Okay, a better than decent Taco joint in Pasadena.
Ahhh Tacos…I really wanted Tacos.
The trick for a Food Blogger is to hit as many different locations and places as possible. That way, you know…you’ve got new material. We do nothing except feed our hungry public.
Except with…words, not actually…you know…food.
C’mon. You get the point.
The one thing that sucks about being a Food Blogger, is when you hit a place you really, really love, and…well…you’ve got a deadline, and you’ve got to go to a new place.
For me, when I want Tacos, I want La Estrella. Period, end of statement. That’s my joint. That’s who calls to me.
But…dangit, I’ve already reviewed La Estrella, and I really want Tacos, so…
What’s this Los Tacos place?
Los Tacos is a local chain of Taco joints. Nothing fancy about them. Nothing high end or expensive, just step up to the counter and make your order known. Wait a bit, and Tacos are prepared on a plate for you to adjust, enjoy and consume.
And…by adjust, we mean this is a place that has a Salsa station.
Yeah, I’m not sure how I feel about it. La Estrella seriously spoiled me, presenting me a plate of Al Pastor Tacos, all dressed up and ready to go. Mexicali Taco Company and Loteria both disappointed me, making me do all the work myself. And yes, yes. I’m getting it. La Estrella may just be the exception to the rule, but…I really, really like the exception to the rule.
Here, at least, they put on some Cilantro, some diced onion, and give you a radish, then send you the Salsa Bar’s way. And that’s better. I really want to see what the Cook intends. That’s why I don’t mind it when my Tacos come all prepared and dressed up. Your experience may vary.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Okay, so…just a plate of Tacos. I mean, nothing’s going to make me happier. So you walk in, look at the menu, and look for the Al Pastor Tacos, and–
What is this a pattern? Every place I go…they’re out of Al Pastor Tacos.
Fine. Fine. I get two Carne Asadas, and two Carnitas as my Porkililcious substitute. And they were good. I liked them better than what I had at Loteria’s or Mexicali Taco Company. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just me. I just like having things a bit more prepared for me. I want the kitchen to show me what they mean, what they’ve got. Don’t just give me a bit of meat in a Tortilla, point to a fixin’s bar and say good luck.
Here at Los Tacos, there is a fixin’s’ bar, but they at least start you off with some onions and cilantro. Add a little Salsa. Maybe a bit of the provided radish, and you’re off. They’re nice. They’re not going to get me to stop going to La Estrella, but if I’m ever in the neighborhood again…
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: The only issue is how hard is is to see/find the restaurant. Los Tacos sits at the corner of an all brick Retail complex, and at least from the outside, the place doesn’t look like a restaurant. But then you finally see the Los Tacos sign, and at least you know you’re there. Once you get close, it all becomes clear. But don’t be surprised that for at least a few seconds there, you’re wondering if you’re at the right address.
PARKING: Actually, not bad. The retail complex Los Tacos is a part of has a decently sized Free Parking Lot. You may have to park a couple doors down, but you should be able to find a spot.
1 W. California Blvd # 211
Pasadena, CA 91105
Tel: (626) 795-9291
Sunday-Thursday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 8:00 am – 11:00 pm