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Best taquitos in LA?

ns1 Aug 17, 2013 03:45 PM

c'mon hounds, save me from local chain taquitos. SFV preferred but will drive for something amazing

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  1. JAB RE: ns1 Aug 17, 2013 04:05 PM

    The famed Manuel's Original El Tepayac Cafe. May G_d rest his sole.

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      Dirtywextraolives RE: JAB Aug 17, 2013 05:26 PM

      Lol, I think you meant soul, but yes, may God rest it.... And I don't know if they are "best" but they're pretty decent, so +1.

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        JAB RE: Dirtywextraolives Aug 17, 2013 06:15 PM

        Oops, LOL!

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          Servorg RE: JAB Aug 17, 2013 06:21 PM

          It was a fluke...

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            bulavinaka RE: Servorg Aug 17, 2013 07:23 PM

            That's a little roughy.

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              PeterCC RE: bulavinaka Aug 17, 2013 07:50 PM

              Please let this pun thread flounder.

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                PommeDeGuerre RE: PeterCC Aug 20, 2013 12:31 AM

                I'll thrown one more in just for the halibut. Ooo, that gave me a haddock.

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                  OCSteve RE: PommeDeGuerre Aug 20, 2013 07:34 AM

                  If that haddock turns out to be too serious, I can recommend a good sturgeon...

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                    schrutefarms RE: OCSteve Aug 28, 2013 11:48 PM

                    I had a haddock too, but luckily I'm feeling Beta now.

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        latindancer RE: JAB Aug 17, 2013 07:48 PM

        May g-d rest his soul is right...

        That guy was quite a gentleman and truly missed.

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          Dommy RE: JAB Aug 18, 2013 11:22 PM

          Chicken Taquitos at El Tepayac are my FAVORITE!!
          But just the orignal Evergreen location... that one along the 60 fwy in Industry REALLY stinks... they lacked salt... SALT!!!

          A close second is the potato and machengo taquitos at Taqueria Los Anaya.



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            chowseeker1999 RE: Dommy Aug 19, 2013 05:45 PM

            is there anything else worth getting at el tepeyac besides the chicken taquitos? thanx.

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              JAB RE: chowseeker1999 Aug 19, 2013 06:23 PM

              The beef taquitos as well.

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                Servorg RE: JAB Aug 19, 2013 06:26 PM

                I've always like their beef enchiladas with the egg (soft yolk please) on top.

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                Dirtywextraolives RE: chowseeker1999 Aug 19, 2013 06:36 PM

                Hollenbeck & Educado burritos are our go tos....

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                  Dommy RE: Dirtywextraolives Aug 19, 2013 11:12 PM

                  Hollenbeck... but CHICKEN only... the pork one is completely hit and miss as sometimes they use musty pork and sometimes you hit dry nuggets... bleh. The Chicken is always nice and moist... like Mexican Fricassée...


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                    JAB RE: Dommy Aug 20, 2013 07:15 AM

                    I agree in regard to their stewed pork.

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                      Dirtywextraolives RE: Dommy Aug 20, 2013 09:34 AM

                      My husband only orders the pork, and the Educador also has the pork in it, and we've never come across that problem.....

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                        chowseeker1999 RE: Dommy Aug 20, 2013 10:28 AM

                        thanks everyone for the great suggestions. :> i can't wait to try them.

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                linus RE: ns1 Aug 17, 2013 04:09 PM


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                  JAB RE: linus Aug 17, 2013 04:24 PM

                  There you go ns1, 2 recs practically right across the street from one another.

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                    TripleAxel RE: linus Aug 19, 2013 10:03 PM

                    When ordering at Ciros, they call their taquitos "flautas" instead. Frankly, I prefer the crunchy tacos...

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                      linus RE: TripleAxel Aug 19, 2013 10:31 PM

                      i have never understood the difference between a taquito and a flauta.

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                        Feed_me RE: linus Aug 20, 2013 12:11 AM

                        I'm hardly the expert on these matters, but I believe the taquito is made with a corn tortilla and a flauta is made with a flour tortilla. The difference is evident because when they are fried the corn tortilla is crisp and the flour tortilla develops a slightly flaky texture.

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                          JAB RE: Feed_me Aug 20, 2013 07:13 AM

                          That's my understanding as well.

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                            Feed_me RE: JAB Aug 20, 2013 02:51 PM

                            I'm definitely no expert, but I sure eat a lot of Mexican food. With all this emphasis on "farm to table," what I love about the good places is everything is so fresh. These places are inexpensive and surely they're not using organic, but even down to the little things the ingredients are freshly prepared.
                            I was eating at a favorite joint I go to and one of the brothers was telling me he'd only eaten a small sandwich made for him by his brother all day (it was around 6 pm). As he put it, "the prep work takes up a lot of the time." The smell of the freshly chopped, cilantro, onions, peppers, mmm..... That plus a freshly made agua fresca. Fine dining on a budget!

