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Best hard tacos?

When I was a kid in Connecticut we had Tuesday taco nights . What my mom cooked was seasoned hamburger meat, shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, and salsa from a jar. The taco shells were always hard and crumbly. I don't have much nostalgia for those dinners and until recently I hadn't had a hard taco in 15 years.

I had one a El Pollo Loco and it was delicious -- and started my carving. I just loved the combination of the crispy taco shell, warm chicken, and crunchy cold lettuce and tomatoes.

Next, I had Burrito King and that was awful. Over the weekend I had El Conquistador and that was lame. Where should I go for a really good hard taco?

Tito's is to far and I'm sure there are some places in Silver Lake, Hollywood, Glendale, Pasadena?

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  1. The monster taco -- the one with the slice of American cheese -- at Jack in the Box. Not the best by a long shot but truly a guilty pleasure that takes me back to my childhood. Might do the trick...

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    1. re: a_and_w

      Haha! I gotta agree with you on this. Even Del Taco's are delicious!

      1. re: a_and_w

        I went to Jack in the Box on the weekend and they didn't have the monster taco on the menu anymore. Just the regulars at 2 for 99 cents.

        1. re: monkuboy

          Nooo!!! Stopped by yesterday and confirmed -- no more Monster Taco at Jack in the Box. May they rue the day...

          1. re: a_and_w

            Almost 5 years later, but since this thread got bumped anyway...

            The Monster Tacos are now back.

            I still prefer the regular size ones, but MT fans should be happy.

            1. re: Jelly71

              Thanks for that info. I've always been partial to the MT's and I probably would not have known without your post.

      2. Henry's Tacos, favorite of Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen (twins)

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        Henry's Tacos
        11401 Moorpark St, North Hollywood, CA 91602

        1. The El Tarasco hard taco might help with the fix your are seeking. I like the Manhattan Beach location

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          El Tarasco Restaurant
          316 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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          1. I love the tacos dorados (crispy tacos) at My Taco in Highland Park. You can get them filled with chicken, beef, or potato. I don't think they'll be anything like what your Connecticut mom made, but they are so, so good that I'm hoping it will not matter.

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            My Taco
            6300 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

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            1. re: Vaya Con Carne

              That lamb tacos dorados plate is a steal. Paired with a nice cup of agua fresca and I'm set.

            2. Quite far from where you've mentioned, but my current hard taco love is the shredded chicken taco at Hermosa Beach Mexican Cuisine (most generic name ever but it's on Hermosa Ave in Hermosa Beach and has an anime character painted on its window). The shredded chicken taco is the only one that comes in the crispy shell and is lovingly made to order by the nicest people. All their food is sooo good.

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              1. re: TracyS

                Another one not in your area but should you find yourself in Huntington Beach, try La Choza on Edinger their shredded beef crunchy taco is delicious!