Tag Archives: Taco

Mexico Lindo

11 Apr
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Chile Relleno

Mexico Lindo

600 Kailua Rd

Kailua, HI 96734

Hours: Sun-Thurs 10am-9pm / Fri & Sat 10am-10pm

Mexico Lindo has some of the most delicious well prepared looking food, with some of the blandest tastes and saddest service. I’ve been to Mexico Lindo twice, but only because I was living in denial that the food had to be better.

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Nachos – 1st Visit

We started off our meal, both times, with nachos. Here lies the proof of inconsistent preparation. Our first encounter with the nachos was a cheesy mess. Yes, everything was bland, but the abundance of cheese at least made it an enjoyable experience. Our second go at the nachos was unrecognizable, neatly prepped and sparsely topped. Rather than digging through endless cheese we were left with empty chips.

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Nachos – 2nd Visit

As far as main dishes go we have tried their crispy tacos and chile relleno. The chile relleno was ok, battered and cheesy, well dressed, but bland. The rice and beans that come with all their plates, look amazing, taste like water. The tacos are so sad. Please fry your own shells if you’re serving hard shell tacos and you’re not Taco Bell.

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Crunchy Taco

Now onto the service. It was in no way bad, but clearly fake. The waitresses are with their fake smiles and fake politeness, do enough to deserve your tip, but not enough to make you comfortable asking for a refill or extra salsa.

The one possible redeeming quality this place may have would be their margaritas. They look really good, but I haven’t tried one yet.

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Can I Live off of Fried Ice Cream and Nachos?

16 Dec

Location:

15735 Amar Rd
La Puente, CA 91744

Hours:

7 Days a Week: 9am – 10pm

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I have fallen in love with another Mexican restaurant and to add to my joy this place optimizes “hole in the wall.” At first glance, this restaurant in a run down, old school shopping center, next to a vacant dirt lot looks very unimpressive. Its bright yet dingy paint gives you the impression of better days. Once inside however you are met with wonderful smells, a much larger dining area than you would expect, and a kind staff. To top it off I have LOVED every dish I have tried from Durango’s and I can’t wait to go back again.

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Tacquitos

I have had the pleasure of eating at Durango’s twice so far. the first time we went my boyfriend and I ordered two of their combination plates; I got crunchy tacos and he got the cheese enchilada and chile relleno. We also got an order of tacquitos to try. Mmm we both cleared our plates. The tacquitos were crispy, and fresh, not greasy at all. I was able to take a bite out of one and not rip all the meat out. The guacamole they re served with tastes very pure, not much added, very little fuss and the result is one of the best guacamole I have ever had.

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Two Taco Plate

I loved the tacos, almost as good as my favorite tacos from La Indiana. They were crunchy, stuffed with tender meat, and not too greasy. The rice was nicely cooked and the beans had a nice flavor. Needless to say, I cleared my plate.

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Chile Relleno and Cheese Enchilada Plate

The chile relleno was spicier than I am used to, topped with jalapenos, but was still very nice. It was fried perfectly and had a good amount of cheese. The enchilada was nice, very basic, but done right. The red enchilada sauce had good flavor.

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Beef Nachos

Our second trip to Durango’s was even better! During our first trip there we had seen their nachos and knew we had to come back for them. I LOVE their nachos! Very cheesey, with lots of beans, and shredded beef. Topped with their wonderful guacamole and sour cream, I could not put these down. When you come this is a must order.

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Alambres Jepehaunes

As a main dish we ordered one of their steak dishes, alambres jepehaunes. This is sirloin chunks cooked with green peppers and onions, than topped with cheese. Served with tortillas, rice and beans, this dish is packed with flavor and very satisfying.

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Fried Ice Cream

To finish off our meal we ordered their fried ice cream, decadence to die for. Vanilla ice cream rolled in some kind of corn cereal I believe than deep fried, served in a fried shell and topped with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and a cherry, it was a dream!

Kogi

4 Dec
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Kogi Tacos

The Kogi truck was another food truck I got to try at the L.A. County Fair. It was the last day of the fair and getting late in the evening so I do believe that affected the food quality slightly. That being said I was happy with my tacos, but felt they failed to live up to the hype.

