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2013 Winter Restaurant Guide: Mexican/Southwestern 

Mexican/Southwestern

COYOTE BLUES
4860 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 301-3848; www.coyotebluesfreshmex.com
Fajitas are cooked on a wood-burning grill and served with onions, bell peppers, poblano rice, charro beans, guacamole, sour cream, cheddar cheese, fresh pico de gallo, garlic butter, and flour, wheat or corn tortillas. Nuevo crab enchiladas feature two roasted corn crepes filled with crab and cheese stuffing topped with mango and red pepper salsa. No reservations. Dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

CUCOS
2766 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, (504) 393-7766; 5048 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 454-5005; www.cucosmex.com
This Tex-Mex trove serves Mexican pizza with your choice of beef or chicken baked with melted cheeses, pico de gallo and ranchero sauce. There also are spicy chicken wings and big, stuffed burritos. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

EL GATO NEGRO
81 French Market Place, (504) 525-9752; 300 Harrison Ave., (504) 488-0107; www.elgatonegronola.com
Guacamole is prepared tableside with two avocados, pico de gallo, lime and sea salt, and jalapeno peppers are optional. The mixed grill is a Mexican surf-and-turf platter combining New York strip, jumbo shrimp, pork loin, mixed vegetables and chimichurri. No reservations. Breakfast Sat.-Sun., lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

FELIPE'S TAQUERIA
301 N. Peters St., (504) 267-4406; 6215 S. Miro St., (504) 309-2776; www.felipestaqueria.com
The chimichanga is a deep-fried burrito filled with a choice of meat, beans, rice, pico de gallo and vegetables and is topped with queso dip. Fish tacos are double corn tortillas filled with fried fish, pickled cabbage, pico de gallo and seafood sauce. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

GEORGE'S MEXICAN RESTAURANT
1461 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 626-4342; www.georgesmexicanrestaurant.com
Shrimp fajitas are served with pico de gallo, tortillas and house-made guacamole. The Sizzlin' Pork plate features citrus-marinated pork, sauteed onions, black beans, Mexican rice and tortillas. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards and checks.  $$

IZZO'S ILLEGAL BURRITO
1901 Manhattan Blvd., Suite 101, Harvey, (504) 570-6077; 4316 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite A, Metairie, (504) 889-5505; 70488 Hwy. 21, Suite 100, Covington, (985) 327-5114; www.izzos.com
Diners can get a burrito made to order with a choice of tortilla (flour, cayenne, spinach or wheat), meats (chicken, steak, shrimp), vegetables, salsas, cheeses, rice and beans. Izzo's also serves salads, quesadillas, nachos and tacos. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

click to enlarge Juan's Flying Burrito serves creative Mexican dishes, margaritas 
and more. - PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Juan's Flying Burrito serves creative Mexican dishes, margaritas and more.

JUAN'S FLYING BURRITO
2018 Magazine St., (504) 569-0000; 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-9950; www.juansflyingburrito.com
The bacon Azul quesadilla is loaded with blue cheese, ground beef and applewood smoked bacon, with ranch and salsa for dipping. The Mardi Gras Indian taco platter features three tacos filled with grilled corn, squash, pinto beans, Monterey and Jack cheeses and spicy coleslaw. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

LA CARRETA
107 Carrolwood Drive, LaPlace, (985) 651-9991; 108 NW Railroad Ave., Hammond, (985) 419-9990; 1200 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, (985) 624-2990; www.carretarestaurant.com
Burritos verdes features grilled chicken topped with tomatillo sauce. The duck quesadilla combines smoked duck and mixed cheeses between flour tortillas. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

NACHO MAMA'S MEXICAN GRILL
1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., Suite 1016, Harahan, (504) 736-1188; www.nachomamasmexicangrill.com
The mixed-grill fajitas includes grilled chicken breast, skirt steak, jumbo shrimp, onions, bell peppers, sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, lettuce, cheese and jalapenos. The mixed green salad is made with grilled chicken, spring mix greens, candied pecans, roasted red peppers, mandarin oranges, Cotija cheese and cilantro-lime vinaigrette. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

SALSAS II
1325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 309-7742 Mole enchiladas feature traditional chicken enchiladas topped with sweet and spicy mole. Fish tacos are topped with house-made tartar sauce and any of the restaurant's 12 salsas. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

SANTA FE RESTAURANT
3201 Esplanade Ave., (504) 948-0077; www.santafenola.com
Ceviche features fresh fish, jumbo shrimp, calamari, avocado, red onion, radishes, tomato and cilantro. The seared yellowfin tuna tostada is topped with lettuce, beans, guacamole, corn salsa, sour cream and cilantro. Reservations accepted. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

SUPERIOR GRILL
3636 St. Charles Ave., (504) 899-4200; www.superiorgrill.com
Grilled seasoned shrimp are wrapped in fresh enchiladas and topped with pechuga, tomatillo sauce and Monterey Jack cheese. The parrillada mixta includes mesquite beef and chicken fajitas, jumbo shrimp, sizzling brochetas and baby back ribs. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

TACO DEL MAR
514 City Park Ave., (504) 272-0557; 925 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette (504) 302-2805; www.tacodelmar.com
Fish tacos come topped with pico de gallo, cabbage, cheese, cilantro, guacamole, sour cream and fresh lime juice. Burritos can be ordered with a choice of meat and fillings such as pico de gallo, lettuce, cilantro, shredded cheese, guacamole, sour cream and salsa. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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
Spicy beef tongue tacos are topped with pico de gallo and wrapped in fresh corn or flour tortillas. The California burrito is bursting with beans, rice, lettuce, cheddar cheese, guacamole, onions, cilantro, and your choice of meat. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

THE VELVET CACTUS
6300 Argonne Blvd., (504) 301-2083; www.thevelvetcactus.com
Chicken chipotle barbecue tacos are topped with pineapple-habanero relish, cilantro, manchego cheese and homemade chipotle sauce. Lou Lou shrimp enchiladas are topped with jalapeno sour cream. No reservations. Lunch Fri.-Sun., dinner daily. Credit cards. $$

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