Featured Photo: Four tacos (clockwise: chicharrón, barbacoa, al pastor, lengua) from Los Potrillos in Bossier City.
20×49.com would like to thank reader Webster Stewart for the tip about Los Potrillos.
It’s getting harder and harder to not eat tacos in Shreveport-Bossier. That’s because places like the new Los Potrillos Taqueria (1835 Old Minden Road, Bossier City) keep opening up, making authentic, affordable Mexican food ever easier to find around town. Los Potrillos must be related to El Potrillo, a Mexican restaurant located on Youree Drive in Shreveport, but at first blush the Bossier City location seems more like what it says it is – a taqueria, and a good one – than El Potrillo, which seems to be aiming for more of a mainstream crowd.
On my visit to Los Potrillos, I counted 18 varieties of tacos on the menu including lamb barbacoa, Mexican chorizo sausage, pork carnitas and chicharrón (fried pork belly, or “cracklins”). Tacos are $2.25 each and are served, for the most part, with onions and cilantro as well as an assortment of salsas. There are also nearly 15 varieties of quesadilla, including some that you just plain do not see in Shreveport-Bossier (huitlacoche, a corn fungus that possesses an earthy, mushroom-like flavor, and squash blossom flower quesadillas both caught my eye, but I’d already ordered four tacos). Quesadillas are $3.90 each. I thought that the tacos, as well as the accompanying salsas, were some of the best that I’ve had in Shreveport-Bossier.
The menu also lists some items that seem, for lack of a better word, kind of bonkers. There’s the $60 parrillada, a huge hot plate covered in grilled meats, cactus, shrimp, onions and peppers that is meant to serve “three people or more.” Though the restaurant’s alcohol license is still pending, the menu lists five different kinds of micheladas – a beer-based Mexican cocktail, sort of a bloody mary made with beer – that can be hard to come by in Shreveport-Bossier. If they plan to serve five different micheladas once the alcohol license comes through, that’s exciting. There’s also a drive-through window, in case you feel like having lamb tacos without leaving your car.
As I write this blog post, the restaurant is still relatively new and it shows. The credit card reader was down when I visited – you may want to take cash if an outing to Los Potrillos is in the near future. Service was a little frantic, probably because of the credit card situation. Regardless, I plan to go back and I feel like this spot – especially with the addition of an alcohol license – could become a favorite hangout of the taco-obsessed.
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