Plancha Tacos

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.

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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.

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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!

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First, we help ourselves to the salsa bar and soda fountain while Peter puts together some samplers for us.

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They have freshly fried tortilla chips with the smoothest, creamiest guacamole.  Actually, it is almost like a mousse.

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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!

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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.

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I admit, I am kind of skeptical of a taco on lettuce.  But it is terrific and surprisingly not too messy!

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Finally, Abe’s Mini Potato Taquitos with a tomatillo-avocado sauce and frijoles.

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I try a bite.  DANG. It is some seriously carby, fry-licious meat-free yumminess.

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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).

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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.

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22 thoughts on “Plancha Tacos

  1. rebecca lustig

    omg a salsa bar?! almost as dangerous as a pickle bar!! ( at least for me.. hah)

    happy thursday 🙂

  2. clairedille

    Yum, that veggie friendly menu sounds right up my alley…will have to go since I’m going to be out there in a week! yay!

    thanks for the freshguide link! I haven’t heard of that one but just signed up for the LA groupon.

  3. Simply Life

    oh that looks DELICIOUS! I love that you brought your own tupperware- we’re pretty scary when it comes to chips and salsa within arms’ length 🙂

  4. Light Delight with Tou Tou

    Hi Lynn, that was quite yummy meal! I love that carrot ginger soups, really fresh and creamy 🙂

  5. Lauren

    I am super jealous of your variety of amazing Mexican food in LA. Nothing is more satisfying than mexican, especially, good fresh mexican food! It looks sensational!

  6. Rachael

    I miss good, cheap Mexican joints. In my neck of the woods, Mexican food is often referred to as Spanish, and usually involves the unholy marriage of canned beans and Velveeta!

  7. Ameena

    This definitely is a place I’m putting on my list. If only the traffic getting to West Hollywood wasn’t such a nightmare…

  8. Maria M.

    I’m jealous! I love, LOVE, L-O-V-E, a good fish taco. And, the shrimp taco looked incredible as well. *Sigh* I miss LA.

  9. Sorell Says...

    I go by this place all the time, because I take classes at Swerve! I will try it now for sure 🙂

  10. Erica

    What an awesome free meal! That place looks incredible. I like the idea of a more “whipped up” guacamole. And any restaurant that has lots of veg friendly options is a winner in my book. The space totally looks beautiful too. Have a great weekend!

  11. KeepItSweet

    you definitely get such better mexican food on the west coast! i’d love some good tacos right now:-)

  12. wendy lee

    Now that’s a place I’d like to go to when I visit L.A. Yummers.
    BTW, how could Abe not like soup? SOUP?????????? A broad category, encompassing much that is wonderful in the world of food….

  13. Gail Flackett

    Had a quick lunch here with Jen and Mark thanks to your recommendation. We were driving past it. A great recommendation. Thank you! Gail

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