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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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  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.
        323-462-9421

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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.

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

                      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....

                      1. 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.

                        1. 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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                          1. re: pwdmom

                            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.

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

                            1. 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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                              1. re: Chowpatty

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

                              2. How about some OC recomendations?

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                                1. re: Diamond Dog

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

                                  1. re: elmomonster

                                    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

                                    1. re: Diamond Dog

                                      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.

                                      1. re: elmomonster

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

                                      2. re: Diamond Dog

                                        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.

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

                                    1. 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

                                      1. 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.

                                        1. El Chollo

                                          1. 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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                                            1. re: Hershey Bomar

                                              are these ground beef tacos????

                                              1. re: kevin

                                                Yes.

                                            2. 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!