NEW COLUMN: The Poorman's OC '4 Under $6': Under $1 Taco Madness!

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Gentle readers: Behold the debut of our latest column: "The Poorman's OC 4 Under $6, written by our own King of All Media, Jim "The Poorman" Trenton! Every week, he'll regale us with cheap eats and things to do in this great county of ours. Now, here's the Poorman!

"You Can Enjoy The Good Life Without Spending Big Bucks!" That's always been my motto as The Poorman. My career began as a writer of restaurant guide books that I self-published entitled The Poorman's Guide To Gourmet Dining 4 Under $6. Both books made the Los Angeles Times' Critics List. It was a lot of fun putting them together, as well as eating my way through So. Cal. I got my first on air job at KROQ and the name "Poorman" as a reviewer of 'Under $6' eateries. Part of the job was hustling free meal certificates for the broke KROQ air staff. The rest is history.

The goal of this column is to tell you about awesome things in the OC that cost less than $6 (not sure if I'm getting the Weekly staff free meal certificates as well). OC, for the most part, is a pretty expensive place to live, and this will definitely be a challenge. Every deal spotlighted in this column will get a rating from 0-5 PoorStars based on the Poorman's 'Cheap Scale Of Excellence' (5 Poorstars is the ultimate). Anyhow, things have come full circle for me, so let's get started! And, thank you OC Weekly for giving me this opportunity!

Under $1 Taco Madness

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In New York, $1 pizza slices are the rage. In The OC, it's $1 tacos! Unbelievably, one buck a taco may actually be on the expensive side! There are plenty of eateries charging less than a dollar per taco. I may have shot my wad here in week one (sorry, I know that sounds gross), but I believe we may have already located the ultimate Poorman eatery! This restaurant has prices that even the most broke, down-on-your luck human being can afford.

It's actually a taco truck named Tacos El Chavito located in Huntington Beach, which Gustavo has talked about many times over the years. I found this place on a tip from Facebook friend Robert Manny Lobo. The truck is parked on Morgan, a quiet little street just off Slater, very near the corner of Beach and Slater. El Chavito is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week. When I arrived, there were probably 20 people waiting in line on a Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.. The atmosphere is very chill, and the truck is super-clean. The dude popping his head out of the small opening to take and deliver your order adds to the ambience. One taco is an amazing 49 cents, basically two for a buck!!!!! The tortillas are homemade! Service is ultra-fast (under three minutes)!

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They even throw in a free glass of pineapple juice! If that's not enough, you can help yourself to unlimited free marinated jalapeños and vegetables! What a freakin' deal!!!!! There are 9 different types of Tacos to choose from. I splurged by spending a whopping 1 dollar, ordering carne asada and pollo tacos. Delicious! Excellent quality meats. They also feature lengua, carnitas, chorizo, pastor, chicharron, buche, and cabeza.

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A great indicator of how good El Chavito is...spotting an HBPD officer pulling up in his cop car, and placing an order. If cops eat there, you know it's good. And yes, he actually paid for his meal.

He told me he loves the place, and "you can't beat the price!" No you can't! Ridiculous! El Chavito has the cheapest prices I've ever seen, and there is no sacrifice in quality. I don't know how these guys do it. I give El Chavito a perfect 5 PoorStar Rating.

Tacos El Chavito, on Morgan Street between Slater and Speer Avenues, Huntington Beach. No phone number.

RATING: 5 PoorStars

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There you have it! The 1st edition of the Poorman's OC '4 under $6'. It won't ever get much cheaper than this, but then, maybe it will!


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To Contact the Poorman about any great deals that you know about (not just food) in OC and Long Beach, hit him up on Facebook @ Jim Poorman Trenton, Twitter @Poorman1, email pooorman@aol.com, website www.poorman.com or his actual cell phone (949) 870-6155 (Yes, the Poorman actually answers his phone, even at 3 AM. Booty calls encouraged.).

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Location Info

Tacos El Chavito

Morgan St., Huntington Beach, CA

Category: Restaurant


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18 comments
Neil Manglani
Neil Manglani

is this the same poorman that had that Bikini Beach show? He looks like it but Im not sure

cynthia.curran8
cynthia.curran8

It seems like the Japanese have a thing for humanoid robots cause they keep coming up with more and more interesting models. This robot was designed to be the perfect house maid; it can do laundry, serve your food, do the dishes and even prepare you a microwave oven dinner and after that, sweep the house clean! Neat isn’t she? Well don’t get your hopes up just yet, the team of experts who designed and built this extraordinary creature say that it we won’t see the robot maid in mass production for another 15 years. Till then, we can just look at the video below and hope 15 years pass faster.

I read articles on robots and a lot of Latinas are maids, what happens when robots are cheaper?
Read more: http://www.vyperlook.com/amazing-incredible/robots-replacing-humans-sooner#ixzz2ircNTzAn

dtakeda1
dtakeda1

I always wondered how you got your nickname.  Now I know.  Thanks for the tips.

STOPTHERECONQUISTA
STOPTHERECONQUISTA

NOBODY...AND I MEAN NOBODY....HATES GUS'S RECONQUISTA ATTITUDE MORE THAN I.....but....UP YOURS POORMAN. 

GUS IS THE FOOD EXPERT FOR OC AND YOU NEED TO SHUFFLE YOUR UNEMPLOYED WORTHLESS UNFUNNY ACTION BACK UP TO THE PASADENA SOUP KITCHEN YOU CAME FROM.


I take my food advice from OC's finest food leader. GUSTAVO.


frankly, I smell a late 20s newly hired OCW 'promotions manager' behind all this. Somebodies cousin I imagine.





20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

Hi Jim.  Your new column needs some pics of po' babes.

Chris J Caroselli
Chris J Caroselli

Am I the only one around here who doesn't eat off the Roach Coach?

reviews2
reviews2

Just drove by El Chavito. Ton of people there.

David M. Smith
David M. Smith

Great article! I can't wait for more from Poorman

Louis Lopez
Louis Lopez

I remember partying with Poorman at SkiDazzle!!! Plus, there were Hawiian Tropic girls!!!

Justine Burgess
Justine Burgess

Cool! Poorman's back! He used to come in to OCR to do a show on OCN...that was waaayyy back. ;)

René Bruce
René Bruce

Wow he's still alive.. I almost ran this idiot over many times as he jogs up and down superior hill in the bike lane at night without any reflective gear on... total tool...

Roberto Hamilton Blackburn
Roberto Hamilton Blackburn

If the taco conversation in the OC does not start with mentioning El Campeon in San Juan Capistrano then you are just wasting your time.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Real Tacoz  75 cent tacos on Tue/Thur are delicious. Buy 'em by the bag!

dale_c
dale_c

@Neil Cleveland Manglani Unfortunately yes, yes he is.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@20ftjesus  

How about that cute blonde in the pink bikini who was in that car dealership commercial with him? She was sexy and not too skinny! :-)

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