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Tito's Tacos

Schudog Aug 14, 2001 03:14 AM

I found out about Tito's Tacos from AOL keyword cheapeats. Tito's is in Culver City and it has the best tacos I've ever had. I went there Saturday around 7pm. The lines were so long I didn't get to order until 7:20. I had a taco and an all meat burrito. The burrito is made of spicy beef and it was awesome. The tacos were made of beef and were great with the real cheddar they used. Tito's doesn't serve chicken at all.

For two tacos and the burrito is was about $5.50. A great deal for the amount and quality of food. It was well worth the wait.

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    Bob S. RE: Schudog Aug 14, 2001 11:57 AM

    Used to officiate tennis in Southern California with a woman who would rave about Tito's every time we drove by it. Told a story about how her two kids refused to eat the Thanksgiving turkey one year and, when asked by both parents what they wanted to eat, said tacos from Tito's.

    Always loved the story but, being a bit of a snob, took it with a grain of salt. So after years of driving by and noticing the long lines at all hours, finally went in.

    To make a long story short - it's everything you (and she) said it was. Simply terrific and a real treat on the Westside.

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      Awesomer RE: Schudog Aug 14, 2001 07:46 PM

      Just thought you may be interested in the debate this humble little taco stand stirred up a few weeks ago.

      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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        Bob S. RE: Awesomer Aug 15, 2001 11:11 AM


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        Mr Grub RE: Schudog Aug 15, 2001 02:43 PM

        Ah, Tito's again. The Grubs lived 5 mins from Tito's for more than 10 years & have eaten Tito's chow on innumerable family-driven occasions. As Mex-Amer food goes, it is indeed very good, several cuts above Taco Bell, El Torito, Acapulco, for instance.

        But as a desination resort for Mexican food? Sorry, not even close. Better choices: any roach coach at virtually any work site in the region, anything at Grand Central Market downtown or El Mercado in East LA, or for stands, any Burrito King or my favorite, a Grubolicious burrito at Chabelita (Western & 20th, just N of SM Fwy). Viva el chow.

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          Thi N. RE: Mr Grub Aug 15, 2001 02:54 PM

          Of my East LA wanders, the truest and greatest taco, better than anything I've had at Grand Central or the Mercado, is the Antonijiro Denise's on Olympic. (Its cousin in Hollywood is truly fine, and would have won my soul over, were it not for the taste of the Original True.) Carnitas, chicharon, lonja, cabeza, al pastor.

          Near the Tito's area, there's a few Oaxacan places that are pretty fine. One on Washington a flew blocks west - El Sazon Oaxecqueno, I think? and one on Santa Monica on the same block as the 50's cafe. Very fine. Aguila is the name? I might be totally wrong.

          Diverging from the exact country, but close in soul the Tito's, is Empanada's Place, for the crunchy-fried on the outside, savor on the inside. It now has beat out Tito's for when I gots the *need* for crunch and grease, and I'm in that part of town. Corner of Venice and Sawtelle, about a block and a half from Tito's.


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          michael RE: Schudog Aug 15, 2001 08:29 PM

          Tito's?...Okay, maybe for the burritos, with the JalapeƱo salsa, but for tacos? You must go to the taqueria next to Don Felix's Carneceria on the corner of Sawtelle and Washington!

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            wilafur RE: michael Jul 25, 2006 04:36 PM

            heck yes, don felix has some damn good al pastor tacos. mmm!

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              Pali RE: michael Aug 27, 2006 06:31 PM

              Don Felix simply serves the FINEST tacos in Los Angeles.

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              cagey RE: Schudog Aug 16, 2001 02:31 PM

              Ad: Tacos

              Authentic? No.

              Unique? Without a doubt.

              Worth a trip? Every time.

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                bill RE: Schudog Sep 24, 2001 07:31 PM

                Try this. Dump a side order of rice on your plate then dump a side of chile con carne on that. Top it off with a dollop of the green salsa.

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                  JudiUl RE: Schudog Oct 25, 2001 10:58 PM

                  I love Tito's. BTW- There is one in Anaheim, or at least there was. Owned by an Asian family who put there kids through USC on the profits. They split with the LA Tito's people a few years ago and now it is called Tom's Tacos. Same food though. I liked the deep fried taco slathered in red sauce, which I love.

                  Maybe you have to grow up eating them. I can name a dozen "better" places but nothing that tastes the same.

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                    michael (mea culpa) RE: JudiUl Oct 26, 2001 11:02 AM

                    If you want to kick it up a notch, you might try the taco with their green jalapeno sauce. Have a cold beverage nearby to douse the flames.

                  2. mstinawu RE: Schudog Jul 25, 2006 02:40 AM

                    This place is so over-hyped.. But I guess it's good if you've never had real Mexican food in your life. =P

                    EDIT: OK, besides the comment I just made.. The food (in general, minus "authenticity", etc.) just isn't good--as far as food goes. Their beans are tasty though I must say.. But guac was runny, rice was dry and flavorless as was the taco meat.

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                      monkuboy RE: mstinawu Jul 25, 2006 03:42 AM

                      Well we all know it isn't REAL Mexican food but that isn't what draws all of us hopeless fans there.. same as the pizza you get here isn't real Italian pizza but you grow up used to something and it becomes a habit. I know there's more authentic tacos out there but there's only one Titos (I know some of you will say thank goodness for that, but what can I say.. I've been going there for over 30 years).

