Saturday, July 5, 2008

I Love Tito's Tacos, You Love Tito's, Too!

This is how we spent the daylight time on the 4th of July. Mmmm, I hadn't eaten at Tito's in way too long of a time. Julie is not a big fan of their tacos but she was a good sport, so off we went to Culver City for mi taco favorita!

People either love or hate a Tito's Taco - there's no inbetween. Read the posts on the Chowhound board and you will see. Some are addicted to the place, and some dismiss it as greasy horsemeat in a greasy tortilla. Well, and yeah... so?

Then there's that mysterious, addictive salsa, too. Seems so simple, yet people just can't seem to figure out the exact recipe. One of my friends told me that when his wife was expecting, she made him drive all the way out to Culver City from the SGV just for the salsa - which she drank straight from the cup.

The big advantage of living on the Westside? Being in close proximity of Tito's. Conversely, that's the big disadvantage of living farther away, like in the SGV. I used to feast on their tacos regularly but now, that comes few and far between.

I've been going there since high school, and that's a long, long time. Like since when they used to be on the corner where the horrid Lucy's is now, before they moved into their present location. If you are a fellow Tito's Taco lover, well, you just know what I mean about how there is nothing like it. If you are one of those who think it is just eh, well, I guess nothing can save you.

So how were the tacos? I had my usual dos tacos con queso, y arroz. As usual, muy bueno. Like I always do, I slathered the tacos with salsa and devoured those first, then had the rice, while crunching/munching the tortilla chips in between bites. Julie had the chicken tamale. I know, what can I say.. I think that's the first time I've ever seen anyone order one of those.

Here's some pictures. First, the menu board (sorry, I chopped off the left side that has the taco prices). Used to be the taco was cheaper than the current cost of adding cheese to it.

And here's a picture of the line at around 12:15 - have you ever seen the line at Tito's this short at lunchtime? Hint - make it a tradition to go on the 4th of July as the place was remarkably uncrowded.

Here's a picture of the "kitchen" where the employees are all like Dorian Gray.

Finally, a YouTube video of their tv commercial. It's the same thing that comes blaring at you when you visit their web site, except the volume has been toned down a few hundred decibels.

I guess I should have included a few pictures of the food but I was too busy eating to think about that. Homer Simpson has his donuts, I have Tito's Tacos. Mmmm, Tito's! D'oh!


donna said...

I went the day before with 3 Tito's newbies. They loved it. Dos tacos con queso. yum. Went to Santa Monica Pier to see Keali'i Reichel and Na Leo in a free concert. Tito's and music-perfect day.

Rickie Miyake said...

Hey, is there any better way you could have spent the day? I don't think so!