Thursday, February 09, 2006

One More Taco Fan

Fresh Salsa, Guacamole and Chips at Tacos Por Favor
Tacos Por Favor has been written about on the L.A. food blogs quite a bit. Well, that's because it's a REALLY GOOD restaurant! I've been driving past this place for years, but had never eaten there until my office moved to Santa Monica. Now, it's one of my favorite places. We often have casual office birthday parties here.
Bandini on The Great Taco Hunt has written about this place, as well as L.A. Chowhound readers and others. I can't stress enough that the food is really fresh and they do not use lard!
The restaurant is very laid back. You have to wait in line to order and then pick up your order on a big, round plastic tray and take it to your table. There is a salsa bar with lots of choices. It looks like they expanded into the space next door, because the dining area is quite large. The tables are mismatched and wooden, the walls are painted in bright colors. Usually, you'll see groups of local workers (office and trade) enjoying their tacos and burritos. I've even seen major film executives reading scripts at corner tables while munching on taquitos! On the counter, near the cash register there is a case of baked cookies. My knitster friend, Natalie turned me on to the sugar cookies. They are yummy! The prices are very reasonable and the owners are extremely friendly. It's a very comfortable place to eat.
On a recent visit there, my friends ordered taquitos, a grilled mahi mahi sope', chile rellenos, the enchilada plate, caldo con pollo (delicious chicken soup/stew), hard tacos with chicken and of course, the salsa with guacamole and chips! They also carry the Penafiel brand of soft drinks....much tastier than our American soft drinks.
The next time you're in Santa Monica, check out Tacos Por Favor, 1406 Olympic Blvd in Santa Monica, Mon-Sat 8am to 8pm closed Sundays.
Oh yeah....also very important: Tacos Por Favor is within the vicinity of three great Santa Monica yarn shops (Yarns Unlimited, Stitches From The Heart and Wildfiber).



At 5:51 PM PST, Blogger dizzy von damn! said...

Boy and i love it there... when it's the right season again you'll have to try their watermelon juice.


At 1:27 PM PST, Blogger MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Tacos. That Guac looked almost fake. Like one of Kendra's fancy photoshopped pictures. :) I'll have to check it out!

At 2:59 PM PST, Blogger Paul said...

My favorite taco dive is El Gringo in Hermosa Bch.

At 3:18 PM PST, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Hey Paul! Thanks for the tip on El Gringo. I must give it a try! Have you seen Bandini's blog, "The Great Taco Hunt"? It's incredibly informative!

At 1:02 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this whole posting of the taco links is so not fair. i've been on a taco crawl ever since. my hips do not thank you, but my taste buds think you are a goddess.

At 11:09 AM PST, Blogger Jana said...

hi! found your blog through regina's. all i can say is that food makes me want to get on a plane and fly down there. i live in vancouver, ca. and we cant get real authenitic mexican food up here (lots of super good sushi though) but i love love love mexican.................thanks for the pics:)

At 6:10 AM PST, Anonymous lavender said...

looks good, now im craving tacos!


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