Los Tacos

Restaurant: Los Tacos
Cuisine: Mexican
Last visited: August 7, 09
Location: San Gabriel, California
Address: 504 W. Las Tunas Drive
Price Range: $10 or less

1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!

Food: 3
Service: 2
Ambiance: 1
Overall: 3
Additional comments:

  • Located in San Gabriel, California
  • Famous for “The World’s Greatest Tacos”
  • Authentic Mexican fast food
  • Popular to Mexican locals
  • Local favourite
  • Cheap eats/budget-friendly
  • Family owned and operated
  • Hole in the wall
  • Breakfast and lunch platters
  • Big portions
  • Very casual
  • Mexican drinks and desserts available

**Recommendation: Carnitas soft tacos and horchata. I bet their breakfast burritos are amazing, but I didn’t get to order one, I saw some locals order the Tortas too, which looked delicious… and huge.

This is a local favourite and it’s one of the very authentic casual Mexican fast food restaurants. It’s a hole in the wall that’s packed with locals for lunch, which makes you feel like you’ve found a winner and local gem. The tortilla shells are made in house, fresh with a great selection of meats. Forget about the guacamole and sour cream, these are authentic traditional Mexican tacos with simple well marinated and cooked meats. It’s cheap, large potions and very good, although not the best in town or anything.

On the table: ** Carnitas Soft Taco5/6

  • Pulled pork
  • This was my favourite taco out of the bunch. It was flavourful, tender and saucy.
  • It was the first plate of tacos gone. Each plate comes with 4 miniature soft tacos, and each taco is double wrapped in their homemade tortilla shells and generously filled with meat.

Barria Soft Taco 4/6

  • Marinated beef
  • This was my second favourite soft taco.
  • Pretty good, but not the best. Nice pieces of marinated beef, its good with their chile verde salsa.

Chicken Mole Soft Taco 2/6

  • Pulled chicken smothered with mole sauce and pablanos.
  • This was a close second. The moleĀ  is a rich deep brown colour and it had a smoky cumin flavour, but it wasn’t the best mole I’ve had.
  • It’s made with ground chilies, but the chilies don’t add spice really, it just added an intense smoky taste.

Al Pastor Soft Taco1/6

  • Marinated Pork
  • This taco was my least favourite out of the bunch. They were a bit dry, and bland and just had no kick.

Quesadillas 1/6

  • Nothing special here. What you’d expect for a cheap fast food quesadilla.
  • Just a generous amount of melted cheese on tortillas. They used the big tortillas, which are still really fresh though.

Hard Shell Tacos2/6

  • I prefer the soft tacos to the hard shell tacos. The soft ones just tasted better.
  • We had it with thin slices of roast beef (asada) and they top them off with cheese, tomato, and lettuce.

Nachos with Asada 3/6

  • A big plate of nachos covered with thin cuts of roasted beef, melted cheese, tomatoes, onions, and topped with heaping scoops of guacamole and sour cream.
  • Super greasy, but pretty darn tasty!

**Breakfast Burritos

  • I didn’t try it, but I will if I go back. They have a whole section just for breakfast burritos. They’re really really big too. I saw a lot of Mexican families ordering these for lunch.

** Tortas

  • I sidn’t try this either, but I saw a lot of Mexicans locals ordering them as I was leaving. It looked really delicious.
  • It’s a grilled Mexican sandwich with your choice of meat, lettuce, tomato, and guacamole.

Authentic homemade Mexican desserts

They also offer authentic Mexican drinks: Horchata, Tamarindo & Jamaica. The most popular and classic is the horchata which is made of rice milk and has a nice almond flavour. It’s nice and sweet with a little cinnamon and vanilla flavour that rounds it all up.


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