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One of New Orleans’s Best Taco Trucks Joins St. Claude Avenue’s Booming Taqueria Scene

Taqueria La Coyota #2 is now open in front of the former Queenie’s on St. Claude Avenue

Taqueria La Coyota #2 on St. Claude Avenue
Clair Lorell/Eater NOLA

A long-loved Lower Ninth Ward taco truck just parked a second mobile kitchen a few miles upriver on St. Claude Avenue, joining two other new taco outlets to hit the Bywater neighborhood in recent months. Taqueria La Coyota #2 opened over the weekend in front of now-closed daiquiri shop Queenie’s in the Upper Ninth Ward.

Taqueria La Coyota has been selling tortas, tacos, gorditas, pupusas, burritos, and quesadillas near the New Orleans-Arabi city line on Claiborne Avenue for years, long known for quality and affordability (there was also a truck on Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans East until recently).

The new trailer at 3200 St. Claude Avenue lands in between two other taco joints to recently open on the thoroughfare: Galaxie a half mile to the west, and Luna Libre just steps to the east. Galaxie, from the owners of popular Marigny bistro The Franklin, has become a neighborhood destination for Oaxacan-style tacos, high-quality cocktails, and its vast mezcal selection since opening in December. Luna Libre, also opened at the end of last year, celebrates Ark-La-Tex cooking and live music — with the fun, albeit random, addition of flaming margaritas.

A flaming margarita from Luna Libre
Kelcy Wilburn/Eater NOLA

Taqueria La Coyota #2 is open at 3200 St. Claude Avenue Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Taqueria La Coyota

3200 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA 70117