Orange County Breeze
News of Northwest Orange County, CA




Business

November 30, 2011
 

Tacos San Pedro to open in Cypress

Printer-friendly version of this post Printer-friendly version of this post
Tacos San Pedro, Hawaiian Gardens

At its regular meeting on Nov. 28, the Cypress City Council swiftly approved a conditional use permit for a new “fast-food Mexican restaurant” at 6178 Lincoln Ave., east of the intersection with Valley View Street.

The new restaurant will go in the building that used to house Payless Shoes. Because a restaurant has never occupied the building, the applicant is required to install a grease trap.

All the red tape was matter-of-fact and ho-hum.

What spurred a trip by Orange County Breeze staff to Hawaiian Gardens the next day was the look on Councilman Phil Luebben’s face when he asked whether the new restaurant would serve menudo like an already open Tacos San Pedro down the street a couple of miles, at 11962 Carson St. in Hawaiian Gardens.

Two audience members walked up to the podium once public comments were opened. Both women had earlier talked about surplus Cypress School District property and had not known about the public hearing for the new restaurant, yet the two women each strongly endorsed the Hawaiian Gardens restaurant.

All three — Councilman and audience members — complained about the too-small parking lot, but said the food was great.

Hence the Tuesday drive to Hawaiian Gardens to see what all the fuss is about.

Yeah, the parking lot is small. How small? There’s a note in English and Spanish on the front door apologizing for how small!

Once inside, my first thought was Wow! Clean!

I’ve eaten in some real dives. Tacos San Pedro in Hawaiian Gardens is no dive.

There are a couple of tables outside and maybe ten or twelve tables inside. The service counter is smack in the middle and the cooking area off to the left as you walk in.

After studying the wall menu, I ordered two tacos to go: one asada (beef) and one pastor (marinated pork). Tacos cost two bucks each but these are not your Americanized ground beef tacos.

The service was quick and I was out the door lickety-split to share the bounty with our unpaid office intern.

Each taco was made from two small thick soft corn tortillas stuffed with a mixture of cubed meat, chopped onions and cilantro. Hot sauce was served on the side. No sour cream or shredded cheese anywhere.

Really, really good. The pastor was noticeably spicier than the asada but both made me wish that the parking lot had more spaces.

Now I’m counting the days until the Cypress Tacos San Pedro opens so that I can try out their menudo and find a parking spot much more easily.

Featured photo

An exterior photo by C.E.H. Wiedel of the Hawaiian Gardens Tacos San Pedro. Yes, the parking lot is small. But, wow, those two tacos were good eats.

Enhanced by Zemanta


About the Author

shelley
Shelley Henderson is a reformed computer and networking geek turned freelance writer. Now she only fixes her own networks and computers. That leaves time for writing, and writing and more writing. And editing the Orange County Breeze. Shelley most enjoys visiting and finding out about local businesses to write business profiles that allow our communities to learn more about their local businesses and the people who own and run them. If you own or manage a business in our coverage area and would like to invite Shelley to write a business profile, let us know.



Subscribe to our daily morning email news update!
 
 

 
Logo for Los Alamitos Race Course.

Cypress City Council approves additional thoroughbred racing at LARC

During their regular meeting on Monday, August 25, the Cypress City Council held a public hearing regarding a request to allow additional thoroughbred racing dates at Los Alamitos Race Course (LARC). A number of individuals add...
by Katie
0

 
 
French fries, a BBQ Bacon Char burger, and a lettuce-wrapped Santa Barbara Char burger at Habit Burger in Cypress. Photo by C.E.H. Wiedel.

Habit Burger in Cypress: cheerful service, good burgers, not costly

The Habit Burger Grill opened earlier this year at 6830 Katella Ave. in Cypress, a space that used to be a copy shop in the same center as Staples and Ross Dress For Less. When I asked if they had a list of menu items that are ...
by shelley
4

 
 
Curbside trash cans

Cypress City Council makes decision regarding new solid waste franchise

During their meeting on Monday, August 25, the Cypress City Council heard the recommendations made by consultant firm Sloan Vazquez regarding the companies that submitted service proposals for solid waste and recycling. For the...
by Katie
0

 

Subscribe to our daily overnight news summary!

 
Los Alamitos Civic Center

Los Alamitos City Council appoints three Council candidates

On Wednesday August 20, 2014, the City Council voted to appoint three candidates and cancel the 2014 City of Los Alamitos Election. At the close of the filing period August 13, 2014, the City of Los Alamitos had three nominees ...
by courtesy
0

 
 
Jon Peat, candidate for Cypress City Council. Courtesy photo.

Candidate statement: Jon Peat, Cypress City Council

Jon Peat is running for election to one of three open seats on the Cypress City Council. Mr. Peat responded to our invitation, extended at a recent City Council meeting, to all local candidates to send us a photo and a statemen...
by shelley
0