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Panic suddenly set into me when I realized that this is probably the last year I’ll be in the LA area before moving to NYC. Holey moley, I thought. There’s a treasure trove of Asian and Mexican food to be found and I’m spending my time on monte cristos (see below)? Give that this is a Tuesday night and there’s a buttload of homework to be done, I did a quick search for taco joint in the Claremont area and then beggggged and convinced my dear friend Fan that we would simply die if we did not have tacos for dinner.

And so here it is! Dining options are limited in Claremont :( (unless you consider Macaroni Grill and Olive Garden to be the height of culinary success) and Patty’s is one of the few restaurants that people head to with an excitement to eat good food, as opposed to filling your stomach. It’s a dingy old spot, I would have headed in anyways but the “A” health inspection was a little reassuring.

Patty’s is known for two things: 1. The Hot Sauce 2. Fresh House made Tortillas.
They give you a little bottle of the sauce if you get take out, but if you sit in and eat, they provide a whole big bottle. I watched as two different groups of people downed the entire bottle with their burritos. Is that sick or impressive?

You have to forgive me for any incorrect descriptions or analysis of this taco. My lack of experience with Mexican food leaves me only with eager taste buds and a lot of attempt with descriptive words. The Carne Asada Taco held fair sized chunks of tender steak with just the right chew, a pile of lettuce, tomatoes and onions. It was just good. Tasty, with all that meaty-ness and a good squirt of hot sauce (actually the sauce was good but not all that spectacular – think slightly sweet watered down Siracha – I concluded that people used so much sauce because it takes a heavy dose to taste the spiciness!) I liked how the taco tasted “fresh” and clean – not at all like what I’m used to from Taco Bell (which is surprisingly one of the more successful fast food places in Hawaii). I was a bit bummed when I discovered that only the tortillas used for burritos were made in house, but that’s just another reason to return.

This was the first time I’ve had a potato taco and boy, if Patty’s was in walking distance my consumption of fried foods would increase infinitely. I’ve never even heard of a potato taco before, and knowing me, I felt an instant attraction to carbs. A soft tortilla was filled halfway with a seasoned mashed potato mix – slightly chunky. Then,…here comes to good part, then entire thing was deep fried! Mmm, yum indeed! The potatoes we slightly spicy and their soft texture provided a welcome contrast to the golden crisp shell. Finished with lettuce, tomatoes, and cheap old cheese, I think I got a good deal for my dollar. I don’t know how many tacos on average constitutes a meal, but the two from Patty’s plus an avocado milkshake filled me up pretty good. I’ll definitely be back to try the burritos – can you believe I’ve yet to have a fresh flour tortilla??!

PS
I’m also going to try stop with all these fried foods for a while. For the sake of my arteries! haha. we’ll see how long this lasts :)

Patty’s Mexican Foods
1332 North Towne Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 625-9160

9 Comments
  • anonymous
    September 27, 2006

    you gotta try out the taco shacks closer to the city…there are several really good places. if you are interested, i can point out a few. let me know

  • anonymous
    September 27, 2006

    btw…you’re also gonna miss all the asian food!! whatever will you do?!but on the flip side, im envious… spending long spans of time in LA, NY AND hawaii…i can only wish i get more than 2 weeks anywhere outside of LA…

  • anonymous
    September 27, 2006

    I lived in Guadalajara for a month and I always get a mad craving for some fresh tortillas, salsa, and white cheese. Sigh. In other words, I’m hella jealous you get to eat this food :)

  • elmomonster
    September 27, 2006

    This place sounds like the kind of place I like. The kind of place with huge carne asada burritos and squirt bottles of hot sauce.

  • anonymous
    September 27, 2006

    Hi Kathy – There’s a wealth of Mexican food out there! Good for you for taking the time to check it out. BTW, I think you’ll really like Al Pastor…I don’t know why, I just think you will.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 27, 2006

    Hey Ed!Please do! I’ll be gone in May! But until then, recommendations away, please! :) Asian ones, tooo…hehe, I think I’ve a natural preference for asian food, spicy ones in particular…and sweets. oh yes. who can forget the sweets! and bread. ho boy. I better stop. getting hungry again. If easier – email – kathyylchan@gmail.comThank you! :)Hey Tristan!Lol, I only can eat this food when I beg/convince a friend to drive me! It’s a hard life, lol, living with no car in LA. :) And think of all the traveling you get to do – now that deserves envy!Hey Elmo!You’ve pinpointed Patty’s exactly! Now if only I had a car – I’d go out and have a carne asada burrito with lotsa hot sauce just for you!Hey Kirk!Lol! Meee too! Every time you post on Al Pastors, I get this awful craving for it even though I’ve never tasted it before. Next time I see it on a menu – I promise you it’ll go straight to my stomach and onto a blog post! Man, now you got me all excited to try it! (Just have to find someone to drive me…heheh)

  • Chubbypanda
    September 28, 2006

    Kathy,Don’t worry, your arteries are hardening from happiness.It’s not my all time favorite, but I love Mexican food. I spent a few years working right next to Costa Mesa’s Little Mexico, so I’m a little spoiled now when it comes to tasty, south of the border eats. Patty’s sound right up my alley as well. Mmmm…. Fried and spicy…- CP

  • La Vida Dulce
    September 28, 2006

    Taco Factory is pretty reliable, scores of items to choose from and delicious! There are several locations in the IE. Lucky you and all those restaurants in NYC. Don’t forget Some Crust, I love that bakery. They now will ship by mail, with a donation for their shoes for kids charity. How cool is that. Buena Suerte!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    September 29, 2006

    Hey Chubbypanda,Oh yes. Fried and spicy – now that’s the perfect combo (i can feel my arteries screaming in pain…wait till you hear about the dandan noodles I had tonight! :))Hey La Vida Dulce!Taco Factory is right next door to Kiwiberry – I’ll make sure to go there! And those mocha cookies at some crust, sin, I tell you! But sooo good! :) Thanks for reminding me about the good places in Claremont!

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