Mary Tutwiler

California Dreamin'

by Mary Tutwiler

Well, dreaming of fish tacos anyway. The best place to eat them is with your feet in the sand of the beach at Santa Monica. The second best place may well be the bright mango-yellow taco stand on the corner of Vermilion and Johnston streets, in Lafayette. The Taco Sisters, Molly and Katy Richard have been dreaming of opening a restaurant for 24 years. When Katy moved back to Lafayette recently, they finally decided to make the dream come true.

The sisters smoke fresh Gulf fish. Albacore tuna and wahoo are on the menu today, as well as chicken, pork, brisket cooked in adobo sauce, and down the road shrimp and oysters. The smoked meat is served as a soft taco, over a salad or on a poboy, all dressed with a fresh combo of spring greens, chopped apples, celery, green onions, carrots and a wipe of their secret sister sauce.

“It’s a California style,” says Molly, “with a signature gringo Cajun twist.” The Taco Sisters stand opens today.