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Timeout from Tokyo for Tacos

Let’s take a quick break from all the Japan posts to write about something more familiar to you here in America. I speak of tacos. Not too far from my office is a little joint called Three Amigos. I was told to check them out by my coworker since I was looking for some Mexican food.

They make their corn tortillas by hand. Here you can see the press and in the bottom left corner you’ll see one of the freshly pressed tortillas on the griddle.

My first trip there I opted for two carne asada tacos. At first you see the price of $1.80 per taco, and you want to walk out the door. $1.50 is the most you should pay for a taco, but these tacos are much larger than most tacos you get around Los Angeles. They’re already rolled up for you. Unrolling the taco for a photo kind of makes a mess, but I do it for you.

Let me talk first about the tortillas. If you’re not a fan of corn tortillas, this is the corn tortilla for you. They’re very light and airy with barely a hint of corn flavor. There is a down side to this. By frying the tortilla on the griddle first, you get a sear that becomes resistant to the grease inside the taco. This doesn’t exist with Three Amigos’ tortillas. Eat fast before you get a soggy hole in your taco.

The carne asada was decent, but I’ve definitely had better. It could stand to have more grill time to get a little more texture. All in all I was happy to have tried this joint out.

You didn’t think I was going to leave it at that, did you? I went back, this time for three tacos so I could check out their other taco offerings. This was a dumb idea. These tacos are pretty big. I was in need of a siesta after this meal.

First up, carnitas. I have to say I was disappointed in this taco. The pork seemed to be lacking saltiness and fried texture. It was as if they slow cooked it in an environment that was too wet. It didn’t get a crisp texture and any saltiness seemed to be washed away.

Cabeza. I’ve never had cabeza with this much gelatin in it. I have to say this is the first time I didn’t like cabeza in my taco. This is also a texture issue, and more time on the grill could have rectified this.

Chorizo. You really can’t mess up chorizo. It’s delicious pretty much always. This taco was a mess to eat though, staining my fingers red. Totally worth it, like every bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos.

Lengua. This one was super gamey. I think they tried to hide it with lots of cilantro, but it was still pretty noticeable.

Chicken. It tastes like chicken, which in this case is a good thing. This isn’t anything special, but sometimes that’s a good thing. Familiarity and consistency aren’t always bad. Trying to get what’s new all the time grows tiring.

While I wasn’t impressed with the meats in every taco and even disappointed in some, the tortillas here get a big thumbs up. Since I’ve only tried each type of meat once, I’m willing to go back to try some again. Perhaps they were having an off day, or maybe it was me.

There are also three items left on the taco menu to try that I haven’t already. Birria, buche, and chicharones. The first two I’m pretty afraid of after tasting how gamey the lengua taco was, and the last one makes my chest hurt just thinking about it. Still, I must…

Sunday Lunch in Culver City

My friend Lorenzo has been taking GMAT classes on the West Side on Sundays so he and I decided to grab some lunch together. I threw out a bunch of options, but he liked the Let’s Be Frank idea. I was very pleased because this hot dog stand is only open during the day, closed at nights. I’ve never known a place to g0 get hot dogs, except grilled on a shopping cart outside of a club at 1:00 AM.

The cart.

They offer the usual fair to garnish your dogs, but they also offer this sauce to top your dogs.

Here is the hot dog, juicy and well grilled and garnished with some onions and sauerkraut.

Still hungry but wanting to try something different, we strolled over to Pinches Tacos.

The decor is very authentic Dia de los Muertos.

This was a solid taco. The steak was perfectly charred and still very tender.

The fish taco was mediocre. I wish I was still hungry after this taco. I would have had another asada taco.

Check out Let’s Be Frank for a good hot dog, and make sure you try their Devil Sauce. If you’re still hungry, Pinches Tacos is right around the corner. Go with the asada tacos. They’re delicious.

I love taco trucks.

Taco trucks are awesome. I’m not talking about the new generation of food trucks that have fusion this and that. I’m talking about the original taco truck, the one that hasn’t evolved in the past twenty years. In a world of expensive places to eat, these places have dollar tacos day in and day out. I have done quite a bit of research on taco trucks in the LA area, and I’m slowly starting to check them off my list. The latest one Michelle and I went to check out was Leo’s Tacos on La Brea and Venice.

This one is parked on the northwest side of the intersection and is situated in a gas station.

They have al pastor right from the spit with the pineapple on top. Such a simple flavor combination, but it’s awesome every time.

Since we’re not too far from this truck, we took the tacos home. Of course we got all the accessories to make the tacos into a complete meal.

The carne asada.

The carnitas has a nice skin on it.

The chicken actually makes me think of Del Taco. I don’t know if that’s a good thing, but I like Del Taco’s chicken soft tacos.

This is the reason you go to Leo’s Tacos. Al pastor.

Bienvenidos al pais de sabor. Que delicioso.

This makes me want to do mischievous things.

This is one packet of Jack in the Box Hot Taco Sauce.

This is 1,500 packets of Jack in the Box Hot Taco Sauce. It may not look like much…

Until you put it into perspective.

The Proper Way to Eat Street Tacos

Well, at least according to Michelle. Would you like some taco with that pepper?

Making doodie and writing about it.

Michelle commented about how as of late I have been becoming a food blogger. Really I have no capacity to explain food in any manner that does it justice. I eat food because I need to in order to survive, but I figure there’s no reason it can’t  be delicious food. There’s also no reason I can’t get some blog content out of it.

On the eve of New  Year’s Eve I headed out to Teresa’s Mosaic Cafe in El Segundo. This restaurant was something Michelle picked out for us to stop at on our way up to Culver City.

All the tortillas are freshly made.

The chips are fresh as well and the salsa is awesome. There’s a nice heat to this but it’s not overwhelmingly hot.

Tacos de Lomo. Deliciously prepared. Too bad there aren’t more of them.

They don’t call them burritos here. They are called burros, because they are large. Here is my burro with the DROID as a comparison. Mmm, donkey.

Michelle said I should change my blog name to Sure Eats Work.