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                        Will Owen RE: monkuboy Jul 25, 2006 04:06 AM

                        It's like your mom's utterly inauthentic chili con carne, or even her tuna-noodle casserole: if it's so good TO YOU that you just wanna put it in your pants, that's really all that matters.

                        This is why we call ourselves Chowhounds instead of Gourmets.

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                          DanaB RE: monkuboy Jul 28, 2006 11:49 AM

                          Sometimes you want authentic . . . corn tortilla, meat (grilled or, if a very wonderful place, freshly roasted carnitas), onions, cilantro, salsa bar.

                          Sometimes you want crispy corn tortilla shell, ground beef, cheese, lettuce tomato and salsa.

                          When you want the latter, no professedly "authentic" place will do. I dare you to say, especially if you grew up in Southern California, that you want nothing to do with hard shell tacos.

                      2. davinagr RE: Schudog Jul 27, 2006 03:23 PM

                        I think the Tito's vs. "Other Tacos" threads are among the most passionate on this board. There's got to be something to a Tito's taco. I love 'em. But I think they should come up with some other name for the guac, because it's really not guac but more of a avocado sauce or a radioactive elixir...lol

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                          monkuboy RE: davinagr Jul 27, 2006 07:33 PM

                          Yes the guacamole is horrible. Thankfully it comes in small portions!

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                          ChristianZ RE: Schudog Jul 27, 2006 07:03 PM

                          I consider Mexican food to be real if real Mexicans are eating it.

                          Tito's is famous because of its fame. It gets its fame because it is so famous. The food is pretty good and the prices are great but it is one of those places that everyone acts like they have to be in on. I heard about its reputation before I tried it and when I tried it I thought, "Okay, I got filled up and there wasn't anything that tasted bad about it." But there's dozens of other places to get great tacos and other Mexican food items that don't have the same reputation . . . and do have better parking.

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                            dynamike RE: ChristianZ Nov 30, 2006 01:42 AM


                            Just because you're Mexican doesn't mean you know the ins-and-outs of Mexican food, nor does that mean you're an expert. This applies to every cuisine. Period.

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                              monkuboy RE: dynamike Nov 30, 2006 03:23 AM

                              Hey, I'm of Japanese descent and like teriyaki and California rolls just as much as the next guy! Lol, I agree with you, dynamike.

                          2. Xericx RE: Schudog Jul 27, 2006 11:31 PM

                            I like their "Guac". It only works with their greasy tacos...not with soft ones....

                            So the Mexicans that are eating at Titos aren't real? Sure, its not like what you'll find in 99% of the taco stands in Mexico, but it is Mexican food with an American kick.

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                              naynay RE: Schudog Jul 28, 2006 10:33 AM

                              awww. yes tito's. I can't wait to get home and have a taco and a all meat burrito with cheese. *drools*

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                                CNYinLA RE: Schudog Jul 30, 2006 07:20 PM

                                I seriously don't get this place. The food is soooo salty and tasteless its truly disgusting. And yet crowds gather at all hours of the day. I wouldn't say its cheap either compared to Taco Bell or Del Taco or any of the other similar places that try to pass their slop off to the public as 'Mexican food' Their food is the culinary equivalent of the theme song in that annoying as hell commercial.

                                It definitely seems to hold a special place in the hearts of people who grew up on it but for outsiders who haven't been brainwashed into the cult, its more of a try it once and you'll never go back again experience!

                                Unfortunately its often the only place open at 2am when I want something fast on the way home. I think I've tried everything on their menu at least once over the course of 8 or 10 visits. Can anyone recommend what is the best thing on their menu? Is there something I'm missing?

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                                  PaulF RE: CNYinLA Jul 30, 2006 08:11 PM

                                  I won't comment on your Tito's review because I happen to like going there ...

                                  But I must say you are wrong when you say it's the only place open at 2am.

                                  Cinco de Mayo is right next door and it's open 24 hours.

                                  Johnnie's Pastrami right next door to Cinco and is open until 3:30 am on Friday and Saturday (and I think it's 2:30 on other days).

                                  So, Tito's is not the only place open at 2 am. You should try CDM if you hate Tito's and need to eat at that time of the morning in that neighborhood.

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                                  Bandini RE: Schudog Jul 30, 2006 08:20 PM

                                  I've always thought the tacos at titos were nothing special. As far as hardshell tacos when i was younger i would prefer my moms tacos over them any day.

                                  the burritos are great though. the bean and cheese burrito, the bean and cheese burrito with meat sauce and the regular burrito with cheese never disapoint.

                                  and the salsa is good to munch on.

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                                    Otius Gojius RE: Schudog Jul 31, 2006 08:13 AM

                                    If someone ate there as a child and grew up repeating the experience or has become invested in the place because of other happy associations, fine. However, I would never go there again, because there are probably 10,000 other places, including Del Taco, I would rather patronize.

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                                      CNYinLA RE: Schudog Aug 27, 2006 07:09 AM

                                      Paul F

                                      You were right, Cinco De Mayo has become my new favorite 2am grub spot. Thanks for the heads up!

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                                        PaulF RE: CNYinLA Aug 27, 2006 09:27 PM

                                        Cool ... we like it, too.

                                        What do you like there?

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                                        mc michael RE: Schudog Aug 27, 2006 06:30 PM

                                        Short of a Health Dept closure or re-opening, hasn't the topic of Tito's been entirely exhausted?

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                                          robando RE: Schudog Aug 28, 2006 11:32 PM

                                          Yes!!! It's so nice to see that I'm not the only one who discovered the goodness that is Cinco De Mayo...in my opinion they blow Titos out of the water.

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