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Posted by anonymous on 04/12/2009
From the outside El Tarasco looks like typical fastfood Mexican food. The atmosphere is kinda weird at the Redondo location with the odd fluorescent "daylight" lighting. Service was fabulous and quick. Food is DELICIOUS. Value is great. I ordered the carne asada fajitas and was absolutely impressed with the amount of food I got. At first I was disappointed after only receiving (2) tortillas but I ended up making (2) HUGE burritos, one of which I took home for a second meal.
Posted by Regular customer on 11/23/2007
This is one of a family owned chain. Supposedly the food is the same at all of them. I have eaten regularly at 5 of them, and there are little differences though, which probably is due to the chef's own personalities. I have a favorite item - the Tarasco Burrito - Carne Asada style. Even on this one item, it is not always the same at even this restaurant in Redondo. Sometimes they are a bit salty, sometimes to little sauce, sometimes the burrito filling is not drained enough and the tortilla gets soggy. Occasionally, they are not uniformly warm, and I have to send it back for reheating. Now, while that may sound like a lot of problems, I also have to say that with the exception of the few times that it was too salty, these are the best burritos I have ever had, so, I continue to go back. My biggest complaint is that the prices continually go up. The price hikes may well be reasonable reflections of increased costs, but I notice that while Tarasco has had 5 price hikes since I have gone there, Jack in Box, has continued to offer two tacos for a dollar durion the same period. Lest anyone get the wrong idea, this is not fast food style Mexican food, this is very good food. Continueing the fast food comparison on another note though, if I go to Del Taco and get what I would typically get there, the price differance is not that large. I would leave Del Taco, still a bit hungry, and leave Tarasco quite full. There reason is that the proportions of a meal or ala carte item at El Tarasco, is generous. Adding to that full feeling, is the chips and salsa which are complimentary at El Tarasco, keep on coming. The chips and salsa are really the main thing that keeps me returning. They are excellent. If you like salsa chunky, this is not your place, but there are chunks in it. It is not a saucey salsa either - kind of medium bodied. The salsa has changed some over the years. It used to be hotter - which I prefer, but this is still very tasty salsa, not the less, and while not firey, it is certainly spicier that the suff in a jar from the supermarket (yuck). Some El Tarascos have a liquor license, others do not, this one does, if that is important to you. They also have televisions, including a large screen, usually tuned to the game. They always have a daily special and there are some additional specials on some week nights, do not want to be too parspecific as these are probably promotional, and subject to change.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/08/2006
Great Mexican at a value price!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/15/2006