Just in time for spring, a new eatery wants to bring backyard taco party vibes to Uptown. Barracuda is set to open a “modern taco stand and laissez-faire margarita garden.”
The new spot, at 3984 Tchoupitoulas Street, aims for fresh takes on classic Mexican staples, inspired by personal experiences at taquerias throughout Mexico and the American Southwest.
Guests can enjoy tacos and cocktails on the 30-seat patio or in the expansive margarita garden, complete with large palm trees, cacti and lots of shade, that backs up to the Mississippi River.
Barracuda’s menu takes a fresh and simple philosophy with handmade, fresh flour and corn tortillas as the foundation. The eatery boasts high-quality, whole ingredients, including naturally raised meats, seasonal vegetables and seafood from nearby waters.
Founder Brett Jones has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, most recently serving as culinary operations manager for the quickly-growing Ruby Slipper Restaurant Group before heading up the new taco spot.
“The goal is to make it easy to get really good tacos on fresh tortillas without much pretense,” Jones said in a release. “We’re both the neighborhood taco stand when you want something quick and the backyard party by the river where you can stay awhile with your family and friends over a pitcher of margaritas. We make this food because it’s what we like to cook and what we like to eat with our favorite people. That feeling is what we’re going for at Barracuda.”
The accessible menu features chips and dips and a variety of tacos, including all-day breakfast options. The versatile taco options can also be made into bowls, quesadillas and more.
Signature tacos include chicken with achiote and citrus adobo, onion, and cilantro; crispy fish made with wild-caught catfish, homemade crema, cabbage, onion, cilantro, and pomegranate; a rotating, seasonal vegetarian Farmer’s Taco with options such as roasted squash, canary beans, green onion, and mint; and more.
The menu is rounded out with a fresh, curated beverage list with classic offerings of aguas frescas, including horchata and limeade, tepache, Mexican and craft beer, wine, and draft margaritas made with fresh-squeezed juice.
Barracuda’s opening hours will be Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m, with plans for expanded hours to include Mondays, early breakfast, and late night.
For more information about Barracuda, visit the website at www.eatbarracuda.com.