Thursday, 25 April 2013

Places To Eat In Los Angeles: Blue Plate Taco, Santa Monica

Los Angeles natives may have noticed the pretty cool looking taco place that popped up on Ocean in the last month or so. I noticed it to. I also noticed that I have been living in Los Angeles for the last 8 months and I had yet to try any Mexican food, which frankly is criminal. This seemed then, like the perfect reason for me to go and try out Blue Plate Taco one Friday for a late lunch before a few hours spent in the sun at the beach.
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Sometimes I really wish my Instagram shots had the clarity of my DSLR, because I manage framing miracles with them I never seem to be able to capture outside of my iPhone. In other news, about we have my Shrimp Tacos in a pepita salsa served with wedges of lime, cilantro crema and with sides of Blue Plate Taco's house rice and Mexican slaw. Katie had the Chicken Tacos with tomatillo, radish and scallions. 
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While everything we had was simply delicious and fantastically fresh, I was particularly impressed with the flavour balance in the Mexican slaw. But really, I will be going back to this place every time I'm in Santa Monica and after good Mexican food; I want to try their fish tacos, their chicken tacos and some of the seafood plates.
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While we ate, I explained to my lunch date Katie, a LA native that the first time I was ever confronted with a taco (at Taqueria on Westbourne Grove in London) just before I moved to Los Angeles I actually had no clue how to eat it; we don't really have a mexican food culture in England past nachos and packet fajitas. I've been practicing on the tacos from TLT Food in Westwood when I'm there to pick up my favourite Steak Fries, but Blue Plate was the first time I managed to successfully eat both of the tacos on my plate without all the insides of it falling out the bottom and either all over me, or my plate!
Santa Monica beach and pier; recommended but not mandatory activity after you have enjoyed your tacos. Speaking of, what are all your favourite taco fillings? I'm rather new to the whole concept. People also put potato in tacos, right?


  1. Woah this food looks sooo tasty! I want to discover new restaurants in my area now!xx

  2. They look absolutely delicious. I always eat them when travelling in South/Central America but we have a huge lack if them in the UK. White fish are my favourite or shrimp with a spicy sauce.

    Luxx Mint

  3. Potato?! Oh no no no :) kidding, but it's usally for breakfast burritos, which you have to try if you haven't! I lived in LA for 6 years before moving to London and you have got to get your Mexican food fix there before you come back - you won't find a better place outside of Mexico! Fish tacos with cabbage are amazing - if you can get to Long Beach go to Hole Mole. Also, try the little hole-in-the-wall Mexican places, they're all over LA. They may not be healthy or serve beautiful plates but there's nothing better than a cheese enchilada with fresh guacamole and pico de gallo (salsa) - you'll miss it when you are back here and Wahaca is trying to convince you that putting kale in a burrito is "authentic" :) x

  4. Shrimp and fish tacos are my favourite! How could you have been in LA for so long without Mexican food??? That's crazy! I think I'd look like a taco by the time I came home!

    Mexican is definitely the food that the UK is worst at. Especially after living in Mexico for a little while. Wahaca is an actual joke. All I want is a good corn tortilla! We have to order them online to make authentic Mexican! Make the most of it while you're there!


  5. I don't know, I think I was just excited by everything else that was on offer here; the city has the most incredible food culture. At the weekend I'm planning on hunting down one of the Kohi BBQ trucks to try their famous Mexican/ Korean BBQ mash up taco!

    And I know, I've got a post coming up tomorrow with some homemade Mexican fajitas, because even I who usually balks at the idea of having anything out of a packet used to use fajita spice mix and salsa out of a jar! And as for the corn tortillas, I am actually quite happy with the flour ones we get in the UK, but I think that has more to do with the fact I had a bad run in with a piece of corn bread once upon a time, so the whole cornmeal flavour is not something I'm really down with!

  6. Oh my god. Kogi truck is amazing! I tracked it down in 2010 (drove out to a random industrial estate!) and it was the best ever - unfortunately pre-blog though so no photos online to show you.

    And I know what you mean about corn bread. I tried it when we were in the South in October and it's just plain foul haha!

    Can't wait to see your Kogi posts (and all your other posts)!


  7. I'm hoping to get a good Kogi post, but there are always so many people at them I think the best I might get is Instagram, but I'll keep you posted!