Pasadena >Food & Dining > King Taco Restaurant Inc
45 N Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110334.146597 -118.147650
Neighborhoods: West Central
The tacos here are overrated. They are very dry. The flavor is decent. I would eat here late are night but would not come here as a preference. This place does not give you lemons!
below average! – Well, I just got back from my first time at King Taco: I had the carne asada tacos & they were great.however, everything else was way below average: the chips & guacamole I get I could SWEAR they bought from Smart & Final. The guacamole not only tasted wierd, it had a very peculiar consistency. Not appetizing at ALL. The Chips are a joke. Don't bother, and they charge you extra for everything outside of the tacos. This was a one time deal, I'll never go back again.
Burritos, tacos and sopes - OH MY! – This is my all time favorite place to get tacos (the soft kind). I've been a patron since they opened in '74. (Wait I wasn't born yet!!) But anyway, I've been to every single King Taco From East L.A. to the SGV. Sure, some are better than others, but they are all pretty consistent. The East L.A. location has to be my favorite. I would drive from wherever I lived at the time to go there. There tacos are nice and simple -- they way they should be -- just onions, cilantro, meat and salsa.
Also, nachos and one of my favorite things to eat, and although I hate to agree with the nacho cheese comment, they do the processed melted cheese. But this isn't the place to order nachos. So don't let that dissuade you from going. Stick to burritos, tacos and SOPES! You can't get sopes everywhere and boy are they delicious! Try carne asada, pollo or al pastor and the best salsas ever! My fav is the salsa verde.
I miss living in So Cal and being able to eat there!
Editorial Review – This Los Angeles County fast food chain has been serving tacos, sopes, burritos and other traditional Mexican fare since 1974.
Movie Theater Nacho Cheese – I dont believe I went to the same King Taco as everyone else, considering the great reviews. Yes the menu is really affordable with everything being under 5.00. Rightly so, because thats about as much as the food is worth. In all fairness, I think I got the most horrible thing on the menu being the nachos with bright orange FAKE MOVIE THEATER NACHO CHEESE. I was appauled. I could have went to taco bell for that. The guacamole tasted a little funny too. Everything else seems to be your run of the mill taco stand food. The service was pretty rude as a few others have pointed out. The salsa verde was delicious though. Overall, theres too many restaurants in the area to give them another one of my dollars. If I do stumble upon the place again I wont get the nachos!!
Good eats – This place has THE best flautas I've ever had in my life. They also have awesome burritos with red hot sauce that makes tears come to your eyes. But back to these flautas. They have chicken and asada ones, the chicken ones are my favorite. They come drizzled with sour cream and guacamole and *yum* lettuce and other fixins. Good plate.
one good taco – this place is great. I go there for breakfast sometimes and get the machaca. ummm.hmmm. I'm going there in a few minutes cause I'm getting a hankering for some mex. One thing though, for this gringo, I get the salsa on the side. Their salsas are good but really hot, if you let them they will put it in your food and you might not like it that hot and well, you would have a bad impression
Taco Heaven – King Taco knows what they do and they do it well. If you love Baja style tacos, this is the place to get them in mass quantities. They wrap two tacos into individual foil wrapers and they remain hot until you can get to the table, or even all the way home. This is not a place to get extravagant service or huge amounts of cultural atmoshpere. It's all about the food and the speed. If you love fresh tamales, go early. Once they're out for the day, they're out until the next day.
Love their red sauce! – They have really the best tacos and burritos in LA (possibly anywhere?). On a side note, on a recent trip to Mexico, I ordered tacos and expected King Taco and was highly disappointed. Anyway, burritos are about $4 and tacos are $1.15. Both are not the big portion-wise, but quality really rocks here. Always get the red sauce. The green sauce is a little sour, but another great idea is getting both sauces. I'm an average-to-big eater, and I can get full off of 1 taco and 1 burrito. It's may be good they don't have enormous portions like some Mexican places so you don't overeat and feel sick. The long lines there indicate the popularity, but it's definitely worth the wait!
One of the best! – If you're looking for a good burrito and taco then this is the place to come. They do have a recipe though, and it's delicious! The only drawback is that their burritos are not as big as other restaurant's. The good thing is they open pretty late and whenever I get hungry, I'll just hop on down here sinced I live down the street.
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