Tacos, and their various toppings, salsas and seashells, are a touchy but important topic for a number of local residents. Where are your loyalties to tacos?
The Santa Clarita Valley has a number of taco hotspots, and loyalties are often established quickly and hard as to which place offers the best value when it comes to creating cheese, meat and salsa. .
There are places in the Santa Clarita Valley that have particularly touched the hearts of local residents, as well as new ones that have just landed on the local taco scene. Here are pictures of some of them:
La Cocina and LaCo Taco
The people of Saugus will defend to the end one of their flagship businesses, La Cocina – and now LaCo Taco at the Valencia Commerce Center – according to their regular customers and owners.
“La Cocina is a neighborhood place,” said Edgar Lopez, whose family has run all three businesses and their new LaCo Taco location for years. We are dedicated to our community; we are dedicated to our neighborhood.
For years, La Cocina has been a tent pole in the community, Lopez says, because everyone knows what goes in is what goes out; from start to finish, the ingredients and dishes are all homemade and fresh.
Their tacos, Lopez said, are no different from the rest of the menu in that the people who cook them have been practicing their trade for years and no matter where you go, the quality of the tacos will remain the same.
“It’s all just back to back, boom, boom, boom,” Lopez said. “You’ll see the group of guys at the new location making the same guacamole, the same salsa and everything… once the shredded beef is working, they’ll shred it, marinate it, and start making the tacos and taquitos.”
La Cocina’s latest business, LaCo Taco, located at 28910 Penn Avenue in Valencia, is designed to allow one-on-one meals for people who want familiar restaurant food but on the go. It’s also designed to help cater for large gatherings that may require a hundred tacos.
“We offer something better than what a food truck does, because it’s just a kitchen dedicated to giving your employees the best,” Lopez said. “If you run a ship that has 60 or 100 employees and you want to treat them to lunch, some crispy hard-shelled tacos with rice, beans, fries and salsa… that feels a lot of good.
At LaCo Taco, you can order what they call “custom boxes” that fit their famous tacos and ingredients, as well as the hot tortillas and toppings for people to mix and match and design their own. own style.
“We have taco boxes that are delivered to people’s homes,” Lopez said. “Nobody does that. We are the first and the only ones to do so.
Guanatos Tacos, located in the old Foster Freeze location at 21525 Soledad Canyon Road, may be the new kid on the block when it comes to the local taco scene. However, they caused a sensation as soon as they stepped onto the playing field for the first time and this is likely due to dipping their tortillas in their signature red salsa.
Vanessa Thay, manager of Guanatos Tacos, said their signature red tacos are semi-crisp and are easily one of their most popular dishes on the menu.
“Not many people like spicy things, so we decided not to make them spicy,” Thay said, referring to the tacos dipped in red sauce. “But for those who like the spicy stuff, we give them (the spicy salsa) on the side.”
Plus, on the side, people can choose between the restaurant’s green salsa or red salsa, pickled onions, radishes, lime, and pickled jalapeño.
The restaurant also lets people decide if they want the toppings on the side, and they offer people a spicy purple habanero onion, or rice and beans on the side which are extra.
Thay said that the tortillas at Guanatos Tacos are all handmade and each can take a few minutes to prepare to ensure that the steak, marinated pork or any other meat is wrapped in absolute freshness.
Guanatos Tacos is also one of the few places of its kind that offers drive-thru to customers looking for tacos. They opened less than a few months ago, but according to Thay, the Guanatos Tacos line has gone “out of the gate and around” and drive-thru has been backed up to the Soledad Canyon traffic light.
Dario’s Mexican restaurant
Unless you’re specifically looking for it, or knowing how to make your way to its front door blindfolded, Mexican restaurant Dario’s might sneak up on you as you walk past it at 24523 Newhall Avenue.
However, for Newhall residents, entering the restaurant under the sign with his name – in the same parking lot as a gas station and liquor store – means having a hearty Mexican meal and drinks to tell your friends about. .
Julia Reyna, director of Darios, says that just like the aforementioned places, the ingredients for their dishes are either homemade or brought in fresh.
“I’m pretty sure these will be the hard shell tacos everyone is talking about,” said Reyna, when asked why people love Dario’s tacos so much. “These come with grated beef or grated chicken, lettuce, cheese, and tomato salsa. “
“I’m pretty sure it’s actually the meat and the ingredients that go with it,” said Reyna, when asked why tacos seem so special.
According to Reyna, Darios’ chef Abraham has been at the restaurant for several decades and his seasonings on the meat are unique to his experience. Plus, all of the salsa is homemade, and people have salsa and froth their hard shell tacos.
Dario’s tacos, according to Reyna, pair well with their Cadillac margarita, which features 1,800 tequila, a bittersweet blend, triple sec, and Grand Marnier on the side.