans), then pick your sauce and you are on your way. Check their website to see where they are parked every day of the week.

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Arana

Located on Magazine St., Arana probably has one of the best happy hour deals in town. The deal includes half priced tacos until 7 p.m. every weekday and there are about 14 varieties to choose from including braised beef tongue.

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El Pavo Real

For an extremely authentic Mexican food experience visit El Pavo Real. There are different specials everyday, but their tacos are great too. There are only three to choose from – chicken tinga, fried fish and hanger steak – but you won’t be disappointed.

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Here’s a tip if you want to cut down your wait at one of the more popular taco hot spots. Put your name down for a wait, get your buzzer and then look for a spot at the bar. There will be others that have arrived before you with a buzzer waiting for a bar seat as well. If they grab a bar seat before you, ask to have their buzzer, that will move up your wait and get you seated sooner since their name is higher on the list than yours. Keep your original buzzer and pay it forward to another person waiting behind you. Salud!