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Downtown’s Chicas Tacos Jumps to Prime New Culver City Location This Year

The chef-driven taco makers are joining the Culver City renaissance

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Taco from Chicas Tacos
Aliza J. Sokolow
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Culver City’s Mexican food fortunes may be changing soon with the addition of Chicas Tacos to the city’s busy main drag. Depending on timing, the restaurant could be ready to start serving an expanded menu beyond fast casual tacos by the end of the year.

This new Chicas will take over for the closed Primal Kitchen, which opened up back in 2017. The plan is to offer a wider variety of casual modern Mexican dishes to the core Culver City crowds, while also doing beer and wine all day. What those new menu items will look like remains to be seen for now, but there’s no denying the Chicas team will have a larger dining room and kitchen to play with compared to their Downtown original.

It helps, of course, that the BLVD group’s overall food and beverage director is Eduardo Ruiz, a James Beard-nominated local chef known for his critically acclaimed former restaurant Corazon y Miel. The group’s other partners Nicolo Rusconi and Jon and Chris Blanchard are also working on the upcoming Hoxton Hotel and Soho House in the Arts District.

Meanwhile, the hopeful culinary renaissance of Culver City continues, buoyed by an influx of Hollywood studio money from the likes of Amazon and HBO. An incoming downtown Culver food hall is starting to gather up attractive new tenants, and out towards Platform a glut of new developments will add tens of thousands of restaurant floor space in the coming months and years. As for Chicas Tacos, expect an opening before the close of 2019.

Chicas Tacos. 9345 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA.