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Recession Obsession: Santa Monica’s Tacos Por Favor

Feasting at Tacos Por Favor | Photo by Caleb Bacon for LAist
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The Official Recession has been upon us for fourteen official months. It’s still not a reason we can’t enjoy life. This is LA -- we have a million inexpensive options! A Recession Obsession is meal (or activity) that is fantastic whether times are good or bad -- because it's just that damn good. We last loved on fish tacos, and LA institution Zankou Chicken. Today, we...

There are parts of Los Angeles where you can fling a sombrero and graze a plethora of world class Mexican eateries. While that’s not very polite, that’s not something you have to worry about doing in Santa Monica. This beach city (where Baywatch was shot) has some decent Mexican, but not many taquerias call my name in the night air. Especially in this economy.

Tacos Por Favor sweetly whispers my name and does so politely. Tacos... please... It’s my favorite Mexican joint in Santa Monica, and runs $4-$10 a head. Known for using fresh ingredients, TPF isn't "health food." Fresh ingredients -- ones which aren’t aged or flaccid -- don’t translate to the bland fare that can often be found at healthfully-advertised Mexican restaurants. From breakfast, to lunch, to dinner -- Tacos Por Favor delivers (though I’m not sure if they deliver, literally.)