Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Don Chente

IMG_0802


Yes my friends, I am still alive and kicking , and still eating tacos!

I was told I had blog fatigue. I had all the symptoms : no new posts, not responding to email, curling up in fetal positions and listening to the Arcade Fire.

But I'm out of it now..and I am back and I have plenty of tacos to report about. Even while i have not been blogging I have not sworn off the taco. On the contrary my friends, I have been absorbing the taco. The city has swallowed me, and I have ran through her streets naked with jubilance with each taco wagon that came into view.

So I got an email.

"Don Chente is the fastest growing taco chain in Los Angeles,10 locations and 6 more on the way!"

It sounded like an advertisement. But if it was true it could change the balance of power in the taco business in LA. Sure, King Taco is the king, they have 18 locations, they have name branding, they have the loyal following, and of course they have the hot sauce that can rip the backside off Beelzebub. They are King Taco. But who is Don Chente? And why did this email feel like a manila envelope sliding under my door?

Sixteen taquerias is nothing to sneeze at so I had to investigate. I checked the website and noticed a Long Beach location. It was time to hit the LBC.

By the time I made it to long beach it was well into the night. I figured I'd stroll into Don Chente order my tacos and relax for a bit. But inside it was a madhouse. NiƱos running everywhere, people dancing, and every table occupied by families. It was a fiesta.

After some initial confusion on my part( they offer traditional tacos for $1.25 as well as what they call tacos don chente which come on homemade tortillas but also contain cheese and beans on them(wtf?))
I ordered my usual- carnitas, al pastor, asada and filled up some salsa containers from the salsa bar.

IMG_0800

All the tables were occupied so I sat on the hood of my car away from the frantic crowd and dug in. With a cold bottle of orange jarritos in hand I tore through each taco, holding them in my palm and devouring them. The meats were pilled into soft toasted corn tortillas topped with a firey salsa roja with a burnt chile aftertaste that burned at my tongue. But it was a good burning, the kind you look forward to when you have an ice cold beverage waiting to quench the heat. The sweetness of the al pastor, the juice from the asada and the salted fried pork all meshed perfectly with the chile salsa.

Don Chente is indeed LA's fasted growing taco chain but I don't think King Taco has anything to worry about just yet. The King cannot be dethroned from LA taco royalty that easily.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Tacos Don Chente
101 W. Pacific Coast Hwy.
Long Beach, CA 90806

22 comments:

  1. Wooo Hooo...Bandini is back! Looking forward to many MORE taco reviews in the days to come. We missed you!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Welcome back Bandidni! We missed you!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I missed four months of posting (family leave) and this posting is perfectly timed. I work in Long Beach and I have been looking for a place in Long Beach, since King Taco closed their LB location. Thanks!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Finally, some love for the LBC! There are still more places here you need to check out, my friend...

    ReplyDelete
  5. good to c the taco man is back...keep it up...try to review the taquerias on slauson ave in between compton avenue and hoover of off the 110

    ReplyDelete
  6. This blog was my Monday morning excitment! Being I run all over the city all week you gotta have lunch and the tips here have been great! Viva Los Bandini

    ReplyDelete
  7. glad you are back, may you eat a million more tacos

    ReplyDelete
  8. I was worried you had the lining of your stomach eaten away, welcome back!

    Burger Boy

    ReplyDelete
  9. I thought it odd, you fell off my bloglines?? WTF? Glad you are back, whew, navigating LA without the Bandini, not something I want.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Don Chente all it is is a name. There not owned by one particular person so thats really not Fair. Here i am again to tell you about Taqueria Los Barrigones. best authentic Mexican Taco there is. Comng from Texas there still new and having a hard time getting notice but nothing comes easy. Its Food were talking about here and whos the best. these guys have 2 more opening soon and more to come. So try them out and post your comments. see what you think?

    ReplyDelete
  11. Has Bandini gone AWOL again? Beginning to think the Habanero has gotten to him. Come back Bandini.

    ReplyDelete
  12. dude you are so weird....get a life taco blogger.

    ReplyDelete
  13. tacos don chente is the bomb! its the best god damn tacos around!!


    and i doubt there were ppl dancing u weirdie.

    ReplyDelete
  14. If you took away all the window dressing (which looks great) and it just came down to tacos - then it's just all that much above average.

    ReplyDelete
  15. If you took away all the window dressing (which looks great) and it just came down to tacos - then it's just sort of aveage good, not like KT.

    ReplyDelete
  16. TaCOs DoN ChEnTe iS tHe BeSt!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  17. hola. ando buscando una taqueria k vendan tacos de carne asada pero con tortilla de harina.

    ReplyDelete
  18. hola. ando buscando una taqueria k vendan tacos de carne asada pero con tortilla de harina.

    ReplyDelete
  19. If you took away all the window dressing (which looks great) and it just came down to tacos - then it's just sort of aveage good, not like KT.

    ReplyDelete
  20. If you took away all the window dressing (which looks great) and it just came down to tacos - then it's just all that much above average.

    ReplyDelete
  21. This blog was my Monday morning excitment! Being I run all over the city all week you gotta have lunch and the tips here have been great! Viva Los Bandini

    ReplyDelete
  22. we should compare notes, i am a taco fanatic,and have always joked about doing something like this, guess you beat me to it

    ReplyDelete

 
{nama-blog-anda} is proudly powered by Blogger.com | Template by Agus Ramadhani | o-om.com