La Salsa Mexican Grill
24223 Crenshaw Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90505-5328
La Salsa Mexican Grill is a CKE owned restauarant that was started in 1979 in the Los Angeles area. It specializes in fresh Mexican Grill including Mahi Mahi Burritos and a Fresh Salsa Bar.
Oliver: I have begun to notice there are a bunch of Baja style Mexican grills, they are everywhere. And located in the Torrance Crossroads Pavilion is La Salsa. This was my first time there and I noticed the fajitas platter with a choice of chicken, beef or pork. So beef fajitas it would be. The picture on the menu looked good and to my surprise, the actual dish looked better. I got black beans and and corn tortillas and it came with cabbage. I will have to say the wait for our food was too long for a take out style grill. Seating inside was sparse and not really comfortable, eating outside would be a better choice on a nice day. Cokes are not endless and and for $1.99 you get a large plastic cup. The Fajitas really were good and I was very pleased with the flavor, texture and quantity. $8.50 is not cheap for take out, but you actually get your monies worth if you are looking for a steak dinner. The restaurant itself looked a little tired, like it needs a make over. I will definitely being going back for take out, but I doubt I would eat there. for the money it is a good buy, but you can look around and find similar elsewhere with a nicer atmosphere, albeit you might need to leave a tip elsewhere. I feel I am giving them a little with 3.5 pigs, but the quality of food is better than 3.
CARL: When La Salsa came to town my wife Marcia and I were huge fans. The closest one to us was at Inglewood Avenue and Manhattan Beach Blvd. For us it was a bit of a drive but worth it. We found the menu to be tasty, the chicken was fresh and the salsa bar was a novel idea at the time. Eventually other La Salsa restaurants popped up along with competitors like Baja Fresh and Poquito Mas. Despite my history of enjoying this restaurant, if we weren’t covering the entire Torrance Crossroads, I would have gladly passed on La Salsa. As Oliver mentioned, this restaurant in particular is a bit worn out and the restaurant isn’t very inviting with some scary looking people loitering outside at the concrete tables. Inside wasn’t much better – I can’t quite put my finger on it – but it was kind of uncomfortable with small tables and too many people cutting through the dining area. OK, let’s talk food. Enough bitching about the ambiance. I ordered the $6.20 “Grande Burrito” with chicken and black beans. The burrito itself is a good size and is prepared fresh by a cook just behind the counter so you know it was made fresh for you. The burrito is served with a side of tortilla chips. Combine a trip to the salsa bar with the chips and you get to experiment a bit with the varieties of salsa. I ordered a large $1.99 Diet Coke – which sadly was not refillable – the soda fountain is behind the counter. The burrito, salsa and chips were as tasty as I remembered – plenty of fresh white meat chicken inside and just the right amount of beans and burrito fixins. Compared to Taco Bell or Del Taco, this is some fancy stuff. If you are hankering for La Salsa, get it to go. 3.5 Pigs.