Benitos Taco Shop
Return To Benitos
Back on Santa Monica Blvd I had to make a stop at Benitos (and Pili's). The carnitas burrito and machaca burrito never seemed to fail me at Benitos, though the rest of the menu is hit or miss. This being the morning, I went with the huevos filled machaca. Delicious.
The specimen at right is a carne asada burrito, doused in hot sauce.
Back to work.
This Benitos Taco Shop meal was rated: .
Fish Tacos From Benitos
I'm not crazy about that, but who am I to poo-poo the highly varied presentation of the fish taco?
Oh wait, I have poo-poo'd the fish taco before. Looking back, the aesthetics of the fish tacos at El Pelon soar past those of the fish tacos I've seen on the west coast. In fact, I get a lot of hate mail for the bad rating of the El Pelon fish taco.
Now that I have a better measure of comparison, I think I should return to El Pelon for a second try.
The Grease Rises To The Top
For example, take the plates. They are greasy in a way never before seen by Burrito Blog. Stay away.
Also a surprise was the Californian burrito. Many establishments make their Californian burritos with avocado. Not Benitos. They use potatoes instead. Some people like that, some people don't.
That choice is yours to make. Now that you've got all the facts, choose wisely.
Como Se Dice...Huevos Blancos?
Kristin was craving a huevos burrito filled only with egg whites. After a brief lapse in communication with the cashier, she found the lingo: huevos blancos.
That accent was all our new friend (at right) needed to hear before embarrassing Kristin and her Español skills.
She got the egg whites, and we all got a good laugh.
Benitos Menu Highlight: Carnitas
That alone is a deal. Oh, but there's more. It comes with guacamole, which ordinarily costs extra. Bonus.
Carnitas is usually hit or miss. In this case, it's a hit.
Torta! Torta! Torta!
I'll spare you the details of my Internet woes.
In an effort to bring some joy to my day, I got the carne asada torta from Benitos. This one was smaller than some tortas I've seen in the past, but no problem. Overall, it was pretty good, but the dark cloud on my persevered. I was overcharged, no refund was issued, and the flaws in my day continued.
Benitos, I hold you responsible, but forgive you.
The Rolled Taco (Taquito)
Personally, I'm not a huge fan of taquitos in general due to the grease factor. This one was no different.
My First Machaca
What's not to like? Nothing. It was delicious and a deal at $3.29. This particular photo was taken at breakfast time, though the machaca can be prepared at Benitos any hour of the day.
Finally, Not Highway Food
However, after an estimated 40 hours with almost no sleep and nothing but McBurgers to eat, Phil did take the time to have a real meal.
Boy, was that kid happy to see a burrito. Carne asada, con todo - his only complaints were the lack of black beans and the parking ticket he received for having a truck with a sign on it.
Welcome To Benitos Taco Shop
Benitos claims to be LA's original taco shop, though I don't know how true that could possibly be. They also claim to be home of the rolled taco, a.k.a. taquito. Prices are low, the floor is dirty, and the burritos are filling.
Here are the locations:
- Beverly and Fairfax (Map)
- Santa Monica Blvd. and Highland (Map)
- La Cienega near Pico (Map)
- Santa Monica and Federal (Map) - my favorite