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                              WildSwede RE: Feed_me Aug 28, 2013 12:05 PM

                              Would you mind sharing the name of the "favorite joint" that you go to? Thanks!

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                                Feed_me RE: WildSwede Aug 28, 2013 11:40 PM

                                I remember westsidegal running afoul of mods for her mentioning that seafood place on Imperial Highway, so I try not to mention it too often. I'm sure a few out there know I mean Taqueria Los Anaya on Adams. Another good choice is E K Valley on Washington, a Oaxacan place. Both places seem to use freshly prepped veggies.

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                            BTG RE: Feed_me Aug 29, 2013 07:49 PM

                            Thy are both made from corn. The taco is a cortn tortilla folded in half. The flauta (flute) is tightly rolled around a smaller filling than the taco to look thin like a flute.

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                              JAB RE: BTG Aug 29, 2013 07:50 PM

                              Then what is a taquito?

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                                TripleAxel RE: JAB Aug 31, 2013 05:05 AM

                                Technically, it means a very small taco (bite-size), and I did get that one from a Mexican food truck a couple of decades ago, thinking I was going to get the Cal-Mex version of a taquito (the flauta).

                    2. ipsedixit RE: ns1 Aug 17, 2013 07:01 PM

                      Cielito Lindo

                      Go ahead, call me a tourist. See if I care.

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                        jesstifer RE: ipsedixit about 21 hours ago

                        Juanita's a couple doors up from Cielito Lindo, ftw.

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                        LuluTheMagnificent RE: ns1 Aug 18, 2013 02:39 PM

                        el abajeno.

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                          Jase RE: LuluTheMagnificent Aug 18, 2013 09:09 PM

                          I like the taquitos at el abajeno a lot but they really are more soft taco than what is traditionally considered a taquito.

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                            LuluTheMagnificent RE: Jase Sep 2, 2013 10:34 AM

                            I always wondered about that. So traditionally a taquito is fried hard? Are taquitos Americanized Mexican food?

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                              Jase RE: LuluTheMagnificent Sep 2, 2013 08:06 PM

                              I'm not a mexican food history expert by any means. But I've heard taquitos are an americanized version of a traditional mexican dish flautas. Both are fried crisp but I'm not completely sure as to what the fine differences are that makes a taquito different from a flauta asides from size. Flautas are usually bigger.

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                                GK in SO RE: Jase Sep 6, 2013 07:32 PM

                                I think the difference is that flautas are made from flour tortillas, while taquitos are made from corn tortillas.

                                As a result, since corn tortillas are usually smaller than flour tortillas, taquitos are usually smaller than flautas.

                              2. re: LuluTheMagnificent
                                TripleAxel RE: LuluTheMagnificent Sep 8, 2013 02:17 PM

                                In true Mexican cuisine, there is no such thing as a taquito or a burrito, these are items invented in the US, much like Egg Foo Young and Egg Drop Soup is in Chinese cuisine. Taquito technically means a small taco.

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                                  Servorg RE: TripleAxel Sep 8, 2013 02:26 PM

                                  According to Wikipedia:

                                  "Before the development of the modern burrito, the Mesoamerican peoples of Mexico used tortillas to wrap foods, with fillings of chili peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, squash, and avocados. The Pueblo people of the Southwestern United States also made tortillas with beans and meat sauce fillings prepared much like the modern burrito.

                                  The precise origin of the modern burrito is not known. It may have originated with vaqueros in northern Mexico in the nineteenth century; farm workers in the fields of California's Central Valley, in Fresno and Stockton; or with northern Sonoran miners of the 19th century. In the 1895 Diccionario de Mexicanismos, the burrito was identified as a regional item from Guanajuato and defined as "Tortilla arrollada, con carne u otra cosa dentro, que en Yucatán llaman coçito, y en Cuernavaca y en Mexico, taco" (A rolled tortilla with meat or other ingredients inside, called 'coçito' in Yucatán and 'taco' in the city of Cuernavaca and in Mexico City).

                                  An often-repeated folk history is that of a man named Juan Méndez who sold tacos in a street stand in the Bella Vista neighborhood of Ciudad Juárez, using a donkey as a transport for himself and the food, during the Mexican Revolution period (1910–1921). To keep the food warm, Méndez wrapped it in large homemade flour tortillas underneath a small tablecloth. As the "food of the burrito" (i.e., "food of the little donkey") grew in popularity, "burrito" was eventually adopted as the name for these large tacos.

                                  Another creation story comes from 1940s Ciudad Juárez, where a street food vendor created the tortilla-wrapped food to sell to poor children at a state-run middle school. The vendor would call the children his burritos, as burro is a colloquial term for dunce or dullard. Eventually, the derogatory or endearing term for the children was transferred to the food they ate.

