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gdrace Feb 26, 2008 12:30 AM

Been in the neighborhood for a few years now but still looking for that perfect burrito. I have been to La Playita and Panchos many times and I love the taco truck on Lincoln just South of Rose but I want something more and something better. If the place has a good flauta then all the better.

Thanks as always for the help.

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  1. Servorg Feb 26, 2008 04:40 AM

    You might want to give La Cabana a try.

    http://www.lacabanavenice.com/Home.htm

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      Burger Boy Feb 26, 2008 05:58 AM

      Take a 2 mile trip to Inglewood Ave & Culver. All 3 just south of Culver, less than 1 block
      Taqueria Sanchez
      El Abanajo
      Tacos Miendo

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        Clinton Feb 26, 2008 07:10 AM

        Been going there in the mid-70s when the aerospace business kept them alive and prosperous. To me, they still have the best home-style burritos. My favorite is still the chunk beef, rice, and cheese combo covered with the red colorado sauce and tortilla chips. My second choice favorite burrito is from Titos Tacos. Either place in Culver City would be my pick for the best flavor. Some may disagree?

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          nosh Feb 26, 2008 08:31 AM

          I love the other location of Taqueria Sanchez on Centinela just north of Culver -- amazing shrimp tacos, and I've also enjoyed their carnitas and al pastor. Easy parking in the back, a good salsa bar, and plenty of seating. Is the Inglewood location much different?

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            a_and_w Apr 9, 2008 11:55 AM

            Is the burrito at Taqueria Sanchez similar to the burrito at Tacomiendo? That is, does it come with both rice and beans, and can it be eaten with your hands?

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              bulavinaka Apr 9, 2008 09:33 PM

              It does come with both, and you can, but you can request either, or, or none...

          2. wilafur Feb 26, 2008 08:54 AM

            give tacos por favor a try. they are located at olympic and 14th.

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              slacker Feb 26, 2008 12:20 PM

              How's the rest of the food at Tacos Por Favor? There's always a long line out the door when I'm in the area (actually not that often), so I was wondering if it's actually excellent or maybe it's another Tito's.

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                nosh Feb 26, 2008 12:42 PM

                I like Tacos Por Favor. Here's my take: A wide-ranging menu, with prices a bit on the high side for a taqueria but mostly big portions. Strengths -- Excellent salsa roja on the salsa bar, will make everything taste better. A bit hot, a bit complex, on the thin side but full of charred peppers. Good portions -- tacos are close to $2, but two are filling for me as opposed to three at the lower-priced Taqueria Sanchez or El Super Taco. A wide-ranging menu, with good-looking tostadas and other options as well as tacos and burritos. Very friendly service. Carnitas sometimes succulent and good and sometimes chunky and tough. Special dish -- the chorizo and cheese, which is loved by some and I thought was a bit too rich -- I need to try it again.

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                  slacker Feb 26, 2008 12:52 PM

                  Thanks for your mini review! Next time I'm in the area, and if there's no line, I'll have to give it a try.

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                  wilafur Feb 26, 2008 12:53 PM

                  i really enoy the al pastor taco's and the chorizo & cheese taco's at tacos por favor. their "do it yourself" salsa bar rocks as well!

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                    slacker Feb 26, 2008 12:56 PM

                    Thanks!

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                      nosh Feb 26, 2008 01:38 PM

                      The line is not the issue at Tacos Por Favor -- it goes very fast. What is more problematic is the parking. None usually on 14th, a few spots alongside on Olympic and more across the street, but be sure to feed the meters -- lotsa cops and parking attendants in the area.

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                        Frommtron Apr 9, 2008 01:05 AM

                        Snyder Diamond's lot.

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                    a_and_w Apr 9, 2008 11:57 AM

                    The enchiladas verde (with either chicken or cheese) are outstanding at Tacos Por Favor. I've also seen some breakfasts that make my mouth water, though I haven't personally tried them.

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                      Dommy Apr 9, 2008 11:59 AM

                      My favorite Enchiladas on the Westside is at Taqueria Sanchez' little restaurant. I ordered them on a whim once and was very happy I did! :)

                      --Dommy!

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                        a_and_w Apr 9, 2008 12:00 PM

                        Love that place -- I will definitely check them out.

