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Where to Eat the Best Tacos in New Orleans

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A tortilla, onions and cilantro, and a zillion kinds of fillings — the taco is a perfect food. New Orleans’s taco scene is currently thriving, with many chefs aiming for purist perfection and others stretching the dish’s definition, using the format as a flavor delivery system for all kinds of ingredient mash-ups. Here, Eater presents a wide-ranging line-up of some of New Orleans’s best corn and flour tacos. And as always right now, please remember to wear a mask into and whenever moving around any restaurant. The staff really doesn’t want to have to ask.

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1. Taqueria Chilangos

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2723 Roosevelt Blvd
Kenner, LA 70062
(504) 469-5599

Lesly Garcia continues her late husband’s vision, honoring David Montes de Oca with a welcoming eatery brimming with authentic flavors. Chilangos Restaurant was de Oca’s post-Katrina dream a step up from the taco truck that served construction workers around town. He learned his taco-making skills from his uncle, a “chilango,” or resident of Mexico City.

2. Pacos Tacos of Metairie

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4726 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70006
(985) 317-3415
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This Metairie gem on Veterans makes no bones about it: If you don’t have a trompo, it’s not real deal al pastor! And Pacos Tacos does indeed have a trompo, a vertical rotating spit of seasoned meat which yields glistening ribbons of al pastor pork for tacos. Tacos come in all flavors and there’s margaritas and breakfast burritos too. Dine in or take out from 11 am to 9 pm daily.

Al pastor tacos cut from a trompo at Pacos Tacos Gregg Soll

3. Catty Shack Tex-Mex

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1839 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 372-3150
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Funky and festive, this taco joint from a partner at the former La Mezcla Mexicana at St. Roch Market is awesome. The simple stand on Gentilly Boulevard serves hard tacos — $4.50 each, or 3 for $11, in brisket, veggie, catfish, beef, or lentil. You can also get sides of beans, guacamole, queso, and chips and salsa, so this place is pretty much perfect. Currently offering pickup on selected days; follow Facebook for updates.

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4. Artisan Bar and Cafe

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2514 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 510-4340
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With the addition of well seasoned chef David Duvall (Creole Queen, SoBou, Domenica) to its kitchen, Artisan Cafe has upped its bar food game considerably. The menu includes an excellent beef taco, served with roasted peppers and a zippy drizzle of poblano mayo. There’s a chicken version too. The menu also includes a handful of Cajun dishes and peppery beef grillades.

5. Galaxie

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3060 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 827-1443
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Recently opened in Bywater in a restored gas station on St. Claude Avenue, Galaxie offers bar area (distanced) seating and a huge outdoor space. Choose from five taco options — the al pastor is good — and get one or three of the mezcal cocktails. Chef Hank Shackelford takes it one step beyond tortillas made in the kitchen — Galaxie also has its own masa machine, and ships corn from Oaxaca, adding flavor and texture to the tacos and quesadillas.

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6. Luna Libre

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3600 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 237-1284
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Luna Libre owner Rhonda Findley opened the restaurant to pay homage to the flavors she grew up with in Rose City, Arkansas. While it’s hard to say if Ark-La-Tex food is really a thing, this sweet spot deliver friendly service, a fine frozen margarita and damn good carnitas tacos. The tasty Ark-Americano is a throw back to 70s taco nights when an El Paso dinner kit was considered exotic. There’s courtyard and sidewalk seating.

7. Rosalita's Backyard Tacos

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3319 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70117

The secret’s out on this Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday Bywater alley taco stand, judging by the line of regulars. The former owners of neighborhood favorite Mariza in the Rice Mill Lofts serve some of the best tacos around from Rosalita’s Backyard Tacos. Order fish, pork, brisket, and chorizo tacos, as well as burritos, quesadillas, great black bean tostadas, and taquitos. Now selling breakfast tacos via brand new Bywater coffee shop Petite Clouet, also a secret.

8. Johnny Sánchez

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930 Poydras St Suite 101
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 304-6615
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Step inside Johnny Sanchez on Poydras and it’s clear this isn’t your usual taco joint. Eye-popping art, modern lighting, and a sleek sophisticated vibe sets expectations high — and with good reason. Partner/chefs Johnny Sanchez and Miles Landrem deliver the goods, from tacos stuffed with albondigas, Aaron’s grandmother’s recipe, to crispy P&J oysters and fried cauliflower. Really everything is good — if the crawfish enchilada is a special, get two.

