This is my second time eating at Tequila Reef. The first time I tried a tostada (taco salad) and let's just say it was an "interesting" dish which consisted of a vegetable mix that was more like the filling that you would find inside a lumpia. Don't get me wrong..it was good but not what I was expecting.
The second and most recent time I tried the food here I ordered the mini East LA burrito. I am from Los Angeles so I have been eating out at local taquerias and food trucks for a long time now. I've been dying for a burrito for awhile now.
So is Tequila Reef authentic...nah not really. Is it good though? Yes. it is pretty tasty food and i'm willing to forgive the whole authenticity argument because they are trying to do their own spin on Tex Mex.
The mini east LA burrito I got was huge and had a nice layer of cheese and sauce on it. I almost thought the waitress gave me the full version by accident. My only quibble is that I ordered pulled pork and it tasted more like just regular tenderized chopped pork to me but it was still pretty good. I think authentic carnitas is pretty easy to make in a pressure cooker and you can even freeze it so i'm not sure why regular chopped pork is used here.
The portion size at Tequila reef is good, the value is good here, and the service from the waitress I got here (youngish looking girl) was fantastic. I actually like the overall vibe of this place quite a lot and I can tell the owner puts lots of care in how this business is run.
Also i'm glad to see this restaurant has a decent variety of hot sauces on the table.
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