Taqueria Chilangos (2723 Roosevelt Blvd., Kenner, 504-469-5599) won judges' and attendees' votes for top traditional taco at Top Taco at Spanish Plaza March 23. Judges (including this one) voted for their favorites from more than 40 restaurants competing in categories including top creative taco, top traditional margarita and top creative tequila cocktail.
Organizer Shane Finkelstein modeled the festival on a similar event in Denver. Top Taco raised more than $20,000 for One Heart NOLA, which helps raise funds and awareness for children in foster care.
Blue Oak BBQ (900 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-822-2583; www.blueoakbbq.com) won the creative taco category with its Tex-Mex taco, filled with brisket, salsa negra, avocado cream, fried plantains and pickled red onions. The people's choice award for top creative taco and top traditional margarita went to Johnny Sanchez (930 Poydras St., 504-304-6615; www.johnnysanchezrestaurant.com), for its fried oyster taco and mezcal margarita.
The full list of winners is at www.toptaconola.com.