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Taco Lita in Arcadia?

ns1 Mar 13, 2008 12:27 PM

have heard nothing about this place, other than the hot sauce packets are an acquired addiction. Any hounders want to chime in?

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  1. monkuboy RE: ns1 Mar 13, 2008 12:44 PM

    I've only been there once. The tacos are like Taco Bell tacos - preformed hard shells, with ground beef inside. The draw here is that they are cheap and you can eat a lot of them but I didn't find anything special about it.

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      ns1 RE: monkuboy Mar 13, 2008 12:57 PM

      eh. sounds like i should stick to king taco.

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        monkuboy RE: ns1 Mar 13, 2008 03:52 PM

        It's completely different from King Taco. If you do a search, you find several websites where people rave about the food and call it the "best." It tastes pretty much just like a taco you would make yourself using one of those hard shells from the grocery store and throwing hamburger meat inside. I guess it is like Tito's - a cult following (although for me, Tito's is THE best.. I understand why people criticize the place but I still love their tacos). Taco Lita is eh, though.

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          ns1 RE: monkuboy Mar 13, 2008 04:24 PM

          hm. Maybe I'll try it tonight then...

          It's either In N Out or Taco Lita...

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            monkuboy RE: ns1 Mar 13, 2008 05:52 PM

            I say try Taco Lita. In-N-Out is everywhere.. you just might like that place!

    2. WildSwede RE: ns1 Mar 13, 2008 04:01 PM

      My friend who grew up in the area swears by it, but I have never been (I am too much in love with Taco Treat on Live Oak). For her, it is definitely nostalgia as she used to go with her dad and he died a few years ago.

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        Burger Boy RE: ns1 Mar 13, 2008 04:56 PM

        If Taco Lita is the place I am thinking of, get the ground beef burrito with extra sauce and extra cheese and ask then if they will nuke it for 20 seconds, to make everything melt together.

        Taco Lita
        120 E Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91006

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          pasadenaerin RE: ns1 Mar 13, 2008 07:13 PM

          My coworkers LOVED this place and raved about the sauce, but when they took me there, I thought it was like putting ketchup on my taco. Yuck!! But I understand that some people are just addicted.

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            Burger Boy RE: pasadenaerin Mar 14, 2008 12:02 AM

            The sauce they use in the kitchen is different, to me, than what is in the packets. That is why I ask for extra sauce when they make it.

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            Beignets RE: ns1 Mar 13, 2008 11:16 PM

            Skip it, just skip it.

            I don't understand how this place is able to stay in business for this long. Nostalgia probably brings in 90% of the business. The rest are out of morbid curiosity. So if you just want to be able to say I've been there, then go.

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              AteTooMuch RE: ns1 Mar 14, 2008 08:30 AM

              Buahahaha! Funny to see all the responses. I drive by the place all the time and wonder what is the fascination??? It's ok....a glorified taco bell, but heck, how many taco bells are there??? BURGER BOY hit it right on the money!

              I'll go if asked to go, but havn't been in years! after this post, might take the family for a cheap dinner!



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                ns1 RE: ns1 Mar 14, 2008 09:40 AM

                Sorry for the disappoinment guys. We went for a "tasting menu" instead

                - 6 pc hotwings from kfc
                - 1 carne asada burrito from taco zone
                - 2 al pastor tacos from taco zone

                <3 taco zone. It's not as good as king taco, but it feels so much healthier

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                  monkuboy RE: ns1 Mar 14, 2008 12:14 PM

                  Well you should have gone to Taco Lita just to satisfy your curiousity and find out why there's no need to go back there.

                2. raytamsgv RE: ns1 Mar 14, 2008 10:51 AM

                  As I wrote in one of my restaurant reviews, "This place is like Taco Bell before it went upscale." If you like that type of food, it's not too bad. I personally prefer real Mexican food:

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                    alcoholic29 RE: ns1 Mar 15, 2008 06:43 AM

                    I grew up in Arcadia. Taco Lita has been around since i was a little kid. It's been garbage the entire time. I compare this to the setup of a Panda Express. Asian food that's not really Asian food and geared for non-Asians.

                    The friends that I have that frequent this place are all non-hispanics. I have never seen a Hispanic person at this place. (I know some prolly go but its minimal compared to something like King Taco)

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