Monday, June 18, 2012
Original California Taqueria
If I was expecting L.A. tacos, I should have stayed in L.A.
Still, when a restaurant calls itself Original California Taqueria - and its banner reads "L.A. Style" - there is an elephant in the room. It wouldn't feel right to write about a place with that name and not mention that it's not like any taqueria I've ever visited in Los Angeles. So let's just get these four things out of the way upfront and then we can discuss the restaurant for what it is, not what it is not:
1) The tacos were more than three dollars each.
2) My tacos took more than five minutes to assemble.
3) I was asked if I wanted lettuce and tomato.
4) Despite the fact Mexico was playing Brazil in a friendly, the TV was turned to baseball. (This one blew me away more than the other three combined.)
Now that I've mentioned those things, I'll tell you the situation: I had noticed Original California Taqueria for weeks - I walk by it almost daily - but nothing about the place called out to me. (There are taco places I want to try in Brooklyn, but they are inconvenient, for more than one reason.)
But the other day it was hot and I was quite hungry, and tacos sounded good. So I entered OCT, stood in front of the fan for two minutes while I studied the menu, placed an order for two tacos and, noticing a cooler sweating next to the register, a Pacifico.
As I mentioned, it took at least five minutes for my tacos to be assembled. I'm not entirely sure what was happening - the chicken was simmering in sauce; I'm not sure where the al pastor was. (I did not hear the ding of microwaves - maybe it was being kept in a warmer somewhere?)
I certainly won't be taking any out-of-town guests to Original California Taqueria. (They might be doing more harm than good with the "L.A. Style" lettering.) But for what it is, I don't have any problem with the place and I can see myself going back on a warm day for a plate of nachos and a cold beer. And any place in this part of Brooklyn where you can get lunch and a beer and still get change from a ten is okay with me.
Posted by JustinM at 9:00 AM