If Los Angeles is known to do one thing right, it’s definitely its Mexican food. Los Angeles has Mexican restaurants in every corner of the city but in the heart of San Fernando Valley stands Quires Tacosway. Serving traditional Mexican food, traditional Mexican seafood and their signature TheWay dishes.
This brightly colored boho restaurant sits on San Fernando Road and it’s bound to catch your eye as you pass. Their aesthetically pleasing patio is lined with greenery and bamboo chairs making it stand out next to the beige architecture around it. It only gets livelier inside, you’re immediately met with loud reggaeton music and huge arrangement of dried pampas and flora lining the ceiling above the host stand. Neon signs with sarcastic mexican slang also hang at every wall one even reading “ Ah Huevo Wey”. The inside is dimly lit allowing its few chandelier lights, neon signs, and blacklight fairy lights to create a club like ambience.
Quires Tacosway opened back in 2012 expanding from the owner having operated a hot dog cart in Los Angeles. Owner Gabriel Barajas says “Mr.Tacosway recognized that the local industry was missing a hip mexican restaurant”. And that it is the only restaurant that has a similar vibe and aesthetic is Mama Por dios which is not as casual or affordable.
Visiting Mid day on weekdays the restaurant sported a rather empty appearance. They are open Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.- 1:45 a.m, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 1:45 a.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. But according to the server “Saturday nights are crazy, the patio and bar are almost always packed”. They immediately sat us down and started recommending drinks and food.
The menu has all the Mexican dishes you could want but their specialty menu is definitely their TheWay menu. This menu includes the Mr.Tacosway Platter sampling four of their famous The Way tacos. The platter at $20 will have a tacosway, bajasway, gringaway, and papa con chorizo taco, which if each ordered separately would cost $22 instead. Along with the tacos on the way menu they also have Papas al Way standing at $18, which is thickly cut fries drenched with nacho cheese, a very generous choice of meat asada or pastor, diced onion and cilantro, topped with a large dollop of avocado salsa and sour cream served in a bowl.
While the platter only offers four of their signature tacos they are definitely filling, each taco is filled with meat to the brims of the tortilla along with cilantro and onion. The exception of this being the bajasway taco which is battered fish, tangy tartar sauce, and pickled purple onion. Each taco is dressed heavily with sauces, salsas and condiments as well, there will be no need of asking for extras.
Their chicken taquitos are plated in a cross absolutely swimming in salsa verde and drizzled with sour cream. These sit at $15 and are nothing special, just fried tortilla and chicken. You also only get two tacos with no sides so for the price point there are more filling options on the menu.
One thing that definitely stands out on their menu is that any taco has the option to be made keto and they have fake meat options as well. It is rather rare when a Mexican restaurant has options for multiple dietary restrictions so this is definitely a plus.
Quieres Tacos Way definitely has Mexican food done right and with a modern twist on certain menu options. Their drinks menu is endless and is definitely the place to grab a bite with a group of friends to enjoy good music and good eats.
Location: 1245 San Fernando Rd, San Fernando, CA 91340
Prices: Tacos $4 to $7.50, entrees $15 to $18, and Dinner platter $20 to $28 Details: Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.- 1:45 a.m, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. – 1:45 a.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.