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SANTA MONICA: Wahoo’s Fish Taco

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on January 24, 2011
418 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310 393 9125

Price: Cheap
Rating: Eh.
Directions: Get off at 4th/5th on the 10
Reservations: Not needed
Must Get: Nothing

Dammit. Another fast food chain that I used to love has disappointed me again. The fish tacos here were awful. The fish completely lacked flavor. I had to soak the taco in hot sauce before it became edible. The only thing good about it was the fresh cabbage slivers. What the heck happened? I remember I used to love Wahoo’s. Guess this means I’ll have to revisit Taco Nazo and Senor Baja to hopefully have the fast food spots redeem itself with their fish tacos. Sad.

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PASADENA: El Taquito Mexicano Truck

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 11, 2011

510 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105

Price: Cheap
Rating: Good
Directions: Get off at Fair Oaks on the 210
Reservations: You have got to be kidding me
Must Get: Al Pastor Tacos

So after I got the tacos from Arturo’s, my cousin told me the better taco truck was the second one down on Fair Oaks which would be this place, El Taquito Mexicano Truck. A few days later, I found myself in the area with Myra so we stopped by to get our fill of tacos. We each ordered three: carne asada, lengua, and a pork one– she got the chicharron and I got the al pastor. Both of us agree that their pork tacos were the best of the three. I had my pork one last because usually the first two are my favorites; after one bite of the al pastor, I was wishing I got pork for all three tacos instead. The other two were just mediocre in comparison. Arturo’s lengua tacos were much better than El Taquito’s and the carne asada lacked flavor. They do the toppings for you here. Their “everything” consists of sauce (your choice of hot or mild), onions, and cilantro. I got mine with just onions and cilantro of course, but the guy definitely did not put enough onions on mine.

Next time I’m craving tacos while in Pasadena, I’ll grab some pork tacos here and head up the street to Arturo’s for the beef tongue.

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PASADENA: Arturo’s Taco Truck

Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 11, 2011

Bellevue Dr and Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105

Price: Cheap
Rating: Great
Directions: Get off at Fair Oaks on the 210
Reservations: Ha, it’s a truck…
Must Get: Lengua Tacos (Beef tongue!)

I heard about the taco trucks on Fair Oaks from my cousin Alan one night during dinner at Mi Piace. And so despite having finished a calamari appetizer and my pasta plate, when I left I was craving some tacos. I swung by Arturo’s for two lengua tacos (that and fish tacos are my favorites) before heading over to another cousin’s place, so they sat in my car for about 5-10 minutes before I actually sat down to eat them.

They were still great. The meat was tender and well-seasoned. The tacos here are served plain, just your meat filling and the tortilla. They have huge containers in the front of the truck filled with onions, cilantro, tomatoes, salsa, etc. You just help yourself which I think is awesome. I like mine plain with just onions, cilantro, and a hint of lime. I definitely plan to come back and try their other meats. If it’s any reflection of the tongue, i know it’ll be amazing.

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Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on January 10, 2011
1025 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310 899 1106

Price: Expensive (unless you are a USC student)
Rating: Okay
Directions: Get off at Lincoln Blvd on the 10
Reservations: Accepted
Must Get: Fish Tacos

De-freaking-licious fish tacos, but at $15 for three tacos along with some rice and beans that I barely touch, it just seems kind of pricey to me. I need to go back to Wahoo’s and remind myself whether their fish tacos are any better or on the same level.

Myra and I also split their fiesta platter which consisted of crab and beef taquitos, nachos, quesadillas, and chimichangas. The nachos and quesdillas were pretty good, but I wish I didn’t even try the rest. The taquitos were some of the worst I’ve ever had and the chimichanga was so dry, their guacamole and salsa couldn’t even salvage it.

If I were to go back again, I would definitely stick to their tacos. I think up next would be their filet mignon tacos that Rachel Ray apparently named as best tacos of 2010… Shrug. USC students get 50% off their entrees Monday through Thursday; if I fell in that category, I would definitely come back here more often. But since I don’t, I have to say… I will probably just stick to El Taurino or some places around my area for Mexican grub. They offer better food (overall) at better prices.

