Review: Tommy Tacos (aka “Buck Fifty’s”)

by Kelsey

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Even the deafening popularity of Kogi BBQ’s famous little trucks cannot eclipse the fame of the underdog: Tommy Taco.

The little taco shack buried among Westwood’s chains is most notably referred to as “Buck Fifty’s” by UCLA Bruins in memory of its good ol’ days of giant $1.50 burritos and no-sign-out-front status. Now it boasts a TV screen menu and an official sign (along with higher prices), but its late-night hours and greasy Mexican food still impresses its devoted fans.

Grab some napkins with your “Tommy Taco”, stuffed with meat, pico de gallo, cheese, sour cream, and tasty fresh avocado. The little shack also offers its traditional 8″ and 12″ burritos packed with meat, beans, cheese, sour cream, guacamole, etc., as well as its most popular food for drunk college students: the dream fries (basically a plate of fatty, cheesy death: bacon or carne asada, guacamole, cheese, salsa, sour cream, enchilada sauce). Most orders come with chips and salsa.

As it is not a true restaurant, there is limited seating at the counter out front so it isn’t the ideal place for large groups who want to eat there. However, for late-night snacks and affordable Mexican food, Tommy Tacos/Buck Fifty’s is a shack you will want to haunt.

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Tommy Taco
970 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles (Westwood)
Mon/Wed: 10am-2am; T/Th/Fri: 10am-3am;
Sat: 11am-3am; Sun: 11am-2am

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