The tacos on the tray were beautiful. Steve and I were lunching at the Bee Taqueria a couple of blocks east of the intersection of West Adams and South Fairfax. Steve had seen a blurb about this new restaurant in the latest LA times food section and decided that it was the place to try this time around. The restaurant has also been written up recently in L.A. TACO, a news site that I just discovered.
I know this is a digression, but the L.A. TACO website describes themselves like this, “L.A. TACO is a platform for the city of Los Angeles. We are a source of news and information related to food, culture, and community for the metropolitan area.” I haven’t subscribed yet, but I’m thinking about it.
Now, back to lunch.
First, make sure that you don’t accidentally drive by the location, The signage on the street is brightly colored, but small. There is a small parking lot, but it only has 4 spaces. We easily found parking on one of the side streets nearby.
My tastes are pretty simple when it comes to tacos: good tortillas, succulent meaty fillings, simple toppings.
Ordering is done at the counter, next to the door-sized menu (which I found hard to read, the writing was sort of wiped off). The laminated menu on the counter was easier for me to negotiate, and I soon had a blinking black puck in my my hand to tell me when my order was ready to pick up.
Therefore, I avoided the first item on the menu, the Tinga Betabei vegetarian tacos with beets, onion, chile morita, etc. Steve did include one in his order, and indicated that I had made a strategic error.
True to form however, I stuck with the meat fillings rounding out the menu, BBQ lamb, skirt steak, and braised pork. I was not disappointed.
Our pucks buzzed and flashed to tell us our orders were ready and soon we were settled at one of the shaded picnic tables provided. We dug in.
My tacos were on homemade blue corn tortillas. Each of the different meat fillings were unique in their own way. The flavors and textures made for a great lunch. They were served with a small portion of black beans, and pickles.
This place was wonderful, and is representative of the eating opportunities available in southern California if you are willing to travel a little and try places that are out of the ordinary.
I would really recommend that you give this place a try. And when you have guests from out of town that want something out of the ordinary, this is the place. The hours say they are open late on Fridays and Saturdays until 2am for a quick taco after a night on the town.
I’m already planning my next visit.
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