March 4, 2011

Old School Eats: Henry’s Tacos (LA)

by sarah nevada

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Located in Studio City or Toluca Lake (depending on who you’re talking to) since 1961, Henry’s Tacos has served ground beef tacos served in a hard corn shell. They’ve marginally expanded their menu since then, now offering soft tacos, burritos and the quasi-famous taco burger, but the ground beef remains as basically the only option you have.

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The ground beef is seasoned with familiar dashes of this and that (please don’t ask me what “this or that” is because I don’t know. However, the taste reminds me of something in between a sloppy joe and Lawry’s meat seasoning).

I ordered light, opting for one traditional hard taco and the anglo-fied taco burger.

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The taco is served in a hard shell filled with a generous portion of meat mixed with minced, grilled onions, shredded lettuce, tomatoes and topped with cheddar cheese.

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The combination of the warm meat, chilled lettuce, and hard crunch of the taco shell is deliciously satisfying.

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The taco was refreshingly different than the food truck-style tacos we are currently inundated with–don’t get me wrong, those are great too, but this was a nice change.

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My favorite thing at Henry’s though, is the taco burger. The ground beef combined with the fluffy white bread bun, speaks to a wider audience of gluttonists than the taco does (it really is taking the best of both tacos and hamburgers and combines those elements in to one simple dish).

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The taco burger gets better with each bite as the bun soaks up the meat juice the longer you let it sit. Don’t forget to order the hand-packaged Henry’s hot sauce because it makes every available food item more delicious.

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Henry’s made-to-order meals are cash only so don’t forget to stop at an ATM before you get to the window.

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Although I admit my reason for choosing Henry’s Tacos was purely an economic one, rather than the insatiable craving of a taco burger (oh fine, that too), my lunch left me full, happy and only partially-comatose.

I should also mention that Henry’s Tacos shares a parking lot with one of LA’s finest watering holes, the Starlight Room.

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Map

HENRY'S TACOS
11401 Moorpark Street
North Hollywood, CA 91602

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