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Old 07-30-2016, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Watching Rockford Files, 1974, and noticed James Garner's staple meal is a taco purchased at a taco stand. Filmed in Los Angeles or so.

I was a kid in NYC/Miami then and do not recall tacos at all. Did notice them via television commercials in the later 1970s both for home cooking, Old El Paso, and fast food franchises- Taco Viva,etc.

Was it then as now- toasted tortilla, ground beef cooked in a sauce, diced tomatos, sliced lettuce? I do not recall onions or beans on them.
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Old 07-30-2016, 06:19 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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I live in San Antonio, Texas gateway to America as is LA. I would imagine influences here would be roughly same as in LA. My first taco was a real experience I remember well ...must have been late 50's early 60's. Tortillas were fried as is conventional way with ground beef only. To my recollection no lettuce or tomato.
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Old 07-30-2016, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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I'm 60+ and grew up in LA eating tacos at the taco stand. They were soft corn tortillas, chopped skirt steak, onions, and cilantro.
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Old 07-30-2016, 06:28 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Growing up in the SF Bay Area in the 70's, I ate tacos a few times. It wasn't until I left home for Southern California to attend college that I ate the fantastic tacos that LA has to offer. Hard shell tacos at some great places and soft tacos at restaurants, taco stands, etc. The hot sauce at some places is to die for!

I recall eating at my first King Taco in East LA in the early 80's. Outstanding!
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Old 07-30-2016, 06:30 PM
 
Location: South Central Texas
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I'm 60+ too Maggie. I think they were soft corn tortillas here too. Fajitas came along much later here though. I don't recall them until about the last 20 years if that. Carne guisada became my favorite in the early 70's.
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Old 07-30-2016, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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I don't think I ever even heard of fajitas until after I left LA in 1988.
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Old 07-30-2016, 06:54 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Mexican workers came north during WWII, especially in Southern California. They brought their food with them. Bless them for that.
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Old 07-30-2016, 08:51 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Yes, one of my favorite cuisines!

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Mexican workers came north during WWII, especially in Southern California. They brought their food with them. Bless them for that.
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Old 07-30-2016, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Charlotte county, Florida
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I had my first taco when I was in 7th grade, I had seen them and heard of them but it wasn't something my family was going to make..

My friends Mom made them for us after school one day, I was hooked..
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Old 07-30-2016, 09:00 PM
 
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JCI was born in Orange County, CA in 1969 and good Mexican food was a part of our diet as long as I can remember. It was just normal food. I was a little shocked to find out people in some regions weren't familiar with it.
Our favorite Mexican place brought warm corn tortillas and cold butter to the table as soon as we sat down. Was I disappointed to go back years later and find the tortillas had been replaced by plain old chips and salsa.
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