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Oct 10, 2012 09:27 AM

Breakfast Tacos, Texas Style In LA

I am from Austin, Texas where we have the perfect breakfast tacos with a homemade FLOUR tortilla and fluffy potatoes, eggs, and cheese. Are there any good breakfast tacos in the Hollywood, West Hollywood, Mid- City area?

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  1. How does this differ from a burrito with those ingredients?

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    1. re: Servorg

      It doesn't seem like it should differ, but it kind of does. There's something about the tiny-ness, and the fact that stuffing plops out backwards rather than drips out downwards....

      Austinite: There's no Juan in a Million here, but you know who actually does serviceable TX-style breakfast tacos is the La Salsa chain.

      1. re: EricDC

        While that leaves me scratching my head a bit wondering how that can be (maybe try closing your eyes and imagine you are having a taco instead of a burrito?) I noticed that Literati Cafe on the NE corner of Bundy and Wilshire has something very like them on their breakfast menu (please note that I haven't tried them) (I think you would need to order hash browns on the side and add them - along with asking for no applewood smoked bacon - since that comes in these - if you want the exact experience).

        1. re: Servorg

          It's tough to really describe, but a Texas breakfast taco is just it's own thing. It's parochial and I think they only work if there is a culture for them in a given area. We don't have anything like them, as far as I can tell.

          One issue is the fresh, non-industrial tortilla. Another is the filling to tortilla ratio. Another is the fact that they are *everywhere* in places like Austin. It's easy to grab a couple with a cup of coffee in the morning.

          It's kind of frustrating, because it seems like LA would take to the breakfast taco pretty well.

          1. re: Servorg

            The breakfast tacos are one of the few items I enthusiastically like at Literati, although they sound quite different from what the OP's description of a TX-style one.... Definitely not a home-made tortilla, and I think the only meat in the taco is chopped up bacon....

            1. re: ilysla

              "...and I think the only meat in the taco is chopped up bacon...."

              Since the OP never mentioned any type of meat as an ingredient in the post that started this thread I didn't think that was an issue for them in terms of "authenticity" when I first replied.

              1. re: Servorg

                Oh, I know. =) I just thought I'd add my reply to your first post since Literati was mentioned there.... I guess I could consider replying in chronological order vs. thematic order? ;)

      2. While not on their regular menu, Square One usually has breakfast tacos as a special.

        1. Thank you, La Salsa is an interesting one- I will try it. The main difference between the Texas ones is the homemade flour tortillas. I guess you can do a burrito but the tortillas are never the fresh and amazing ones, and you don't get variety with a few different tacos. In Texas they have pork chop tacos, carne asada, etc. And their salsa is a homemade mexican chile. So yummy!

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          1. re: foodie5

            While not flour and not on the west side try Guisados for wonderful tacos with house made corn tortillas:

            1. re: Servorg

              Oh is Guisados GOOD!

              That said, one of my fav places for a mexican b-fast is Gilberts in Santa monica. There, I get one of the b-fast specials and if with corn tortillas - make my own tacos. Or, with flour tortillas, rip off bits and make tiny taco bites that are messy but oh so good.

              Homegirl Cafe is pretty awesome and many of their egg dishes come with corn tortillas (and freshly made salsa!) making the "make your own taco" option mighty good.


              1. re: Servorg

                Hello, Servorg!

                We tried Guidados for the first time this past weekend. I had their Sampler plate with 6 mini-tacos: two pork, two chicken and two beef. The various toppings contributed to the distinct experience of each...and all were delicious!

                The handmade corn tortillas are thicker than I am used to, but they are good because they do not break apart while eating the wet fillings.

                They were very accommodating. I asked for "easy heat" because I wanted to taste each taco. None were so hot that I could not enjoy our lunch. I also had their horchata. It was a little sweet and rich for my pleasure, but it was nicely loaded with cinnamon; it was a good match for the spicy tacos.

                Six tacos were quite filling and very satisfying. I did not have room to try anything else.

            2. Nick's Taste of Texas is outside your range, in Covina, but Sunday breakfasts include exactly what you're looking for.

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