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Tacqueria in LA that makes tortillas on the spot like La Super Rica in SB?

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JPomer Aug 31, 2010 04:05 PM

Finally got to La Super Rica in SB over the weekend. Wondering what Taco places/trucks here in LA have tortillas made on the spot like they do. They were awesome. I know some places must do it. Just don't know where. Help...

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    Marvin Sep 1, 2010 01:31 PM

    Paco's Tacos (a couple of locations, one near LAX, the other near Centinella & Washington) make their own, I believe they come with the queso dip, not sure which other menu items they're included with. Yum!

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    Paco's Tacos
    4141 Centinela Ave, Culver City, CA 90230

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      suvro Sep 1, 2010 12:59 PM

      In Pasadena, at the north-east corner of Green and Chester, there used to be a great Mexican place similar to LSR. I don't remember the name. But after eating at LSR, I found the food at this place was of a similar standard, though it had a much more limited menu. Alas, several years ago it closed. I heard third-hand that the owner of the property had wanted to open a burger stand, because of the proximity of Pasadena City College. I am not sure that is true, but it was gone!!!

      Recently we noticed a new restaurant has opened up in the same spot, and had unfurled a banner advertising "Hand made tortillas". I have not been to it yet - don't even know the name - but is worth a try. It is a tiny cook shack, and you sit outside in the open if you want to eat there, or take it home/office. I wonder if any Pasadena hounds have tried this place and has a report to share.

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        Dommy Sep 2, 2010 09:54 AM

        Sorry Suvro, an error on my part got the post deleted (and as part of string yours too!)... Luckily the original was sent to me... so lets try again for others...

        YES! Taco station! I went there a few times to scope out their selection of Vegetarian Tacos.

        Very good tortilla, not so much soft, as puffy and charry. The tacos are on the small side, so they really hold things together. I would put them behind Luz del Dia, Antojitos Carmen, Taqueria La Fogata in terms of good taqueria handmade tortillas. Here's their Nopales Taco...

        http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu...

        As for the tacos themselves, they are stripped down, almost elemental in their basic flavors. No punchy marinades, no complex spicing, even the salsa is pretty straightforward. It's a great taco stand, LOVE the selection of fillings, but it is missing a certain PUNCH.

        --Dommy!

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        Taqueria La Fogata
        314 N Azusa Ave, West Covina, CA 91791

        Antojitos Carmen
        2510 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033

      2. Das Ubergeek Sep 1, 2010 09:20 AM

        Antojitos Carmen in East LA... which blows La Super Rica out of the water filling-wise as well.

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        Antojitos Carmen
        2510 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033

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          Dommy Sep 1, 2010 11:37 AM

          I ADORE LSR.... but I agree with Das... Their Alambre with fresh made tortillas is one of the most perfect meals ever put before me...

          http://www.flickr.com/photos/dommichu...

          --Dommy!

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            Mr Taster Sep 1, 2010 12:09 PM

            Jeez Dommy, what a pic... I'm there this weekend!

            Mr Taster

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              Dommy Sep 1, 2010 12:28 PM

              SO good!! It also look greasy, but it surpringly wasn't heavy. The flavors are so bright and interplay so well, each mouthful goes down easily... almost too easy... LOL!

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                CulverJack Sep 3, 2010 03:26 PM

                Thanks, all for the tip on Antojitos Carmen - was there today with some friends from work and REALLY enjoyed it! Great alambres with fantastic corn tortillas, excellent huarache/sope with calabasa (squash blossom) and huitlacoche, they sent out some soup, fantastic salsas including one with toasted sesame seeds/chile. Very nice folks there, completely accomodating and friendly. They did half calabasa, half huitlacoche for us. A pleasure, and we'll definitely be back soon.

                I take it this is a beautiful, indoor version of what you might find on Breed Street, but much more comfortable. A serious winner!!

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                Antojitos Carmen
                2510 East Cesar E Chavez Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90033

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                  Dommy Sep 3, 2010 10:00 PM

                  Hurrah!! So glad Carmen and Abraham and the gang came through once again! :D and the restaurant has allowed Carmen to grow as a cook, be more consistent in quality and offer an expanded menu. It's truly a model on what I wish would happen to more of those cooks on the 'outside'. :)

                  --Dommy!

        2. Tapeworm Sep 1, 2010 08:49 AM

          I can't remember what the tortillas were like on my one visit to La Super Rica, but La Taquiza and El Parian make their own corn tortilla.

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          La Taquiza
          3009 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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            lapizzamaven Aug 31, 2010 11:13 PM

            The soft tacos at Tacomiendo at the intersection of Pico/Ocean Pk and Gateway? are delish!

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            Tacomiendo
            11462 Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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              cacio e pepe Aug 31, 2010 08:56 PM

              Tacos El Korita. Wunderbar!

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                AAQjr Aug 31, 2010 08:50 PM

                The carnitas at La Luz del Dia with fresh hand made tortillas are a personal favorite

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                La Luz Del Dia
                1 Olvera St Ste W1, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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                  selfportrait93 Aug 31, 2010 08:47 PM

                  I have seen it being made both at Grand Central Market and Olvera Street. But it's been a long time.

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                  Grand Central Market
                  317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

                  Olvera Street
                  845 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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                    foodgeektv Aug 31, 2010 08:39 PM

                    you can buy a press and the masa at Top Value here in Culver city or the Taco Meindo on culver blvd and inglewood makes great corn tortillas

                    1. A5 KOBE Aug 31, 2010 08:21 PM

                      Los Cincos Puntos

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                        albatruffles Aug 31, 2010 09:50 PM

                        Just recently had tortillas at Los Cinco Puntos and La Parilla. Both were great. They piss on Rivera's tortillas.

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                        Cinco Puntos
                        3300 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90063

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                          ITry Sep 1, 2010 01:34 PM

                          Well that can't be good. It seems like it would ruin the tortilla. Is it for flavor or to keep it moist?

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                            Das Ubergeek Sep 1, 2010 09:34 PM

                            Best. Comment. Ever.

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                        mc michael Aug 31, 2010 07:16 PM

                        There are lots of places that make them the old fashioned way, but for a different way of doing it you might check how it's done at Poquito Mas.

                        1. Servorg Aug 31, 2010 04:37 PM

                          One past thread on this subject: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/570549

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