New Mexican eating places for Metairie, New Orleans arrive | The place NOLA Eats

New arrivals, subsequent strikes, transformations, expansions, and lots of tortillas and tequila. Such are the again tales fueling a sudden harvest of Mexican eating places I’ve been monitoring round city.

4 have opened prior to now few weeks alone, every with its personal type and tackle the excessive consolation meals quotient of tacos and different taqueria requirements.

Is there sufficient starvation for all this motion without delay? It appears so. Tacos are in all places, and now they actually have a devoted competition and competitors: Prime Taco returns to Metairie’s Lafreniere Park on Oct. 26 as an all-you-possibly-eat feast (see toptaconola.com).

Let’s tuck into the brand new eating places which have rolled in lately.

Northshore hit Habanero’s involves Lakeside

Habanero’s location in Metairie is a part of the Lakeside Purchasing Middle advanced. (Employees photograph by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The Occasions-Picayune) Ian McNulty

The menu on the newest location of Habanero’s (3413 Veterans Blvd., 504-381-4663) has a protracted record of Mexican requirements and extra distinctive home specialties that every one could also be acquainted from the model’s northshore places.

However the design and really feel of this new restaurant makes an announcement and factors to a brand new partnership behind it. There’s extra to return.

Lights information the way in which to the second flooring at Habanero’s location in Metairie, a part of the Lakeside Purchasing Middle advanced. (Employees photograph by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The Occasions-Picayune) Ian McNulty

This Habanero’s opened in early October as a part of the Lakeside Purchasing Middle advanced in Metairie, in an exterior constructing simply subsequent to the mall itself.

Stroll inside by way of a hall of greenery (each residing and plastic) and also you discover a eating room and bar as intricate and diverse in its design particulars as a full physique tattoo.

Neon gentle installations invite selfies on the Habanero’s location in Metairie. (Employees photograph by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The Occasions-Picayune) Ian McNulty

Crops and lighting, murals, selfie-centered neon fixtures and totally different surfaces all make up this diverse motif, which appears to shift at every flip.

It was Omar Lugo who opened the primary Habanero’s in 2014, and it has since grown to 4 places across the northshore, with two in Covington, one in Madisonville and one other in Slidell.

This one by Lakeside Purchasing Middle is the primary to cross the lake and in addition the primary developed in partnership with Danny Cruz.

Cruz, a local of Honduras, owns a building firm with a specialty in high-end properties and restaurant initiatives.

The flauta flight arrives vertical in shot glasses at Habanero’s. (Employees photograph by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The Occasions-Picayune) Ian McNulty

He additionally runs Tacos del Cartel (2901 David Dr.), a small taqueria in Metairie distinctive for its lushly designed inside.

Cruz mentioned the design for the brand new Habanero’s took form with influences from his travels, particularly with Lugo round Mexico and Spain, folding in inspirations from trendy eating places they visited.

There may be extra on the way in which. One other Habanero’s is beneath growth in Luling, at 12713 U.S. 90. That was beforehand the Latin fusion restaurant Santos, which closed final 12 months.

At Habanero’s, tacos are a centerpiece of a menu with many types, from conventional Borrego (braised lamb) and al pastor (pork with pineapple and onion) to tacos crammed with shrimp, bacon and cheese-stuffed jalapeños (known as playeros).

There are combo plates, entrée salads, carne asada and a youngsters menu. Some dishes are as eye-catching because the décor, just like the flauta flight, which brings a trio of the fried, rolled corn tortillas introduced vertically in giant shot glasses with a vibrant inexperienced salsa on the backside to knock again and a dose of peanut-based salsa macha excessive.

Habanero’s Metairie

3413 Veterans Blvd., (504) 381-4663

Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Solar. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

From Denver to downtown at Mister Oso

Mister Oso (601 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-335-1740) is within the former location of Barcadia, the online game arcade tavern that closed over the summer time. The brand new idea facilities on tacos, ceviche dishes and cocktails.

It arrives in New Orleans as the most recent mission in a partnership between Barcadia founder Billy Blatty and The Culinary Artistic Group, the Denver firm that operates a variety of eating places there.

Smoked pork go into make-your-own tacos at Mister Oso in New Orleans. (Employees photograph by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The Occasions-Picayune) Ian McNulty

The Mister Oso menu brings platters to construct your individual tacos with fillings like pork shoulder, smoked potatoes or smoked shrimp.

Empanadas, salads, queso and guacamole begin issues out, and one other focus is ceviche and aquachile, a robustly spicy tackle the identical thought of citrus-marinated uncooked seafood.

Amberjack aguachile is a spicy preparation of marinated seafood at Mister Oso in New Orleans. (Employees photograph by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The Occasions-Picayune) Ian McNulty

The every day completely satisfied hour (4 p.m. to six p.m.) has drink specials and a menu of snacks, together with nachos and Frito pies.

