Taco Town

Henry’s Tacos Seeks Historic-Cultural Landmark Status

An historic taco of the gringo era
An historic taco of the gringo era Photo: The Culinary Geek via Flickr

Our city’s best taquerias will more than likely never be honored with historic landmark status, no matter how good, how old, or how crucial they are. If 69-year-old El Tepeyac is not officially a historic or cultural landmark, we see scant hope for the stellar cooking coming from our favorite no-name tables and stands, hole-in-the-wall diners, or trucks with peeling Popocteptls. However, Henry’s Tacos, a North Hollywood stronghold for the North American hard-shell taco, just might be able to pull it off.

The Studio City stand, a favorite for connoisseurs of the unfairly maligned “gringo taco,” like Tony Danza, is turning 50 this December and, pointing to its Googie signage and sloped roof, is actively pursuing historic-cultural landmark status.

The restaurant is employing the same tactic Irv’s Burgers used to avoid being wiped out, insisting it is a prime example of a type of roadside eatery once dominant in L.A. It is a cool-looking lil’ structure to be sure. CityWatch clarifies that there’s an instinct of self-preservation at work here too, as the old-timey taco spot was damaged by a car crashing into it earlier this year. Attaining historic status would help provide restoration funds next time someone thinks Henry’s is a drive-though.

What do you think? Would you like to see Henry’s gain historic-cultural landmark status? Let us know your thoughts in our comments.

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Henry’s Tacos Seeks Historic-Cultural Landmark Status