La Super Rica in Santa Barbara looks like a lonely little taco shack on a corner. But do some research on Chowhound, Yelp, SantaBarbara.com, and find out that this little shack has caused quite a stir amongst taco lovers in SB. La Super Rica is mostly known as "Julia Child's Favorite Taqueria," but locals will differ on how amazing LSR really is.
La Super Rica has the power to cause a Citywide war. Check out some comments I found on Santabarbara.com:
One of the finest
Reviewer: Eric from Santa Barbara, CA
Listen, I love Del Taco, don't get me wrong...but if you are in the mood for a "street" taco from Mexico (and on an even better tortilla, cuz these are homemade and made to order), then La Super Rica is one of the best. I've been coming here for 18 years...the price has never changed...I used to think it was expensive (18 years ago), now, its one of the least expensive in town. I try to get in when there is no line, i.e. avoid it for lunch, but don't miss it!
*Eric...you lost me at "I love Del Taco."
This is the best mexican taco place ever
Reviewer: Luis from Santa Barbara, CA
If you want to know what aunthentic mexicans eat, this is the place. The tortillas are freshly hand made, they dont prepare your food till you order, its always fresh. Who the hell cares about La Tolteca or Taco al buen gusto, they may be the typical mexican restaurants, they´re so no great compare to La Super Rica. Why would anyone eat tacos de cabeza, or tripas or lengua, thats just disgusting. Only the good looking mexicans make food like this, so check it out. Any comments? firstname.lastname@example.org
*Luis...leaving your email address after dissing cabeza and lengua eaters is not a smart move. And "only the good looking mexicans make food like this"??? Email on homies.
What's the hype about??
Reviewer: NC from Santa Barbara, CA
I was NOT impressed. The food is bland, bland, bland. The chicken taco is literally a few chunks of plain chicken sitting on a corn tortilla. No sides, no nothing. The patio is falling apart, and eating there feels like you're sitting in an abandoned trailer park. Definitely nothing special
Reviewer: Bob from Goleta
Intresting how people hype and defend this establishment so highly. The food is ok, but a bit on the bland side. MUCH better taquerias exist in Santa Barbara, in fact one is right up the street. keep this one for the yuppie crowd out for their "authentic" taqueria experience.
D and I rushed over to La Super Rica around 11am, trying to beat the lunch crowd. Instead, we found a line of locals eating an early lunch to beat the crowd of non-locals. Even in its busyness, co-owner Martin Gonzalez still made time to chat with us. He's a very sweet guy and the locals eat at LSR love him and his brother Isadoro immensly.
Martin advised us to order the Super-Rica Especial. Roasted chile pasilla stuffed with cheese and served with marinated pork over warm tortillas. Oh their tortillas! LSR's tortillas are quite heavenly.
Even though I was overwhelmed by so much cheese on such a hot day, I was able to enjoy this dish. The roasted chile pasilla were a perfect balance to the heaviness of the cheese and pork. Too bad the marinated pork was lacking that perfect punch of flavor to really push this dish forward.
I don't think anyone can go wrong with a chorizo taco. But for $2.30 for one tacos de chorizo???
Locals go crazy for La Super Rica's pozole, a pork and hominy stew. D loved his pozole. Too bad he had issues with the spiciness as the day went on. Poor D...he loves spice, but his body doesn't.
LSR's Tacos de Carne Deshebrada were incredibly tender and juicy. I really enjoyed the texture on the deshebrada. I just wish it had more flavor. This taco had me thinking about Yuca's mouth-watering Machaca taco. Damn!
So what would my Santabarbara.com review be?
Reviewer: Oishii Eats from Los Angeles
Great tortillas and sweet owner. I appreciate LSR's airy patio and natural lighting. Unfortunately, when it comes to my meal the carne deshebrada and LSR marinated pork were on the bland side.
When it comes to the La Super Rica War, I am a neutral country. I'll be Antartica.
La Super Rica Taqueria
622 N Milpas St
Santa Barbara, Ca 93103