Rev. Warlock DRACONIS BLACKTHORNE (dblackthorne) wrote,


Snap-E Tacos
15251 Amar Rd., La Puente, CA 91744

Snap-E Tacos {"Snappy's"} is a staple in this neighborhood, with a "mom & pop" feel, and you know you are in for a satisfying repast every time. Located across the street from the iconic Donut Hole, and next door to the In 'N' Out Burger, Snap-E Tacos has remained a favored establishment with their unique brand of Mexican-American food and innovative dishes.

Ideal for drive-thru on the way to the Drive-In Theater. The carved wooden decor adds an almost dollhouse effect, and it is alleged that a skinny ghost in a white shirt haunts the rear area near the back wall.

My personal favorites among the offerings are the "Burrito Dog", a thick beef link inserted into a burrito comprised of their delicious re fried bean confection, soaking in what tastes like enchilada sauce with mounds of melted cheese and sour cream. Their chili cheese fries are legendary, served in a generous portion, which could be a meal in itself. The nachos are remarkable as well, with any additions included to taste, like chunky avocado or jalapeno peppers, if desired.

From experience, these dishes are best eaten with a fork, with a knife included for the burrito dog. And all orders come with their amazing red sauce, a distinctive combination not found anywhere else, complimenting the already luscious food overall with a certain zest, from mild to medium spicy extents. The service is always polite and expedient, and will include extra red sauce free if requested.

The burgers are thick, juicy, with crispy lettuce and fresh tomatoes, and a plethora of 'specials' to choose from.

Whether picking up a quick meal, or a whole dinner, the extensive menu offers something for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


We recently learned that Snap-E's was closed for awhile, due to a change in management and name, now called "Chano's" {although there is a statement at the window stating that it is still "Snap-E's", in that case, the name should be continued}; so we decided to sample if any changes were made to this food genre perfection, and yes, there are indeed some changes. The sauce is a bit different, with a level gone from mild to hot without warning. The burrito dog now contains two slim hotdogs instead of the single thick one. The nachos, though still quite delicious, contains chips that are a small bit crisper, but also thinner.

Fortunately, the friendly staff seems to have been preserved, with the addition of one or two enthusiastic new employees. Chano's is more or less a small chain of Mexican food restaurants who perhaps actually saved this mainstay from abandonment, although a preferred preservation of the original menu is recommended, along with the name, to maintain that certain quality and charm that Snap-E Tacos is known for. ∞


Posted by Snap-E Tacos on Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tags: black earth, dining, food, review, snackrifice, travel

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