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Shrimp tacos at Johnny Sánchez
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Tacos in New Orleans: 16 To Try Now

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These days there's practically a taco joint on every corner in New Orleans. Some are fancier, some are classics, some take risks, some have wheels, and some are at places you might never have suspected.

Most of these are new, having opened in the last year or at least since the great taco boom of 2014.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Del Fuego Taqueria

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4518 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 309-5797
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Tacos are the name of the game at this lively Uptown spot thanks to Cali native/chef Dave Wright's housemade tortillas and gorgeous salsas. Margaritas are especially lethal with 100+ tequilas and mezcals to choose from. And there's patio and deck dining too.

2. Johnny Sánchez

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Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 304-6615
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This CBD stunner from the minds of John Besh and Aarón Sánchez offers thoughtful presentations of modern Mexican cuisine based in traditional techniques and ingredients. For tacos, check out the Papas con Rajas with potatos and poblanos, lengua, or carnitas for the happy hour "Street Taco" special from 3-6pm daily, or fancy dinner tacos that have fillings ranging from Louisiana shrimp to the Michocán style crispy pork.

3. Araña

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3242 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 894-1233
In the midst of the Magazine Street bar scene, Arana not only offers tacos of high quality and excellent execution, but also they will serve them until 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. Check out the Esquites y Nopaes taco with roasted corn, poblanos, and prickly pear cactus leaves, the chicken mole taco with pumpkin seeds, and the ancho braised duck taco.

4. Mizado Cocina

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5080 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 885-5555
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Mizado offers sophisticated twists on the classic taco like fried oyster, wood grilled scallop, smoked pork belly, and Peking duck confit. They also do brunch and offer a lunch taco option. Bonus: the margarita options here are outstanding.

5. Casa Borrega

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1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 427-0654
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This is the place to combine quality taco time with live music. The Central City joint has helped anchor the OCH neighborhood comeback and has been offering great food and music to folks from around the corner to across town (or beyond.) Definitely try the house specialty, the Borrega, which is slow cooked marinated leg of lamb, served with cilantro, onion and tomatoes.

6. Felipe's Taqueria

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6215 South Miro Street
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 309-2776
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Make your tacos the way you like 'em - not only does Felipes offer tons of meat, seafood, bean, and vegetable filings and toppings (all the standards like pico de gallo and guac, but also fresh cilantro & red onion and creamy marinated cabbage) at their three New Orleans locations, but there's a salsa bar to customize to your heart's content.

7. Tacos & Beer NOLA

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1622 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 304-8722
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Tacos and beer, what else does one need in life? This St. Charles Street spot offers the two title items as well as a selection of specials and veggie-friendly food. The barbacoa tacos contain shredded beef in a red sauce which is an unusual find for taco fillings. Ditto for the portabello mushrooms.

8. Juan's Flying Burrito

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2018 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 569-0000
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Having opened its third location in the CBD, Juan's is a low-key, punk-rock Tex-Mex local franchise on the rise. It's jammed every afternoon and night of the week, and is veggie, vegan, family, and hard drinkin' friendly. Blackened redfish and pork n' slaw both show off the New Orleans style of taco madness which makes it so popular.

9. La Cocinita Food Truck

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3101 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 309-5344
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One of the best - and only - options for breakfast tacos, the sight of this bright red food truck is a godsend both during or after drinking, as well as anytime you're hungry for taco goodness. Not in the mood for breakfast? Check to see if the Muchacho Venezuelan brisket is available, or try the roasted sweet potato and black bean option.

10. Taceaux Loceaux

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(504) 307-4747
One of New Orleans' food truck pioneers, Taceaux Loceaux has been drawing taco fans to their truck like moths to a flame for years now. The traditional options are solid, and the menu has plenty of space for well executed fun and creativity to offer loyal customers. Try the Messin' With Texas brisket taco, Carnital Knowledge pork taco, or All Hat No Cattle bean taco. And lookout for their upcoming LGD brick and mortar, slated to open in 2016.

