New Orleans has no shortage of restaurant openings year round, and, recently, and good number of them have been part of the growing number of taco places around the city.
The former operations manager of nationwide, members-only dining club Dinner Lab, Brett Jones, recently opened modern taco stand and laissez-faire margarita garden Barracuda. Located at 3984 Tchoupitoulas, Jones and the Barracuda team are hoping the restaurant will have a neighborhood vibe.
“The goal is to make it easy to get really good tacos on fresh tortillas without much pretense,” says Barracuda Founder Brett Jones. “We make this food because it’s what we like to cook and what we like to eat with our favorite people. That feeling is what we’re going for at Barracuda.”
Another brand new Mexican Restaurant is Otra Vez, located in The Standard downtown, one of the South Market District developments. The restaurant is accompanied by a taco stand called ACTQ, named after head chef Akhtar Nawab’s Brooklyn taqueria.
The restaurant was designed by local firm Farouki and Farouki, also responsible for designing other eateries in town such as Saffron and Justine.
Rounding out the newer Mexican restaurants now open in New Orleans include Espíritu, located in the former Capdeville space in the CBD, and NOLA Cantina, a taco lounge on the corner of Frenchmen Street and Esplanade Avenue.