Popular Uptown taco and margarita stand Barracuda, open since March 2019, has a second location in the works for Algiers Point. The new outpost of the walk-up restaurant, which will also feature a large, covered outdoor dining area, is expected to open at 446 Pelican Avenue early next year.
Barracuda is a nearly two-year old Tchoupitoulas Street counter-service operation from Brett Jones, who was previously the operations manager at Dinner Lab and worked as a manager in the kitchen and front of house at Ruby Slipper. The unassuming, cream-colored storefront quickly gained popularity for thin-style tortillas made onsite, vegetarian-friendly tacos, a wide range of salsas, and fresh frozen drinks served in a 30 seat, weather-protected “margarita garden.” It has thrived throughout the pandemic, with its low-contact model, easily-accessed curbside pickup, and takeout taco packs.
Located about a half mile from the Algiers Ferry, the Algiers Point restaurant will be set up similarly. A rendering shows a small brick structure surrounded by rows of picnic tables in front and a covered patio to the side, with seating for 50.
Like the Tchoupitoulas Street restaurant, Barracuda’s menu will have at least a half-dozen taco varieties including a rotating seasonal vegetarian “farmer taco” (the mushroom option has been a particular hit). A press release also notes that Barracuda’s salsa roja, salsa verde, salsa macha, and an arbol-habanero hot sauce will all be available in larger take-home sizes at the new location.
Barracuda expects to open its West Bank location in early 2021. The original Barracuda, at 3984 Tchoupitoulas Street, is currently open from noon to 8 p.m.
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