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Rosalita's Taqueria: A New Taqueria that falls between Piety and Desire


  Pizza Delicious isn't the only pop-up serving underground eats in the Bywater these days. In fact, it isn't even the only one on its block. Just a few doors up the street from Delicious you'll find Rosalie Alley, a driveway-sized corridor in the middle of the 3300 block of North Rampart Street, evocatively situated right between Piety and Desire streets.

  On Sunday afternoons this month, this is also where you'll find chef Ian Schnoebelen and Laurie Casebonne slinging burritos and tacos from a makeshift food stand behind their Creole cottage home. They call it Rosalita's Taqueria, and it's open from noon to 4 p.m.

  The pair are co-owners of Iris, the upscale restaurant they created right after Hurricane Katrina. The format at Rosalita's Taqueria is different, but it's no surprise the food is delicious. The short menu includes fat veggie burritos, adobo pork tacos, fish tacos and beef taquitos with guacamole, each for $5. A recent special was a basket of breathtakingly spicy padrone peppers, roasted and filled with goat cheese mascarpone.

  There aren't many chairs around Rosalita's Taqueria, but there is a ping-pong table in the alley, so you can work off that burrito.

  Food & Wine named Schnoebelen on its list of America's best new chefs in 2007. It's not every day you'll get a chef of this caliber to cook cheap Mexican food for you; in fact, the days are numbered for Rosalita's Taqueria. The owners plan to continue the stand only through the end of August, after which these diehard New Orleans Saints fans say they'll devote their Sundays to football. So get it while you can.

  Rosalie Alley is a pretty interesting detour. Walk down its leafy path past the taco stand and it seems you're on a country lane rather than a mere block off St. Claude Avenue. There you'll spot the Achade Meadows Peristyle, a Vodou temple used by the local faithful.

  And a note for you Pizza Delicious fans: The crew there is taking a summer break through Aug. 21.

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