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renee Jun 16, 2004 03:38 PM

Where can I find the best ground beef hardshell tacos? I am on a quest.

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    tarot480 Sep 9, 2009 12:53 AM

    If you go to Olvera street downtown L.A. I don't know the name of it but it is the Third stand on the left. the tacos there are greasy as all get out but they are goood! if you like them spicy they can put a fried jalapeno in them. Yum!

    1. Hershey Bomar Sep 8, 2009 08:53 PM

      I can not believe that no one had brought up Rick's Drive In and Out. The one in Silver Lake is a complete dive but the beef tacos are just like mom used to make but HUGE! Each taco is the size of a deflated football.

      Rick's Drive In and Out (across the street from HOME which has great live music)
      2400 Fletcher Dr
      Los Angeles, CA 90039
      (323) 660-5988
      www.ricksdriveinandout.com

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        kevin Sep 8, 2009 10:00 PM

        are these ground beef tacos????

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          omakase Sep 9, 2009 03:29 AM

          Yes.

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        lagourmet34 Sep 8, 2009 08:27 PM

        El Chollo

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          BobtheBigPig May 10, 2009 11:38 PM

          I've had this craving too. Pretty sure the Campos chain has them, nicely seasoned ground beef that isn't as inauthentic as people think (picadillo in Mexican lore). In OC/Long Beach, there's a small chain called SuperMex that used to have these too and they're quite good.

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            foh May 10, 2009 12:15 PM

            Tacos Plus has great ones called "gringo Tacos"

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            Taco Plus
            1525 S Bundy Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            Tacos Plus
            715 S Soto St, Los Angeles, CA

            Tacos Plus
            7340 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA

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              woobus May 9, 2009 07:21 PM

              Best ground beef tacos, mexican in LA for that matter, is at El Coyote at 7312 Beverly Blvd. between Fairfax and La Brea.

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                Diamond Dog Jun 18, 2004 11:21 AM

                How about some OC recomendations?

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                  elmomonster Jun 18, 2004 11:37 AM

                  El Conejo in Irvine, but they are "gringo" tacos...not authentic, but better than Taco Bell.

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                    Diamond Dog Jun 18, 2004 11:49 AM

                    Arnt those the prefried yellow shells?

                    Sure wish there was a place that made good ones that are fried fresh as you order. Crispy, but chewy at the same time

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                      elmomonster Jun 19, 2004 02:44 PM

                      Yes they are. I don't mind them, but you're right...fried fresh would be better if I can find them...but wait, actually, Arriba's Baja Grill at University Center (across from UCI does have it)...on Tuesdays, they are $.99 after 4 pm.

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                        HB Ron Jun 25, 2004 07:37 PM

                        Super-Mex makes its tacos soft or fresh fried crispy! Try the grilled fish tacos-excellent.

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                        kevin May 10, 2009 02:15 PM

                        Just go to arturo's home of th e puffy taco and you'll be good to go. this is what ;you all are seeking.

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                    Chowpatty Jun 16, 2004 08:25 PM

                    I like the unusual ground beef tacos with pickles at Malo on Sunset in Silverlake. Good drinks, too. Stay away from the hard shell tacos at El Chollo - grease bombs.

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                      Rio90027 Jun 18, 2004 02:09 AM

                      ditto on Malo's hardshell tacos topped with pickles. fantastic.

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                      Woody Jun 16, 2004 08:05 PM

                      I like the hard tacos at The Talpa. On Pico just east of Bundy. Nothing fancy, just a great little neighborhood bar and resturant.

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                        pwdmom Jun 16, 2004 06:44 PM

                        I had not had hard shelled tacos for years until I went to El Abajeno on Culver and Inglewood blvds. I had the tacos from my childhood and they were divine. Greasy, but not too, crisp beef tacos with cheese. Pretty darn good.

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                          Sam D. Jun 16, 2004 08:09 PM

                          El Abajeño is definitely near the leader of the pack but they don't use ground beef, do they? I usually order their soft carnitas tacos which are also tops.