Whereas Mister Oso is open now, the makeover of the previous Barcadia continues to be progressing. Nonetheless to return is a brand new patio with retractable glass partitions to present extra versatility to the indoor/out of doors area and a trellis of tropical crops extending between eating room and patio.

Mister Oso is a brand new taco restaurant in downtown New Orleans. (Employees photograph by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The Occasions-Picayune) Ian McNulty

Mister Oso is successful in Denver, the place it was considered one of 9 Colorado eating places to choose up Michelin Information recognition with a Bib Gourmand award this 12 months (Michelin describes this award as for “a meal of fine high quality at good worth,” as distinct from its Michelin star designations).

Mister Bear

601 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 335-1740

Tue.-Solar. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (11 p.m. Fri., Sat.)

New Felipe’s for Outdated Metairie

A brand new design with acquainted touchstones marks the Felipe’s Taqueria in Outdated Metairie. (Employees photograph by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The Occasions-Picayune) Ian McNulty

The signal was not even posted outdoors the brand new Felipe’s Taqueria in Outdated Metairie, however that hardly appeared to matter as folks began lining up out the door.

That is the most recent outpost for a model that has develop into acquainted across the New Orleans space, and its first foray into Jefferson Parish the place it joins a stretch of Outdated Metairie now seeing a surge of latest eating places.

Just like the others, this Felipe’s operates as a hybrid of the fast-casual restaurant mannequin, with a counter for fast custom-ordered tacos, burritos, nachos and plates and in addition a full bar with contemporary cocktails.

A patio is a key characteristic of the Felipe’s Taqueria in Outdated Metairie. (Employees photograph by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The Occasions-Picayune) Ian McNulty

The Outdated Metairie version is a newly constructed location with some hallmarks of the opposite places and its personal variations from the template.

Just like the others, the bar is horseshoe-shaped and presents full service from the menu; on the primary service counter, you line up and order cafeteria type to customise your burrito as you go.

This Metairie location was designed with a pleasant out of doors patio space on the facet, together with TVs and home windows that flip open to the bar, and extra out of doors seating up entrance. From a contact display screen kiosk, you may skip the road and order direct from the patio too.

As with the opposite places, completely satisfied hour right here is 3 p.m. to six p.m. every day with $2 tacos and drink offers.

Felipe's Taqueria

2004 Metairie Street., Metairie, (504) 676-5574

Mon.-Sat.: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Solar. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Las Cruces redraws the map

Las Cruces Tex-Mex in Metairie has indoor and out of doors areas and TV screens displaying the sport all through. (Employees photograph by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The Occasions-Picayune) Ian McNulty

Las Cruces Tex-Mex is a big restaurant with out of doors and indoor areas, a personal room designed to accommodate groups (whether or not Little League or large enterprise) and a bar that’s actually three bars, zigzagging its approach round banks of TV screens. It sits astride two busy site visitors arteries. So how on earth (and even in Metairie) does Las Cruces really feel hidden?

The reply is that this newly constructed restaurant has reclaimed a property that had mainly been solid off, an odd additional bit at a crossroads of neighborhoods.

Las Cruces Tex-Mex in Metairie has indoor and out of doors areas and TV screens displaying the sport all through. (Employees photograph by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The Occasions-Picayune) Ian McNulty

It sits the place Airline Drive intersects the Causeway overpass, with a bisecting prepare line working by way of.

La Cruces quietly opened late in September, and continues to construct its personal capability because it staffs up (out of doors service is the following part).

Fajitas are made with hanger steak at Las Cruces Tex-Mex in Metairie. (Employees photograph by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The Occasions-Picayune) Ian McNulty

The meals is Tex-Mex after all, beginning with chile con queso and nachos, taco salads, enchiladas and a sideline of smoked meats for the tacos.

The brand new restaurant is the most recent from Marc Bonifacic and chef Aaron Burgau, who collectively based Central Metropolis BBQ in New Orleans. They tapped veteran native chef Chris Lusk to develop the menu and run the kitchen.

Las Cruces Tex-Mex in Metairie has indoor and out of doors areas and TV screens displaying the sport all through. (Employees photograph by Ian McNulty, NOLA.com | The Occasions-Picayune) Ian McNulty

The fajitas are made with hanger steak, a minimize which may stand by itself as a plated dish.

The tacos are made on flour tortillas which have a satisfying pull and chew. Fillings are simple, with cheddar and pico de gallo and a alternative of hen, beef, shrimp, fish or pork, and that pork does give a smokehouse taste.

Inherently family-friendly with its out of doors areas, Las Cruces has a youngsters menu too (quesadillas, nachos, tacos).

Las Cruces Tex-Mex

2935 Airline Dr., Metairie

Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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