Tacos at Johnny Sánchez
Tacos at Johnny Sánchez
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9. Panchita's

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1434 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 281-4127
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Cozy, authentic, homemade - that about sums up Panchita’s Mexican Restaurant on Carrollton Uptown, just steps from Lebanon’s Cafe. This family friendly homey spot offers Veracruz style specialties marked by fresh tomato sauce with olives and capers, without the heat of chiles. Try the al pastor and asada tacos and anything with mole. Rock bottom prices.

10. Espíritu

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520 Capdeville St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 267-4975
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Tucked away on a side street in the Warehouse District, Espiritu Mezcaleria and Cocina is worth discovering on a few fronts. Chef Nanyo Dominguez, a native of Puebla, Mexico, offers modern, regional Mexican cuisine including tasty tacos, from crispy shrimp to Baja fish and a veggie forward sweet potato, best enjoyed with a trio of the housemade salsas. Then there’s the cocktail options - the restaurant’s co-owner Jason Mitzen is a master Mezcalier - and the bar is modeled after a Mexico City mezcaleria. Espiritu was recently named a top 10 Mezcal destination by Food and Wine, quite the honor. Open for take out and lunch and dinner, with outdoor seating available.

Cauliflower taco
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11. El Taco Loco

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1120 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 372-3224

El Loco is the real deal: deeply savory meats including lengua and tinga, and at last — super burritos that, even with add-on guac, come in well-priced. A good bet: a pair of savory conchitas pibil (slow roasted pork) tacos for $4.50. Nachos, wings, margaritas, and beer. And yes, Jarritos sodas.

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12. Casa Borrega: Fonda & Mezcaleria

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1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 427-0654
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Open for take out with outdoor seating available, Casa Borrega was an early adopter of Mexican food in the city and one of the trailblazers of the Central City renaissance along Oretha Castle Haley. Fill three tacos with one choice of 14 fillings, including tongue, pumpkin blossom flower, and huitlacoche, a tasty corn fungus also known as Mexican truffle. The Tex-Mex nachos are off the chain.

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13. Tacos & Beer New Orleans

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1622 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 304-8722
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A convivial spot for tacos and margaritas on the Avenue, Tacos and Beer offers family meals to-go — 12 tacos, cheese dip and salsa for $20, with a nice choice of fillings. The carne asada has a nice crust to it, or try the barbacoa, shredded beef in red sauce. Fish tacos are available a la carte, offered battered or broiled.

14. Vals

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4632 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 356-0006
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When he designed the menu at Vals chef/partner Fredo Nogueira didn’t try to reinvent the taco. He distilled the best of Mexican street food into a compact line up that includes a Baja style fish taco, crisped beef belly and a juicy green mole taco, each piled onto toothsome house made discs of corn. The garage turned fetching taqueria on Freret is the latest from smart folks behind Cure and Cane+Table - so yes the drinks are outstanding. Tons of outdoor space too so come rain or shine.

15. Taqueria Corona (Multiple Locations)

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5932 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 897-3974
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With locations in New Orleans, Metairie and Harahan, Taqueria Corona is a popular sit-down bet for families and anybody craving ribeye carne asada. That rib-eye shows up in the tasty Philly cheesesteak taco with other options including crispy baja-style fish, pulled pork, and traditional spicy beef tongue. The house margarita is a good deal, made with fresh lime juice.

16. Juan's Flying Burrito (Multiple Locations)

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5538 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 897-4800
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Juan’s is beyond chill, a snappy taco joint with great margaritas and four locations around town. Family-friendly, with lots of vegetarian and vegan options, Juan’s brings local flavors into the mix with a Creole take on specialty dishes. Try the pulled pork and slaw or the blackened seasonal fish. both on flour tortillas.

17. Taceaux Loceaux

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737 Octavia St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 336-3656

The longtime taco truck fixture at Uptown bars opened as a restaurant a year ago, with an huge range of fillings like BBQ pork, brisket, Korean-style chicken; as well as vegan and vegetarian-friendly stars like braised greens, potato and poblano, cauliflower, and “fauxrizo,” and other specials worth trying.

18. Del Fuego NOLA

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4518 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 309-5797
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Del Fuego is an oasis of real deal Mexican fare Uptown, a family owned eatery known for incorporating local product into a host of comfort dishes. The piled-high tacos are so affordable —try the veggie or chorizo options with a side of rice and beans. Expect fresh-tasting cocktails and strong pours as a bonus.

19. Barracuda

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3984 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 266-2961
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This unassuming shack with a big outdoor space Uptown on Tchoupitoulas Street Uptown is a gem ideal for take out or social distanced patio seating. Try the mushroom taco for sure, and ask for extra salsa macha. The garden is now open for weather-protected outdoor dining, noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. 

