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Jan 21, 2010 11:36 PM

Tacos in SM/Venice??

My boyfriend is moving from Hollywood to be with me in Santa Monica and is dreadfully sorry to be giving up his access to amazing taco joints. Anyone have any incredible taco stand suggestions so I might appease? Think tacos mexico in downtown. We've been to Tacos Por Favor- it's okay. Any suggestions??

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    1. Yeah, not too much. TPF - as long as you get the Chorizo and Cheese tacos - is the best. Their other meats are average-ish. Tacomiendo is about the only other one I'd recommend. I used to go to Don Felix (Mar Vista) when I lived closer, and they were pretty good, but I've heard they've changed a bit and aren't quite as good. Some might rec. El Super Taco, but I would only recommend their tortas, which are quite good.

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      1. re: mdpilam

        I agree with most of what mdpilam says, though I prefer Tacomiendo over TPF, even considering the chorizo and cheese. Another place worth checking out is the Angelica truck in front of the Smart and Final on Venice, though cemitas are the real star there.

        1. re: mdpilam

          I go back and forth on the El Super Taco vs Tacomiendo issue. We live/work close to two branches of both. I love grabbing a taco on the fly as a snack. Some days I do think Tacomiendo is better, with the tortillas, etc. But other days, I think El Super Taco seems to have an overall better taco, despite the individual ingredients not being as good as Tacomiendo.

          It's like Tacomiendo is a team of talented individuals. But El Super Taco works more cohesively together and can win despite having less talent. I guess it all just depends on how the ball bounces that day for me.

          1. Hugely popular is Tito's Tacos on Washington Blvd,. Near Sepulveda. Often a line, the fare is authentic but limited to beef, no chicken. Good salsa, beans, all very very inexpensive.

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            1. re: petermike999

              I would have to heartily disagree with the assertion that Tito's is authentic. The flavors will satisfy a certain niche and craving very well. But I don't think they're anywhere near authentic.

              1. re: Jase

                I think it's authentic to angelenos who grew up on Tito's Tacos ;).

                1. re: mollyomormon

                  Authentic 1960's Mexican American comida!

                  When I was a wee lad, that salsa was hot! I swear ;)

              2. re: petermike999

                I won't get into the argument about whether Tito's is good or not, but I highly doubt that it's what the o.p. is looking for. It's a specific thing, not what you expect if you are looking for a regular taco.

                1. re: petermike999

                  Tito's at one time in the 60s was THE place to eat tacos and burritos. Huge long lines going down the block on Sepulveda Blvd. before they moved to their present location. No electronic cash register back then and you had to make sure to count your change when you left. Math was not their strongest suit but their food and ambience WAS! LIke what was mentioned, either you love Tito's or you hate it. It's just an icon of the past that people just remembered how it was. Kinda like how Krispy Kreme was...

                2. I only eat an all-carnitas burrito there, but at PANCHO'S on Lincoln Blvd (Ocean Park) it's mighty tasty. I assume they make tacos too - check it out.

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                  1. re: toitoi

                    I thought their tacos were solid, but I think in general a bit below the others mentioned. Though I do recall really liking their carnitas, so maybe you are onto something.