Mini-Review: The Taco de Birria at Wilmington’s Taqueria El Taco Loco #4

Taco de Birria de Res. Photo by Jay Keyes.

Here’s something you haven’t seen in a while: a review of a Mexican restaurant that serves beef birria.

I know, I know… but Taqueria El Taco Loco #4 has been doing it before beef birria somehow became a sensationalized SoCal Instagram hustle. Also, the birria these guys serve is better than most of the well-marketed birria trucks you’re hitting up.

I was at Taqueria El Taco Loco #4 this past Sunday at around 9am, and my Taco de Birria de Res ($2.30) came out literally within 15 seconds of my credit card being swiped. Had it been sitting for a while in a queue of rapidly deteriorating pre-prepared food? Nah, the thick handmade yellow corn tortilla was still warm from the griddle, and the beef had held on to the juices soaked into its mostly taut, sometimes tender textures. The scorching salsa roja poured over the beef had a loud vinegar flavor: rare, but welcome.

The interior of Taqueria El Taco Loco #4 won’t win a beauty contest, but outside seating is available, as well as a drive-through. Yes, in greater Los Angeles, you can now get great birria tacos at a drive-through faster than you can get a cup of coffee.

Food/Décor/Service: 4.5/2.2/NA

Taco Scores: Taco de Birria de Res (95)

Jay Recommends: Taco de Birria de Res

Taqueria El Taco Loco #4128 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Wilmington, CA 90744; Everyday from 7:00am-11:00pm; (310) 513-1313

Order Counter. Photo by Jay Keyes.
Taqueria El Loco #4 in Wilmington, from the Road. Photo by Jay Keyes.
The Morning Sun Shines Bright on Taqueria El Loco #4 in Wilmington. Photo by Jay Keyes.