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Jun 16, 2004 03:38 PM

ground beef Tacos-hardshell

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

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

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      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).

      1. re: Debbie

        Sorry, you are right, they are not ground.

        1. re: Burger Boy

          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.

        2. re: Debbie

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

      2. 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.

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        1. re: DanaB

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

        2. 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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          1. re: Mr. Taster

            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.

            1. re: Zool

              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!)

              1. re: Mr. Taster

                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.

                1. re: Mr. Taster

                  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.

                  1. re: Mr. Taster

                    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.

                    1. re: rmc

                      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.


                      1. re: Robb

                        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.)

                        1. re: Debbie

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


                          1. re: jaydee

                            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!

                            1. re: Rio90027

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

                              1. re: gj

                                Washed down with a grape slushie.

                2. re: Mr. Taster

                  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.

                  1. re: Mr. Taster

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

                  2. 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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                    1. re: Jack Flash

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

                    2. 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....