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crunchy tacos

i know they are so not authentic... but i LOVE crunchy tacos... anyone have local non-taco-bell tips?

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    1. re: caitybirdie

      ... or at El Atacor #11, Figuroa and Ave. 26 in Cypress Park.

    2. In the Silverlake area, I recommend Rick's. I posted about it in this thread (not the most articulate post to come out of my mouth, but the hardshell beef tacos are good!):

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/344175

      I also like the ground beef tacos from Malo, on Sunset in Silverlake.

      I also love the hardshell tacos from Tia Juana, on Olympic, near Bundy, in West LA.

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      1. re: DanaB

        Ricks are a very specific kind of non-mexican taco...mild ground beef with some sort oif filler, tons of lettuce and shredded cheddar. They are very big.

      2. Tito's tacos, west l.a. Case closed.

        1. I beg to differ. The hardshell beef tacos from Rick's in Silverlake kick Tito's in the a$$.

          I've eaten at Tito's a couple of times, recently (like 1 month ago and 4-5 months ago), and while Tito's is consistant, it isn't really great. It's good, I'll give you that, but Tito's is not great. If I never ate another one, I would not die. In fact, I'd probably never notice. Tito's is *good* for what they do, but there is certainly better.

          I do NOT want to spawn a turf war, as I know there are people that love Tito's, and I respect that. But there are better hard shell tacos out there, I promise you!

          1. La Talpa on Pico at Barrington. Best crunchy taco in town - run by a family, been there 30 years.

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            1. re: yogachik

              I second the Talpa - their refried beans are also awesome. I now live in Arizona but I still crave their food. The waitresses have all beeen there 25+ years and are wonderful.

              1. re: yogachik

                I further endorse The Talpa. Best crunchy taco around.