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Looking For People To Grill/Make Great Tacos At My House for a Party

LexieM Mar 14, 2009 01:39 PM

Hey Guys -
Anyone have any idea who to contact? We are looking for people to work our amazing grill and make yummy tacos and Mexican treats for a Party. Nothing fancy - just good. Any thoughts? We live in Venice and event is in May.

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    jannajones May 7, 2009 12:09 PM

    I am in venice too and looking for the same. Who did you choose??

    1. tablefor1 Mar 16, 2009 05:12 PM

      For the right money, any Mexican cook at any restaurant - Mexican or not - will do a great job. I know at least a dozen that would do it for $20/hr plus cost of ingredients and transportation.

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        Phurstluv Mar 16, 2009 07:53 PM

        A little pricey, tho, when you've got the other recs above. They don't even charge hourly or for mileage.

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          Burger Boy Mar 16, 2009 09:05 PM

          You are sooooooooooooooo wrong! Just because they are mexican does not mean they can cook good mexican food.

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            WildSwede Mar 17, 2009 10:29 AM


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          ghozimoto Mar 16, 2009 02:09 PM

          I just did this for my wife's 30th -- great stuff, very reasonable and the guy's were real nice, three kinds of tacos and multiple salsas n toppings, as well as rice n beans. $7 per person.
          Fiestas el Tapatio (or just Tapatio for short!)
          phone: 818.968.4717
          cell: 818.426.2508

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          1. re: ghozimoto
            jannajones May 7, 2009 12:08 PM

            I called El Tapatio for a party this month. The price is good. Can you tell me about the quality? Which meats did you choose?

          2. WildSwede Mar 16, 2009 10:47 AM

            Yes, I still highly recommend Fernando of Exquicitos Tacos. Many people have used them and they are highly recommended by them. Nicer people you will not find (or better Al Pastor!). Cell (626) 278-6327 or (909) 873-0703. He cooks medium done at restaurant, he brings a grill and cooks well done. Very nice! Brings all condiments/utensils, etc.
            The market is located on the northwest corner of Summit and Hammond (1 block east of Raymond, 1 block north of Mountain). Open til 8pm M-Sat; til 2 on Sunday.

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              nosmok Mar 15, 2009 10:27 PM

              Juan's Tacos, 8521 Norwalk Blvd, Whittier CA. (562) 714 8205. They just did our wedding and were fantastic! They usually bring their own cart with grill, but maybe that's negotiable. Cheap too.

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                Phurstluv Mar 16, 2009 07:42 AM

                Hey, that's my guy too!! He came all the way up to the westside last year, and my school's staff is still raving about it! Highly recommend him!!

                1. re: Phurstluv
                  KTLA Mar 16, 2009 02:26 PM

                  I have been to a party once and they used Juan as well. I believe it was $7.50 per person, 50 people MIN. They provide everything including drinks. It was very good.

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                jencounter Mar 15, 2009 09:25 AM

                I highly recommend Tu Tacos. We hired Rudy about a year ago for a party and I *still* get phone calls from guests asking for his name and number. Great prices (I spoke to several taco outfits before decided upon him, his prices were lower than most), great people, fantastic food. They provide everything including the paper products AND they clean up. Plus they leave all of the leftovers so you can have tacos for days.

                More reviews plus contact info: http://www.yelp.com/biz/tu-tacos-los-...

                He's been reviewed here on this board - try searching for Tu Tacos.

                1. Phurstluv Mar 15, 2009 09:14 AM

                  I have a guy I've used for school parties, but he brings his own cart to your event, and his minimum is 50 people. But well worth it - we hired him for 30, and had leftovers for everyone to take. Around $10 per person. Let me know if you want his number - I need to schedule him for another event 4/1.

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                    Burger Boy Mar 14, 2009 02:29 PM

                    Just did an event for a private school in LaCanada and dia my High School reunion Picnic. His wife makes the Horchata & Jamaica from scratch
                    Las Costas de Guerrero
                    "Ricas Taquizas"
                    626-665-6008 Jose

                    1. Local Mar 14, 2009 02:25 PM

                      similar inquiries:
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/395119 also see Sept.'08 response at bottom of thread re Lety's.
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/595416 scroll to the last 4 posts - see Tacos Don Jorge and other recommendations.

                      1. Baron Mar 14, 2009 02:10 PM

                        I suggest that you go to a farmers's market and talk to some of the taco makers and see if you can find one you like and talk to them about your party. Actually, it sounds like a nice party. Maybe you can find a maraichi band to go along with the chow.

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                          bu dat Mar 14, 2009 04:58 PM

                          i've found that you can usually work something out with whoever makes your favorite tacos. if you have a favorite truck/stand/etc., just ask and they'll either hook it up themselves or put you in contact with people who can do it.

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                          yogachik Mar 14, 2009 02:05 PM

                          Howdy's in Malibu

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