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Ten New Orleans Places to Eat Tacos on Taco Tuesday

07:00 May 13, 2024
By: Audrey Campisi

What makes a great taco? The answer has long been debated. Is it the tortilla or the toppings?

Participate in the research by eating at one (or all) of these 10 delicious spots in New Orleans for Taco Tuesday. It's very important work.

Top 10 Spots for Your Taco Tuesday

1. Barracuda

Multiple Locations


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At Barracuda in Uptown and Algiers, dive into an authentic taco haven perfect for your Taco Tuesday fix. Order at the walk-up stand, then settle into their spacious outdoor patio surrounded by greenery and picnic tables.

Start with their must-have queso and chorizo, ideal for sharing alongside their tempting margaritas. Delight in street-style tacos with fillings like crispy fish, roasted pork shoulder, and grilled chicken. With reasonable prices and an incredible atmosphere, Barracuda is your go-to for a few rounds of margaritas, taste-testing tacos, and endless conversations.

2. El Taco Loco

643 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-372-3224,


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This neighborhood classic is a hidden gem. Sometimes traditional flavors are the most satisfying. Located on South Carrollton, El Taco Loco is a build-your-own-style with authentic Mexican food and dangerous frozen margaritas (in the best way possible).

Get a plate of chicken and carne asada tacos and be sure to try the signature Taco Loco pork taco. You can always find a range of Jarritos flavors, a Mexican soft drink.

3. Mawi Tortillas

5050 W. Esplanade Ave., Metarie, 504-644-2624


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This quaint and casual spot offers Honduran tacos to satisfy your Taco Tuesday cravings. Owned and operated by a father-son duo, Mawi truly offers authentic cuisine, emphasizing fresh and flavorful dishes with every dish. The spot makes their own tortillas, with every batch made every morning for unmatched freshness each day.

The spot serves breakfast tacos, if your Taco Tuesday starts early, along with Birria Tacos and Tacos Hondurenos for dinner. For tacos like your family made them, head to Mawi and indulge in a Honduran taco adventure.

4. Vals

4632 Freret St., 504-356-0006


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This upbeat taco spot on Freret become a true Uptown favorite. Take advantage of the daily happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and snack on elote while sipping on a Paloma.

Vals has vibrant patio seating with a standing bar area. If you're a fan of Mexcal, try the Oaxacan Old Fashioned, a cocktail featuring Mal Bien Mezcal and Reposado Tequila. Pair any drink with fish, chicken, steak, or pork tacos.

5. Johnny Sánchez

930 Poydras St. Suite 101, 504-304-6615


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It isn't Taco Tuesday without margaritas. Thankfully, this Downtown restaurant features a signature margarita made with blanco tequila, triple sec, and fresh lime and orange.

If that doesn't sound deliciously refreshing (how could it not), then try the jalapeño pineapple mezcal margarita. The Taco Tuesday special at Johnny Sanchez features all day $2 dollar tacos.

6. Tacos Del Cartel

1010 Girod St., 504-354-9038


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Tacos Del Cartel boasts a delectable Taco Tuesday special mixed with the perfect fun-loving ambiance to make your Tuesday extra special. Every Tuesday, select tacos are $2.50.

Beyond the special, this spot offers a plethora of specialty drinks, so you can sip on paradise alongside your taco of choice. The interior boasts neon lights, an extravagantly decorated bar, and a rose-covered ceiling, creating a quintessential Latin American environment. For an unmet ambiance for your Taco Tuesday, head to Tacos Del Cartel.

7. Tacos and Beer

1622 St. Charles Ave., 504-304-8722


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With a price you can't beat, Taco Tuesday at Tacos and Beer offers tacos for $1 all day long. Right on St. Charles, this casual spot boasts the perfect street taco vibe with an incredible outdoor seating on a patio lined with luscious greenery.

Your taco extravaganza will be perfectly complimented with a long beer menu and bottomless chips and salsa. While their specialty is most definitely tacos, their enticing enchiladas, fajitas, burritos and more may make you stay from your Taco Tuesday plans.

8. Espíritu Mezcaleria

520 Capdeville St., 504-267-4975


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For a more hipster twist on your Taco Tuesday, head to Espíritu Mezcaleria, which has a gorgeous long bar, intimate seating, and a dimmed, warm tone to usher in romance and fun. This authentic Mexican restaurant boasts an upscale and playful interior matched with great drinks and great food.

The spot offers more than 10 unique tacos, all with daring flavor combinations. In addition, the spot serves tortas, a Mexican-style sandwich that will crave you wanting seconds. To compliment your taco, try one of their many house-made margaritas or any of their refreshing cocktails, with American and Mexican classics alike.

9. El Gato Negro

Multiple Locations


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This casual spot boasts traditional Mexican cuisine perfected with family-recipes and a true emphasis on hospitality, coupled with Taco Tuesday specials. This quaint restaurant's colorful interior sets the tone for casual and social eats.

Their menu is extensive, with wings, burritos, fajitas, and, of course, tacos. The menu boasts an incredible tequilla menu, a long list of mezcals, margaritas, and mojitos, so if that is up your alley, make a stop here.

10. Rum House

3128 Magazine St., 504-941-7560


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If you live in New Orleans, you know about Rum House. This Caribbean taquería offers $3 tacos and beer, as well as $5 margaritas. Free your inner beach bum and snack on delicious creations like jerk chicken and curry roasted cauliflower tacos.

Pair it with coconut mango rice and fire-roasted salsa. Feeling tropical? Try the Rum House punch to complete the island experience. Make sure to get there early or sit at the bar because the restaurant does fill up quick!

Ten Local Spots for Taco Tuesday

After indulging in the tantalizing taco offerings at these 10 New Orleans spots, it's clear that the quest for the perfect taco is a multifaceted journey. From the crispy freshness of the tortilla to the explosion of flavors in the toppings, each taco presents a unique culinary adventure. So, grab your appetite and embark on your own Taco Tuesday exploration to uncover your personal taco nirvana.

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