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Great tacos in the Palms area of LA

Jeff Falls | Jun 21, 2002 01:51 AM

My favorite lunch place is down the street from my office and a typical lunch sets me back $2.50.

The Palms Market, on Motor Ave. in Los Angeles, is a typical Latino neighborhood supermarket. About six months ago they started selling tacos and everyone in my office has become addicted.

There is a small kitchen behind the butchery and the way it used to work was you had to actually walk into the storage area, make your way to the kitchen until you found the little old lady working there and you would tell her you were hungry and she would make you something to eat.

Now, they’ve made it more formal by actually adding a counter. There’s still no menu. You go up to the counter and you tell her what you want and she will tell you what she thinks you should have. Sometimes she has pupusas or tamales. She always has tacos, sometimes with plantains or beans and rice on the side, sometimes not.

Grandma is very opinionated and likes you to have her special. Many a time I’ve gone up and asked her for carnitas and she’s simply ignored me and said “Don’t you really want the beef?” or something like that until I capitulated. Resistance is futile. She doesn’t usually work on Mondays or Tuesdays.

The good news is that everything is good and dirt cheap and the portions are huge. On weekdays, the price is $1.25 per taco and on weekends, only $1.00 and she has a cart at the front door and she has a few more items like buche, chicharones, etc. Two tacos is more than enough for a hungry person and one if you’re not too hungry.

Grandma doesn’t speak much English, so rudimentary Spanish is helpful.

Palms Market
3568 Motor Ave. at Tabor
1 light south of Palms Blvd.
from 11:30 to 2:30 (approximately, longer on weekends)

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