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The third annual Top Taco Festival returned to Woldenberg Park on May 16. 

Taco and tequila extravaganza Top Taco Festival returned to Woldenberg Park Thursday. Now in its third year, it was postponed from March due to threat of thunderstorms.

The festival featured chefs from more than 40 restaurants vying for prizes for their tacos and cocktail pros and spirit distributors doling out creative takes on margaritas and all things agave.

Winners were chosen by professional judges and festival-goers in categories for creative and traditional tacos and margaritas. Johnny Sanchez won the David Montes de Oca Ultimate Top Taco Champion title. Its Albondigas taco featured meatballs cooked with a recipe from chef Aaron Sanchez's grandmother and was topped with queso fresco, pickled onions and cilantro.

Los Jefes won the top creative tequila cocktail category with attendees and came in second with the judges for its guava margarita made with Avion silver tequila, guava and lime juice.

A few contenders, including Lakeview’s Velvet Cactus, Metairie’s Los Jefes and Central City restaurant Casa Borrega, won multiple awards.

Below is the full list of winners.

Tacos

Critic’s Choice, Traditional Taco

First place: Los Jefes Grill

Second place: Wayfare

Third place: Espiritu

Critic’s Choice, Creative Taco

First Place: Johnny Sanchez

Second Place: Los Jefes Grill

Third Place: Zocalo

People’s Choice, Traditional Taco

First Place: Barracuda

Second Place: Los Jefes Grill

Third Place: Espiritu

People’s Choice, Creative Taco

First Place: Johnny Sanchez

Second Place: Ugly Dog Saloon

Third Place: Los Jefes Grill

Drinks

Critic’s Choice, Traditional Margarita

First Place: Velvet Cactus

Second Place: Barracuda

3rd Place: Casa Borrega

Critic’s Choice, Creative Cocktail

First Place: Tacos & Beer

Second Place: Los Jefes Grill

Third Place: Warbucks

People’s Choice, Traditional Margarita

First Place: Velvet Cactus

Second Place: Zocalo

Third Place: Casa Borrega

People’s Choice, Creative Cocktail

First Place: Los Jefes Grill

Second Place: Casa Maria

Third Place: Warbucks