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Your Favorite Taco Spot in Los Angeles
The Compton, Watts, and South Central LA area on Central Ave. was in the1960’s known for the affluent communities with American Blacks owning and operating many of the local businesses from food, entertainment, farming, and other industries. The Jones Legacy of “Taco Pete” begins with a pair of sisters Gladys and Garthea who were known as “South Central LA” best short order diner cooks. When the then owner of “Taco Pete” reached out to start a new brand of food, Black folks seasoned ground beef tacos and burritos. He entrusted them to come up with a one-of-a-kind recipe, and they did not disappoint. The recipe has been going for more than 50 plus years without ever being changed.
It was in the 1970’s when a pair of sisters first approached their nephew Mack Jones about purchasing into “Taco Pete” restaurants. However, the young entrepreneur Mack was uninterested due to having multiple businesses running at that moment. The sisters were however ever present and persist with maintaining their stake in the restaurant continued approached their nephew into the late 1980’s. It was June 14, 1989, to be exact when Mack Jones on his mother’s birthday became the Owner of two “Taco Pete” locations.
Still engulfed in other business endeavors Mack, allowed his aunties operate the restaurant in full confidence. However, this was also Charles Jones (the oldest of Mack’s children) first introduction to the workforce, management, and daily operations a “Taco Pete” crash course. The Ladies of “Taco Pete” the keepers of the million-dollar one-of-a-kind seasoned ground beef seen the legacy being passed on to the next generations starting with “Chuck” as known in the communities of “Taco Pete”. His last day of high school was his first day of entrepreneurship sooner to be followed by his younger brother (Aaron), son (Derek) and Aaron II (Aaron’s son) and youngest Chef “Ace” (Anthony Jones). Four Generations to be exact. Currently we are expanding in all areas throughout Southern California. The Original Taco Pete will never miss a beat with the knowledge entrusted to them by their great-aunties and father. The Original Taco Pete as now known has reminded a stable in the communities providing simple meals packed with flavor, serving smiles one taco at a time.
We currently have the historic location at 12007 South Central Ave L.A.Ca, 90059 online ordering made easy through the website originaltacopete.com, and 3272 West Slauson Ave L.A Ca, 90043.
We Are the Best
Whether you love tacos loaded with cheese or your favorite taco toppings, we are passionate about making them as delicious and crunchy as we can to tickle your taste buds. We simply make the best tacos in the area and are known for our iconic soft shell tacos.
We are currently offering dine-in at our South Central Avenue- the historic location. If you are planning a treat for your family, please make your way here.
Quality That Never Goes Down
At Taco Pete, ensuring quality food and maintaining proper hygiene is our specialty. When we get an order, we use the freshest and premium-quality ingredients to prepare your taco. We make savory and filling tacos that are mouthwatering until the last bite. Our lovingly made tacos are sure to make your day more flavorful.
If you are looking for the tastiest tacos near 38th street, please visit our latest location.