There’s a surprise new taco operation lighting up social media in Jefferson Park these days, and it’s called (aptly enough) Taco Window. The diminutive space is run just off Jefferson and 7th from a pair of tiny takeout windows that hold a sub-100-square-foot commissary kitchen inside.
Up until last weekend, Taco Window was the sort of place one could drive right past without even realizing. But thanks to a big bright red paint job and sandwich board sign out on the sidewalk, the word is officially out on the month-old eatery.
So what to expect? Nothing much in terms of decor at least, just a couple of metal bar-height tables for leaning and eating. Most orders are grab-and-go anyway, and there’s a pretty steady influx of folks coming from the laundromat next door.
Taco Window is run by a pair of friendly French men who moved to Los Angeles a few years ago, and live not far away from the restaurant. Owner Basile trained primarily in pastry and ran the show at Cafe Mauro inside Fred Segal for a time, but is now working a tight menu of handmade corn tortillas, carne asada, fried fish, scallop tostadas, and churros. Everything is under $3, including the six rotating $2 taco selections.
The early popularity of Taco Window offers a possible glimpse into the future of Jefferson Park and adjacent West Adams. Big names are beginning to descend on the area including Daniel Patterson and Tony Yanow, while stalwarts like Revolutionario continue to fight development battles of their own just up the street.