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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Arturo's Puffy Taco

Arturo's Puffy Taco
15693 Leffingwell Rd
Whittier, CA 90604
(562) 947-2250

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After hearing for years about Arturo's Puffy Taco I finally made the pilgrimage to it a couple weeks ago. Arturo's is its own blend of Tex-Mex and Southwestern-Mex. Of course, those two subsets of Mexican food are not all that dissimilar, but they do have their differences and Arturo's incorporates them both. Their namesake item, the puffy taco, is a traditional Mexican taco except that instead of being served in a crisp shell or a soft shell tortilla it is served in Navajo fry bread, which ends up being somewhere between soft and crispy. That's where the Southwestern aspect comes in, that blend of Mexican food and Native American influences. Images of sombreros resting against cacti further that just-barely-north-of-the-border theme. The fry bread holds it shape when the taco stands up instead of slumping like a soft shell does, but melds with the ingredients better than a crisp shell does. I got my first puffy taco with ground beef but you can also get it with carne asada, carnitas, carne guisada (stewed beef), chicken, or picadillo.


A Little Secret

Arturo's is CASH ONLY. I think they have one of those cheap little rickety ATM's that I hate using, and only partly because of the nasty surcharges. Also, whether you're going to eat inside or outside you still have to place your order at the outside window.