Hard Shell Taco Recs?
As much as I love my cochinita pibil at Yuca's and my pastor at El Gran Burrito, I have been hankering for a good old school hard shell taco lately. Perhaps it is the sweet regressive thoughts of greasy taco night at Grandma's when I was a kid (maybe that's why I unashamedly fall through Del Taco drive through for tacos -- memories of Naugles - sigh). I really like the little fried beef and pickle tacos as Malo, but looking for something more low down, accessible, and down to earth.
Pacos Tacos on Centinela has pretty good hard shell tacos.
I've also tried Tia Juana based on good reports about their hard shell tacos. Didn't find them that great though, although they're certainly not worse than Titos.
I'm gonna throw this out there, and I'll probably get clobbered: Malo also has tacos dorados. Not groundbreaking, but at their happy hour (which really is the only time I'd go), the crunchy ground beef-and-pickle ones especially, with lots of yellow cheese, sure do hit the spot in between the margaritas.
4326 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
If you're in SGV, try Pepe's (locations in Rosemead and Alhambra).
Good ol greasy hard tacos with shells that don't come out of a box.