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Taqueria Sanchez Report

pablo | Oct 21, 200403:31 AM

If you're not familiar with TS, its on Centinela just north of Culver. This was my first time. After reading several thumbs up on the board I figured I'd give it a try. Man, was I pleasantly surprised.

First of all, the place is immaculate. Second, they have an excellent condiment bar (does this have a name in spanish?). On hand are quartered limes, pico de gallo, three excellent salsas (one of which was an unfamiliar bright/red pink with a very nice smoky, chipotle taste to it), guacamole (kind of thin and creamy but tasty). Overall I was impressed with the quality of the ingredients here.

On to the tacos. I ordered several kinds: Fish, shrimp, Carne asasa, al pastor. The best of the bunch was probably the al pastor. The meat was chunky, tender and juicy, cooked to perfection. The flavor was excellent but a bit unusual, at least in my experience. The dominant flavor was spiciness with notes of sweet and citrus in the background. The spiciness was from some sort of chili-based coating on the meat, which was red and coarse from the spices on the outside. This was a very bold flavor that was much to my liking. As with all the tacos I ordered, the meat was topped by what appeared to be chopped clilantro, onions and a little salsa.

The fish tacos were pretty good too. The fish was not battered and fried, but sauted. It was nicely cooked and flavorful, topped with the same ingredients as the al pastor. There was no mayo/sourcream sauce, as on most fish tacos i've had.

The shrimp...this was another standout. Plenty of tender, juicy shrimp. Nicely seasoned and cooked. Yum.

The carne asada was probably my least favorite, but still pretty good. The meat had clearly been marinated a long time in what I would guess to be a citrus based marinate. It was tender and sweet, but I don't think the meat was of the highest quality.

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