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Southerbelle Apr 7, 2010 07:49 PM

I did a search on this and ran across a thread about it, but it is a few years out of date.

Any thoughts on Mexican in the city other than Juan's? I don't have an issue with Juan's, I am just looking for Mexican and not hippie/rocker Mexican.

I had some awesome....something or other from a taco truck in the lower 9th ward, but it is a bit out of my way and I haven't come across it since. Has anyone tried the colorful one that hangs out on S. Claiborne?

How about that restaurant beside Angelo Brocatos?

Any other ideas?

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    roro1831 Apr 7, 2010 09:38 PM


    1. Suzy Wong Apr 8, 2010 01:45 PM

      Have heard very positive reviews re food and drinks at El Gato Negro.

      El Gato Negro Mexican Rstrnt
      81 French Market Pl, New Orleans, LA 70116

      1. mimadeli Apr 8, 2010 03:00 PM

        Salsas por el Lago is really good

        Out by the Lakefront in the former Voodoo BBQ building across the street from Russell's Marina Grill


        1. uptownlibrarian Apr 8, 2010 05:07 PM

          The taco truck on Claiborne at the corner of Eagle is Taqueria D.F., and it's excellent. Strongly recommend.

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            gastrotect Apr 9, 2010 07:25 AM

            The Claiborne taco truck uptownlibrarian recommended (and you asked about) is definitely good. I'm also a fan of the Frenchman taco truck which parks at a gas station on Louisiana and Claiborne during the day. Now that I think about it (I wasn't what you'd call sober last time I was on Frenchman), that taco truck has shifted it's night enterprise to the Blue Nile for some reason.

            Taqueria Corona can be quite good depending on what you order. I've Taqueria Guerrero in Mid-City (the one you referneced) is very good too, though I've never been. I also read about Taco San Miguel in Fat City as being a more than worthwhile.

            Taco San Miguel
            2120 N Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

            Taqueria Corona
            1827 Hickory Ave, New Orleans, LA 70123

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            1. re: gastrotect
              uptownlibrarian Apr 9, 2010 08:20 AM

              Taqueria Guerrero is good, but Taco San Miguel is indeed more than worthwhile. I think if forced to choose, that would be my favorite brick and mortar Mexican place in the city. You should definitely try to make it out there ASAP.

              I too have very fond but fuzzy thoughts on the Frenchmen St. truck. Their tacos really hit the spot. And I think I had a tamale from there one night that was pretty good?

              I tried the "carnital knowledge" tacos from the new-ish Taceaux Loceaux truck last weekend, and was a little disappointed. There was a lot of cabbage and not so much carnitas in the tacos, and they were kind of expensive at I believe $6.50 for 2.

              Taco San Miguel
              3517 20th St, Metairie, LA 70002

              1. re: gastrotect
                gastrotect Apr 12, 2010 07:49 AM

                So I actually visited two of these locations this weekend. Friday I had tacos from Taqueria DF (the taco truck on Claiborne near the parish line) and they were fantastic. New favorite spot for tacos and at 1.50 per taco, I can afford for them to be my favorite. 6 meats: Beef, Chicken, Pork Skin (Chicharrones), Carnitas, Beef Tongue, and Chorizo. They do tacos, quesadillas, and sandwiches (unsure of the name).

                I also visited Frenchman and the taco truck has indeed moved inside. It is inside Cafe Negrile (not Blue Nile) and the tacos were delicious, though not getting them from a truck takes a small something away.

                1. re: gastrotect
                  uptownlibrarian Apr 12, 2010 08:12 AM

                  All right! Sounds like you had a better weekend than I did (working a lot for FQF). The sandwiches are tortas. I prefer tacos, but the tortas at D.F. are worth a try if you've never had one. As you say, it's hardly a wallet-busting investment.

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                JGrey Apr 9, 2010 11:04 AM

                I love Taqueros, they can be really pricey or really affordable depending on what you get. And the quality and freshness is outstanding. The menu is significantly pared down from what it used to be.

                Also, Panchita's (just opened on Carrollton @ Jeaneatte in the death location right next to Basil Leaf) is good and very cheap. I can't remember the name of what I had, kind of a very thick corn tortilla with stuff on top of it. Started with a J. Very happy to have the option in the neighborhood. I like Guerrero up by Brocato's, and haven't had a chance to try Fiesta Latina across the street by Doson's, but I hear good things about the other location.

