As a kid I had a friend whose Grandfather made this style of taco by the dozens and eating them while listening to Sgt. Peppers was how we kids spent our summer afternoons back in 67. It was a blessing back then but looking for the succulent flavor of that shredded beef in a hard shell taco has been a curse for over 40 years. Two weeks ago I finally found it when I stopped in at Pedro’s for the first time. I noticed this place several times since it opened 6 months ago and I wondered how it will survive in such a hidden, almost back-street, location. Seling good tacos is how it is done (Word-of-mouth). In the last two weeks I have had three lunches at Pedro’s and have noticed that most of the lunch business is take-out by people who work nearby on Greenleaf in Old Town Whittier. Each time I have eaten there Pedro has walked out to the sidewalk and looked at the empty place next door and says, "I am thinking of taking that place and expanding a little."
On the menu it states “Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Jalisco Style” I asked Pedro (a very polite and friendly man) how he makes the shredded beef so tender, juicy and flavorful. He said, “I just let it cook very slowly for a long time.” The result is a great amount of flavor in a very good hard shell taco. The taco is not over stuffed but the price is good considering that the lunch special includes two hard shell tacos, rice, beans and a can soda for $4.99. The chips and salsa is not a strong point but when eating hard shell tacos you really don’t need chips anyway. This morning I finally tried the Wet Burrito with shredded beef, rice and beans. IMO, maybe too much beans but the flavor of the beef was still there and blended very well. You can ask for it to made the way you like it.
I had a very nice Friday morning stopping at Pedro’s and then walking a block away to checkout the used books on the racks at the Friend’s of the Whittier Library store and getting some fresh popcorn at the small Farmers market (Fridays) across the street in Old Town.
Pedro’s Mexican Food (M-F 10am-9pm, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am-3pm)
12824 Hadley St.
Whittier, CA 90601