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May 4, 2010 11:00 AM

Best "Taco" in Paris?

I am not talking about authentic, "real" tacos with cuts of steak and freshly made soft shells. I am more looking for the Americanized crispy shell + seasoned ground beef variety. I was going to cook them myself in honor of Cinco De Mayo tomorrow, but none of my local groceries stores seem to stock crispy shells. Odd the things you miss when you live abroad isn't it?

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  1. You looked in Monoprix, Bon Mrche and the Galeries?
    It seems I see a lot of El Paso and its knock-off stuff around.

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      1. re: John Talbott

        They sell El Paso at my Carrefour, but it's the soft shell taco kits, not the crispy shells. I looked at several supermarkets around my area the 6eme and across the Marais and found no crispy shells. If you know of a place, do tell.

        1. re: UWSBB

          You wouldn't want to go with the soft corn tortillas and fry up your own? That's what we always did here in California.

          1. re: mangeur

            You can't get proper fresh corn tortillas here, or at least I have never seen them. Old El Paso does have a product that looks like that, but I found it a big disappointment. The Old El Paso hard taco shells are ok, although they are loaded with evil oils (palm or coconut, I think).

            1. re: henri cat

              evil or not, I haven't been able to find the Old El Paso hard shells and I have looked all over the 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7eme.

              1. re: UWSBB

                The Shopi across from metro Vaugirard almost always has the Old El Paso hard shell kits. I know I've seen them in Monoprix as well but can't remember which ones.

                1. re:

                  Thanks! I will have to check it out next week.

                  1. re: UWSBB

                    Sorry, I take back what I said! I was just over there this afternoon, and since my previous visit last month, they have changed from Shopi to Carrefour City and no longer have the hard shells.

                    I'll keep looking and let you know if I find them anywhere.

      2. Hard shell sighting!

        Yesterday there were a few Old El Paso hard-shell taco kits ("kit pour tacos original") on the shelf at the Monoprix by La Motte Picquet Grenelle. €5,99.

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        1. re:

          I think it caters for the Colombian community more than the Mexican, but you can find what you're looking forat the Mercatienda Latina, 78 rue de Dunkerque, in the 9th.

          They have Corn Tortillas, Hard Tacos, masa, Tekati beer, different sorts of chillis, etc. They also serve hot Colombian snacks sur place.

          1. re: vielleanglaise

            Thanks vielleanglaise, I'll check it out next time I'm in the neighborhood.