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I'll make this simple and to the point. Howdy's Taqueria in Culver City sucks.
I ate at Howdy's last week but needed a week to calm myself down to get to a place where I could calmly say "this place sucks".
If I would have written this report right after eating my tacos this entry would have been full of so many f-bombs I would have had to go into rehab.
Lets get one thing out of the way though. The name Howdy's Taqueria doesn't bother me. If the food was great they could call themselves Howdy Doody's Taqueria for all I care. I'm not bothered by the name.You can't however call yourself a taqueria if you have a chicken ceaser wrap on the menu.
Howdy's is really part of the "fresh mex" family. If Rubio had sex with Wahoo's fish taco you'd get Howdy. There's a little bit of Rubio's phony authenticity with a little of Wahoo's casual kick back atmosphere.
The prices are really outragous. I know it's physically attached to a movie theater but do they really have to take a credit report when I want guacamole? (guacamole and chips $6.95)
For just two tacos(chicken, steak, or carnitas) it's $5.95. Figuring two tacos wouldn't be enough I went with the two taco combo(chicken, al pastor) for $8.60.
Ordinarily I think rice and beans are just a waste of stomach space. I'd much rather go with the extra taco but Howdy's menu is so estoopid, you can't order single tacos. You can order dos tacos($5.95), dos mahi tacos($7.95), "tres tacos al pastor" ($5.25) and even the "tres magic mole tacos" ($5.95) but you can't mix and match.
The al pastor is advertised as "mexico city style pork tacos with our secret adobo marinade". I'm not sure why they keep the recipe a secret. The al pastor was too sweet, too tangy, and the pork was poor quality. I could only get through half the taco before giving up.
But the most outragous offense was the filler in the chicken taco which came with more lettuce than chicken. Lettuce has no business being in a soft taco. Any taqueria worth their salt would know this.
On Howdy's website they boast of bringing a bit of Mexico City to Culver City. Who are they fooling?
Certainly not this taco reporter.
Howdy's Taqueria 9512 Culver Blvd, Culver City