A blink and you miss it storefront (currently with no sign) on Santa Monica is newcomer Tacos Punta Cabras. With a few tables inside and out and counter ordering, this is a fast (if they aren’t busy) and inexpensive (at least for the westside) option for tacos, tostadas and cocteles. Along with Mexican soda that’s pretty much the whole of the menu.
Bring cash and an appetite because the seafood and veggie-centric menu will have you wanting to try more than your stomach will allow.
The Monster settles on a shrimp taco and a scallop tostada. He’s hungry. He watches as the tiny kitchen gets to work. He fiddles with his phone.
And then the food comes. And it looks marvelous.
To say that they are both great is an understatement. With a lemon habanero salsa the tostado is a fireball of flavor. Loaded with avocado, cucumber, tomato, scallops and a tangy cashew cream sauce it is a joy to eat.
As for the shrimp taco, their most popular item, it rivals the best this city has to offer.
The friendly staff has the music jamming and the food rocking. This is a spot that you will not want to miss. So while parking might be a pain and long lines might mean long waits, hit it up.
Why go? Baja is too far for lunch.
Monster rating: 4½/5 Monsters
2311 Santa Monica Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404