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Tacos in the Westside

missruddiness Jan 1, 2010 05:06 PM

I'm looking for some yummy authentic tacos in the westside. I'd prefer a restaurant rather than a roach truck...


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    nosh RE: missruddiness Jan 1, 2010 07:06 PM

    Tacos Por Favor on the S/E corner of Olympic and 14th in Santa Monica -- big, generous tacos, very good hot salsa on their bar.

    Taqueria Sanchez on the west side of Centinela between Washington and Culver -- fantastic shrimp tacos at a bargain price.

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      a_and_w RE: nosh Jan 2, 2010 07:26 AM

      I second Tacos Por Favor, but only for the chorizo-cheese tacos. Their other meats always taste slightly off to me. Haven''t tried the tacos at Taqueria Sanchez, but the tortas are quite tasty.

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        lakeshow318 RE: nosh Jan 2, 2010 10:10 PM

        My wife and I eat tacos here on the westside pretty regularly and we like 'em in this order:
        1. Tacos Por Favor
        2. El Super Taco (although as previously mentioned, the tortas are the real star here)
        3. Tacomiendo
        4. Pili's Tacos (only when drunk and around the area)

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          wilafur RE: nosh Jan 4, 2010 10:54 AM

          agreed with taco's por favor as well.

        2. a_and_w RE: missruddiness Jan 2, 2010 07:25 AM

          Tacomiendo has the best I've found by far. I love their quality meat, home made tortillas, and pickled onions at the salsa bar. I know you prefer restaurants, but the Anjelica truck is fantastic, though I always order the cemitas.

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            noahbites RE: missruddiness Jan 2, 2010 12:46 PM

            I haven't been since they moved locations a while back, but for sit down on the west side, a lot of people have said that El Super Taco is the best of the authentic, sit down, west side tacos.

            Has anyone been in a while? It's in the spot that used to be Farias on Pico and Sawtelle.

            El Super Taco
            11300 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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              mdpilam RE: noahbites Jan 2, 2010 03:02 PM

              That's their second westside location. The first is next to Monte Alban. They are decent, but I think their tortas are the way to go (very good).

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                noahbites RE: mdpilam Jan 2, 2010 03:11 PM

                For some reason I thought the location next to Monte Alban closed, but I'm probably wrong.

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                  bulavinaka RE: noahbites Jan 2, 2010 03:36 PM

                  I'm pretty sure I saw an El Super Taco storefront in the little strip mall on the northeast corner of Jefferson and Slauson, just west of the Staples.

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                    Jase RE: bulavinaka Jan 2, 2010 05:27 PM

                    Yes, there is one there. I've eaten there a couple of times. Same salsa bar and grilled onions as the Monte Alban one. Haven't tried any of the tortas there yet, just the tacos. The meats were not quite up to the same quality as the original or the one on Sawtelle/Pico. Still it's decent for westside and if you need to satisfy that craving on that side of town.

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                    QualityMart RE: noahbites Jan 2, 2010 07:38 PM

                    No, you are correct: the one next to Monte Alban is closed due to a fire. I think they are trying to rebuild but I'm not sure. It's completely burned out. Luckily Monte Alban was saved.

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                      a_and_w RE: noahbites Jan 3, 2010 06:37 AM

                      As QualityMart notes, the El Super Taco in the mini-mall with Monte Alban has been closed since the fire. But you can get the tortas at Monte Alban -- they're owned by the same people.

                      That said, I think Tacomiendo annhilates El Super Taco when it comes to tacos. There's just no comparison between the meat or tortillas.

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                  noahbites RE: missruddiness Jan 2, 2010 12:48 PM

                  Oh, and they're the only tacos they have there, but the smoked marlin tacos at Mariscos Chente are awesome.

                  El Super Taco
                  11300 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                  Mariscos Chente
                  4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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                    streetgourmetla RE: noahbites Jan 2, 2010 03:39 PM

                    I'll second this. Ask what tacos they have at Marisco's Chente:smoked marlin, shrimp tacos, or perhaps a gobernador(shrimp with cheese and vegetables). The pescado zarandeado come with torillas to make your own tacos with the carmelized onion and worcestershire sauce. WIth a few people, the pz, and a some other tacos you've got a party. Chase with a bucket of beers.

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                      Jase RE: streetgourmetla Jan 2, 2010 05:29 PM

                      I've just struck out the last couple of times when I've asked for the marlin. Still haven't had the chance to try it.

                      I've had to console myself with some aquachilie and whatever other shrimp dish strikes my fancy that day. Two shrimp dishes, couple of beers and basket of chips and I'm out the door continuing with my walk. One of these days, I'll hopefully catch a marlin.

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                        streetgourmetla RE: Jase Jan 3, 2010 01:56 AM

                        Too bad. But try the shrimp tacos if there's no marlin. Give that lure some slack, and you'll get that marlin.

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                    Norm Man RE: missruddiness Jan 4, 2010 10:51 AM

                    Try Tacos Don Jorge. Bandini ("The Taco Man") turned me onto to Tacos Don Jorge. Before opening brick and mortar Tacos Don Jorge, the owners operated a well regarded taco truck.

                    Tacos Don Jorge
                    8633 Venice Blvd
                    Los Angeles 90034
                    (310) 558-8127

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                      Dommy RE: Norm Man Jan 4, 2010 12:14 PM

                      I agree with this, open late too! :)


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                        hhewitt RE: Norm Man Jan 4, 2010 02:52 PM

                        Agreed as well. Their al pastor are delicious, and their tacos are very reasonably priced. My mom from Northern California always has them when she comes to visit.

                      2. orythedog RE: missruddiness Jan 5, 2010 11:45 AM

                        Sure it's a truck but no roaches here; just the best al pastor and carne asada in the city~
                        El Matador
                        1174 North Western (Western and Lexington)
                        East Hollywood

                        Also a rec from Bandini, the guy that reviews tacos for a living...

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