11. El Pavo Real

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4401 S Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70125
(504) 266-2022
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This family-friendly Mexican spot in Broadmoor opened from former Lola's chef Lindsey McClellan in early 2016, and continues to be a neighborhood favorite with a menu that includes classic tacos (chicken, steak or fried fish) that won't break the bank. Plus, they're getting ready to add booze.

12. Rosa Mezcal

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1812 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 304-7063
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A lengthy menu of tacos at this new Mexican street food spot in the LGD include the classics and signatures like the skirt-steak stuffed Apache tacos, a few scrambled egg variations, and a red snapper taco. The restaurant opened in late 2015 from Covington's Habanero crew, but despite the name, it still doesn't have booze and is currently BYOB.

13. La Mezcla at St Roch Market

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2381 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
Yvonne Molina and Cat Smith do Tex-Mex and California inspired eats at St. Roch Market for breakfast, lunch and dinner with fish tacos, taco specials, taco salads, tamales and more. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

14. La Mansion

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724 Dublin St
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 249-5830
This mom and pop eatery from Chiapis, Mexico natives Edwin Guzman and Veronica Cardona has become quite the Riverbend gem since opening in fall of 2015. Here you'll find Tex Mex and Latin food (and margs) on the cheap and available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including hefty taco plates for just $10.

15. Rollin' Fatties

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This food truck from the former Cafe Bamboo owners slings burritos and tacos that specialize in fill the void for vegans and vegetarians, and is a favorite near the medical complexes downtown. You'll find a few meatier options (like fish and chicken), but no red meat.

16. La Casita Taqueria

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3400 Oak St
New Orleans, LA
(504) 826-9913
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With a giant new location in the former Squeal space on Oak (and the original spot still in the Warehouse District at 634 Julia), La Casita offers specialty and 'simple' tacos, the latter of which are just $2/each during a killer happy hour (3 to 7 p.m. weekdays).

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1. Del Fuego Taqueria

4518 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Tacos are the name of the game at this lively Uptown spot thanks to Cali native/chef Dave Wright's housemade tortillas and gorgeous salsas. Margaritas are especially lethal with 100+ tequilas and mezcals to choose from. And there's patio and deck dining too.
4518 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

2. Johnny Sánchez

Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70130
This CBD stunner from the minds of John Besh and Aarón Sánchez offers thoughtful presentations of modern Mexican cuisine based in traditional techniques and ingredients. For tacos, check out the Papas con Rajas with potatos and poblanos, lengua, or carnitas for the happy hour "Street Taco" special from 3-6pm daily, or fancy dinner tacos that have fillings ranging from Louisiana shrimp to the Michocán style crispy pork.
Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

3. Araña

3242 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
In the midst of the Magazine Street bar scene, Arana not only offers tacos of high quality and excellent execution, but also they will serve them until 1am on Friday and Saturday nights. Check out the Esquites y Nopaes taco with roasted corn, poblanos, and prickly pear cactus leaves, the chicken mole taco with pumpkin seeds, and the ancho braised duck taco.
3242 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

4. Mizado Cocina

5080 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70118
Mizado offers sophisticated twists on the classic taco like fried oyster, wood grilled scallop, smoked pork belly, and Peking duck confit. They also do brunch and offer a lunch taco option. Bonus: the margarita options here are outstanding.
5080 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70118

5. Casa Borrega

1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113
This is the place to combine quality taco time with live music. The Central City joint has helped anchor the OCH neighborhood comeback and has been offering great food and music to folks from around the corner to across town (or beyond.) Definitely try the house specialty, the Borrega, which is slow cooked marinated leg of lamb, served with cilantro, onion and tomatoes.
1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113

