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Los Angeles is a city that happily takes its tacos standing up, and Taco Pete on Central Avenue in South L.A. is happy to oblige. The off-yellow walkup near Watts is a local favorite for its cheap takes on very inauthentic Mexican food. Tortillas are fried hard and emerge greasy, stuffed with salted strips of carne asada or simple ground beef and cheddar cheese shreds. You could try ordering french fries and basic burgers by shouting through the layers of security bars and bullet-proof glass, but it's best simply to point at the box of tacos that the person in front of you just picked up and tell them you want the same. You may not have any place to sit, but Taco Pete can still treat Los Angeles taco lovers to a good time.
Here's the general rule about food that's bad for you: The rattier the place looks, the better the food. If the proprietors haven't made it a practice to paint, or to relettering their signs, and yet they have a lot of business, you know the food is really good. Such a place is Taco Pete. Some might also be unfamiliar with the neightborhood: the corner of 120th Street and Central Avenue, on the edge of Watts. Its employees are protected by security glass and metal bars to discourage robbers... More »
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