Co-written by Katie Draffin
Last year Top Taco burst on the scene like an overstuffed burrito with hundreds flocking to Riverwalk Plaza to shoot tasty tequilas and mezcals as well as enjoy tacos from the most obvious and obscure restaurants. At that time the organizers realized, “wow, New Orleanians really like tacos” and decided to metaphorically slab all the guac and sour cream you could handle on their second year with an entire week dedicated to the celebration of tequila and mezcal, appropriately dubbed Agave Week, and an even BIGGER space, Woldenberg Park, to accommodate the taco lovin’ community on March 15, 2018.
What’s even better than eating tacos ‘til your heart’s content? Oh, maybe the fact that Top Taco benefits One Heart NOLA; a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for the city’s foster children.
Get your tickets, and research how the competitive eaters do it because nowhere else are you going to be able to enjoy 75+ tacos and libations for a better deal and you’re going to want to eat all. the. things. Feeling a wee overwhelmed? Don’t fret! Check out the list of participating restaurants below to see who will be slinging their tacos and make your nosh notes now…We’ve also made a delicious pocket taco-sized collection here just in case your mind goes blank with excitement when you get there!
*Photos sourced from Yelp do not reflect dishes being served but the quality of expertise that can be expected from these wonderful participating restaurants.
Araña Taqueria Y Cantina
3242 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70115
“Ridiculously awesome tacos and drinks… Great service and great local atmosphere. Highly recommend.”
-Yelper Anthony C.
601 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans, LA 70130
“Great place to come have fun and watch a ballgame with friends.”
-Yelp Elite Christopher W.
1201 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70130
“I really like the atmosphere of the place. It’s very dark inside, but I think it gives that Prohibition vibe that I love in bars.”
Yelp Elite Anthony N.
Baru Bistro & Tapas
3700 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70115
“Wow, this place is great. Tapas are unique and delicious. A la cart tacos were on point. Small place, great service and friendly staff.”
-Yelper Matthew C.
Blue Oak BBQ
900 N Carrollton St. New Orleans, LA 70119
“There is something no-nonsense, delicious, and reliable about Blue Oak. The food has never disappointed me.”
-Yelp Elite Katrina S.
Cane and Table
1113 Decatur St. New Orleans, LA 70116
“This place is a gem hidden just a stones throw from the madness, but is everything we wanted.”
-Yelp Elite Sean Matthew L.
2320 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie, LA 70002
“I could stay here all night eating tacos and drinking margaritas…Service is always fast and helpful.”
-Yelper Riki F.
1719 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113
“This my go-to spot for Taco Tuesday. Always some great live music. Great patio out back.”
-Yelper Andrew R.
La Casita Taqueria
8400 Oak St. New Orleans, LA 70118
“My absolute favorite place to go for tacos and margaritas! They have a great happy hour and fantastic staff!”
-Yelper Casey S.
Central City BBQ
1201 South Rampart St. New Orleans, LA 70113
“The service was so awesome. We were treated like kings. The space is huge so you don’t have to worry about not getting a table.”
-Yelp Elite Kris A.
2723 Roosevelt Blvd. Kenner, LA 70062
“Absolutely the best tacos I’ve ever had. Everything was so fresh and service was excellent. Highly recommend this place”
-Yelper Mali M.
930 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans, LA 70130
“I love everything about Butcher! From its straight-forward approach to the menu, the unpretentious setting, and their unapologetic love off all things swine… this place is a carnivore’s delight.”
-Yelp Elite Cesar R.
8801 Oak St. New Orleans, LA 70118
“The food was simply delicious! I don’t think that you could order something from this restaurant and not like it.”
-Yelp Elite Michelle Q.
833 Conti St. New Orleans, LA 70112
“A gem. Fantastic food. Fresh ingredients. So small, you feel like it is open just for you. Cool exposed brick and neon lights at the bar. But really, it’s the taste that makes this place.”
-Yelper Mike M.
4518 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70115
“My absolute favorite Mexican restaurant in NOLA!! The service, staff, and food are amazing during every visit.”
-Yelper Michelle W.
Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria
301 N Peters St. New Orleans, LA 70130
“Talk about this warm, perfectly proportional taco I’ve found. Really just the right amount of the good stuff…I have dreams about those tacos.”
-Yelp Elite Codie Nicole B.
930 Poydras St. New Orleans, LA 70112
“Outrageously delicious! Wait staff is so kind and attentive! Meatball taco is a sin it is so delicious. We will be back!”
-Yelper Betsy F.
Juan’s Flying Burrito
2018 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70130
“I love tacos. That simple. Juan’s offered me variety while still catering to my simplistic needs…I was so hungry, I forgot to take a pic. I’ll be back soon!”
-Yelp Elite Shawna A.
Los Jefes Tortilleria & Grill
3224 Edenborn Ave. Metairie, LA 70002
“Fresh food, nice atmosphere! We’ve been here quite a few times and it never disappoints. Always a favorite to grab tacos”
-Yelper Grace L.
Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant
701 Tchoupitoulas St. New Orleans, LA 70130
“The food was great and the service was phenomenal. We had an amazing time.”
-Yelper Dianna R.
Masquerade Night Club
8 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 70130
“I had such a great time here with my friends and family. People were really nice here and we all just danced together having a great time!”
