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225BatonRouge.com Review:

Barely a month old, Taco Chops Cantina could buck the trend at its location and have real staying power.

By: Matt Sigur

Located at 13214 Coursey Boulevard in the former Magnolia Grill in the Coursey Village shopping center, the new restaurant comes from the minds of three brothers—Brad, Joel and Joshua Thomas—who grew up in Mexico as “missionary kids.” Brad, who has a culinary background from time spent in Atlanta and Texas, moved to the Capital City two years ago. The food they grew up eating is at the heart of what they’re serving at Taco Chops.

As its name suggests, this new joint serves tacos and not much else, but they do that well. The Thomas brothers focus on flavor, fresh ingredients and family recipes, and business has been steadily growing since opening in November.

Tacos come at $3.75 each or in combo plates with two sides. With an empty stomach, I went ahead and splurged, trying the El Triple—three tacos with a side of rice and chips with guacamole. I chose the fish taco with Panko-breaded cod and slaw, the steak asado and the chorizo con papas. With swift service, I was eating in no time.

Of the three tacos, the chorizo was my favorite. Full of diced potatoes and covered with cheese, the chorizo was not too spicy, and is a hearty getaway from standard Tex-Mex fare. Then, at the suggestion of the waitress, I tried a bite of it with the housemade green sauce, a devilishly spicy concoction that made me break a sweat, yet elevated the flavor of the tacos.

In the future, the restaurant will look to utilize its drive-thru window. For now, customers can dine in or take out. The restaurant is now open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information, click here or call 367-4988.

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