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                          vewyfunny Jun 16, 2004 05:54 PM

                          I really like the hard shell ground beef tacos at Casa Escobar in Santa Monica (Wilshire and 25th). Very meaty, lotsa cheese and lettuce and the shell is freshly fried crunchy. Yummy.

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                            slowrider Jun 16, 2004 05:02 PM

                            There is a place in Highland Park/Mt. Washington/Cypress Park area.....
                            Do not know the name.....
                            It's one of the businesses in the parking lot of Albertson's market (the other is Winchell's Donuts I think) on Figueroa near Ave. 43-45
                            They have really good hardshell tacos....
                            The seasoning of the meat is tasty...
                            The place is run by an Asian guy who said he got the seasoning/spice combo from an old woman from E.L.A.....
                            Definitely better than Tito's and what Taco Bell should be for this take on a taco.....
                            Ground beef w/ lettuce, tomatoes and chedder......
                            A guilty pleasure for sure....

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                              Jack Flash Jun 16, 2004 04:59 PM

                              Henry's Tacos in North Hollywood. NW corner of Moorpark & Tujunga, since 1961. It's only a stand, so you either have to take-out or eat at one of the picnic tables. Closed on Sundays.

                              11425 Moorpark St
                              North Hollywood, CA 91602
                              (818) 769-0343

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                                JJ Jun 16, 2004 07:01 PM

                                Henry's is great if you miss your mom's cooking and she was a really bad cook.

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                                Mr. Taster Jun 16, 2004 04:25 PM

                                Hi renee--

                                Just a warning... Tito's Tacos seem to only appeal to those who grew up in LA with them and have fond childhood memories. Native Angelenos **LOVE** Tito's with a passion.

                                To the objective (i.e. non-LA native palate), I am sad to say that they serve up an incredibly bland, greasy (but crunchy!)taco. The single time that I went, I made the mistake of ordering the guacamole, which most resembled green tap water in consistency. It made me wonder if there was any avocado in there at all.

                                I wish I had a hard shell taco place to recommend to you, but I don't... since I arrived in LA 8 years ago, I've eaten only soft tacos (except for my one Tito's excursion!)

                                With baited breath, I await the flames of native Angelenos :-)

                                Mr. Taster

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                                  Zool Jun 16, 2004 05:17 PM

                                  Forget the tacos. They taste like something you'd get at Jack-in-the-Box. Get the all-beef burritos or the fresh salsa. Your mouth will thank you.
                                  By the way, I was born & raised in Los Angeles.

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                                    Mr. Taster Jun 16, 2004 05:36 PM

                                    Truth be told, Jack in the Box tacos have more flavor than Tito's :-)

                                    Mr. Taster
                                    (who isn't planning on visiting either establishment any time in the near future!)

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                                      Elissa Jun 16, 2004 06:07 PM

                                      it's a grease thang "con queso?"....guess we're so healthy most of the time that we have to surrender to the grease occassionally.

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                                        renee Jun 16, 2004 06:07 PM

                                        Mr. Taster,

                                        if you've only been to tito's once, you should give it another try. I didn't like it the first time I went either. I think people talk it up so much it can't measure up. it was only after trying the burritos that a friend got me from there did I start to like it.

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                                          rmc Jun 16, 2004 09:07 PM

                                          You might find that the Jack in the Box tacos in fact have NO ground beef in them at all, but are all vegetarian, or so I have been told, facts notwithstanding.

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                                            Robb Jun 17, 2004 03:17 PM

                                            Not true, according to Jack-in-the-Box's website. Although the beef in the tacos seems to be, umm, "extended" with soy products. Yum.

