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Lunch at Tacomiendo Review


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Lunch at Tacomiendo Review

hch_nguyen | Apr 2, 2007 08:50 PM

I had lunch at Tacomiendo today at work. I work at SM Biz park and promised to write back with reviews on the places I tried that were recommended to me.

I'm trying to figure out if it was me or the food. I am very opinionated when it comes to food, and I've got to say, I really don't have much of an opinion on this place. I think it might be that I just don't care for soft tacos all that much. Well, to be honest, I hate to admit this, but I do have a strange fondness for the Jack in the Box variety. I know, I know, but there's a certain nostalgia in them for me. I ate them all the time as a kid when my big sister worked there as a teenager. In the 3 years I've lived in Los Angeles, I have not had a single non-fast food taco until now. For shame!!! I have to qualify all of this by saying that I'm not someone who craves Mexican food. I like it when I do eat it, but I never really get those hankerings for it for some strange reason. I only go Mexican when someone else suggests it.

Anyway, I ordered one adobada and one carne asada. I was hoping to get an al pastor but didn't see it on the menu, and the counter lady told me adobada was similar to al pastor. It was a little salty for me and it wasn't very tender. It just didn't have a whole lot of depth or complexity. The asada meat was better. Very tender but not the most flavorful. I just don't like chopped beef. I don't like the way it feels in my mouth. I prefer sliced meat. I like to feel the delicate tendrils coming apart as I chew. Again, I'm picky about texture.

There was a nice salsa bar and a pot of self-serve frijoles, which was nice, too. The salsa was nice and seemed fresh. The spicy version had a pleasant piquant kick. I liked it better than Gallegos' except I thought the onion to tomato ratio in the salsa and the pico de gallo could use an adjustment. Too many onions for my taste.

The tortillas were fresh and had a nice pillowy feel. I liked how they felt in my hands, too, as well as in my mouth. Although I can't remember much about the taste (if that tells you anything), but their tortillas beat Gallegos' as well. That barbacoa at Gallegos', however, has anything I tried at Tacomiendo beat hands down. At $2.00 a piece for a taco, I doubt I'll go back to Tacomiendo. It wasn't bad by any means. It was just sort of....meh... :-| ....I'd just as soon rather have a banh mi for less than $2.00....

Tell me something. Is it me??? I think I probably have to try more tacos at other places in order to really decide if I like Tacomiendo or not. So, next up is Taqueria Sanchez....I might be more of a burrito person, but the jury is still out....

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