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Nov 28, 2008 03:45 PM

Best tacos on west side?

I prefer crisp tacos to soft ones

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  1. Taqueria Sanchez has pretty good tacos durados. They're pretty big, and served with a fair amount of lettuce and crema - you choose the protein. One is more than dinner for our 1st grader...

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      1. Not the best, but truly a guilty pleasure, the taco supreme at Jack in the Box.

        1. Taqueria Sanchez does a good one. I believe that Tacos Por Favor does a crispy taco -- a little bigger, slightly more expensive, and I like their salsa roja better. If the OP isn't familiar, the specialty at Taqueria Sanchez is the shrimp -- really tasty, never rubbery. At Tacos Por Favor, many love the chorizo and cheese soft taco. I order their al pastor, and their milanese, served in a torta, is excellent. In my experience, these are the two superior taquerias on the westside. Yes, I like El Super Taco for the grilled onions, cheap tacos, and habanero salsa. I've been unimpressed by Tacomiendo or the place on the S/W corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Bundy. Don Felix is downright depressing, and Don Jorge has no salsa bar. Tito's is its own trip and the beef is chewy and tasty, but their tacos are skimpy and their pico de gallo is watery and bland.

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          1. re: nosh

            Tacomiendo also does a good taco dorado.

            4502 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

            11462 Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

            1. re: Servorg

              I second Tacomiendo, I can only vouch for the one on pico & gateway.

              1. re: ldodb

                I've never tried the crispy taco specifically, but I really think Tacomiendo does the best soft tacos I've found on the west side. A dribble of salsa and some pickled onions make the perfect toppings.

                1. re: Miss. Independent

                  Okay, you lost me at, "Make reservations..." I didn't know this was an option there...?! Besides, if this is possible, I'd have no reason to sneak some beans from the crock while waiting for my order... :)

                  1. re: bulavinaka

                    So you were the guy who was in front of me the other day eating beans out of the crock with a spoon! ;-D

              2. re: nosh


                I think you're thinking of Taco Plus? I'm not a fan either. I'll say that I used to LOVE Tacos Por Favor but I had too many dried out, lunch rush leftovers the last few times. Have you noticed a drop in quality or did I get unlucky?

                1. re: Frommtron

                  I almost always hit up Tacos Por Favor in the midmorning when I am driving around doing errands, and I grab a burrito (al pastor, no beans) to go. At that time there is almost always a parking spot right in front, no line, and I spend the five minutes it takes them to grill my order filling as many little containers with salsa roja that I can -- usually six. The burrito reheats well -- sliced in half, first nuked for twenty to thirty seconds to warm, then placed in a castiron skillet in the oven to crisp up the now-flabby tortilla. I will admit, for me the burrito is mostly a vehicle for the wonderful hot sauce. I did eat in at the height of a weekend lunch about a month ago. There was a line about eight-deep to the two cashiers taking orders, but it moved fast and my torta milanese was hot, crisp, delicious, and served to order. When I go to Taqueria Sanchez -- driving along Venice Blvd. in Culber City -- I like their tacos a lot better than their burritos. Definitely a shrimp, a carnitas and maybe al pastor, mix it up with a crispy.

                  1. re: nosh

                    It sounds like I'm a victim of timing, which doesn't forgive Tacos Por Favor for serving what they have to me the last few visits. But it's nice to know they are still solid during the busier, high-turnover part of the day.

                    1. re: Frommtron

             take is actually the opposite of you both. I really think the meat at Taco Plus, particularly the carne asada and al pastor, is a cut above Tacos Por Favor. With the exception of the chorizo, the meats at TPF have never impressed me -- carne asada tends to be dry and the al pastor has a strange seasoning I can't identify. TPF's chicken is OK but totally unseasoned, though Taco Plus's isn't much better.

                      PS: One major beef with TPF -- I've gotten unripe avocados both sliced and in the guacamole too many times.

                      1. re: a_and_w

                        I'm in agreement here - I prefer the meat at Taco Plus also. With the exception of the chorizo and cheese, which keep me coming back to TPF! Both the asada and al pastor at TPF seem strangely seasoned to me.

                        1. re: Vaya Con Carne

                          Yes...what is that strange flavor? I'm just starting to explore the breakfast menu at TPF, which provides plenty of opportunities to highlight the chorizo. They do eggs really well...

                            1. re: Frommtron

                              Not any achiote I've ever tasted...

                        2. re: a_and_w

                          I've had some bad stuff at Tacos Por Favor, which is what I was talking about when I responded to Nosh's earlier comment. Overall, they're pretty good but I've left disappointed more often than not recently.

                          But Tacos Plus just doesn't do it for me. I found them to be very bland and I left unimpressed. The Baja Fresh/Cal-Mex vibe was also a minor annoyance but ultimately I didn't think the meat was special.

                          I'd rather go to El Super Taco, or even Tacos La Flama or Pili's.

                          But the Juquila truck by Stoner Park (excellent atole, too), La Oaxaquena (Lincoln, just south of Rose), and the truck on Rose (east of Lincoln) all offer up far better fare than any of the places we've mentioned.

                          1. re: Frommtron

                            I think we may have different preferences in taquerias. I find the carne asada and al pastor at Taco Plus better than El Super Taco, where the comparable meats can be very gristly and lack any real char. However, I would agree that the tortas, salsas, and chips at El Super Taco are way better than Taco Plus's fresh but slightly bland alternatives.

                            IMO, Pili's is passable but not in the same league with the aforementioned. I've never tried the Juquila truck probably because I was underwhelmed by my experiences at Juquila restaurant. Do they serve different stuff? Any recs for what I should try?

                2. Thanx- tacomiendo is right around the corner.