Wednesday, March 21, 2012
My grandparents sold their house and moved to a condo on Duarte Rd in Arcadia when I was 12; the thing that excited me most about it was its location a block and a half from Taco Lita. After Friday night basketball games in high school I would often order two of the aforementioned Friday Night Specials - I never ate all ten tacos, though once I managed nine. (These days three is enough to satisfy me; like my high school body fat percentage or ability to dunk a basketball, those days of eating more than six tacos are long gone.)
For three years in my mid-20s I worked in Sierra Madre and the image of my dad stopping by on Friday afternoons with a sack of tacos for me will never be forgotten. (He had to place his tacos on the roof of the car so that the dog - his constant car-ride companion - wouldn't eat them while he came in to deliver mine.)
These days I don't make it to Taco Lita nearly as much as I used to. It had been months since I'd had any. But I couldn't leave the San Gabriel Valley next week without one last trip. So I stopped by for lunch yesterday.
The one thing that has changed, and changed a lot, is the price. When I remember ordering those tacos as a teenager they were 75 cents. The last time I wrote about Taco Lita, in February of 2009, they were $1.55 each. Now they are $1.90. The way of the world, I suppose.
I ordered three tacos - $6.20 - and took them to my car to listen to the Angels game. (Just as El Taquito Mexicano's al pastor tacos have replaced any longings for Taco Lita's, the Angels have long since eclipsed the Lakers with my sports devotion.)
But by no means does this lessen my love for the place. Because for what they are, the tacos are fantastic. Some people like to point out that this are not "authentic Mexican" tacos, as if that is some kind of a dig. They are not authentic but I don't expect anyone orders them expecting a Mexico City street taco. They are crunchy, full of fresh ingredients and juicy meat. If loving that is wrong, I don't wanna be right.
I ate all three tacos and felt satisfied, though I still considered ducking back inside and getting two more. But I didn't. They'll have to wait.
Posted by JustinM at 10:15 AM