6. Felipe's Taqueria

6215 South Miro Street, New Orleans, LA 70125
Make your tacos the way you like 'em - not only does Felipes offer tons of meat, seafood, bean, and vegetable filings and toppings (all the standards like pico de gallo and guac, but also fresh cilantro & red onion and creamy marinated cabbage) at their three New Orleans locations, but there's a salsa bar to customize to your heart's content.
6215 South Miro Street
New Orleans, LA 70125

7. Tacos & Beer NOLA

1622 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
Tacos and beer, what else does one need in life? This St. Charles Street spot offers the two title items as well as a selection of specials and veggie-friendly food. The barbacoa tacos contain shredded beef in a red sauce which is an unusual find for taco fillings. Ditto for the portabello mushrooms.
1622 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

8. Juan's Flying Burrito

2018 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Having opened its third location in the CBD, Juan's is a low-key, punk-rock Tex-Mex local franchise on the rise. It's jammed every afternoon and night of the week, and is veggie, vegan, family, and hard drinkin' friendly. Blackened redfish and pork n' slaw both show off the New Orleans style of taco madness which makes it so popular.
2018 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. La Cocinita Food Truck

3101 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
One of the best - and only - options for breakfast tacos, the sight of this bright red food truck is a godsend both during or after drinking, as well as anytime you're hungry for taco goodness. Not in the mood for breakfast? Check to see if the Muchacho Venezuelan brisket is available, or try the roasted sweet potato and black bean option.
3101 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

10. Taceaux Loceaux

New Orleans, LA 70113
One of New Orleans' food truck pioneers, Taceaux Loceaux has been drawing taco fans to their truck like moths to a flame for years now. The traditional options are solid, and the menu has plenty of space for well executed fun and creativity to offer loyal customers. Try the Messin' With Texas brisket taco, Carnital Knowledge pork taco, or All Hat No Cattle bean taco. And lookout for their upcoming LGD brick and mortar, slated to open in 2016.

11. El Pavo Real

4401 S Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70125
This family-friendly Mexican spot in Broadmoor opened from former Lola's chef Lindsey McClellan in early 2016, and continues to be a neighborhood favorite with a menu that includes classic tacos (chicken, steak or fried fish) that won't break the bank. Plus, they're getting ready to add booze.
4401 S Broad St
New Orleans, LA 70125

12. Rosa Mezcal

1812 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
A lengthy menu of tacos at this new Mexican street food spot in the LGD include the classics and signatures like the skirt-steak stuffed Apache tacos, a few scrambled egg variations, and a red snapper taco. The restaurant opened in late 2015 from Covington's Habanero crew, but despite the name, it still doesn't have booze and is currently BYOB.
1812 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. La Mezcla at St Roch Market

2381 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Yvonne Molina and Cat Smith do Tex-Mex and California inspired eats at St. Roch Market for breakfast, lunch and dinner with fish tacos, taco specials, taco salads, tamales and more. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
2381 Saint Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

14. La Mansion

724 Dublin St, New Orleans, LA 70118
This mom and pop eatery from Chiapis, Mexico natives Edwin Guzman and Veronica Cardona has become quite the Riverbend gem since opening in fall of 2015. Here you'll find Tex Mex and Latin food (and margs) on the cheap and available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including hefty taco plates for just $10.
724 Dublin St
New Orleans, LA 70118

15. Rollin' Fatties

New Orleans, LA
This food truck from the former Cafe Bamboo owners slings burritos and tacos that specialize in fill the void for vegans and vegetarians, and is a favorite near the medical complexes downtown. You'll find a few meatier options (like fish and chicken), but no red meat.

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16. La Casita Taqueria

3400 Oak St, New Orleans, LA
With a giant new location in the former Squeal space on Oak (and the original spot still in the Warehouse District at 634 Julia), La Casita offers specialty and 'simple' tacos, the latter of which are just $2/each during a killer happy hour (3 to 7 p.m. weekdays).
3400 Oak St
New Orleans, LA

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