The Northshore’s Best Mexican Food

A few weeks ago I was craving Mexican Food something awful but I wanted to try a new place.  If you spend anytime driving around town you know that we do not lack for Mexican restaurants in this area.  I asked for a few suggestions on my Facebook page and the comments were amazing.  Apparently most of my friend share the same love of queso, beans and rice. I wanted to get a list together so that you know where to go and why…

Best Mexican Food in Covington

Garcia’s Famous Mexican Food

200 River Highlands Blvd / Covington

My favorite thing about Garcia’s is the free beans that the serve with their salsa and chips.  I don’t know what they do to it but it’s really amazing.  The Steak Tampico is one of the best items on the menu but they also have some interesting dishes like spinach and artichoke quesadillas and seafood chimichangas.


69305 LS-21 #600 / Covington

We ate here for the first time a few weeks ago. The Guacamole was fresh and delicious. My husband and I ordered the La Roka and split it between the two of us. We kept calling it the meat feast. The food was delicious and everyone I asked raves about the tacos. They have a variety to choose from but the shrimp, bacon and cream cheese are the best.

Papi’s Fajita Factory

1331 N. Highway 190/Covington

I haven’t tried this one, but it got several shout-outs on our Instgram post. If you’ve been there, tell us your favorite item on the menu.

Best Mexican Food in Folsom

Don Juan’s

82371 Highway 25/Folsom

We recommend the Pollo Loco with Shrimp and the Queso.

Best Mexican Food in Hammond

El Jimador

265 S. Morrison Ave./Hammond

A reader on Instagram recommended this one. She said “authentic Mexican food with a kick butt margarita.”

La Carretas

108 NW Railroad Avenue/Hammond

This Hammond classic is still a great place to grab Mexican food.

Best Mexican Food in Lacombe


27118 Main Street/Lacombe

Another one I have tried but it also got the love on our Instagram page. One person wrote “it’s worth the drive.”

Best Mexican Food in Mandeville

Mi Mamacitas

2345 Florida Street / Mandeville

Classic Mandeville establishment.  Located in an old historic-looking home there food never disappoints.  I have heard many an argument about how they truly have the best queso in the area.


1461 N Causeway Blvd / Mandeville

Grilled fish tacos are a must have and the bean dip is perfection.


2660 Florida Street / Mandeville

Just got to eat here for the first time tonight. The street tacos were delicious and spicy. Also, the deconstructed chili relleno was every carb averse persons dream–it was just as delicious as a fried chili relleno but with no breading.

Best Mexican Food in Slidell

Tacos and Beer

2142 21st Street/Slidell

There’s also a location in Hammond, but the Slidell location is the one that got all the love from out readers. Never fear–they also have margaritas.

El Paso

1100 Robert Blvd./Slidell

El Paso has a more Tex Mex feel to it.  They serve beans and salsa with chips at the table. Fajitas were amazing and the seafood queso was delicious. I also liked that they have things like pulled pork nachos on the menu because it reminds me of Juan’s in New Orleans although that is in a class of it’s own.

Best Mexican Food in New Orleans

If you are feeling adventurous and want to cross the Causeway to feed your Mexican craving I suggest the following. . .

Juan’s Flying Burrito

2018 Magazine Street / New Orleans

Must Have: The Blue Azul Quesadilla

Arana Taqueria y Cantina

3242 Magazine Street / New Orleans

Must Have: Deconstructed Duck Taco

La Casita Taqueria

8400 Oak Street / New Orleans

Must Have: Serano Pepper Queso

El Gato Negro

300 Harrison Ave. / New Orleans

Must Have: Tableside guacamole

Velvet Cactus

6300 Argonne Blvd / New Orleans

Must Have: Watermelon Margarita


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3 Comments on "The Northshore’s Best Mexican Food"

  1. You really should check out El rancho in Mandeville. They blow all of these places out of the water!

  2. Mi patio in Ponchatoula is great in Ponchatoula

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