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Arana Taqueria y Cantina

3242 Magazine St. (Pleasant St.) Send to Phone
504-894-1233
Mexican-inspired cuisine on Magazine Street’s restaurant row.
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Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sun.
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Arana Taqueria y Cantina Restaurant Review

: Araña is Spanish for "spider," and if you wonder why the owners named a Mexican restaurant for such a creature, you will no doubt appreciate the wall-size, 3-D, pink back-lit spider within. Expect vintage drugstore tile flooring and artisan star-shaped lighting fixtures, and a center wraparound bar that’s a focal point. Cuisine is inspired by foods of the Yucatán. The menu lists a dozen taco varieties, ranging from common choices such as al pastor, shrimp or fish to the more exotic pibil (highly spiced pulled pork cooked in a banana leaf) and lengua (braised beef tongue). It is worth the trip just to try the bone-in mojo pork chop or the crispy chips with a choice of four distinctly different salsas. Margaritas are diesel strength, and, let's face it, that is half the reason you're there. Additional offerings cover all the bases, from chicken mole to a slow-roasted pork torta. Tequilas are plentiful, wines and desserts are limited, but do try the chocolate flan with raspberry purée.

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