I know Im going to get kicked out of the Mexican Club when I say this
I dont really like Tacos
Im going to the standard whine. They just dont taste as good here as they do in Mexico (Its TRUE! They use a totally different tortilla in Mexico!). And to be honest, I find them messy and you get more bang for you buck when you order Burritos.
So far, in L.A., there have only been one Taco that has really WOWed me that being from Luz Del Dia. Not only for their pillowy tasty carnita filling, but for their amazing hand made tortilla So when I heard Tacomiendo nearby my work also did handmade Tortillas I figured, it was worth a shot and of course, order a Burrito just in case
Tacomiendo is located in Culver City on the corner of Inglewood and Culver. Picture hole in the wall and this is the place. Upon entering, I saw it was pretty clean, tables with table cloths. I admit, I was charmed by the name, which was a play on the word S/Hes Eating. I was VERY happy to see the large home made tortillas on the griddle, also a grill (Which was cooking up some amazing looking white fish and Chicken) as well as lots of raw ingredients in the back. Dried Chiles, Jamica Flowers, Nixtamal. There were five salsas at the bar, standard condiments and the funniest thing was a big soup kettle of serve yourself frijoles de olla! I almost forgot I was at a Taco Stand on the west side until I saw the menu NO Lard! it happily proclaimed Its amazing how one little thing like that can bring your whole chow hound expectations down I reisted the urge to run across the street to Taqueria Sanchez and went ahead and ordered a feast
* Flauta de Pollo: One of the first posts that made me want to do some research on this place was about the BEST Flautas. These werent as good as the Taquitos at El Tepayac, but they were still DAMN Good. Small, 5 Inches, but made fresh and served with sour cream and Guacamole. Getting one just is too unfair of a taste get at least two or twenty LOL!
* Sope de Barbacoa: One of my cousins marveled when I told him I didnt like Tacos he demanded to know how I could then enjoy Cabeza or Legua. I simply answered on top of Sopes! :) Burritos are my #1, but sopes are my strong #2. And this sope was was large about 4 inches VERY handmade as well. It had a raised lip around the edges which make it look like a Mexican Pizza. Sadly though, the Sope itself was a bit too dense. Not nearly as soft as the one I had at Taqueria Estillo Mexico. The Barbacoa however, was excellent Ill defiantly get it in a Burrito next time..
* Tacos de Cabeza and Asada: And of course, the epic Tacos with handmade tortillas! The Tortillas are large, made fresh when you order. Sadly though, they had absolutely no flavor. Their texture was a bit dry They added absolutely nothing to the taco and I hate to say that I think the Handmade Tortillas at Pacos Tacos are better (In terms of flavor and texture). The Cabeza was greasy. The Asada, nothing special
I was dispointed, but the very last thing I ate was my old standby
* Burrito de Carnitas: This thing was BEYOND huge and absolutely stuffed with meat Sour Cream and Guacamole. The Carnitas were of the dry and crispy school. Not too salty, just good porky meaty flavor Just wonderful and defiantly better than the Burritos across the street. As I mentioned, I would LOVE to have it with the Barbacoa
I liked it, I would definatly get another Burrito and Flautas again... but I really wanted to LOVE it for all care they take with their food. But it all just didnt come together Perhaps if I can talk the guys behind the counter to just consider ONE tablespoon of lard just ONE then we can take it from there...