– Yelp Elite Susan L.
Mestizo Louisiana Mexican Cuisine
2323 S Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA 70808
“The tacos were filled to the brim and were bursting with flavor without feeling too heavy.”
-Yelper Shelby S.
Nacho Mama’s Mexican Grill
1000 S Clearview Pkwy. New Orleans, LA 70123
“Clearly, I’m the luckiest person in town because I’ve been twice and each time was outstanding.”
-Yelp Elite Jessie E. K.
El Paso Mexican Grill
601 Veterans Blvd. Metairie, LA 70005
“I’ve been going to this restaurant at least twice a month since they opened a year ago. This is the best Mexican restaurant in Metairie, period.”
-Yelper Adam M. Z.
El Patio Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Garden
845 Carondelet St. New Orleans, LA 70118
“Nice vibe and a cool staff round out the five-star performance.”
-Yelper Jonathan H.
El Pavo Real
4401 S Broad St. New Orleans, LA 70125
“It was good enough to earn what I’m quite confident is the first five-star review I’ve ever written for a Mexican restaurant, and most likely a return visit.”
-Yelp Elite John B.
La Petite Grocery
4238 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70115
“A great experience can turn around the most dour of moods, cheer you up when you’re feeling down and, even if only for a moment, make you forget anything but that food experience. La Petite is one of those places.”
-Yelp Elite John L. H.
Red Fish Grill
115 Bourbon St. New Orleans, LA 70130
“The service here is top notch! And the food is amazing!… This place is one of the best-kept secrets in New Orleans! Highly recommended without any reservations.”
-Yelper D. E.
The Rum House
3128 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70115
“Listen, every time I come here I have no complaints. Nothing ever changes and it’s just a real cool vibe. I love the tacos here and the variety to choose from.”
-Yelp Elite Helen M.
1051 Annunciation St. New Orleans, LA 70130
“Touchdown! If the food here was a football team, it would have just won the Superbowl!… The staff at Sac-A-Lait performed their culinary magic for us in a way that was pleasing to the mind, body, and spirit.”
-Yelper Whitney R.
1330 Prytania St. New Orleans, LA 70130
“Vegan lifestyle is hard! But places like this one makes it so much easier. I savored every bite…I loved the ambiance of the restaurant; super casual yet hip and classy.”
-Yelper Danae S.
310 Chartres St. New Orleans, LA 70130
“The service was great, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere is pretty cool. The restaurant has a slight Vegas-y feel but still provides some of that NOLA charm.”
-Yelp Elite Ileana O.
219 N Peters St. New Orleans, LA 70130
“Oh and everyone walking in the door is treated extremely well. The waitstaff and bartenders are among the friendliest in town and hell, you might even start chatting up one of the cooks while you’re at it.”
-Yelp Elite Joi B.
3636 St Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 70115
“Superior Grill has proven to be the restaurant where I feel most welcome. It’s my first choice for celebrations, birthdays, and big events. It’s where the managers and employees not only know me by name, they know my order and greet me with a handshake.”
-Yelp Elite Charles H.
Tacos And Beer
1622 Saint Charles Ave. New Orleans, LA 70130
“Oh my gosh! We had the street tacos and they were bomb!..When I’m in NOLA again, I’m planning a food coma from all the tacos I’m gonna eat. Thanks for the experience.”
-Yelper Marie M.
The Tequila House
419 Bourbon St. New Orleans, LA 70112
“Such a casual low-key establishment – I totally loved the vibe here! I highly recommend stopping by if you want a clean, tidy, and super-fun bar to party at while on Bourbon Street!”
-Yelp Elite Raji R.
8 Canal St. Harrah’s Casino, New Orleans, LA 70130
“I chose this place and I am so glad. I had the best meal that I can remember… I am still drooling over how great that steak was.”
-Yelper Colleen K.
869 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70130
“The attention to details from the tables to the chairs to the palm trees. Overall, the atmosphere is just special. The food was just amazing. You must.”
-Yelp Elite Munzer Q.
600 Fulton St. New Orleans, LA 70130
“For entertaining customers, this was a great night. I received more than a few compliments for planning the night. I will definitely be back!”
-Yelper Matt M.
Laurel Street Bakery
2701 S Broad Ave. New Orleans, LA 70125
“Always love coming here on the way to work to grab a coffee and bagel! Always fresh!”
-Yelper Layne N.
519 Fulton St. New Orleans, LA 70130
“This is a great place to watch any sports event…The food is always hot and comes out quickly. The servers are friendly and always smiling.”
-Yelper Daniel M.
Rock-n-Sake Bar & Sushi
823 Fulton St. New Orleans, LA 70130
“Best sushi in the city hands down, and I’ve been to a lot of sushi places. And when I say I have never had anything less than delicious, not exaggerating one bit”
-Yelp Elite William R.
Ugly Dog Saloon & BBQ
401 Andrew Higgins Dr. New Orleans, LA 70130
“The bartender and cooks are very nice and the food was excellent. Very relaxed environment with good beer specials.”
-Yelper A.J. M.
That was a mouthful, folks! Your brain is most likely in a mental food coma, but make sure to find your way to their site to check out the rest of Agave Week’s events and Top Taco. And keep our Yelp collection handy to keep track of your taco adventures.