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“Finally got there and glad we did!”

Mama Lu's - A Modern Day Taco Shop
Ranked #6 of 328 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 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful lunch with tacos, street corn and amazing salad! Small place and fills up fast, may want to make reservations if they take them! The carnitas taco was crispy, delicious and full of porky goodness. The pescado, fried perch taco was a great fish taco with a very nice avocado cream. Husband had the chicken which he seemed to like quite a bit. The street corn was rich and delicious and more than the two of us could eat. The order is enough for 4 people unless that is all you are eating. The salad was wonderful combination of veggies and the green goddess dressing was flavorful. Crispy tortilla strips were genius! A nice Mexican beer combined well with the lunch and our server couldn't have been more accommodating and friendly. Thanks Zach! you handled all your tables well.

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Thank Michigancritter
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Can’t say enough about how delicious the tacos are. I had the fish taco and also the shrimp taco. Both were excellent. My friend tried the beef taco and the chicken taco. The chicken taco was rather bland. We also had the chips and salsa. Both salsa’s were very flavorful.

Thank Nancy S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely love their food. Great prices and staff is so friendly! Definitely will be going again in the near future

Thank Alanna b
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Reviewed 5 June 2018

I went here with some girlfriends for Cinco de Mayo. The fish tacos were excellent! They are small so you may want to order a few different kinds, I also had the chicken and didn't like that one as well. A table next to us had the guac and it looked delicious! I would go back.

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Thank klbader
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

you must try the corn - it is so amazing, I wish I could make it myself. Tacos are excellent, just the right serving size

Thank virginiawollenhaupt
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