This place brings back pleasant memories of the movie Nacho Libre, a Jack Black classic in which he becomes a luchador to save the world or get rich or something. I can't quite remember actually, it's been a long time. It's not obvious that Taco Libre got it's namesake as a parody of the movie title, but the fact that they rhyme and that the inside is adorned with luchadors seems to suggest that the inspiration is there.
So, first I'll start with what I liked. They make one of the most bomb breakfast burritos I've ever had. Do you get to choose the meat? No. Is it the size of a small baby? No. But for the money it is so delicious, I can't recommend it enough. The eggs were cooked perfect, the bacon slices are thick, it's perfection.
And now the bad. The menu situation is kind of confusing, firstly their menu in my opinion is a little big. I like places that keep things small and simple, but I realize that's a personal preference. But what was strange was that as I got to the register they appeared to have a second paper menu, with different stuff on it. What. Why. Kind of annoying actually, cause I probably would have ordered something off the paper one. I included pictures of both.
The other thing I couldn't let Taco Libre off the hook about was the prices. I didn't try a fish taco, because a fish taco costs $6. Like, bruh. $6? For one taco? I know it's Santa Monica, but this ain't James Beach. I knooooow you don't got a guy in the back scaling and butchering the fish. Ricky's Fish Tacos, one of the most highly lauded tacos in the freakin' city, doesn't even charge that much.
I ordered a carne asada taco to go along with the breakfast burrito. $3.25 gets you a tortilla with some carne asada on it, and then you can dress it up at the salsa bar. The avocado salsa is good, but the rest of the salsa bar is just...well it's a salsa bar. Use your imagination. Other than needing some labels so that we don't have to guess what we're putting on our tacos, it's functional. But this ain't worth $3.25. For $3.25 I can go to Guisados and get blown away by their amazing tacos. Just sayin'.
Also, I wanted horchata and they said they "Don't have horchata today". I guess that's only on weekdays or something? Blah. : /