The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Not traditional, but delicious!
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
If you live in LA and haven’t tried Tito’s Tacos I’m not sure you’re truly living! This Culver City joint has been a local favorite for years and you will find lines ‘round the clock, but don’t worry they move quickly. This restaurant has a cult following indulging in their Mexican-inspired menu. I say inspired because they aren’t very traditional, but I’ll take their version any day. I wouldn’t call this place a hole in the wall because it takes up half the block, but it isn’t glamorous by any means. You can order inside or outside, just get in a line anywhere you see an open window, order and then step aside until your order is ready. Tip: Remember who took your order so you’re not lost when they are waving at you. They usually do a good job of remembering you, but since they don’t ask for your name it’s probably a good idea to remember who they are. You pay when they hand you your order. There are a few tables inside and three picnic tables outside that offer communal seating.
What I ate:
- Tacos with cheese ($2.65 each)
- Refried Beans ($1.60)
The refried beans here are my favorite, it is probably the cheddar cheese they put on top makes them so delicious. The melted cheese (same kind used for the tacos) adds to the calories, but who’s thinking about that when the cheese is oozing from your tortilla chip?
The tacos are fried and stuffed with shredded beef, lettuce and shredded cheddar cheese with a red salsa on the side. Extremely simple, but inexplicably delicious, Tito’s Tacos offers the best quick, cheap meal that will have you thinking of an excuse to return. The salsa is not spicy at all, but adds a freshness to your taco that can’t be missed. In this case the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Grab and taco (and a napkin) and indulge!