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Crispy Shredded Beef Tacos

Visapet Oct 25, 2006 08:31 PM

Ever since I moved to Los Angeles a year ago, I have been looking for a good crispy shredded beef taco, which I cannot find! Please help me if you know of anywhere that can serve that well. I am located in Los Feliz/Silverlake, but I am willing to travel if it is going to be good enough

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  1. Xericx RE: Visapet Oct 25, 2006 08:33 PM

    I like Titos. :canofworms:

    Some people like Cinco De Mayo, but I like Tito's meat filling better (but the shell on the CDM tacos).

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      Tari RE: Xericx Oct 25, 2006 08:45 PM

      I 2nd Titos. It is my favorite crispy taco place.

    2. ladius RE: Visapet Oct 25, 2006 08:38 PM

      Bit of a hike from where you are but Lucy's (I think) on the north side of Venice near Overland is really tasty. HUGE plates of food (main entree + rice, beans, salad, etc.) for about $8.00. I love their crispy tacos (fried shell).

      This is authentic, old-style Mexican food and I highly recommend it.

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        heckonwheels RE: Visapet Oct 25, 2006 08:43 PM

        Pepe's in Alhambra and Villa Tepeyac in South El Monte.
        Pepe's is at 511 W. Valley Bl. Villa Tepeyac is on the corner of Rush St. and Merced Ave.

        1. DanaB RE: Visapet Oct 25, 2006 08:54 PM

          I feel your pain. I live in the same neighborhood, and I really don't like the hard shell beef tacos offered at any of the usual suspects. In the neighborhood, the best hard shelled tacos, at least to my taste, are to be found at Malo, although they have ground rather than shredded beef.

          Address: 4326 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
          Phone: (323) 664-1011

          A little farther afield, I like the hard shelled beef tacos from Lucy's El Adobe and from Tia Juana, on Olympic near Bundy.

          Lucy's Cafe El Adobe
          Address: 5536 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
          Phone: (323) 462-9421

          Tia Juana
          Address: 11785 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
          Phone: (310) 473-9293

          I think for this purpose, Titos is actually pretty good, too.

          Tito's Tacos
          Address: 11222 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90230
          Phone: (310) 391-5780

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          1. re: DanaB
            David Kahn RE: DanaB Oct 25, 2006 10:45 PM

            I like the bbq crispy tacos at Lucy's. A bit greasy, but good.

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            yogachik RE: Visapet Oct 25, 2006 09:01 PM

            Tacos Por Favor in Santa Monica - Olympic at 14th.

            I happen to love love love the tacos at The Talpa on Pico between Barrington and Bundy, but they're not shredded beef. I MISS the tacos at Chihuahua - but I hear they're reopening on Venice in Culver City.

            1. davinagr RE: Visapet Oct 25, 2006 10:20 PM

              Come to the Valley and go to Mission Burrito. Locations in Canoga Park....Roscoe and Fallbrook or Vanowen and Canoga. Really, really good crispy tacos. And if you feel like it try their bean and cheese burrito. It's served wet with an incredible sauce and melted cheese on the top. YUMMMMM

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                calabasas_trafalgar RE: Visapet Oct 25, 2006 10:44 PM

                Taco Par in Pasadena

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                  kure RE: calabasas_trafalgar Oct 25, 2006 11:06 PM

                  I agree with heckonwheels. Go to Pepe's for their Guacamole tacos.

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                  Ernie RE: Visapet Oct 25, 2006 11:08 PM

                  Pepe's is good. Nice thick guacamole. I also like the shredded beef tacos at Mexi-Catessan in Monterey Park. The 24-hour J&S in Montebello has cheap and good greasy ones too, but those are best after a night of drinking!

                  1. DiveFan RE: Visapet Oct 25, 2006 11:24 PM

                    Try them at Poblanita Express, sw corner of Rosecrans Bl. and Hawthorne Bl. Not overly greasy and served gringo style with lettuce, tomato and cheddar cheese.

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