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                          bulavinaka Apr 9, 2008 09:37 PM

                          If you like tostadas or nachos, try their tostada - it's kind of a hybrid of both. We order it with al pastor - it's huge, messy, and great to pick over with some hefeweizens...

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                            a_and_w Apr 10, 2008 09:54 AM

                            I'm a huge tostada fan -- yum! I also really like their al pastor, which has a sauciness (literally and figuratively) I haven't found in other al pastor I've tried thus far on the west side. As for hefeweizens, you're three for three LOL!

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                              bulavinaka Apr 10, 2008 07:44 PM

                              Some hefe-geeks (like me) have a slight aversion to IPAs but I can see a puckery-dry one working well with this dish as well... think of warm summer nights on the Westside... I'm honored to be on the same page as you!

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                  PimpinDG Feb 26, 2008 11:00 AM

                  Actually, Casablanca has a very good burrito right where your standing. They make their own tortillas which are a bonus. I don't believe I'd eat anything else there.

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                    Wolfgang Feb 26, 2008 11:13 AM

                    My current favourite dry burrito on the westside is the carne asada burrito from the truck on Rose between 3rd and 4th.

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                    brewinphan Feb 26, 2008 01:19 PM

                    How's about El Tarasco on Washington and Pacific? The Super Deluxe burrito is awesome!

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                      bulavinaka Feb 26, 2008 06:07 PM

                      Head east on Venice to Gallegos Mexican Deli on the corner of Venice and Wasatch - one block west of Centinela... Great food - I truly enjoy the barbacoa and the tamales... The tortilla chips are light, flavorful and salted just right...

                      http://www.gallegosmexicandeli.com/

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                        Dommy Apr 9, 2008 11:58 AM

                        I was very pleased by my Taco at Gallegos... Chile Verde is excellent... :D

                        --Dommy!

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                          Moose Apr 10, 2008 08:22 PM

                          Gallegos' Barbacoa burrito is superb! I get mine all meat style with pico de gallo. Delish!

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                            anothernotch Apr 10, 2008 08:23 PM

                            Second Gallegos, also you may want to try Tortilla Grill. The fajita burrito is quite nice.

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                            Iateitup Feb 26, 2008 08:47 PM

                            my current favorite for asada burritos is the cemitas truck parked in front of Smart and Final a few blocks west of robertson on venice blvd., weekdays from around 11-2pm.

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                              Jeryy Apr 9, 2008 12:36 AM

                              Recently had TWO exceptional burritos in the area - first one was a wet chicken burrito at El Abajeno on Inglewood at Culver. Wonderful. But the one that truly blew me away was a dry pork, rice and bean burrito with chile verde at Pancho's Tacos on Lincold just north of Rose. It was the best burrito of my lifetime.

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                                Burger Boy Apr 9, 2008 08:13 AM

                                Was it a Carnitas Burrito or some other preparation of pork?

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                                  Jeryy Apr 9, 2008 05:53 PM

                                  Not carnitas - it was their chile verde pork. Tender, juicy and incredibly flavorful - it was celestial, like Langer's pastrami.

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                                  Wolfgang Apr 10, 2008 04:51 PM

                                  Wow, that's interesting. I've been thoroughly disappointed with the other burritos I've had at Pancho's. I didn't think they had a good burrito in them. I'll have to give them another shot.

                                  For reference sake, where else do you like burritos?

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                                    Jeryy Apr 10, 2008 07:27 PM

                                    My other burrito favorites are El Abajeno and Taqueria Sanchez.

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                                  a_and_w Apr 9, 2008 11:54 AM

                                  I love this truck but have never tried the burritos. What ingredients come standard besides meat?

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                                    noshie Apr 11, 2008 09:08 AM

                                    El Abajeno has a terrific and big carne asada burrito with old style yummy chips on th side and a good salsa bar. Their carnitas are great too. I've had a good lengua burrito as the Don Felix (sp?) meat market too (good tacos there also)

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                                      Clinton Apr 11, 2008 01:13 PM

                                      Just had lunch at El Abajeno today and the carne burrito was excellent. Lots of meat and very tasty. Even got some chicharrones to go. Thanks for the suggestion.

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