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anybody been to El Taco in Downey?

taco Jul 1, 2007 03:34 PM

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

  1. russkar Jul 1, 2007 04:09 PM

    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. love2eat Jul 1, 2007 04:37 PM

      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
        russkar Jul 2, 2007 10:42 AM

        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.

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          love2eat Jul 2, 2007 12:35 PM

          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.

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          taco Jul 2, 2007 01:51 PM

          awesome sounds good!

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            taco Jul 2, 2007 01:52 PM

            sounds great!!!

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            Ernie Jul 2, 2007 10:56 AM

            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
              russkar Jul 2, 2007 11:29 AM

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

            2. katkoupai Jul 2, 2007 11:45 AM

              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
                russkar Jul 2, 2007 12:17 PM

                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.

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                  katkoupai Jul 2, 2007 12:18 PM

                  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
                    russkar Jul 2, 2007 05:52 PM

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

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                      katkoupai Jul 2, 2007 09:00 PM

                      Thanks. :)

              2. katkoupai Jul 6, 2007 02:36 PM

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

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                  bappiman Aug 20, 2008 10:21 PM

                  i grew up a block away from el taco and ate it at least once a week for like thirty years. No, its not authentic, but its really good and i still go there whenevr i'm in downey. not authentic, but not quite americanized either. I have friends who will drive hours just to eat there. It's unique.

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                    attran99 Aug 21, 2008 08:00 AM

                    My husband grew up eating their quesadillas...and still has cravings even though we've moved far away. Lots of cheese and some red sauce with bits of meat in them...totally tasty. Even I'm a fan!

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