                Fiesta Latina
                1924 Airline Dr, Kenner, LA 70062

                Basil Leaf
                1438 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

                135 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

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                1. re: JGrey
                  mimadeli Apr 9, 2010 07:37 PM

                  Fiesta Latina is a second location, the first is out on Airline Hwy near the airport - their menu is Mexican and Honduran, they serve a great breakfast, and the couple times we went to the Kenner location, their Menudo flies out of the kitchen frequently.

                  Fiesta Latina
                  1924 Airline Dr, Kenner, LA 70062

                  1. re: JGrey
                    midcity Apr 15, 2010 06:21 PM

                    I was wondering about Panchita's. Thanks for the review.

                  2. Bill Hunt Apr 9, 2010 06:33 PM

                    Good thread.

                    Decades ago, I had some excellent Mexican in NOLA, and at several levels of restaurants. to get much better, I needed to go to Laredo, San Antonio, or into the border communities.

                    Over the years, much has changed. The places that I once knew were my "go-to's," are now long gone. The population has shifted.

                    I have to admit that living in Colorado and now Arizona, all one normally gets is just Sonoran, or Bajan Mexican, and while not bad, is just not what I normally crave - Tex-Mex.

                    I'm wiring down recs. and hope to give some of these a try.

                    Thanks for the question and for the answers.


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                    1. re: Bill Hunt
                      Mytah Apr 12, 2010 10:44 AM

                      Mr. Hunt, what elements of "Tex-Mex" are you not finding in Phoenix? It's everywhere.

                      1. re: Mytah
                        Bill Hunt Apr 12, 2010 06:54 PM

                        Actually, with the exception of one Jaliscan Mexican restaurant, we have found zero, and then that one filtered (in a good way), the state of Jalisco. We get Sonoran and Bajan, with an occasional hint of Vera Cruz, but not Texas-border Mexican, on which I grew up.

                        Almost everything is different, with more beef/veal stocks in heavier sauces, and more corm tortillas, than flour. Sauces are dark brown, rather than brighter, lighter red. Onions are well-seared, rather than raw, with few exceptions, and most dishes are "heartier," rather than light, almost vegetarian.

                        Sonoran and Bajan are OK, but I just miss my Tex-Mex.

                        There are several threads on the Phoenix (was Southwest) Board, regarding the differences, so I will not go into all of them here.


                        1. re: Bill Hunt
                          Mytah Apr 13, 2010 08:54 AM

                          Thanks for the reply. I will check out some of those threads on that board. After moving from Phoenix to Pensacloa Fl. I was astonished by the lack of of even half way decent Mexican restaurants here and on the gulf coast in general...but I guess those are topics for a different section of these boards. I will check out some of these recomendations for the NO area...but I dont have much hope :)

                          1. re: Mytah
                            uptownlibrarian Apr 13, 2010 09:32 AM

                            What is it that you're looking for exactly, that you're not holding out much hope for? Tex-Mex?

                            1. re: uptownlibrarian
                              Mytah Apr 13, 2010 10:13 AM

                              Exactly? Gee I dunno...Looking for quality and what I deem as authentic, like I could find everywhere in AZ. Looking for somewhere that can do a simple chile' relleno and or a burro that doesnt contain rice haha. The actual use of chilies in the food, Arbol, Guajillo, Ancho, Pasilla. Perhaps, no probably, more of a Sonoran style maybe a cross with that and Tex-Mex.
                              It seems that in this area it is predominantly styles form Monterrey, Michoacan Yucatan and Campeche...I dont care for it.

                              1. re: Mytah
                                Troika Apr 13, 2010 02:30 PM

                                There's a new place on S. Carrollton, next to Basil Leaf Cafe, called Panchita's. It's quite good and pretty authentic from what I had. Also it was pretty busy for being a weeknight, so that has to be a good sign.

                                Basil Leaf
                                1438 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

                                1. re: Mytah
                                  Bill Hunt Apr 13, 2010 07:29 PM


                                  Just wait. I think that the Mexican food scene will be changing around the Gulf Coast.

                                  Remember, Mexico is a very large country, and that the cuisine of each state is different, rather like in the US. Also, recipes will be familiar to individual families, so what one might get from one, would be different than from another.

