With dark lighting and low chatter, La Cabaña in Venice seems like the perfect place for a more relaxed Taco Tuesday spot. Rather than a crowded waiting area or rushing servers, this restaurant has a more intimate and formal ambiance. Instead of having to scream to talk to the person you are with, the quiet atmosphere allows you to speak at a normal tone of voice and you can actually hear what someone else is saying to you.
When seated you are brought chips, salsa and butter. Whether anyone actually puts butter on the chips might be something the restaurant would want to consider. Though the salsa is thinner and a bit more watery than the average pico de gallo that is usually served with chips, it still has a nice spice to it. Most restaurants that hold Taco Tuesday nights charge a dollar per taco. However, La Cabaña is on the more expensive end and charges two dollars. After seeing the size of these enormous tacos though, you will understand where your extra dollar went.
Rather than having a list of the tacos that are offered for Taco Tuesday night, La Cabaña provides the regular menu in which you have to thoroughly search for tacos and their descriptions. There are five different types of tacos offered including two hard shell tacos of either beef or chicken and three soft tacos of fish, carne asada and chicken. The hard shell tacos come with iceberg lettuce and cheddar cheese and each soft taco comes with different complements. The soft fish taco comes with crema, cabbage and salsa fresca; the soft chicken taco comes with green cabbage and salsa fresca; and the soft carne asada taco comes with salsa ranchera. The difference between the salsas and cabbages is not noticeable, but the meats offer a variety of tastes.
With their greasy shell and unflavored filling, the hard shell tacos are not even worth the $2 or the stomachache that follows. The chicken hard taco is completely bland and the meat in the beef hard taco was tough and chewy. Both tacos crumble everywhere when you bite into them making them both very difficult to eat.
The soft tacos are definitely the way to go at La Cabaña. Not only are they tastier, but they are also easier to eat. The soft chicken taco was good but provided nothing special. The fish in the soft taco is perfectly breaded without too much or too little crunch, and is one of the two best tacos of the group. Out of the five different options the carne asada soft taco is by far the best. With juices that spill out of every end and flavor that could knock you off of your feet, the carne asada puts the rest of the tacos to shame.
The service at La Cabaña is prompt and the waiters are friendly. The restaurant even has a chef in the back making fresh tortillas over a fire stove. Though the atmosphere of this restaurant is refreshing compared to the rowdiness of most Taco Tuesday restaurants, the quality of food just is not worth it.
Since 1963, La Cabaña in Venice, CA has been serving excellent Mexican Food - a genuine taste of Mexico. A señorita pats out thick hand-made tortillas on a brick-layered fireplace and a festive guitar trio takes you back to the pueblos of Mexico