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Mama Lu's - A Modern Day Taco Shop
Ranked #9 of 336 Restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$15
Description: Mama Lu's is a taco-slinging, modern day taco shop and bar in the heart of Traverse City's downtown neighborhood. Executive Chef John Larson's menu is driven by authentic Mexican street food grounded in a fresh 'made to order' tortilla. The affordable menu is complemented by well-crafted Margaritas and an unpretentious collection of beer, wine & spirits. The intimate 40 seat taco shop draws inspiration from bygone borderland watering holes to create a place where people from all walks of life can converge over cold libations, "hit the spot" cuisine & warm hospitality. A true fixture in the community, the fun & energetic vibes offer a destination for both date nights and family dining alike.
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Description: Mama Lu's is a taco-slinging, modern day taco shop and bar in the heart of Traverse City's downtown neighborhood. Executive Chef John Larson's menu is driven by authentic Mexican street food grounded in a fresh 'made to order' tortilla. The affordable menu is complemented by well-crafted Margaritas and an unpretentious collection of beer, wine & spirits. The intimate 40 seat taco shop draws inspiration from bygone borderland watering holes to create a place where people from all walks of life can converge over cold libations, "hit the spot" cuisine & warm hospitality. A true fixture in the community, the fun & energetic vibes offer a destination for both date nights and family dining alike.
Reviewed November 7, 2018

Loved the meal. Tacos and the guac were wonderful. Went with the perch and the chicken tacos. Liked both but really liked the chicken. Waitress explained everything in detail and was very good. The place was very small so plan accordingly if thinking of going there.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Thank Oliver Q
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Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is so small, you may walk right past.
Don’t. The food is great.
They specialize in imaginative tacos. My friend ordered nachos and it was impressive. She also recommends their margaritas.
I’m not a fan of spicy food. Our server offered several suggestions. The pork and pineapple flat tacos were excellent.
Tuesday’s are $2 taco days. They offers a special of small, round tacos. Two or three are more than enough.
It’s a relatively smaller space than other Front Street restaurants. It’s well worth the wait, if there’s a line.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Stategt
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed both my perch taco and vegetarian taco. They have unique flavors. Personally I prefer flour taco shells to corn based ones, though.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank RickB595
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Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

We absolutely loved the food here! Great tacos, queso, drinks, atmosphere....wonderful!! Would come back in a heartbeat!!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Becky N
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Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

The beef tacos are amazing. The beef has amazing flavor. Also I will never, ever forget the red salsa. I wish we could buy it. My husband had beef tacos and I had the beef nachos. I also had the original margarita which was great. Can’t wait to go back someday!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 697dannah
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