We tried one spare rib and one spicy pork. The pork was spicy, so be careful. Besides that the two tacos tasted very similar, almost the exact same flavor and they were topped with what seemed to be identical toppings. One big let down for me was that they were super greasy. Yes it is a taco, and yes it is street food, but the grease soaked through the box and several layers of napkins.

Although my experience was neither good nor bad, the flavors intrigued me and I would like to give them another shot, from one of their other trucks off the street.

The Healthy Side of Joe’s

16 Aug

In my first post on Joe’s I mentioned that I originally went there in search of fair food, the giant corn dogs and fried treats. I recently ventured there and decided to try some of their less arty clogging foods and it was all pretty good.

My friend ordered their citrus chicken. It looked amazing and she devoured it all so I can only assume that it was good. I ordered their fish tacos and fell in love, especially with their homemade chips. The tacos are huge and topped with so much interesting flavor from fresh pineapple, to pickled red onions, and cabbage. The fish was cooked perfectly and not oily at all.

I now can say with full confidence that Joe’s is good for more than guilty, heart attack food.

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Citrus Chicken with Grilled Zucchini, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella

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A Balsamic Vinegar Reduction is Drizzled on the Chicken

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Fish Taco Plate

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Tacos Over Flowing with Flavors

 

Childhood Memories in Old Town La Puente

31 Jul

Location:

144 N 1st St
La Puente, CA 91744

Hours:

Mon-Thurs 9 am – 8 pm / Fri 9 am – 9 pm / Sat 8 am – 9 pm / Sun 8 am – 8 pm

**Lunch specials Monday-Friday til 2pm**

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Complimentary Chips and Salsa

La Indiana is located down the street from where my mom used to work. When I was little my dad was a stay at home dad, the Mr. Mom, and my mom was the bread winner. Through stories I have been told that my parents would go out to eat here. They would bring me and as a toddler I would dance up and down the walkways of the restaurant. We never really went back once my mom stopped working at the dealership.

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Jamaica

My dad passed away in 2009 and my mom decided to take me back there. The restaurant is decorated with these big painted parrots. I did not remember going there ever, but the parrots, as soon as I saw them, seemed so familiar. Even though I had not been there for probably 15 years and had no conscious memory of the restaurant, it felt familiar.

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Taco and Enchilada Plate

Despitehaving a special place in my heart and history La Indiana has amazing food at really good prices. I have never eaten anything there that I have not loved from their chile relleno to their tacos. They have amazing beans and rice too, which comes with pretty much every plate.

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My usual form La Indiana is their taco lunch special. It comes with a fried taco, salad, rice and beans. It is delicious and so satisfying for $5.50.  The beef in that taco is flavorful and tender and it is topped with fresh lettuce, tomato and yummy cheese. My mouth waters just thinking about it.

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Other things I have tried from there include their tacquitos, tamales, chile relleno, and cheese enchilada. All very good. Every meal also comes with hot fresh chips, so hard not to fill up on them before your food gets there. This last trip there I tried their jamaica and it is probably one of my all time favorites.

Taco Del Rio – You are the Burrito of my Dreams

19 Feb

Location:

445 S Azusa Ave
La Puente, CA 91744

**Less then 5 tables, order to go**

Four Taco Plate

Four Taco Plate

Before I get into the burrito of my dreams, I will start off with the foundation of a taco stand, their tacos. Taco Del Rio‘s tacos are not your standard taco. Normally when I go to a taco stand you have your choices of meat, topped with pico de gallo, a selection of hot sauces and a lime slice. The tacos here take things a step further. Along with all the usually toppings they finish their tacos off with a squirt of cream (sour cream), a large scoop of guacamole, and cheese.

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Even for a purist like me, normally I get my tacos just straight meat and maybe the lime, but here I explored. I still skipped the pico de gallo and the salsa, but I allowed for the cream, guac and cheese. It was really good. The flavors are all fresh and simple. Nothing too fancy, and it makes for a really wonderful few bites.

Carne Asada Burrito

Carne Asada Burrito

Now onto my burrito, the wonderful burrito. As with my tacos, I am simple with my burritos. It is rare that I go beyond a good bean and cheese burrito, but this time my boyfriend talked me into trying a full burrito and I couldn’t have been left happier. They have two burritos an all meat and a combo burrito, both come with a special version that really just means it comes with the works. We ordered the special combo burrito, carne asada minus the onions.

