1104 S Hoover St, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9000634.051415 -118.283778
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Westlake
Great Food – This is the best taco joint in the Pico Union District area. I grew up around here a lot of people come from all over it always gets pack on Friday's and the weekend you have a lot of USC kids come up here to eat at this place. There is always parking if not you will certainly find parking in the street along Hoover or 11th street. On Friday's and the weekends they have the taco truck outside. They serve beer and have a jukebox. Good place to bring your friends. They now accept atm debit or credit cards finally it took them a good while to take cards. The atole they serve is real good. Everyone that I bring here always says this is the best taco joint they have ever been to. If you are ever on the Pico Union area go and check out this place. Open 24HRS
Need a Place like this in the Westside! – I moved from Ktown to the Westside last month and I'll be honest...there are two things I miss about Ktown. El Taurino and Shikdorak. The opened a Manna in the Fox Hills Mall so my duk bo sam cravings are taken care of.
HOWEVER, as much as I love titos tacos...it is NOT El Taurino. I miss this place so much. The hot sauce will burn a path down to your stomach but really its a good kinda burn. Love at first bite!
If you can get over the cow heads ont he wall, enjoy the carna asada, barbacoa, and carnitas. you can have all meat, meat and beans, meat beans and rice, you name it they can do it for you.
Just don't expect fine dining, you're gonna stand in line, rub elbows with a bunch of college students, and wait a bit for your food if its busy but i promise you its worth it.
PS...the hot sauce is HOT. get some horchata to ease the OH SO GOOD pain.
Salsa roja so hot it will make your head itch! – Best in LA! Carne Asada Taco or Al Pastor Burrito!! and extra container of the sultry love juice they call hot sauce
Great tacos – i love their carne asada and i usually don't like tamales and I had it here and ate it all. This place is awesome.
El Taurino- The best Tacos and Burritos I've had... Period – Listen- If you come here expecting the Taco Bell, Chipolte. etc., experience. Sorry. Don't come. El Taurino afficianados don't have to explain themselves and we don't complain. The carne asada burritos w/ salsa verde, the carne asada and lengua tacos are the Business! The horchata, during the summer, and the atole during the fall/ winter will never let you down. I will drive from all points to come to El Taurino.
Just Awful – Ok ... lets get this straight.
I love Mexican food. Authentic Mexican food. I expected El Taurino to be just that.
First bad sign: My friend gets a burrito and they won't give him tap water. They try to make him buy bottled. Not only is this stingy, I'm pretty sure its illegal in the state of California. He ends up with no drink. They REFUSE to give him tap.
Next. I order nacho's. At the least I'm thinking some good chips, cheese, cilantro, onions. Bare bones stuff right?
Chips out of a bag. Cheese squirted out of a can. Bits of charred meat. They reminded me of Dodger stadium nachos except they were COLDER at El Taurino. Worst nachos I have ever had. EVER. No vegetables, nothing whatsoever. My friend once dropped nachos on the floor at Dodger stadium and ate them....I bet it was better then the ones here.
The salsa is bland. Its spicy but has no flavor whatsoever.
If you neeeed 2:00 am food.. fine. But hey...Chano's is open on 30th and Figueroa till 2:00...sometimes 3:00. It is ten times better then this place.
The servers were rude to top it off.
In an area FULL of great Mexican food, El Taurino shouldn't even be on your radar.
(I signed up a Citysearch account just to make this review....that how bad this place is)
Huge late night crowds, but still worth it – I usually go to King Taco for fast food Mexican food, but when I'm in the LA area it is an absolute must that I go to this place. I remember going when it was just this taco truck out in a parking lot and surprisingly enough, the food was great. The prices have increased now that they've modernized the place, but I can't help but get my taco craving from here every time I'm in the area. And yea, the line is ridiculously long pretty much at any hour, but it makes for great people watching and just think, you're that much closer to some of the best tacos you've ever tasted.
best burritos in LA – San Diego is known for their Roberto's and Super Sergio's, but for Los Angeles, the official Mexican food joint is El Taurino! I love their carne asada burritos, and they are priced well at $4! I love coming here for my late-night fixes even though it can get busy during the evenings. They do charge extra for extra sauce, but it's not enough me to complain!
My favorite mexican restaurant. Possibly the best since time began. – I've been here in L.A. for a good 2 years now, am about to leave, and one of the only things I will miss, aside from friends and the delicious smog, is El Taurino.
I crave the grease that comes off of the all-meat carne asada burritos as if it were crank and I was Marion Barry. I even lick it off of my fingers, for God's sake.
Whoever dared to compare this, the holiest of dive joints, to Chipotle has either severely damaged his taste buds, or is a mongoloid in disguise. Similarly, if any reviewer can't afford a 40 cent cup of the scorching hot sauce or savory tomatillo sauce (perfectly washed down with the homeade Horchata) after a 4 dollar burrito purchase (and still writes about places like Baja Fresh, which charge upwards of 6 dollars for a meager and fake-guacamole laden burrito), they need to check their heads at the door.
If i return to visit L.A. (god knows why, a wedding, perhaps), I will not leave until I have my El Taurino fill.
Great Tacos and Burritos, Small Portions, Extra cost for everything – Greates tasting Burritos and Tacos. Real and True Authentic Mexican one can find. Portions have gone down drastically . Charges for everything that you come to expect for free. Extra $.40 for extra sauce/ or onions?! Come on please!! Nobody Else in all of Los Angeles does THIS!!! Aside from that, food's not to be missed.
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