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Pup 'N Taco Fries

  • j

Anybody know of a place that serves Pup 'n Taco style french fries? Their fries were spit out of some kind of a fry-making machine that took instant mashed potatoes and formed them into crinkle cut fake-fries that were then fried up golden brown. Sounds awful, but tasted good. Years ago when all the Pup 'n Tacos went out of business, some of them remained open under a new name......wondered if there was still one open somewhere.

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    1. Have you tried Del Taco's fries?

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      1. re: Dorothy

        Yes, they are quite good. Remind me of the awesome fries Carl's Jr. used to have back in their crinkle cut days.

      2. t
        the word girl

        I believe that Pup 'N Taco was purchased by Taco Bell.

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        1. re: the word girl

          Yup, almost all bought by Taco Bell. From Wikipedia: "Ninety-nine stores were bought by Taco Bell in 1984, effectively ending the history of the chain. However, three operations in Albuquerque, New Mexico, were not included in the deal and two still exist today as Pop 'N' Taco, the same as in Los Angeles."

          So if you want to travel to Albuquerque....

        2. I think that Dorothy is right. The closest thing you are going to find that is anywhere near Pup N Taco's fries are Del Taco's. I am still dreaming of Pup N Taco's tacos.... YUMMMMM!

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          1. re: WildSwede

            I remember when $1 would fill you up at Pup & Taco -- 19 cent dogs and 19 cent tacos . . .

            1. re: Dorothy

              Yup, those tacos were cheap and great. Somebody mentioned that a few of the stores didn't in fact go down with the ship when Taco Hell or whomever bought them...I wonder if anybody has any more specific info? In the mean time, there is a stand near 43rd and Figueroa (west of the 110/5 merge, then north a few blocks) in an Albertson's parking lot that has something approximating the old Pup 'n Taco taste. Don't think they cost 19 cents each, however.

              1. re: gj

                There is a place called Rick's Burgers on the corner of El Molino and Walnut in Pasadena. I am addicted to their tacos - add onions, extra cheese, extra hot sauce. I am telling myself that they taste like Pup N Taco's - who knows, maybe they do!! By the way, they are $1.10 each. I am going to try the suggestion on 43rd and Figueroa, thanks!

                1. re: WildSwede

                  And I'll try your lead...thanks as well.

                  I'm talking about the north leg of Figueroa, btw, not the one that runs near USC. There's a Winchel's Donuts directly adjacent to the taco stand.

                  1. re: gj

                    I believe that stand is named Taco Fiesta and it's at the N/W corner of N. Fig and Ave. 45. The market there is now Superior Foods. The Albertson's that used to be there has been gone for 8-10 years.

                    Taco Fiesta
                    4501 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065

                    1. re: Sam D.

                      That post you replied to, was posted in 04. So, it seems as though it was still an Albertson's back when GJ, posted his comment.

          2. I worked at a Pup n Taco in high school. As I remember, the system we used to make fries was called "frispo" (not sure on the spelling). It came in bags of pellets that were poured into the machine where water was added to make a sort of thick instant mashed potatoes. You would push a button and the machine would extrude an order of fries into the fryer. At the end of the night when it came time to clean out the machine, we would mold the left over dough into random shapes and make art fries.

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            1. re: unkleharry

              Nothing good usually happens when ex-fast food employees tell stories that begin with the words "At the end of the night when it came time to clean out...", but that was actually kind of endearing.

            2. wow, the memories.

              i was a little girl in the 70's and we were very poor. eating out was a rare, rare treat. if my mom could scrape together an extra couple of dollars, we got to go to Pup N Taco. i still remember how exciting it was to go there and how much i loved the tacos.

              i would slap a kitten to get my hands on one more meal from there.

              1. I worked at Pup n' Taco back in 1968 when tacos and hot dogs were 15 cents apiece. That's all they sold basically except for burritos, tostadas, sodas, and two kinds of slushes, cherry and grape. Their strategy was to offer minimal selections and focus on cheap eats. Russ the owner inherited the business from his father from what I was told and ran it with his partner Wayne. That's all I can remember about the little stand in Gardena which was later sold out to Taco Bell a few years later. You could get six tacos or hot dogs for less than a dollar which includes tax!

                1. In jr. high, we wanted a place to hang out after school. We could hang out at Pup N' Taco if we bought "something". They would sell us an order of taco shells for 10 cents and we could hang out.

                  If you are a Pup N' Taco fan, I saw some stills from The Runaways movie and some scenes take place at a fast food place that looks like a Pup N Taco. Same colors and everything.

                  If everybody is going to get nostalgic... how about Naugles? And their commercials featuring "Senor Naugles"? They were open 24 hrs. so we used to go there all the time in Orange County.

                      1. Cerritos Lanes bowling alley used to have that fry machine at the snack bar.