DTLAexplorer.com is a big fan of Chef Ray Garcia’s two DTLA restaurants Broken Spanish and B.S. Taqueria. So you can imagine our excitement when we found out Chef Garcia was opening a mini-restaurant inside Staples Center. The B.S. Taqueria concession counter officially opened Friday, and we could not wait to check it out Saturday during the Kings game. It’s located on the lower level near section 117 very close to the Team LA store. We busted our way through the crowd during the first intermission and jumped in line which wasn’t too long. There are only three different kinds of tacos on the menu, so I have no idea why the line moved so slowly. It moved so slowly that we missed a goal by Alec Martinez in the second period (not cool). I’m sure faster service is something that can be fixed.
When we finally made it to the counter, we ordered the Carne Asada tacos. You get 2 tacos for $14. Yes, that’s pricey, but everything is overpriced inside Staples Center. Each mini tortilla is covered in chunks of flank steak topped with guacamole, pico de gallo and salsa roja. The problem was trying to eat these things at your seat. Because they were so stacked, it was impossible to pick them up, and we didn’t grab utensils, so we just had to pick it apart with your fingers. Don’t get me wrong, it was delicious, but a total mess to eat.
I also ordered a drink called the Palomas ($15) made with tequila, lime, grapefruit and ICE… way too much ice. There was about 3 or 4 swigs in the cup… and the rest was ice. A little less ice and this cocktail would be perfect.
And finally we grabbed an order of the Churros ($7.50) that come with the chocolate/chili dipping sauce. At the restaurant, these churros are served warm, and they are divine. At Staples Center they have to make them in advance to keep up with demand. Our Staples Center churros were still good, but warm like in the restaurant.
Okay, it sounds like I don’t like the new B.S. Taqueria in Staples Center, but I do. They just need to work out a few kinks. But to be totally honest, I suggest you go to the real B.S. Taqueria restaurant on 7th Street before the game, but if you are hungry during a game get the chicken sandwich at Ludo Bird inside Staples Center. It’s still overpriced, but a lot easier to eat!