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Mar 25, 2010 03:35 PM

Tito's Tacos

After seeing Tito's taco as among the 99 things Jonathan Gold says you should eat before you die, I realized I'm getting on in years so I'd better get to it.

I went today at 11:00 a.m. and the place was already jammed. I ordered two tacos with cheese. All I can say is...bleh! This stuff is awful. Instead of being crisp and crunchy, the shell is just hard and no fun at all. The filling is flavorless and the cheese is utterly bland. What they pass off as salsa is nothing more than a half-frozen puree of unripe and unseasoned tomatoes.

Boy, I sure don't get this place's appeal.

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  1. bob,
    imho, you are being extremely kind in your write-up.
    i concur with the fundamentals of your assessment, but with much more intensity.

    1. Titos Taco's is comfort food along the lines of boxed mac n' cheese. I don't know why you crave it, but sometimes you just do.

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      1. re: annapurna7

        I agree about craving it. I went the other day after not going for a long time and sat in the parking lot & ate my 2 tacos and loved them. They are not authentic or super flavorful but for some strange reason I love them. And I love their chips & salsa. Sometimes I get a beef & cheese burrito which I also love. Just don't ask why.

        1. re: sparkareno

          i'd bet the reason why is: SATURATED FAT.

          once, when i was much younger, i used to cook for a bunch of young guys.
          i had the reputation of being the absolute BEST cook they'd ever known, including their moms.
          my secret: adding a cup of lard to everything.

          the mouthfeel and taste of saturated fat can make cardboard seem delicious.

          now, being more aware, i'm sorry i set them all up for heart disease!

          1. re: sparkareno

            The Beef and Bean Burrito is very good. Nice brown sauce ( allot of it ) dripping onto the chips makes for a fun and tasty lunch with a root beer and I am happy. The salsa is very fresh tasting and lacking some heat but fresh, just ask for a small container of jalepanos and mix them together, in fact, I pour them both over the chip.. Yes, I am a minority here.. Thats okay with me..

        2. You've experienced the exact same thing that most non-native Angelenos experience when they bite into a Tito's Taco for the first time.

          Those that grew up in LA (like Jonathan Gold) seem to love it. Those who came to Tito's after their taste buds had fully formed tend to experience your reaction.

          It's a terrible. TERRIBLE. Terrible taco.
          (when not flavored by the Salsa of Nostalgia™)

          Mr Taster

          Tito's Tacos
          11222 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90230

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          1. re: Mr Taster

            I am a native of WLA.

            Ate at Ships in Westwood, Truman's Drive In in Westwood, the Farmers Market, The Pantry, Little Joe's, Taix's, Tail O the Pup, Phillipe's and a rare special dinner at The Pacific Dining Car ...

            I never heard of Tito's until I was an adult. It's horrible.

            Pacific Dining Car
            1310 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

            1. re: SilverlakeGirl

              OT, but you brought up ships---
              the morning cook at the ships on olympic and la cienega made the best scrambled eggs of anyone in the world.
              once, i went up to him to tell him that.
              he, very matter-of-factly said, "yes, that's true."
              no modesty there.

          2. The appeal is the nostalgia. If Dad used to take you to Titos when you were eight and Mom was out of town, then you might have a shot at enjoying it. Think of it as a Mexican-American Tommy's.

            Of course, it might have been nice if JG had mentioned that in his review. As it is, I think we're going to get a lot of mystified posts like yours...

            My Dad used to take me to either Apple Pan or Marty's hamburger stand on Pico near Prosser. I still like Apple Pan, but even with the nostalgia I can no longer stomach Marty's.

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            1. re: Bjartmarr

              Oh no, Marty's. That was our rotation too when mom was gone or didn't want to cook--Tito's, Apple Pan, Marty's, and a taco truck down by Holmby Park. I cringe every time I drive by Marty's though...

              Apple Pan
              10801 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

              1. re: SilverlakeGirl

                Nasty yesterday.
                Nasty today.
                Tomorrow? mmmm-hum.....