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jamtart Jan 31, 2009 08:19 AM

Where can I get some good ones?

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    AzDumpling RE: jamtart Jan 31, 2009 08:45 AM


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      CEfromLA RE: AzDumpling Feb 2, 2009 09:21 AM

      Ain't that the truth!
      Whenever we visit N.O., we start carving Mexican food after the first few days (being from California). We found the El Gato Negro does a decent job (of tacos, at least), though the margaritas there are a little peculiar.

      1. re: CEfromLA
        mortalcoil RE: CEfromLA Feb 2, 2009 10:20 AM

        I have to disagree...I moved here from Southern California and I find that the margaritas are quite tasty, however, the food is horrible.
        With that said, there is some decent Mexican food here... I am not sure if the little place at the corner of Claiborne and Elysian Fields (next to the dollar store) serves Enchiladas, but they have some amazing barbacoa!!!

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          djinniya RE: mortalcoil Feb 2, 2009 05:48 PM

          It's called Tacos San Miguel, and they are as close to a Mexico City taqueria as one can find in New Orleans. That means: red and white checked tablecloths, Televisa on the tv, exactly the right condiments on the tables, and - sorry - no enchiladas. But excellent fresh salsa, carnitas to die for, and even really good lengua, which I don't normally eat anywhere for any reason. But at San Miguel, they convinced me to taste it, and I'm glad I did!

          That said, there are pretty good enchiladas at the place on Carrollton, right next door to Brocato's. I think it's called Taqueria Guerrero.

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            edible complex RE: djinniya Feb 3, 2009 05:14 AM

            Tacos San Miguel has 2 locations:

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              txgirl RE: djinniya Aug 26, 2009 12:29 PM

              Ditto on Taco San Miguel....only I go to the one on Severn. I moved here from Houston last year and was sorely disappointed in NOLA's Mexican offerings until I followed your recommendation DJINNIYA and happily added Taco San Miguel to my dining repertoire. . My husband (a NOLA native) took me to Chevys (bad), Carretas (bad), Cucos (bad), Superior Grill (ok), Taqueria Corona (just barely ok) and another place out on Veterans near the airport (ok). I thought my days of eating good Mexican food were over. Then, I went to Taco San Miguel and it is EXACTLY what I've been looking for. I eat there and feel like I'm back in Texas. They also have another thing that I've discovered is in short supply in New Orleans....a patio. Although the weather has been too hot, I'm looking forward to checking it out this fall. On top of that, they have a drive up window, serve Mexican breakfast all day and the owners, Annet and Alex are some of the friendliest people I have met here. :-) If you haven't tried it, give it a chance. Moreover, if you moved here from Texas and are feeling homesick, go there for a few tacos and a Dos Equis. You'll start feeling better immediately.

            2. re: mortalcoil
              Bill Hunt RE: mortalcoil Feb 8, 2009 05:29 PM

              Coming from CA, there is a problem. Over the years, most of the Mexican, that I experienced in NOLA was some variation of Tex-Mex. Most is highly different than Sonoran-Mex, or Baja-Mex, that one is likely to experience in CA, or AZ.

              In AZ, I find it difficult to get good Tex-Mex, because that is what I grew up with, and enjoy most. One must consider the great differences in the foods of Mexico, when looking for what one might know and hold dear. The differences can be staggering, if one does not know the culinary history of that country.

              I won't go into a litany of good Mexican restaurants in NOLA, as most are gone, or the chefs have changed greatly. I will say that much is probably changing with the Mexican dining scene there, as more workers immigrate to the City, and bring the cuisine of their heritage (read state in Mexico) with them.

              There are many threads on "authentic" Mexican food on CH. I'd suggest these as required reading for anyone discussing Mexican food, in any area of the US.

              For enchiladas, the topic of the OP, last time by Castillo's in the FQ, they were still good. Funky as heck little place, and the food has gone down, since Carlos ran the Mayan away from the kitchen, but still good examples of Tex-Mex enchiladas. Gotta' get past the funkiness though.

              Unfortunately, I do not have current recs. on even great Tex-Mex in NOLA, but would assume that some examples should exist. Might not be what one from AZ, or CA, would expect to find, but good, none the less.


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                edible complex RE: Bill Hunt Feb 8, 2009 05:41 PM

                Castillo's had the best enchiladas mole, but they have been closed for many, many yrs.

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                  Bill Hunt RE: edible complex Feb 9, 2009 05:39 PM

                  Oops! Was there about six trips back, and did notice a billboard (actually a painted wall on a building facing downriver on Canal St.) advertising Castillo's.

                  Thanks for the update.


            3. re: CEfromLA
              AzDumpling RE: CEfromLA Feb 2, 2009 05:13 PM

              Fortunately I find many things in NO that cannot be had in Arizona and never find myself missing mexican food in the least while there.

              1. re: CEfromLA
                txgirl RE: CEfromLA Aug 26, 2009 12:34 PM

                I agree with CEfromLA. My husband and I ordered what I think was supposed to be the house margarita at El Gato Negro and had to send it back. It had an odd tasting chemical taste to it and I KNOW my margaritas! :-) I haven't eaten there but I'm guessing from the taste of the margarita that the food is probably bad too. As for the post from MortalCoil below, YES, Taco San Miguel is awesome. I don't think their Claiborne/Elysian Fields location is still open but the one on Severn is going strong and is top notch. :-)

            4. edible complex RE: jamtart Feb 3, 2009 05:21 AM

              Taqueria Corona

              also check:
              Huevos, Cafe Granada, Fiesta Latina, Casa Garcia, Mayas, Taqueria Sanchez, Vera Cruz

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              1. re: edible complex
                txgirl RE: edible complex Aug 26, 2009 12:35 PM

                Huevos is teeny-tiny. I went there for breakfast. Had a very limited menu. I had their pork tamales. Not a do-over.

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                Hungry Celeste RE: jamtart Feb 3, 2009 07:06 AM

                Enchiladas verde at Taqueria Chilangos tasted pretty good to me. http://www.taqueriachilangos.com/

                Taqueria Chilangos
                2723 Roosevelt Blvd, Kenner, LA

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                  cereed007 RE: jamtart Aug 27, 2009 08:37 AM

                  El Gato's Chicken Enchiladas are really good :)

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                    figndate RE: jamtart Mar 8, 2010 08:16 AM

                    La Fiesta. Stumpf Boulevard, Gretna. The definitive Tex-Mex restaurant. And it has been there for 37 years. I really want to bust it open on this place. Seems like no one is aware of its existence! AWESOME!!! The cheese enchiladas are really really good.

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