City Guide: El Tarasco

Satiation by the Sea

For over 40 years a tasty Mexican counter has fed hungry beach-bound locals and late-nighters alike. 

WRITTEN BY CONSTANCE DUNN  | ILLUSTRATION BY JAY BROCKMAN

Next time you’re in the North End of Manhattan Beach, and craving a cheese-smothered enchilada or heaping plate of carne asada with rice and black beans, slip into this colorful, sticker-laden shack, just steps from Highland and Rosecrans Avenues, and two blocks from the beach.

Open since 1969, the small, casual spot offers about a dozen seats along the counter, where friendly staff are quick to take your order and serve crisp tortillas and tangy salsa while you wait. Clock the daily specials for price-busting combos like Monday’s deal on the super-popular Jr. Super Deluxe Burrito, a filling behemoth served wet and topped with fresh guacamole and sour cream.

 If a craving occurs later at night, you’re in luck. The local institution—one of four locations but the most homespun by far—is open until 1 am during the week, and as late as 2 or 3 a.m. on weekends.

El Tarasco

316 Rosecrans Avenue
Manhattan Beach,CA 90266
310.545.4241
ElTarasco.publishpath.com

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