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anybody been to El Taco in Downey?

I was driving by yesterday and it looked like a little drive through place any good?

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  1. Which one? There is one on Florence and the Best one is on Firestone. Both are near Paramount in Downey. Exceptional Fast Mex Food.

    1. I love El Taco! I've been going to the one on Florence for about a decade. It isn't an authentic taco stand type place though. Although, really good americanized mexican food. I like their Carne Asada Burrito, Chile Verde and Flautas/Taquitos.

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      1. re: love2eat

        I've been going to the El Taco on Firestone for about 30 yrs and occasionally to the one on Florence and the Firestone location is much better. One reason is the cooks at Firestone have been there forever and they are more concerned about the finished product. Same Owner.

        1. re: russkar

          I didn't even know about the Firestone location. Thanks for the info...I think I'll try Firestone next time I'm in the area.

          1. If this is related to the old El Taco drive-through in San Pedro, some of the worst "Mexican" food I have ever eaten. Bland beyond belief and not exactly cheap. Honestly, even Del Taco is better.

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            1. re: Ernie

              Nope! Only two locations owned by Toogood are both in Downey.

            2. There's also an El Taco in Costa Mesa that a friend of mine really liked. I've been there before, but I don't remember how good it was. I wonder if the Downey and Costa Mesa locations are related.

              El Taco
              (949) 642-6230
              2101 Harbor Blvd
              Costa Mesa, CA

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              1. re: katkoupai

                Nope!
                Different Owners and Costa Mesa isn't even close in quality to Firestone, even thought I wish it was when I'm in that area.

                1. re: russkar

                  Thanks. Is El Taco considered a chain, then? Or are these just different restaurants, that happen to have the same name? I think the one in Costa Mesa had a drive-thru.

                  1. re: katkoupai

                    It's a chain and has different owners and quality levels at each location.

              2. I was driving through Rosemead today, and I noticed another El Taco drive-thru on Rosemead Blvd. near Huntington Drive.