Speedy Fast: Carreta’s on Vets

by Emily on July 28, 2010

I’ve been home from my trip to Columbus for a week now, and life has been pretty busy.  My best friend was in town this weekend, I have worked eight days in a row, and I hosted a girls’ dinner party for 8 people at my house on Monday night.  It’s been a whirlwind of a week, but I’m happy that it makes the time fly by until my boyfriend comes home next week.

When I stepped off the plane from Atlanta last Tuesday night, I was starving. Airplane peanuts and cranberry juice hadn’t done the trick, so I suggested to my parents that we grab some Mexican food on the way home from the airport. My dad remembered Carreta’s on Veterans Boulevard in Metairie, and the moment he suggested it I knew that’s where we had to go. Known for their extensive menu of combination options and unbelievably fast service, Carreta’s is perfect for workday lunch breaks, as well as big dinners with friends. I ordered a frozen margarita (no salt) and the combination dinner that came with a chicken quesadilla, beef enchilada, and Spanish rice. While there’s nothing spectacular about Carreta’s food, and my parents swear it doesn’t hold a candle to the Tex Mex they had in Austin, Texas a few months back, it does fill the tummy quickly. Better fast food style Mexican food would have to be Felipe’s Taqueria on N. Peters in the French Quarter for their loaded burritos with pulled pork. Unlike my parents, I’ve never had authentic Tex Mex food before, and I’m sure that once I know the difference I’ll never want to set foot in Carreta’s ever again. Until that day comes, however, I shall remain blind to the truth.

If it takes me a while to get myself west of here for some authentic Tex Mex, can anyone suggest anything close to the “real deal” in NOLA that I can try in the meantime?

Chicken Quesadilla, Spanish rice, Beef Enchilada (I actually kinda like their enchilada sauce, though I’m sure it comes from a jar…)

Mom’s Enchilada Trio: 2 Chicken, 1 Beef

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Rémy July 28, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Taco San Miguel is delicious, authentic, and cheap cheap cheap. Best to hit it on nights like the one you described, where you’re already out in Metairie – we’ve always said it’s the ideal dinner spot after an airport run.

Emily July 28, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Great to know! Thanks! I do find the prices at Carreta’s a little high for what you get…

Eliana July 30, 2010 at 1:59 pm

hmmmmmm….like my burrito style ‘eh?

Jennie August 9, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I went to Felipe’s Taqueria by Tulane tonight and was delicious as usual. We also like Casa Garcia for more of a dining experience.

Emily August 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Felipe’s is awesome. I am a huge fan of their grilled vegetable burritos with black beans, guac, sour cream, cabbage, lettuce, pico, and lots of jalapenos. As for Casa Garcia, consider it on the list!

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