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The burrito had a heaping amount of beans, lots of meat, cabbage, sour cream, guac, and cheese. It all blended perfectly. Like the tacos, everything was simple, and fresh. Nothing came across greasy. It was simply a great eat, and I can’t think of one complaint. It is huge though and could easily serve as a meal and then some in itself.

Double Cheeseburger

Double Cheeseburger

Taco del Rio has a relatively small menu – tacos, burritos, tortas, and quesadillas, all with pretty much the same meat and toppings, just complied differently. This makes for a really quickly moving line, however to throw a wrench into the system they also serve burgers, which my boyfriend had to try. For being a burger from a taco stand, it was really well made. The usual, meat, sauce, cheese, lettuce, onions, and tomatoes. Like everything else it was all super fresh and neatly prepared. The french fries were also really good. I’m not sure if anyone else has experienced this, but the best way to explain them is as if Del Taco‘s fries were always well made. Crispy, salty, soft center, and you could taste the meat drippings that must be mixed into their deep fryer.

French Fries

French Fries

One thing that makes this place special is its set up. I’m not sure if this ever changes, but the few times I have been here there are a set of three men working the counter. One controls all the toppings, one controls the meat and the grill, while the third works the cash register, drinks and fresh fries. They work like a perfectly well oiled machine, making their super long lines quickly flow.

Adalberto’s Mexican Food – Really San Diego?

1 Feb

Location:

1868 Rosecrans St
San Diego, CA 92106

Rolled Tacos with Cheese and Guacamole

Rolled Tacos with Cheese and Guacamole

I absolutely love Mexican food and on my trip to San Diego I was beyond excited to try some really great places. I have heard so many great things from friends and the media. I am sorry my first stop for the weekend was Adalberto’s. It was a long trip down, two hours in the car, and I was ready for some good food. Being my birthday weekend I jumped on the chance for some delicious tacos. I got on Yelp and picked the place with the best pictures and reviews, Aldalberto’s.

Rolled Tacos Plate

Rolled Tacos Plate

To start I will begin with the redeeming qualities of this eatery, as there are sadly few. The taquito plate was almost good, and I will say the guacamole that came on top made them good. The plate consisted of three taquitos, topped with guac and cheese, and served with rice and beans. The taquitos could have had a little more flavor and fried a little less, but with the guac I will say I enjoyed them. The guac tasted fresh and was nice and creamy. There was not really anything special about the rice or beans, neither bad nor good.

Fish Taco

Fish Taco

Now for the bad. This past year I have become a fan of fish tacos, so when they are available I am always eager to try them, so I ordered their fish taco. Really big, but that is where the positive ends. The fish tasted like over fried frozen fish sticks. Where are most fish tacos come with some kind of cream sauce, whatever the restaurant’s choice may be, Adalberto’s had very little, if any. Instead my taco was topped with lots of lettuce, at least it was fresh, and a large amount of salsa. It was not very appetizing.

Carne Asada Torta

Carne Asada Torta

My boyfriend ordered their carne asada torta. That was a huge mistake. Again torta’s are a relatively new food for me, but the usual tortas I have gotten usually consist of the meat, lettuce, avocado, beans, and normally some kind of cream (mayo or sour cream). Other common ingredients I have seen are tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. Adalberto’s torta was insanely skimpy. It consisted of a sad roll, a small amount of lettuce, a small amount of guac, and a super thin, tough piece of carne asada. I could barely bite through the meat.

Carne Asada Chips

Carne Asada Chips

The last thing we ordered was their carne asada chips. Everyone says when in San Diego you have to try carne asada fries. I’m a bigger fan of nachos so we went the chip route. Looking back I see now that may have been our mistake. I desperately want to say that they were a rip off, since I disliked them so much, but the amount of meat that they were topped with I can not complain that much. The carne asada chips came with a huge amount of meat, a good amount of guac, some cheese, and very little sour cream. These could have been great, but they were just missing that binding element. They needed more cheese and beans. My issue with the chips I guess could be a personal preference thing.