                                            TACO OR MONSTER TACO Filling Ingredients: Beef, Water, Textured Vegetable Protein (Soy Flour, Caramel Color), Soy Grits, Seasoning [Chili Powder (Chili Peppers, Spices, Salt, Garlic Powder), Wheat Flour, Taco Mix (Chili Pepper, Garlic, Salt, Spices, Monosodium Glutamate, Dextrose, Onion), Imitation Beef Extract (Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy, Wheat and Corn Protein, Monosodium Glutamate, Dextrose, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Disodium Guanylate, Disodium Inosinate), Silicon Dioxide (added to prevent caking)], Salt, Tomato Paste, Worcestershire Sauce (Distilled Vinegar, Molasses, Corn Syrup, Water, Salt, Caramel Color, Garlic Powder, Sugar, Spices, Tamarind, Natural Flavor, Sulfiting Agent). Tortilla Ingredients: Ground Corn, Water, Lime.

                                            Link: http://www.jackinthebox.com/ourfood/i...

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                                              Debbie Jun 17, 2004 04:10 PM

                                              Topped off with super-processed, day-glo orange, rubber-textured good ole American cheese...yum!

                                              (Actually I do sort of like them, along the lines of "grew up eating them" so they have a nostalgic appeal.)

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                                                jaydee Jun 17, 2004 10:23 PM

                                                i like em too, and i thought i could have em on fridays during lent. i guess no more.......

                                                =(

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                                                  Rio90027 Jun 18, 2004 02:19 AM

                                                  native Angeleno here... Tito's sucks.

                                                  However, i do remember jack-in-the-box tacos --- back in the 80's, Jack's tacos were the ne plus ultra of my high school's stoner crowd. To us it was the perfect food when you had the munchies -- right on dude!

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                                                    gj Jun 18, 2004 06:39 AM

                                                    Here's to the memory of 19 cent Pup N' Tacos, tasty and dirt cheap (probably also made of dirt, but good nevertheless).

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                                                      KinLA Jun 19, 2004 04:26 PM

                                                      Washed down with a grape slushie.

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                                        Sam D. Jun 16, 2004 07:48 PM

                                        Well I was here before Tito's so I didn't grow up with them. For me their tacos hit the spot once in a while but they aren't the greatest. I think you have to order them with cheese and pour a lot of that red salsa on them to make them taste good.

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                                          gj Jun 16, 2004 08:00 PM

                                          I'm a native and I agree that Tito's is junk.

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                                          DanaB Jun 16, 2004 04:03 PM

                                          I think the ground beef hardshell tacos from Lucy's El Adobe are great. Although the menu there can be a little uneven, there are certain really good items, and the beef tacos are one. Also like the chicken tostada (with their amazing salad dressing) and their soups. Nice patio and margaritas, too.

                                          Lucy's El Adobe
                                          5536 Melrose Ave., L.A.
                                          323-462-9421

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                                            David Kahn Jun 16, 2004 07:51 PM

                                            Their barbecue tacos (also hard-shell) are pretty good too.

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                                            Burger Boy Jun 16, 2004 03:46 PM

                                            Burrito King still makes them good, I also like Titos tacos for a good hard shell.

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                                              Debbie Jun 16, 2004 04:00 PM

                                              I like Tito's also, but their tacos are not ground beef (in case the person on the quest has never been there). I would hesitate to call them shredded beef either. Not exactly sure how I would describe them, but I think the menu calls them 100% steer. Hey, here's another thread: how many Tito's tacos with cheese can you eat at any one sitting? My max is 3, but I've seen one of the guys in my office eat 5 or 6 (and he's skinny).

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                                                Burger Boy Jun 16, 2004 04:04 PM

                                                Sorry, you are right, they are not ground.

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                                                  renee Jun 16, 2004 04:43 PM

                                                  I love Tito's Tacos! But you are right they are not ground beef tacos. Other taco places I have tried for ground beef hard shell tacos are: Lucy's (the fast food place not el adobe), skys tacos. They were both ok, but nothing to rave about. I'll give Lucy's El Adobe a try, I've been there but it was ages ago.

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                                                  mc michael Jun 16, 2004 10:20 PM

                                                  As far as nomenclature goes, when I was a kid "hard shell" referred to very religious folks, usually of the (Southern) Baptist variety.

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