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1. Taqueria Chilangos

2723 Roosevelt Blvd, Kenner, LA 70062

Lesly Garcia continues her late husband’s vision, honoring David Montes de Oca with a welcoming eatery brimming with authentic flavors. Chilangos Restaurant was de Oca’s post-Katrina dream a step up from the taco truck that served construction workers around town. He learned his taco-making skills from his uncle, a “chilango,” or resident of Mexico City.

2723 Roosevelt Blvd
Kenner, LA 70062

2. Pacos Tacos of Metairie

4726 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie, LA 70006
Al pastor tacos cut from a trompo at Pacos Tacos Gregg Soll

This Metairie gem on Veterans makes no bones about it: If you don’t have a trompo, it’s not real deal al pastor! And Pacos Tacos does indeed have a trompo, a vertical rotating spit of seasoned meat which yields glistening ribbons of al pastor pork for tacos. Tacos come in all flavors and there’s margaritas and breakfast burritos too. Dine in or take out from 11 am to 9 pm daily.

4726 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70006

3. Catty Shack Tex-Mex

1839 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70119
Catty Shack/Facebook

Funky and festive, this taco joint from a partner at the former La Mezcla Mexicana at St. Roch Market is awesome. The simple stand on Gentilly Boulevard serves hard tacos — $4.50 each, or 3 for $11, in brisket, veggie, catfish, beef, or lentil. You can also get sides of beans, guacamole, queso, and chips and salsa, so this place is pretty much perfect. Currently offering pickup on selected days; follow Facebook for updates.

1839 Gentilly Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70119

4. Artisan Bar and Cafe

2514 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

With the addition of well seasoned chef David Duvall (Creole Queen, SoBou, Domenica) to its kitchen, Artisan Cafe has upped its bar food game considerably. The menu includes an excellent beef taco, served with roasted peppers and a zippy drizzle of poblano mayo. There’s a chicken version too. The menu also includes a handful of Cajun dishes and peppery beef grillades.

2514 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

5. Galaxie

3060 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Josh Brasted/Eater NOLA

Recently opened in Bywater in a restored gas station on St. Claude Avenue, Galaxie offers bar area (distanced) seating and a huge outdoor space. Choose from five taco options — the al pastor is good — and get one or three of the mezcal cocktails. Chef Hank Shackelford takes it one step beyond tortillas made in the kitchen — Galaxie also has its own masa machine, and ships corn from Oaxaca, adding flavor and texture to the tacos and quesadillas.

3060 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

6. Luna Libre

3600 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Luna Libre owner Rhonda Findley opened the restaurant to pay homage to the flavors she grew up with in Rose City, Arkansas. While it’s hard to say if Ark-La-Tex food is really a thing, this sweet spot deliver friendly service, a fine frozen margarita and damn good carnitas tacos. The tasty Ark-Americano is a throw back to 70s taco nights when an El Paso dinner kit was considered exotic. There’s courtyard and sidewalk seating.

3600 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

7. Rosalita's Backyard Tacos

3319 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70117

The secret’s out on this Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday Bywater alley taco stand, judging by the line of regulars. The former owners of neighborhood favorite Mariza in the Rice Mill Lofts serve some of the best tacos around from Rosalita’s Backyard Tacos. Order fish, pork, brisket, and chorizo tacos, as well as burritos, quesadillas, great black bean tostadas, and taquitos. Now selling breakfast tacos via brand new Bywater coffee shop Petite Clouet, also a secret.

3319 N Rampart St
New Orleans, LA 70117

8. Johnny Sánchez

930 Poydras St Suite 101, New Orleans, LA 70112
Tacos at Johnny Sánchez
Tacos at Johnny Sánchez
Facebook/Johnny Sanchez

Step inside Johnny Sanchez on Poydras and it’s clear this isn’t your usual taco joint. Eye-popping art, modern lighting, and a sleek sophisticated vibe sets expectations high — and with good reason. Partner/chefs Johnny Sanchez and Miles Landrem deliver the goods, from tacos stuffed with albondigas, Aaron’s grandmother’s recipe, to crispy P&J oysters and fried cauliflower. Really everything is good — if the crawfish enchilada is a special, get two.

930 Poydras St Suite 101
New Orleans, LA 70112

9. Panchita's

1434 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

Cozy, authentic, homemade - that about sums up Panchita’s Mexican Restaurant on Carrollton Uptown, just steps from Lebanon’s Cafe. This family friendly homey spot offers Veracruz style specialties marked by fresh tomato sauce with olives and capers, without the heat of chiles. Try the al pastor and asada tacos and anything with mole. Rock bottom prices.

