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Gambit's 2018 winter restaurant guide: Mexican

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Arana Taqueria y Cantina
3242 Magazine St., (504) 894-1233; www.aranataqueria.com
An open-faced tamale is a fried masa cake topped with chicken tinga, queso fresco, roasted corn, pickled red onion and a chili-corn cream sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun. $$

Carreta's Grill
137 Taos St., Slidell, (985) 847-0020; 1821 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 305-4833; 2320 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 837-6696; 70380 Highway 21, Covington, (985) 871-6674; www.carretasgrillrestaurant.com
Fajita platters feature steak, chicken, shrimp or portobello mushrooms with pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, beans, rice and flour tortillas. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

Casa Borrega
1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 427-0654; www.casaborrega.com
Pozole is a traditional Mexican hominy soup with pork in spicy red broth garnished with avocado, lettuce and radish and served with tortillas. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. $$

Casa Garcia
8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 464-0354; www.casa-garcia.com
Enchiladas are available with fillings including shredded beef or chicken and sauces such as ancho chili, chili con queso and tomatillo sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

Casa Tequila
3229 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 443-5423; www.facebook.com/casatequilakenner
Beef fajitas are served with grilled peppers and onions, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, rice, beans, and flour or corn tortillas. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Fri.-Sat. $$

Country Flame
620 Iberville St., (504) 522-1138; www.countryflamerestaurant.com
Ropa vieja is shredded beef in Spanish red sauce served with rice, black beans and salad. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. $

Del Fuego Taqueria
4518 Magazine St., (504) 309-5797; www.delfuegotaqueria.com
Huitlacoche quesadillas are a trio of corn tortillas filled with mushrooms, Mexican truffles, Chihuahua and asadero cheeses and arbol salsa served with greens in vinaigrette. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$

El Gato Negro
81 French Market Place, (504) 525-9752; 300 Harrison Ave., (504) 488-0107; 800 S. Peters St., (504) 309-8864; www.elgatonegronola.com
Fajitas are available with skirt steak, pork, chorizo, chicken or vegetables served with pinto beans, rice, lettuce, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream and corn, flour or whole wheat tortillas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

El Paso
Citywide; www.elpasomex.com
The El Paso special includes a beef burrito, a cheese enchilada, a chicken tostada and a beef taco. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

El Patio Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Garden
845 Carondelet St., (504) 302-1600; www.elpationola.com
The pork Diablo taco features pork belly with roasted chili glaze, watermelon and herb salad and garlic aioli. Reservations accepted. Lunch, dinner and late-night daily. $$

El Pavo Real
4401 S. Broad St., (504) 266-2022; www.elpavorealnola.com
Caldo de pollo
features chili-infused chicken broth with chicken, carrots, potatoes, chayote and green beans served with tortillas, onions, cilantro, jalapeno and lime. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun., early dinner Wed.-Sat. $

Felipe's Taqueria
301 N. Peters St., (504) 288-8226; 411 N. Carrollton Ave., Suite 1, (504) 288-8226; 6215 S. Miro St., (504) 288-8226; www.felipestaqueria.com
Super burritos include a choice of filling (steak, fish, carnitas, chicken tinga, chorizo or grilled vegetables), rice, pinto beans, pico de gallo, Mexican crema and salsa roja. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $

Habaneros
69305 Highway 21, Suite 600, Covington, (985) 871-8760; www.habaneroscovington.com
Apache tacos are filled with skirt steak, nopales, Oaxaca cheese and chile toreado. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. $$

Izzo's Illegal Burrito
Citywide; www.izzos.com
The build-your-own tacos allow diners to choose a meat (steak, ground beef, chicken, pork, shrimp), vegetables, cheeses, salsa, sour cream and other toppings. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $

Johnny Sanchez
930 Poydras St., (504) 304-6615; www.johnnysanchezrestaurant.com
Pescado tacos are filled with masa-coated and fried Des Allemands catfish topped with grilled corn slaw and jalapeno tartar sauce. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. $$

Juan's Flying Burrito
515 Baronne St., (504) 529-5825; 2018 Magazine St., (504) 569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-9950; 5538 Magazine St., (504) 897-4800; www.juansflyingburrito.com
The namesake Flying burrito is filled with shrimp, steak, chicken, black beans, cheddar and Jack cheeses, guacamole, sour cream, yellow rice and salsa. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $

Diners peruse the menu of Mexican fare at La Carreta in the Lower Garden District. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Diners peruse the menu of Mexican fare at La Carreta in the Lower Garden District.

La Carreta
Citywide; www.carretarestaurant.com
Mexican-style tacos are corn tortillas filled with barbacoa (slow-braised lamb), pastor (pork with chipotle and pineapple), carnitas (braised pork) or carne asada (steak), topped with cheese, onions, cilantro and salsa and served with black beans and rice. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

La Casita Taqueria
8400 Oak St., (504) 826-9913; www.eatlacasita.com
Street-style mole poblano chicken tacos are served with cilantro, onion and limes. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily, late-night Tue. and Fri.-Sat. $

Los Jefes Tortilleria & Grill
3224 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, (504) 516-2861; www.losjefesgrill.com
Torta Azteca is a sandwich featuring carne asada, carnitas or shredded chipotle chicken topped with avocado, tomato, lettuce, queso fresco, sour cream and jalapeno toreado and served with fries. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

Nacho Mama's Mexican Grill
Elmwood Shopping Center, 1000 S. Clearview Parkway, Suite 1016, Harahan, (504) 736-1188; www.nachomamasmexicangrill.com
Taquitos are deep-fried corn tortillas stuffed with pulled pork and cheese and topped with ranchero sauce, shredded lettuce, crema, Cotija cheese and pickled vegetables. Delivery available. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

Superior Grill
3636 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-4200; www.neworleans.superiorgrill.com
Los Tres Amigos enchiladas include a shrimp, steak and chicken enchilada topped with cheese. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. $$

Taqueria Corona
1827 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 738-6722; 3535 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 885-5088; 5932 Magazine St., (504) 897-3974; www.taqueriacorona.com
The Numero Tres platter includes three tacos, a chicken or bean burrito, a beef or shrimp flauta and a small house salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. $

The Velvet Cactus
6300 Argonne Blvd., (504) 301-2083; www.thevelvetcactus.com
Cabo quesadillas are filled with Gulf shrimp, applewood-smoked bacon, roasted corn, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses and mango and served with sour cream and jalapenos. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. $$



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