Tacomiendo--Is one location better than the other?
I'm trying it for the first time. The location on Gateway is closer to me but I'll drive the extra distance to Culver City if there is a reason to do so.
I sort of prefer the Culver City version, but I couldn't tell you why.
I actually think the food is basically the same, but there is something about the original vibe that I prefer.
But in a blind taste test, I don't think I'd be able to tell the difference -- I don't think. I eat at both places.
The Gateway location is much bigger and roomier. When the smaller Culver City location is busy, it's really cramped. If you're taking out, it probably doesn't matter which one you're going to - both have parking issues, but the Culver City location is directly adjacent to a residential neighborhood, giving you opportunities to park on the side street.
I agree with PaulF in that there's something about eating at the Culver City location. Although I already mentioned how small and cramped it can be there, it just seems more natural to be eating amongst elbows and asses, as opposed to the Gateway location that feels cavernous and lonely in comparison.
I went to the West L.A. location Saturday evening and ordered a carnitas taco and a carne asada burrito to go.
It was a good first experience both for food and learning. The $2 taco was loaded with meat. The $5.50 burrito was really big compared to the burritos at Tere's and La Playita.
Next time I order the burrito, I'll ask them to add cilantro and onions. They have both at the salsa bar but i'd rather not have to add them before every bite.