After making my yearly donation to the city of Las Vegas and having not had any tacos in over a week I needed to return to farmiliar territory. Now, I've grown up on the Westside but I've been everywhere man just like Johnny Cash. Everywhere in LA that is. But I've never had a taco with so much to offer to the palate than the chorizo and cheese tacos at Tacos Por Favor. From the al pastor carts in the barrios of east la to the taco trucks of highland park you may think you've tasted it all but unless you've had a chorizo and cheese taco from Tacos Por favor you havn't come close to taco utopia my friends.
sizzled chorizo and gooey cheese
On the outside Tacos Por Favor doesn't look like much but once inside it's quite a laid back taqueria. Two dining areas with wooden tables and chairs as well as a salsa bar with a marinated carrots, a pico de gallo, salsa verde and a salsa roja that rivals King Taco for heat factor.
On the weekdays the lunch crowd can get pretty busy from the local business crowd and college students but on saturdays it's a pretty chilled out atmosphere with patrons in flip flops reading LA weekly mags and waiting for their fresh made to order mexican food. I usually go on a saturday and order 4 chorizo and cheese tacos as well as a pint of their deliciously flaming hot salsa roja. The salsa keeps about a week and I use it to spoon on carne asada I grill at home.
As far as the chorizo and cheese tacos at Tacos Por Favor dont get crazy with the salsa roja. There is so much flavor already in the taco that I've found that only a drizzle of salsa is needed to complete the taco.
Just have a cold beverage handy and sit back and enjoy the taste explosion.
Tacos Por Favor is at 1406 Olympic Blvd in Santa Monica. Tacos are $1.80 each. Mon-Sat 8am to 8pm closed Sundays