Show me the tacos and chips and I’m a happy girl. Show me the tacos and chips with healthy ingredients and I can leave my Skims at home.

Chicas Tacos is the place where Mexican food takes a healthy turn.  With gluten-free, plant-based and vegetarian options along with non-GMO tortilla chips, this local chain is committed to “serving a better taco.”



For the rest of you—who can eat anything, don’t despair there are plenty of options—they even have pizza!

Let’s talk tacos first because I ate five of them (only for you dear reader) –along with the help of my BF.  My hands down favorite was the shrimp taco, super spicy, amazing taste, it had my taste buds screaming! My second favorite was batter-dipped fish— (I know, not that healthy)—but yummy, the mushroom/cauliflower taco was wonderful, and the BF gave the braised beef three stars, I can’t forget the jackfruit taco, totally delish.  The Horchata was refreshing—for you gringos—Horchata is a Mexican drink made with rice and flavored with cinnamon and sweetened with sugar— (maybe not that healthy, but good!) We also ordered the street corn, which was very spicy.



If you really like bowls, Chicas serves up a market bowl with a choice of protein, cilantro rice, beans, market vegetables, queso fresco, morita salsa, scallion, cilantro.  You can also get the above wrapped in a burrito if that’s your pleasure.  They also serve pizza— “two 12″ Michelin award-winning flour tortillas and three cheese blend – baked and topped with Choriman Red Chicken Chorizo, queso fresco, house salsa, morita salsa, pickled jalapenos, cilantro, fresh limes’ or you can opt for a BBQ chicken pizza.



Also–if you’d like an adult beverage, they got you covered. I tasted the Magical Margarita made with pineapple and lime and well, let’s just say it was a moment of sheer bliss—and plenty of alcohol. They also offer beer and wine and personally, I think Chicas is a great date place, check for their happy hours! Prices are slightly above average— (for Mexican fast food) about 6 bucks a taco, the bowls are about 13 dollars and the Pizzas run about 18 bucks.



The place is clean and bright. We went to the Culver City location (lots of people watching) and fast service.  The local chain (there are four around Los Angeles) was founded in 2016 by Chef Eduardo Ruiz. They offer take-out, catering, and iPad ordering if that’s your thing, or you can just order from the cheerful staff. All in all– a nice healthy selection of Mexican food and drink.

About The Author

Lisa DiGiovine is a yacht owning, Ph.d with a trust fund and a penchant for lying--except when it comes to movies. She loves them. She worships them and outside of a good glass of wine and a date with her boyfriend and a cuddle with her pets---can be found mesmerized in a dark theatre in the back row--losing herself in a marvelous adventure. Lisa is an unscripted TV producer with 3 Emmy nominations and a delirious sense of humor.

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