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Posted in food, los angeles, recommended, restaurants by sue on January 10, 2011

2306 W 11th St
Los Angeles, CA 90006
213 738 9197

Price: Cheap
Rating: Great
Directions: Get off at Pico on the 110
Reservations: Not Accepted
Must Get: Tacos (Lengua, Al Pastor), Tostadas, Horchata

My two recent obsessions are green milk tea and tacos. They aren’t new to me, but it’s been a while since I’ve had good ones since I spent the last year and a half in New York. So, you’re going to notice a pattern in the next few posts. Haha. =)

Albert brought me to El Taurino which he discovered during his days at USC. I guess we’re hungry people because we ordered 6 tacos (2 lenguas/tongues, 2 al pastors, and 2 carne asadas), a pork tamale, a beef tostada, and nachos con carne (with meat) to share and we nearly finished it all. The lengua taco and tostada were my favorites, but the al pastor taco and the pork tamale were good too. The carne asada taco wasn’t bad either, but it didn’t live up to the hype it’s getting on Yelp. The nachos on the other hand were horrible– DO NOT get them. It’s movie theater cheese and beef bits on top of some corn chips; the cheese made it completely inedible. But if you refuse to listen to me on your next trip to El Taurino and decide to order them anyway, I suggest you cough up the extra 50 cents to get it topped off with some onions and cilantro.

Make sure you round off your meal with their horchata– best horchata I’ve had yet.

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Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on December 20, 2010
17525 Colima Road
City of Industry, CA 91748

Price: Cheap
Rating: Decent
Directions: Drive
Reservations: Unnecessary

Maybe it’s because I haven’t had this in ages and I hyped myself up or maybe it’s because I’m now older and my tastebuds have changed, but Rubio’s isn’t nearly as good as I remember. The fish taco was drowning in sauce and the corn taco shell just tasted bland. Their guac had no kick. And do not get their lobster taco, folks. The only thing going for this place was the guy who worked the register; he was really nice.

I’m disappointed. I’ll have to make my way out to a Wahoo’s soon; hopefully that will be as good as I remember. I’ll try not to expect too much though.

(By the way, I always thought this area was considered Rowland Heights or still part of Hacienda Heights. I’m shocked it’s City of Industry. I pulled the address from Rubio’s website.)

BREA: Le Diplomate Cafe

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on November 24, 2010

Never, ever step foot in this restaurant. I don’t care if you are starving and stuck at Brea Mall with no way to leave, eat at the food court or California Pizza Kitchen (which I love). Just do not eat here. The food was awful. By far the worst French onion soup I have had yet. (Go to Vie de France in South Coast Plaza for good French onion soup.) It was extremely salty; I couldn’t even drink the soup! I just ate the onions and a tiny bit of the bread. I got their baked chicken rolls which were also a bit salty, but weren’t even heated thoroughly! This worst part is this place is not cheap. Clearly I don’t mind paying more for good food, but when I have to pay a lot for mediocre, practically inedible food, I am just pissed.

This was a wasted lunch. I will never go here again and I highly suggest you do the same.

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FULLERTON: Molca Salsa

Posted in food, los angeles, restaurants by sue on November 23, 2010

Overall Molca Salsa is pretty good. I highly recommend their carne asada fries. Their fish tacos were decent, but Wahoo’s is still my favorite. It’s not worth a thirty minute drive, but a ten/fifteen one is fine.

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NEW YORK: Suenos

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on July 14, 2010
311 W 17th Street, New York, NY 10011
212 243 1333

Price: Reasonable
Rating: Good
Directions: L to 8th Avenue, ACE to 14th Street
Reservations: Necessary for a big group
Must Get: Cornbread and black bean sauce

I’ve been hearing about this place for the past four years from my former boss who lives across the street the restaurant. Their salsa and guacamole were great, as well as their surprise appetizer of cornbread and black bean sauce with creme fraiche. Their duck confit tacos and corn on the cob were not hits for me though. The duck was too sweet for my palate though my boss Ann loved them and raved about them to Chef Sue Torres who actually came out to talk to us later. The corn just does not stand a chance compared to the corn at cafe habana. I had a bite of my co-worker’s chicken enchiladas with mole sauce and loved it though I am not usually a fan of mole.

I would definitely come back and try their other dishes. What sealed the deal for me was Chef Sue Torres coming out to ask us how everything was. More chefs should do that.

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NEW YORK: Mad Dog & Beans

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on July 4, 2010
83 Pearl St, New York, NY 10004
212 269 1177

Price: Reasonable
Rating: Decent/Good
Directions: R to Whitehall, 23 to Wall, JMZ to Broad, 45 to Bowling Green
Reservations: Unnecessary
Must Get: Guacamole

Decent spot, but not a favorite. The Mexican food is just alright here; the guacamole isn’t bad, but I think even I could do better. Great location though–stone street is a great place to hang out with friends, drink, and relax.

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