6508 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11 a.m.- 4 a.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
No, not that kind of place!
Pictured: Torta (Mexican Sandwich) $7.95
I lived in Los Angeles for 6 months, right in the heart of Hollywood.
If you want my opinion on LA as a whole, you’ll need to buy me a drink and set aside a couple hours.
Hollywood Blvd. itself is pretty horrendous. It’s filled with tourist trap after tourist trap, costume shops, sex shops, Starbucks and awful bars that get you in with their 2 for 1 drink specials and scare you off with their terrible frozen food from boxes.
But nothing I say will ever stop a tourist from going to check it out for themselves. So if you do, please go to Calle Tacos for lunch. It’s an oasis in a sea of mediocre/overpriced bars and restaurants.
Their menu? Reasonably priced.
Their staff? Extremely friendly. All. The. Time. (So rare in LA)
Food? Fresh! I can’t speak to how authentic it is, but I never ate a piece of chicken and thought “what was that, rubber?”
This is what they have to say about their cooking methods on their website:
We don’t use any trans fats, only soybean oil. The Al Pastor is marinated in achiote, a spice that gives the pork rich flavors and color. We buy our meat fresh daily from local farmers. We also make our Horchata (sweet rice water) from scratch and our Jamaica (Hibiscus water) is organic and healthy. The flavors of Mexico have been passed down from generation to generation gaining perfection every step of the way.
This place became a haven for me. I could get reliable food from smiling employees right outside my apartment at pretty much any time during the day or night.
I wouldn’t endorse too many places right outside of my old apartment in Hollywood, but I full heartedly implore you to stop for a taco or torta at Calle Tacos!