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Soft - corn tortillas 21 28.00%
Soft - flour tortillas 25 33.33%
Hard shell 29 38.67%
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Old 11-21-2008, 07:55 AM   #1
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Default Tacos: soft or hard shell?

Mexican food is one of my favorite food groups. Ok I know it's not a food group, but it might as well be because I eat a LOT of it. I love everything about it.....refried beans, carnitas, carne asada, rice, salsa, etc...I'm making myself hungry just thinking about it. One of my favorite Mexican food treats is the taco. I enjoy them in all forms (soft, hard shell, make your own, deconstructed, on pizza ), but I definitely eat more soft tacos than I do hard. One of my favorite places in L.A. has some killer salsa roja, the type that will make you sweat a little and raise your pulse a bit, and they only sell soft tacos. To me, tacos are only as good as the meat, shell/tortilla AND salsa. If any of the aforementioned ingredients are lacking, the taco's a bust. Anyway, just wondering where everyone stands on this important issue.

BTW, I prefer corn tortillas

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Old 11-21-2008, 07:58 AM   #2
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No option for both? I like double-deckers....hard shell wrapped with a soft tortilla stuck on with refried beans!! Yummy!!
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Old 11-21-2008, 07:59 AM   #3
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Soft. Gotta be Soft
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:01 AM   #4
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Damn you Mike! I'm supposed to be watching what I eat because I've been eating like cr@p ever since Vegas and now you mention Mexican...

I guess you and I will have to herf it up soon, go for Mex, then to somewhere us SoCal folk can actually smoke, hoping that the hot spice which I LOVE won't numb our taste buds for cigars.

Mmm...double-decker, what a great invention.

I'm really torn by your question though Mike. I like fish tacos (only the beer-battered & fried kind) in soft tortillas (flour or corn), but I'm a traditionalist...if hard tacos are really what came first (the chicken or the egg). I'd take a hard beef taco over soft any day.

So what's that favorite restaurant of yours?

Over on the west side, our haunt (we practically lived there) used to be Don Antonio's on Pico between Barrington & Bundy...sounds Italian but it ain't!
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I cant vote in this poll... I like all of the above. However, for strictly tacos, I would probabaly vote hard shell, but let it sit for a few minutes so it gets soft on the bottom and you have the cruncy/soft combo
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Default Re: Tacos: soft or hard shell?

LOVE corn tortillas. Heated up on the grill or even on the burner of the stove.



Hard shell is a distant second. I will eat them but don't buy them.


Flour tortillas are for burritos!
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:12 AM   #7
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I agree with borndead about one thing... flour tortillas are for burritos!!! Give me my tacos with hard shells. (Although I do love the double decker)
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No option for both? I like double-deckers....hard shell wrapped with a soft tortilla stuck on with refried beans!! Yummy!!
That sounds absolutely delicious! I'm trying it the next time I go to a place that serves soft and hard shell tacos.

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Damn you Mike! I'm supposed to be watching what I eat because I've been eating like cr@p ever since Vegas and now you mention Mexican...

I guess you and I will have to herf it up soon, go for Mex, then to somewhere us SoCal folk can actually smoke, hoping that the hot spice which I LOVE won't numb our taste buds for cigars.

Mmm...double-decker, what a great invention.

I'm really torn by your question though Mike. I like fish tacos (only the beer-battered & fried kind) in soft tortillas (flour or corn), but I'm a traditionalist...if hard tacos are really what came first (the chicken or the egg). I'd take a hard beef taco over soft any day.

So what's that favorite restaurant of yours?

Over on the west side, our haunt (we practically lived there) used to be Don Antonio's on Pico between Barrington & Bundy...sounds Italian but it ain't!
It's a dive chain called King Taco and it's great for picking up lunch/dinner. More of a order from the counter type place. The salsa roja will numb the tongue for hours. I love it! Definitely not advised before smoking a cigar as I've found out on several occassions.

I've been to DA's. Great place for hanging out and sipping/throwing back margs. They have a patio in back and I've seen one of the owners smoking cigars there before, but I'm not sure if that was a one off thing. Hmmmmmm……tacos.
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Hard shell all the way.
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That sounds absolutely delicious! I'm trying it the next time I go to a place that serves soft and hard shell tacos.
Not sure if Taco Bell still has 'em on the menu but if I'm not mistaken, they invented it!

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It's a dive chain called King Taco and it's great for picking up lunch/dinner. More of a order from the counter type place. The salsa roja will numb the tongue for hours. I love it! Definitely not advised before smoking a cigar as I've found out on several occassions.
I've driven by numerous King Taco's but never tried 'em. I imagine they're like Tito's Tacos...mmm....

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I've been to DA's. Great place for hanging out and sipping/throwing back margs. They have a patio in back and I've seen one of the owners smoking cigars there before, but I'm not sure if that was a one off thing. Hmmmmmm……tacos.
Definitely great margs & Taco Tuesday (or is it Wednesday...)! You're absolutely right about that patio...I wonder......I'm calling...
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:42 AM   #11
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No option for both? I like double-deckers....hard shell wrapped with a soft tortilla stuck on with refried beans!! Yummy!!
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Not sure if Taco Bell still has 'em on the menu but if I'm not mistaken, they invented it!
That’s right!

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I've driven by numerous King Taco's but never tried 'em. I imagine they're like Tito's Tacos...mmm....
They’re kinda different…a little more authentic. Hmmmm….given the choice, I think I’d take KT over Tito’s.

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Definitely great margs & Taco Tuesday (or is it Wednesday...)!
I believe it’s Wednesday…turns into a madhouse!
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soft corn is the only way to go. Everything else is bastardized.
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Coin flip if I had to choose..

Heads Soft - corn tortillas
Tails Soft - flour tortillas

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The hard shell tacos hurt!
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I like them both. Hard, soft, doesn't matter.
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Corn tortillas 95% of the time.
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Medium is what I like. Juanitas is a local place with (4) round bar tables and about 16 seats. They deep fry the corn tortillas just to the point where they are crispy in spots and soft in others. The shredded beef tacos rock! Killer chile' comes in little plastic containers.

The burritos are pork/rice and beans, good stuff!!!
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Hey Gregg, is Juanita's on Foothill?
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Old school is best (hard shell), but at my age it's easier to chew the soft shells.
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