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Do puffy tacos exist outside of Texas?

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attran99 Jan 16, 2009 09:38 AM

My husband won't stop talking about puffy tacos...I guess it only takes one episode of Throwdown with Bobby Flay to impress him. And rather than hopping on a plane just for the taco, I was wondering if the CHers knew of a local place that serves them. Please help so I can get my husband to stop mentioning he wants to go to Texas just for puffy tacos.

Thanks!

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  1. E Eto RE: attran99 Jan 16, 2009 09:39 AM

    Arturo's Puffy Tacos in Whittier
    http://www.laweekly.com/2008-07-24/ea...

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      kevin RE: E Eto Jan 16, 2009 10:29 AM

      yup, and they are delicious, they also to great cheesy, sauce-laden, gut-bustin Tex-Mex style enchiladas. if fact, if geoge w. ever needs to make a pit stop before a ex-president speech in the orange county or los angeles area, he'll most likely stop here.

      anyhow, the indian style fry bread is super delicious, wonder if i can try it with beans, maybe in that case it'll be like a gordiat.

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        mdpilam RE: E Eto Jan 17, 2009 09:39 AM

        Finally had a chance to go here last week, and they were delicious! The puffy lightly crisp and soft warm interior of the shell were delicious. The Asada was best, and the salsa verde was very good.

      2. Servorg RE: attran99 Jan 17, 2009 09:47 AM

        Very good and complete prior CH review of Arturo's by pleasure palate (Abby) here:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/478213

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          attran99 RE: attran99 Feb 12, 2009 02:20 PM

          Thank you so much...you have no idea how happy you have made my husband. Apparently, eating the puffy taco exceeded his dreams...and now he's hooked. I think we'll be coming back here pretty often.

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            Servorg RE: attran99 Feb 12, 2009 05:21 PM

            And if he should eat too many of them you may end up referring to him as "Puffy Taco Daddy" ;-D

          2. sbritchky RE: attran99 Feb 12, 2009 11:47 PM

            I lived in Texas for many years, including five years in Austin, when I would frequently go down to San Antonio, the apparent home of puffy tacos. Although I've often seen taco shells puff up a bit naturally, I never heard anyone make a big deal about it until I saw the discussions out here.

            That said, I do like Arturo's, which are obviously bred to puff. To my taste, it's nothing earthshaking but very nice, so I'll have to get the original next time I'm in San Antonio and see how they compare. (And I'll also try those Tex-Mex enchiladas at Arturo's. Thanks for the heads-up, Kevin.)

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              pharmnerd RE: sbritchky Feb 13, 2009 02:04 PM

              Had some puffy tacos in San Antonio at some CH recommended places. Was just alright to me, nothing special. Am willing to try Arturo's though.

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                sbritchky RE: sbritchky Feb 13, 2009 05:02 PM

                Meant to add: I like New Mexican puffy frybread -- sopaipillas, both sweet and savory -- much better. I didn't notice whether Arturo's has sweet puffy tacos with honey or ice cream. Anyone?

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                  kevin RE: sbritchky Feb 13, 2009 06:07 PM

                  i might have an old arturo's menu lying around, maybe i'll check and get back to you on that.

                  suffice to say, the picadillo tacos are pretty darn awesome. after you know it you would have downed nearly a dozen.

                  also, great tex-mex, cheesy enchiladas, and wet, saucy burritos.

              2. katydid13 RE: attran99 Feb 13, 2009 07:47 AM

                I remember having Navajo Tacos all over the southwest (NM and Ariz.) -- are those the same as "puffy tacos"?

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                  kevin RE: katydid13 Feb 13, 2009 06:07 PM

                  i think they're similar but i'm no authorithy,

                  it's basically Indian fry bread.

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