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Mar 10, 2008 11:47 AM

REVIEW: El Super Taco

After wanting to try El Super Taco for a couple of months, I finally made my way up there on Sunday. I'd attempted to go to Tacos Por Favor but it closes at 5p on Sundays. It was either driving to Venice for the consistent truck on Rose or trying El Super Taco.

I ordered a carnitas taco and al pastor taco and an asada burrito. While waiting, I filled a plastic ramekin with one of each salsa and their onion/cilantro mix.

The tacos:

Al Pastor: Not the al pastor on a spit kind; instead, they rely on a red paste to impart flavor to the meat. The tacos come with just meat on 2 tortillas for $1.10. It was decent but not something that you'd hurry back to have another. It was essentially a canvas for the onions/cilantro and salsas.

Carnitas: The meat looked like stewed white meat chicken and didn't taste much different. No crispy bits, no browning and no flavour. It could've been a tofu taco but with the salsas it was enjoyable.

Burrito: This was the best of the group and a good Westside value at $3.99. There could've been more meat and less beans but what meat there was was nicely flavoured. It was a nice rounded burrito. I would've liked them to put a hot sauce/salsa inside so I wouldn't have to load up every bite with it, but maybe next time they could do this.

Salsas: My favourites were the green tomatillo and the reddish orange. The reddish orange salsa was delicious. I was happy with a combination of both of these and a sprinkling of tapatio.
I dipped my finger in the pale orange very hot salsa and got almost no flavour and a LOT of heat. That was enough for me.

I'd go back for the burrito and an asada taco and more of the red-orange salsa.

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  1. Thank-you for the review.Where is El Super Taco.

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    1. re: potofood

      On Santa Monica and Brockton in a strip mall, the same mall that houses Monte Alban.

      I believe that it's the old Mama Voulas space.

      1. re: Wolfgang

        "I dipped my finger in the pale orange very hot salsa and got almost no flavour and a LOT of heat. That was enough for me. "

        Thanks for the warning. ;)

    2. i have to disagree with you about the pastor. it is somewhat unconventional, but that is sort of what i dig about it it. the spicing the use gave it an unusual, almost indian sort of flavor, very different and, in my opinion, very good.

      1. I went to El Super Taco and came away decidedly unimpressed. The taco fillings were bland and none of the salsas had a combination of flavor and bite. Bandini's blog gave it 4 stars, putting it at the same level as King Taco, Tacos La Fonda, and El Taco Llama (the good ones). El Super Taco does not even come close to comparing to those places. It may be the best taqueria on the westside (I was pretty unimpressed with Tacos Por Favor), but that's damning with faint praise.

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        1. re: Jwsel

          Skip the tacos at El Super Taco and try the tortas, as others have mentioned. I'm also partial to the super burrito al pastor ordered *without* lettuce and salsa.

        2. yeah, their tacos are boring. i actually think their salsas are rather bland too. the only thing to get there are the tortas.

          i'm no torta expert, but i think they're pretty great, and if it's busy you'll notice that everyone is ordering tortas. at least that's the case when i'm there.

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          1. re: mistr

            Yeah, the tortas are the thing to get here. I think Don Felix and Tacos Don Jorge have the best westside tacos (oh, and chorizo & cheese at TPF).

            1. re: mdpilam

              I live by El Super Taco, and while fairly cheap for tacos and not bad overall, the tacos are a bit small, and altogether unimpressive, in my opinion. I'd have no opinion whatsoever swapping it out for any other local taco joint.

              I do have to give another big thumbs up to Tacos Por Favor on Olympic for their chorizo/cheese tacos and burritos. They're a bit pricey, probably not "authentic" (whatever that means nowadays) but wow, what a flavor punch. between the cheese and high-quality chorizo. I wasn't altogether impressed with anything else on their menu, but I'd go back for the chorizo/cheese alone at Tacos Por Favor.

              I'll have to add that I was spectacularly underwhelmed by the glowing reviews given to Tacomiendo, which is about a mile or two near El Super Taco, off Pico. I really can't understand all the fuss about this one - I've been there 3 times now, have tried several meats and other options, and all times have felt that it was below average regardless of what I ordered, and not at all too inexpensive.

              1. re: agarose2000

                Love Tacos Por Favor, but mainly for the chorizo and cheese. I'm not so high on the other fillings such as carne asada and al pastor.

                1. re: a_and_w

                  The chorizo and cheese at Por Favor is my favorite. I make them add potato and eat it for breakfast.

                  About Super Taco: Love it. U-zen, the sushi place across Brockton is good too.

            2. re: mistr

              If you like the tortas at El Super Taco, check out Taqueria Sanchez.

            3. Super Taco makes great carne asada, suadero, and cabeza tacos. The others are mediocre to just plain not good. The clayuda is amazing. It took be about a year of going there to finally order it because the first ingredient is listed as "sediment lard" and I still don't know what that means, but it was insanely good. I definitely think this place is better than King Taco, but not as good as a lot of hole-in-the-wall places I have been, like the one on Sawtelle/Washington.

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              1. re: wooster

                Al pastor is better than the carne asada at El Super Taco, imo.