1434 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

10. Espíritu

520 Capdeville St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Cauliflower taco
Espiritu/Official Photo

Tucked away on a side street in the Warehouse District, Espiritu Mezcaleria and Cocina is worth discovering on a few fronts. Chef Nanyo Dominguez, a native of Puebla, Mexico, offers modern, regional Mexican cuisine including tasty tacos, from crispy shrimp to Baja fish and a veggie forward sweet potato, best enjoyed with a trio of the housemade salsas. Then there’s the cocktail options - the restaurant’s co-owner Jason Mitzen is a master Mezcalier - and the bar is modeled after a Mexico City mezcaleria. Espiritu was recently named a top 10 Mezcal destination by Food and Wine, quite the honor. Open for take out and lunch and dinner, with outdoor seating available.

520 Capdeville St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. El Taco Loco

1120 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
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El Loco is the real deal: deeply savory meats including lengua and tinga, and at last — super burritos that, even with add-on guac, come in well-priced. A good bet: a pair of savory conchitas pibil (slow roasted pork) tacos for $4.50. Nachos, wings, margaritas, and beer. And yes, Jarritos sodas.

1120 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

12. Casa Borrega: Fonda & Mezcaleria

1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
Brasted/Eater NOLA

Open for take out with outdoor seating available, Casa Borrega was an early adopter of Mexican food in the city and one of the trailblazers of the Central City renaissance along Oretha Castle Haley. Fill three tacos with one choice of 14 fillings, including tongue, pumpkin blossom flower, and huitlacoche, a tasty corn fungus also known as Mexican truffle. The Tex-Mex nachos are off the chain.

1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70113

13. Tacos & Beer New Orleans

1622 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

A convivial spot for tacos and margaritas on the Avenue, Tacos and Beer offers family meals to-go — 12 tacos, cheese dip and salsa for $20, with a nice choice of fillings. The carne asada has a nice crust to it, or try the barbacoa, shredded beef in red sauce. Fish tacos are available a la carte, offered battered or broiled.

1622 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70130

14. Vals

4632 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

When he designed the menu at Vals chef/partner Fredo Nogueira didn’t try to reinvent the taco. He distilled the best of Mexican street food into a compact line up that includes a Baja style fish taco, crisped beef belly and a juicy green mole taco, each piled onto toothsome house made discs of corn. The garage turned fetching taqueria on Freret is the latest from smart folks behind Cure and Cane+Table - so yes the drinks are outstanding. Tons of outdoor space too so come rain or shine.

4632 Freret St
New Orleans, LA 70115

15. Taqueria Corona (Multiple Locations)

5932 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

With locations in New Orleans, Metairie and Harahan, Taqueria Corona is a popular sit-down bet for families and anybody craving ribeye carne asada. That rib-eye shows up in the tasty Philly cheesesteak taco with other options including crispy baja-style fish, pulled pork, and traditional spicy beef tongue. The house margarita is a good deal, made with fresh lime juice.

5932 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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16. Juan's Flying Burrito (Multiple Locations)

5538 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Juan’s is beyond chill, a snappy taco joint with great margaritas and four locations around town. Family-friendly, with lots of vegetarian and vegan options, Juan’s brings local flavors into the mix with a Creole take on specialty dishes. Try the pulled pork and slaw or the blackened seasonal fish. both on flour tortillas.

5538 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

17. Taceaux Loceaux

737 Octavia St, New Orleans, LA 70115

The longtime taco truck fixture at Uptown bars opened as a restaurant a year ago, with an huge range of fillings like BBQ pork, brisket, Korean-style chicken; as well as vegan and vegetarian-friendly stars like braised greens, potato and poblano, cauliflower, and “fauxrizo,” and other specials worth trying.

737 Octavia St
New Orleans, LA 70115

18. Del Fuego NOLA

4518 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Del Fuego is an oasis of real deal Mexican fare Uptown, a family owned eatery known for incorporating local product into a host of comfort dishes. The piled-high tacos are so affordable —try the veggie or chorizo options with a side of rice and beans. Expect fresh-tasting cocktails and strong pours as a bonus.

4518 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

19. Barracuda

3984 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Official Photo/Augusta Sagnelli Studios

This unassuming shack with a big outdoor space Uptown on Tchoupitoulas Street Uptown is a gem ideal for take out or social distanced patio seating. Try the mushroom taco for sure, and ask for extra salsa macha. The garden is now open for weather-protected outdoor dining, noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. 

3984 Tchoupitoulas St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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