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“Great Tacos”

Mama Lu's - A Modern Day Taco Shop
Ranked #8 of 329 Restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $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 June 25, 2018 via mobile

Great tacos and non-traditional salsa. Sat outside and was great atmosphere. Even talked to some locals while dining who gave us some great tips on places to visit.

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Reviewed June 24, 2018

This restaurant was delicious.. The margaritas were wonderful. We will be returning!The staff was very friendly.

Thank Jeff C
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Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

We had delicious tacos, queso and street corn! The corn may have been the best part of the meal!! There is a small patio for outside seating available. It’s not a very big place so plan to wait for a table.

Thank Aburns526
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Reviewed June 20, 2018

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 June 19, 2018 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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