January 31, 2013 |
Since launching in March, Taco Bell's Doritos Locos Tacos have become the company's most successful new product. Now, Doritos will see if the appeal goes both ways by launching chips in a “Taco Bell” flavor. The chips are to be available nationwide for a limited time starting in April, according to Frito-Lay spokesman Chris Kuechenmeister. Each bag will feature two types of chips, both inspired by the nacho cheese and taco taste of the Doritos Locos item. "We're looking to create the same magic with the introduction of the chip version of the same flavor experience," he said.
January 30, 2013 |
It's rare for the people at the Center for Science in the Public Interest to praise a fast-food company, but Taco Bell came in for some this week - for pulling an ad that had been dinged by CSPI as an attack on vegetables. The ad called bringing veggies to a party on game day “like punting on fourth and one; it's a cop-out” that people will even “secretly hate you for.” The ad promoted the Taco Bell “variety 12-pack” of tacos. In the 15-second ad, interesting to note, the lettuce is very visible in the taco shells.
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January 12, 2013 |
Janis Hood got her start at Henry's Tacos when she was 10. Her mother allowed her to fasten caps on the hot sauce and serve RC Cola to customers. Through 51 years, the family business served ground beef tacos and burritos to customers. But on Saturday, the Studio City neighborhood treasure - a favorite of actor Elijah Wood and comedian George Lopez - closed its doors. The shutting of Henry's Tacos, named for Hood's grandfather, Henry Comstock, came after a yearlong saga with the landlord that Hood said began when she applied for a historic designation.
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December 25, 2012 |
Call it a Christmas miracle - Henry's Tacos in Studio City will stay open two more weeks, according to the restaurant's owner. Janis Hood said she is trying to work out a deal between her landlord and a prospective buyer of the taco stand that her grandfather opened 51 years ago at Tujunga Avenue and Moorpark Street. "That's my miracle, I'm going to live to see the first of the year," Hood said. "I'm very hopeful that a deal can be reached. " She said she will run the business until Jan. 10. Hood credited the overwhelming support of Henry's fans and media coverage for keeping a potential deal alive.
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December 20, 2012 |
The first time Matthew Schwartz ditched junior high in the early 1980s, some upperclassmen smuggled him in the back seat of a car and drove to Henry's Tacos. "We could have gone anywhere, but we went to Henry's," said Schwartz, 42, a Pasadena lawyer. "It was the place to go. " Schwartz has been coming to the taco stand in Studio City since he was a second-grader. Other than price inflation, the bare-bones menu has stayed the same for 51 years: ground beef tacos, refried bean and orange-cheese burritos, and "taco burgers.
December 12, 2012 |
First the burger joints wanted to get in on the L.A. action. Now, it's grilled cheese concepts. We already have the home-grown Heywood, a Grilled Cheese Shoppe , in Silver Lake. Huckleberry , Joan's on Third and Grub all turn out credible versions. We've got the Grilled Cheese Truck roaming the streets. Clementine celebrates National Grilled Cheese Month in April with a grilled cheese menu that changes every day. Now comes the Melt , a Bay Area grilled cheese chain from Jonathan Kaplan, who was behind the little hand-held Flip video camera.
December 12, 2012 |
Johnny Lee would really prefer you not order the tako fries at Spirit House , at least when he's around. Because he's a pretty exacting cook, and tako fries are kind of a pain to make. I mean, he peels the potatoes when they come in, and he hand-cuts them, and he soaks them in lemon water for a day or two just to get out some of the starch. Then he fries them for a while in coolish oil, just to cook them through, then chills them, partially freezes them for a while to help set the texture.
December 5, 2012 |
If you should be poking around the industrial byways of Montebello, looking for a stray lonchera or tamale cart on a weekday afternoon, you may run across Sergio's Tacos, one of a small Eastside chain whose best-known outlet is probably the one near Steven's Steakhouse in Commerce. And should you find yourself inside, you may marvel at one of the great taqueria murals anywhere, which seems to incorporate pretty much every conceivable totem of Mexicanismo, from the vision at El Tepeyac to the pretty girls tending cazuelas ; vast cathedrals, handsome ranchitos , and Sombrero Guy dozing against a cactus.
December 1, 2012 |
The gig: Wing Lam, co-founder of Wahoo's Fish Taco, is the face of the surf-inspired taco chain, with 65 restaurants in seven states. The company started almost 25 years ago in an old Italian restaurant near a stretch of industrial office plazas in Costa Mesa. The business: Wahoo's, the fast-casual taco chain, serves up grilled fish tacos with Asian and Brazilian influences in brightly colored restaurants where the walls are covered floor to ceiling with stickers and surfing memorabilia.
November 14, 2012 |
If you are in South Gate, and you have commanded a table at Tacos DF, you are probably here for the Mexico City -style antojitos , which is to say the broad huaraches piled high with chicken, the quesadillas stuffed with squash blossoms and melted cheese, or the saucer-size sopes stained black with musky huitlacoche . If you are a fan of pambazos , the soaked and griddle-crisped sandwiches that are what the devil's mother-in-law...