The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Good not great.
I wouldn’t rave about this place the way others do, but the tacos are good and the red velvet churros are tasty!
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
Tacos Tu Madre has gotten a lot of hype and recently opened up another location. Their first is a small location on Westwood Blvd. You have to order at the window and a 6 seat high table, low table and bar stools make up the entire seating area. The food comes out relatively quickly and while on the pricier side for tacos, still reasonable. If you’re hungry, you can easily eat 4 tacos, just make sure you leave room for the red velvet churros.
Mon – Thurs 9am – 12am
Fri – Sat 9am – 3am
Sun 9am – 10pm
What we ate:
- Crispy Shrimp Taco
- Asada Taco
- Korean BBQ Taco
- Duck Mole Taco
- Fried Chicken Taco
- Ahi Tuna Taco (tacos range from $2.25 – $5.50)
- Red Velvet Churros ($4)
The Ahi Tuna taco was definitely a tostada, but nonetheless very tasty. Super lemon-y (which you know I love) and overall great flavor. I think the tuna could’ve been a little fresher, but i will order again next time.
Starting at the top (center and going clockwise): crispy shrimp, duck mole, asada, Korean bbq, fried chicken.
The crispy shrimp was one of my favorites. It was very reminiscent of Tacolicious’ fish taco. The shrimp was huge and meaty (do I even have to say it haha), the pickled onions were a great compliment and the taco was very flavorful.
The duck mole was very simple and I wouldn’t reorder. It didn’t pack the same flavor as the others.
The asada was delicious; the meat was tender and the taco itself was very tasty!
By the time we got there (6pm on a Friday), they were out of the pork belly, which is the meat they include on the Korean bbq taco. The lady taking my order suggested I substitute it for beef and I agreed. I really enjoyed this; it was slightly sweet and had the most flavor out of all the tacos. I will definitely reorder this with pork belly.
What I didn’t appreciate about any of the tacos was the tortilla, it fell apart after the first bite (every.single.one).
The fried chicken taco was good with a caveat.The bites with the red sauce were delicious; the combination as a whole made for one of my favorite tacos, but the bites without were not the same. I will reorder next time and ask them to make sure there’s enough sauce everywhere.
The red velvet churros were the real draw. I mean RED VELVET CHURROS?!? Can you think of anything better? Well they did live up to the hype. The churros weren’t super rich or sweet, but the hint of red velvet with the creamy cream cheese frosting was great! I would prefer a few more, but for $4 you can’t expect too much.
I don’t know that I would drive out of my way to go to Tacos Tu Madre, but if i’m in the area I would definitely go for a quick bite. Plus, the 3am closing time can’t be beat. I much rather be chowing down here than fast food.