Well, I been obsessed with this whole taco with a burger patty thing, so i did me a little taste test, since I am the BURGER BOY!
1st place was Howard's Famous Avocado Bacon Burgers on Venice.
Got me 2 tacos with chili/gravy, they put oil on the grill then the tortilla and a slice of cheese, in the mean time the patty is cooking. The patty is then cut in half and half the patty is placed on each tortilla, they give it a smear of chili, no beans, some lettuce and sliced tomato. This was good, real good, ate one right away, ate the other 10 minutes later driving.
2nd place was Ketchy's ll, same tecnique as above but something was missing it was good but not what I was expecting, especially comming ftom the famous Ketchy's. Wait stop the presses, this place is not owned by the same people, it is someone who knew the owners and grew up eating the food. That's okay, hence the different spelling, original was Ketchies. Still liked it, but Howard's has my vote.
3rd place was Bill's Taco House #3, this is said to be related to the Original Bill's on MLK & San Pedro. NOT, but more about that later. Ordered 2 tacos and a Burrito with taco meat and chili on top. Tortilla with meat patty deep fried together, not sure if cheese was inside or added later, chopped tomatoes, lettuce and here they offer onions and hot sauce along with the chili sauce in the taco. The chili sauce here is like a chili with no meat or beans, interesting. The hot suace is very strange, it is like a watery, vinegary, tapatio with ketchupy sauce. So far this was my favorite except for the hot sauce. The burrito had 2 hamburger patties and cheese with cheese on top and the chili sauce, it was ok, I think it would have been better with the patties, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and chili sauce all inside and the more chili sauce on top.
Original Bill's Taco House, the cook the tortillas and meat seperate, combine the two, splash of chili sauce, this sauce was good, like a cross between chili and enchilada sauce, add the lettuce and chopped tomatoes and you got a really, really good burger taco. The hot sauce was also very good, like a sambal, but milder and something added. This thing was good, I ate 2 and ordered 3 more. Does anyone know where to get grey market lipitor, I am still thinking about my return visit. The lady who runs the place is Bill's wife, Bill is in his 90's, a very friendly nice lady that everyone who came into the place knew. This is a LA institution, I liked it, I will be back and bring others. This place really felt like it was a neighborhood place, everyone new everyones first name, there was a young man who was getting food and I asked how long he had been comming in, and the owner answered she has know him since before he was born. Not sure what the deal with Bill's #3 is, sounded like a franchise type thing that went bad, they have some of the same pictures and sayings on the wall but this place is the real deal.
At the end of the greasy, cheesey, hamburgery day, you gots to go with the OG!
Original Bills Taco House, everything came together, the flavors, quality and the balance of ingredients. Since I am Burger Boy, I do not feel I have trampled on Bandini's territory, since these tacos are made with hamburger patties. If he has issues, I will be glad to take him to Original Bills and buy him half a dozen Burger Tacos!
I hope it is okay to attach this article from the LA Times about Original Bills
Original Bill's Taco House
219 E Mrtn Lthr Kng Jr
Los Angeles, CA, 90011
Howard's Famous Bacon & Avocado Burgers
11127 Venice Blvd Ste 7
Los Angeles, CA 90034 (310) 838-9111
La Grange (at Sawtelle, behind Mizu 212)
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Bill's Taco House 3
3292 W Slauson Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 90043