                                  In 1923, Alejandro Borquez opened the Sonora cafe in Los Angeles, which later changed its name to the El Cholo Spanish Cafe. Burritos first appeared on American restaurant menus at the El Cholo Spanish Cafe during the 1930s. Burritos were mentioned in the U.S. media for the first time in 1934, appearing in the Mexican Cookbook, a collection of regional recipes from New Mexico authored by historian Erna Fergusson."

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                            Jwsel RE: ns1 Aug 18, 2013 07:57 PM

                            I really like the rolled tacos at Alberto's in Van Nuys. It's on Vanowen, just west Van Nuys Blvd. I usually get the ones with guacamole, which come three for a little over $3. They put fluffy shredded cheese over them and are like crack.

                            Here's a picture from another Alberto's, but it looks pretty much like what you get at the Van Nuys location: http://s3-media1.ak.yelpcdn.com/bphot...

                            Not in the SFV, but Benito's also does a similar rolled taco, but I haven't tried them in ages. I think there are still Benito's near Beverly/Fairfax and another on Santa Monica in West LA.

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                              Tripeler RE: Jwsel Aug 18, 2013 09:51 PM

                              Wow, the ones from Alberto's in the photo look like a full half of a cheese fest.

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                                Jwsel RE: Tripeler Sep 2, 2013 02:53 PM

                                They really aren't that heavy on the cheese. When you spread the guac and cheese over the entire taquito, it is a pretty good balance. It isn't like the taquito gets lost.

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                              Robert Thornton RE: ns1 Aug 18, 2013 11:52 PM

                              If you're ever in the mood for potato ones, the potato flautas at La Cabanita in Glendale (Montrose) are good.

                              1. A5 KOBE RE: ns1 Aug 19, 2013 11:20 AM

                                Tacos San Pedro

                                Hawaiian Gardens

                                Carne asada flautas

                                Ask for salsa para asada

                                All you need to know

                                1. WildSwede RE: ns1 Aug 28, 2013 12:18 PM

                                  My friend once ordered the ones from Las Fuentes. She liked them - they were covered in quac and cheese. Looked pretty standard. I can never stray away from their Burrito de Bistek Encebollado, so I am useless in regards to this. Sorry.
                                  I like the chicken flautas at La Fiesta Grande in Pasadena. Made with flour tortillas.

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                                    xjgrade RE: ns1 Aug 28, 2013 02:27 PM

                                    Pepe's No. 2 Pico Rivera

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                                      schrutefarms RE: ns1 Aug 28, 2013 11:51 PM

                                      I really liked the potato taquitos at Petty Cash on Beverly.

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                                        schrutefarms RE: schrutefarms Sep 2, 2013 10:16 AM

                                        Update: I went to Petty Cash the other night and got the potato taquitos (durados), and they were definitely not as good as the first time I had them. Kind of dry and bland.

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                                          LuluTheMagnificent RE: schrutefarms Sep 2, 2013 10:38 AM

                                          You took one for the team. :)

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                                            schrutefarms RE: LuluTheMagnificent Sep 2, 2013 08:28 PM

                                            I did, unfortunately :(

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                                              ns1 RE: schrutefarms Sep 2, 2013 09:07 PM

                                              How was the rest of the meal? I got a bit turned off from the place by their hike in prices since opening.

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                                                schrutefarms RE: ns1 Sep 2, 2013 09:23 PM

                                                Not as good as the first time I was there. The first time, my friend and I shared the dorados, cheesy churros, guac, the cinnamon sugar donut holes, had 1 house margarita and split a 2nd. Our damage was about $40 each. But we left stuffed, lightly buzzed and satisfied. This time around it was me and one friend again, we got guac, dorados and two steak tacos. And a LOT of margaritas. Less food, more booze, and our bill was more than twice what the last bill was. Understandable. But the food just wasn't that great. The guac is good, but it's $9, which I think is ridiculous. It is a huge portion, but might be better with four people, not two. And another thing, which is pretty trivial but bugged me nonetheless...I got a round of margaritas at the bar, and it wasn't until the next day that I realized the server hadn't taken the tax off. Not a super big deal, but it just added a few more bucks that shouldn't have been there. Overall, it left me feeling a bit "eh" about the place. I do feel like its a great addition to the neighborhood, though, and I will say that the margaritas are probably the best I've had.

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                                        yogachik RE: ns1 Sep 2, 2013 03:22 PM

                                        Monte Alban has fantastic taquitos.

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                                          Dirtywextraolives RE: yogachik Sep 2, 2013 03:24 PM

                                          Really? Oh, I've got to go back there soon, it's been too long.

                                        2. tenxtone76 RE: ns1 Sep 10, 2013 06:11 AM

                                          A few joints in Olvera St have some great ones. Usually made while you watch. Been a while, but a Mexican friend up recently reminded me of them.

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                                            gr8pimpin RE: tenxtone76 about 21 hours ago

                                            Agreed. My Mexican friends, all first generation here, all used to drag me to Olvera Street JUST to get taquitos.

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                                              jessejames RE: gr8pimpin about 21 hours ago

                                              yes, and the churro spot!

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