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Milanese torta at Tacos por favor

Never been to this spot before today and boy was it bustling. terrific thin crispy milanese folded over with guacamole hot sauce and cheese (no mayo!) on pressed down "torta" bread was awesome. the milanese part was so thin and crispy and good. ill be back to try the rest of their gear hear. i liked the picked jalapenoes and carrots on the salsa table.

Read lots of great threads on sandwiches and now im looking forward to trying my new favorite kind here again and other versions elsewhere. who else does a nice milanese torta? what else do you like at tacos por favor?

1406 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica.

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  1. their chorizo/potato tacos rock

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    1. re: wilafur

      Gotta try those...maybe ill do a "right side of the menu" kinda order next time...big spot, fast service, low price...i look forward to returning.

      they had menudo -- kind of scary sounding but some folks were lapping it up like nectar of the gods...ever try it?

      1. re: wilafur

        Chorizo and potato? This sounds MOST intriguing...is this combo on the menu?

        1. re: a_and_w

          lol, my bad, i was still thinking about the chorizo and potato gordita i had a taste of at the street food thing on breed st.

          tacos por favor has a gnarly chorizo and cheese taco. good stuff.

          1. re: wilafur

            Playin' with my heart there, wilafur, LOL! Still, I wonder if they would make such a thing if asked...

            1. re: a_and_w

              All this talk about Chorizo and potato is makng me hungry. The flavor of Chorizo in a potato taco is good and I had it at "My Taco." I am still not sure if Chorizo is used in there "potato taco" but the potato is the color of Chorizo and the flavor of Chorizo is there also. Best asada sope also. The corn sope (cake) is fresh grilled just right.

              My Taco
              6300 York Blvd Ste 4
              Los Angeles, CA, 90042
              (323) 256-2698

              1. re: JeetJet

                I'm not entirely certain, but my vegetarian friends have been told been told that the coloring of MT's potato taco isn't from chorizo, but from achiote.

      2. I'm a big fan of TPF's chorizo and cheese tacos. Everything else I've tried there has been pretty average (carnitas, carne asada, al pastor) - not bad, just not that memorable. But it beats the heck out of the nearby La Salsa-esque options :)

        1. I also love TPF's chili verde enchiladas (chicken or cheese). Any of the breakfasts or tacos with chorizo and cheese are excellent. BTW, you might want to try the Angelica taco truck on Venice for a torta or cemita. I haven't tried the milanese specifically, but my al pastor cemita was revelatory, and I hear good things about the milanese as well. Here's my recent review:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/566325

          1. I live and work near TPF and eat there frequently. Items of choice include: Chile Verde plate, soft tacos (especially chorizo and al pastor) and the always varied and often under-replenished marinated carrots. Excellent (off the menu) chilaquiles too!

              1. re: mnosyne

                I just don't know. It was so thin and crispy couldn't tell. my guess pork or beef.

              2. TPF is my favorite (working budget) lunch in SM. the quality of the meats vary, as the do at most taquerias, but this is by far my favorite on the west side. one thing which is reliably outstanding is the salsa Roja/red sauce it is smoky and clomplex with just the right amount of heat.

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                1. re: Mateo R

                  Definitely agree with you about the salsa roja at Tacos Por Favor -- really good, and my favorite on the westside.

                2. the empanada's place on venice and sawtelle makes a mean milanesa.

                  1. Dropped by Tacos Por Favor today for lunch during prime time. Quite a crowd -- got lucky and found a parking space less than a block west and then joined a line that was easily eight or ten people long but moved quickly to both cash registers which were operating. Ordered the torta milanese, but without the guac which I just don't care for, and no mayo. Received an impressive sandwich -- several layers of dark ultrathin fried meat that was stained a reddish color, crisp and flavorful, on a big toasted roll with some leaf lettuce, thin sliced tomato, some sliced onion, and some sauce. ($5.75) Came with some chips, hot and crisp, and of course I loaded up on salsa roja, pico de gallo, and limes from the salsa bar. Really good, especially with lots of the sauces to dip in and some lime squeezed over. But it didn't come with cheese -- which would have helped add some richness in the absence of the guac. Next time I'll ask if they'll sub it in or offer to pay for some. I also really liked the milanese -- couldn't believe how thin it was -- and while not on their menu, I can sure see it in a burrito or on a taco!

                    By the way, almost all simple tacos are up to $2.05 (the chorizo and cheese $2.10) -- they were $1.35 when I first started going there. Burritos are up to $5.25. And a and w -- they have a potato and something taco on the menu near the bottom of the taco choices, so I'm sure they'd do a chorizo and potato if asked, probably for a small surcharge. One last thing -- I'm picky with my Mexican (besides no guac I order my burritos without beans) and TPF, even with about five cooks going fullspeed at the grills, has never made a mistake with my order.

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                    1. re: nosh

                      I think most of these places would be more inclined to do chorizo and potato tacos (I think, could be wrong, but I'm almost certain potato and chorizo tacos are more common) rather than chorizo and cheese seeing as how the chorizo is naturally greasy and spice ladden within its casing.

                      1. re: b0ardkn0t

                        I don't know about the chorizo at Tacos Por Favor, but a lot of the Mexican homemade housespiced chorizo is mixed and grilled without being extruded into casings. I'll have to watch the cooks more carefully or ask next time I'm in there.

                        1. re: nosh

                          At TPF the chorizo in the tacos is in the casing, sliced into little rounds and then halved and quartered. It's actually not greasy at all, at least not in a bad way :)

                      2. re: nosh

                        sorry yours didn't come with cheese. maybe i mentioned it when i listed what i wanted on it and didn't want on it (mayo!). i enjoyed splitting and unfolding one of those pickled jalapenos and putting it on it too. i couldn't believe how thin and crispy they got that too and the batter or whatever on outside so thin and delicious. wonder what that was...beef? pork? im just hoping something like that cuz it was awesome

                        1. re: nosh

                          Nosh, have you or anyone else ever tried the milanese at El Super Taco?

                          1. re: a_and_w

                            I have not tried the milanese at El Super Taco, but I will. Gosh, those El Super Tacos are springing up elsewhere, but so far I've only been to the original in the minimall on Santa Monica Blvd. at Brockton.

                            1. re: nosh

                              Tried the El Super Taco milanese today. The beef was crisp but not particularly flavorful. I think I'll stick with al pastor.

                              BTW, I'm familiar with the locations at SM/Brockton and Sawtelle/Pico. Are there more? Personally, I'd rather see more Tacomiendos, but El Super Taco is nice too.

                              1. re: a_and_w

                                I spotted one being readied but not quite open yet about a month ago when I was searching for Sorrento's Deli. It is just west of Sepulveda either on or near Jefferson in a strip mall right around that conflagration where all of those streets meet at weird angles with the 90 overpass. By the way, I was grilling up some tritip a week or so back and asked the lady at the register at the original El Super Taco if I could buy a cupful or so of their habanero salsa, or a bit of the spicy stuff mixed with their regular salsa roja. Was told no.

                        2. I tried the Milanese Torta yesterday, and I also had a chorizo and cheese taco. the torta was very good, but I still prefered the taco. This place has many excellent items, but the chorizo and cheese taco is hard to beat.