Vegetarian friendly Mexican food in Mid-City Los Angeles at Plancha Tacos.
One of the best things about living in Los Angeles is the fact that we can get amazing Mexican food for super cheap. Everywhere. Lovely for my taste buds and wallet. However, it is not so great for my cholesterol. I’ve actually been hearing about Plancha Tacos – “a taco joint” – on various blogs. It’s known as a place to get really good and authentic Mexican food with veggie-friendly options. And lucky for us, Peter White (the founder and former Poquito Mas franchise owner) invites me to try a meal on the house.
Located underneath a Swerve Studio on the corner of 3rd and Sweetzer, the menu offers many Yoga Booty Ballet-friendly options (from oatmeal to salads). But it also has plenty of dishes to appeal to the midnight crowd, like Quesadillas and Fajitas.
They’re open all day, til 1am on the weekends. Most of their produce is local (from the Farmer’s Market). And the meats are also hormone/antibiotic-free.
Abe loves their large vegetarian-friendly menu. It is all cooked without lard or chicken/beef stock. The space is very cute, airy, and clean too. Plus, televisions if you ever want to watch a game!
First, we help ourselves to the salsa bar and soda fountain while Peter puts together some samplers for us.
They have freshly fried tortilla chips with the smoothest, creamiest guacamole. Actually, it is almost like a mousse.
Second, we each polish off a cup of their freshly made soup of the day. It is Carrot Ginger (vegetarian) but Peter adds Chicken to mine. It’s so unbelievable – seriously, this is some of the best I’ve ever had. And I drink a lot of the stuff. Abe agrees, and he doesn’t really like soup!
Next, for the main dishes, I am trying the Tiger Taco. This is Spicy Garlic Shrimp with melted jack, onion, and cilantro. Also getting the Fresh Fish Taco. It’s Grilled Tilapia with guacamole, onion, cilantro and chipotle cream sauce on a butter lettuce leaf.
I admit, I am kind of skeptical of a taco on lettuce. But it is terrific and surprisingly not too messy!
Finally, Abe’s Mini Potato Taquitos with a tomatillo-avocado sauce and frijoles.
I try a bite. DANG. It is some seriously carby, fry-licious meat-free yumminess.
To prevent myself from overeating, I come with my own tupperware. After all of these restaurant tastings, I always have some hanging out in the car. I can’t stand to waste food! And I’m bringing home the rest of the chips/dips (not before having about 2 large handfuls).
We are seriously in love with Plancha and keep saying “So great!” the entire ride home. Now we are very excited about trying everything else there. I am actually going to keep a copy of their menu in our car for take out.
Update: After all these years, we still get takeout and delivery from Plancha Tacos on a regular basis. It’s one of our favorite Mexican places in Los Angeles.