Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Where have I been?
Waiting in Line at Tito's Tacos
... among other things
While my iBook was in the shop being repaired the last few weeks, I had the chance to take in some sights, do some baking, and a bit of reading. Finished reading Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire which was a great gift I got for my birthday. And a few weekends ago, I stumbled upon a bookstore in Glendale called The Mystery and Imagination Bookshop that even had signed first edition copies of the book along with other great reads signed by author Ray Bradbury and many more.
This past weekend, MS made the big move to his new condo in West LA. I helped with manual labor and some minor decorating tips, but the highlight of Sunday evening was our trip out to Tito's Tacos. I was shocked to learn that he was a Tito's Tacos virgin, and knew that we had to go! We hopped on the 405 South, exited Washington Blvd, turned North on to Sepulveda, and fought our way to some prized parking in the Tito's lot.
It's funny that I have so many fond memories of Tito's Tacos in Culver City. From playing the coin operated Atari Centipede or the Ms. Pac-Man games, to standing in the long lines outside and inside - they're both about the same amount of time and it's nicer inside on cooler days, to hovering over small wooden tables inside the joint and claiming stake over a table finishing up their meals, to drinking the strawberry soda, to picnicking out on the wooden benches outside with our brown boxes of warm delicious Mexican food. Tito's is a family favorite and I remember stories my mom would tell me of her high school days at this restaurant that's been around since 1959. Tito's was always there for cheap college eats, for quick office lunch runs, for get togethers with LA friends.
I snapped this picture of the ladies behind the glass before they signaled to me not to take any more pictures. I'm always amazed at the efficiency of the Tito's Taco's machine, and I tried to share my Tito's knowledge with MS. Strangers listened in, smiled, and even chimed in. Stand in line. Know what to order. With or without cheese. How many. Place our order: 2 All Beef Burritos with Cheese, 2 Tacos with Cheese, 1 Chicken Tamale, 1 small Guacamole with our complimentary chips and salsa, and 2 soft drinks. All totaling less than $20. Remember who took our order. Step aside. Watch the ladies assemble the burritos, the tacos, the boxes of food. Make eye contact with your server when order is complete. Pay. Grab napkins, utensils, straws. Scavenge for seats.
Lucky for us, a family of four left a nice table for us and we were able to sit right away. I started with my Tito's Taco and made sure I ate all the leftover cheese and lettuce that may have fallen out of the taco. After all, cheese is 40 cents extra and I don't like to waste any food. Crispy, warm - the taco was absolutely delicious. Just like I remembered from when I was a little girl.
Next up for me was my All Beef Burrito with Cheese. I savored each bite, reminiscing the past and taking pride in not making a mess of the melted cheese and specially cooked meat in their secret recipe sauce. I only had to use two napkins while the rest was given to MS. A newbie at Tito's, he's still working on his technique.
The Chicken Tamale was good, but not something I'd order on my own. Took a bite from MS' plate and was satisfied that I could say I at least tried it. I'll stick with my burrito, taco, and chips like I always do.
Tito's Tacos. Simply one of LA's Best and a Must Eat.
Tito's Tacos in Culver City
11222 Washington Blvd (cross street: Sepulveda)
Mystery and Imagination Bookshop in Glendale
Street: 238 N. Brand Blvd