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which I planted myself with considerable relief.
King Taco Restaurants are an L.A. favorite, as evidenced by the proliferation of outlets throughout SoCal. It started almost forty years ago in a converted ice cream truck. Now, it's a bonafide culinary success story.
On the menu at King Taco in Old Pasadena: Tacos, burritos (breakfast options available), sopes, tortas (breakfast options available), tostadas, nachos, taquitos, tamales, quesadillas, and chimichangas. Meat options include carne asada, al pastor, carnitas, chicken, cabeza (headcheese), lengua (beef tongue), suadero (brisket), buche (pork stomach), and molleja (neck sweetbread).
What I ate:
1. Manzanita Sol Apple Soda (1.79 USD). I love this apple-flavored soda. I wish they had this stuff hooked into the fountain so I could go crazy with refills.
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2. Four tacos (1.29 USD each). Clockwise from upper left: Suadero, carne asada, buche, molleja. I highly anticipated the taco de molleja, because of my experience two nights before. However, I was a bit let down since it was cooked differently this time around. The cook had only lightly sautéed the molleja when previously it was deep-fried. It was still pleasant, but I prefer to have the molleja deep-fried - much better texture. The taco de suadero was nice as well while the carne asada was lackluster. I liked the taco de buche. The cooks must have prepped it well because it didn't have too strong of an odor/flavor that naturally comes with stomach meat.
King Taco's salsas are quite fiery! Even the medium (salsa verde, hot = salsa roja) was a touch too much for me! (Am I a wimp?) Often, I find there's a trade off between heat and flavor in salsas, but King Taco's salsas buck that trend - they still have lots of flavor.
I felt the cooks working late at night made better tacos than the morning crew.
Parking: Parking here is a pain in the butt! (This is Old Pas, after all!) The streets are metered and there are several pay-to-park lots in the area. I parked a few blocks away, in the garage on Raymond - across from Memorial Park - where the first ninety minutes are free.
The Bill: 7.56 USD.
My Rating: out of four stars (good). Open Monday through Thursday, 7 AM to 12 AM, Friday, 7 AM to 3 AM, Saturday, 8 AM to 3 AM, and Sunday, 8:30 AM to 12 AM. Visa/MC accepted. www.kingtaco.com
Last Word: Mmmm, I dream of deep-fried thymus gland!
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