                                  In NOLA, there were some great examples of Tex-Mex, but those are long gone. That is why this thread intrigued me so much.

                                  For AZ and CA, the influence is mainly from Sonora and Baja. That is not bad, by any stretch, just different from Tex-Mex, which is more often influenced by Eastern Mexico, plus Texas influences.



                                  PS - CH lost the original post, so this is but a distillation of what I remember.

                                  Gulf Coast Restaurants
                                  1200 S Clearview Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70123

                                  1. re: Mytah
                                    GoLonghorns Mar 27, 2012 04:14 PM

                                    I Agree, lived in Central Texas for 7 months and then moved to Phoenix. I can't say I ever did find a good Tex-Mex style restaurant in Phoenix. It was mostly bland (but very spicy) New Mexican style food. It must be the Norteno influence. New Orleans actually has higher quality Mexican style cuisine. There is more of a Carribbean focus here obviously.

                                    1. re: GoLonghorns
                                      Bill Hunt Mar 27, 2012 06:38 PM

                                      Ah, Tex-Mex - my "holy grail" due to where I grew up, and the areas that I traveled to, in my youth.

                                      "Mexican food" comes in many "shapes and sizes." Mexico is a very large, and highly diverse country. Factor in the US border, with its nuances, and you have tons of variations.

                                      I moved from NOLA, to Denver, and found many, major differences in the Colorado Mexican cuisine, but found some great restaurants.

                                      Moved to AZ, and things were mostly different - more Sonoran, Bajan, or Cal-Mex, that what we loved, and then what we had become accustomed to, in CO.

                                      All were good, but with major differences.

                                      Way back when, we encountered the New Mexican variations of Mexican fare, and while we enjoyed them, had to admit that, what we typified as Tex-Mex, was our favorite. Actually, the NM variations are our # 2 choice, when available and done well.

                                      For us, San Antonio, Del Rio, Laredo, etc., do it best, but that is personal tastes. Much of the New Mexican-Mexican cuisine is second.

                                      Going way back, Castillo's, in the Upper-Pontalba, had great "Mexican" food, but that was back when he had a Mayan chef - but one, who did a wonderful take on Tex-Mex, but with a Yucatan flair. That was then, and this is now.


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                          Liz Gober Apr 14, 2010 07:17 AM

                          We recently discovered a place in Gretna that has been there for 35 yrs. It's called La Fiesta. Really good refried beans, cheese enchiladas and chile rellenos. The only thing we didn't like was the guacamole, which had that weird taste which I alway equate with "not fresh". What is that taste?

                          La Fiesta Restaurant
                          1412 Stumpf Blvd, Gretna, LA 70053

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                          1. re: Liz Gober
                            serich Apr 14, 2010 12:58 PM


                            1. re: serich
                              Liz Gober May 3, 2010 11:00 AM

                              That's hilarious, but probably true. I would truly rather have the server tell me that the avocados were not ripe enough to serve guacamole that day than for them to serve that crap.

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                            jolieblonde May 2, 2010 10:07 AM

                            The hubby and I decided to give Pachita's a try last night. The outdoor tables were occupied, so we dined inside. The place was clean and the service was fine. Our server brought tortilla chips and 4 different salsas to the table, each salsa made from different ingredients and of different consistencies and heat. I order the fish tacos which were nicely seasoned/marinated and in corn tortillas with fresh onion and cilantro, lime slices on the side. The hubby had the vegetarian burrito which he said was very good....full of good looking veggies, rice, beans, cheese and guac. We didn't try the margaritas, but other diners seemed to be enjoying them. I would return to Panchita's for fresh, casual and quick chow. It was also fairly inexpensive...$10 for three fish tacos and about $6 for the veggie burrito.

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                              GoLonghorns Mar 27, 2012 04:19 PM

                              Whatever you do, DO NOT go to Santa Fe on Esplanade. (Santa Fe on St. Charles is a different establishment).
                              That was a horrible experience through and through. Such a shame too because the location/atmosphere is so great. The queso is orange plastic, the presentation is horrible - really probably the worst restaurant I've been to in New Orleans.

                              On the other hand, if you want some fancy Carribean/Mexican Fusion Tacos - Rum House on Magazine is pretty delicious.

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