Nachos are the food version of the classic carnival game duck pond: anyone who extends a hand into the mix wins. Today's Groupon celebrates the delicious morsels with $10 worth of south-of-the-border tastes at Chano's Drive-In for $4. The almost-palindrome for the favored chip-and-cheese party tower has been serving speedy, spicy savories in the Figueroa Corridor for the past 25 years.
After adding a second location, the Mexican food mainstay has kept its commitment to freshness; the drive-in eatery shuns the usage of heat lamps, fiery imp breath, or microwaves in its food preparation. All dishes are prepared fresh daily using local ingredients, even the beans which are made fresh and refried with vegetarian, trans-fat free oil. Chano's offers a wide variety of burritos, from a chorizo-stuffed food pod ($4.61) to a veggie cheese and bean ($2.83). You'll also find tacos ($1.59 to $1.75) and taco salads ($4.79), along with combination platters and a la carte entrees, such as quesadillas (from $2.87) and taquitos ($2.56). The breakfast menu is served every day, so you can get your Machaca burrito ($4.45) fix anytime before 11 a.m. and swig it with a large horchata ($2.24).
This Groupon can be redeemed at either of Chano's two locations, both located on South Figueroa Street. Early to open and late to close (and 24-hour availability Thursday through Saturday at the 3000 address), Chano's makes a satisfying end-of-night stop to revive and restore revelers, ensuring they get home with enough energy to burrow into the couch and watch Season 2 of Cop Rock. If you're starved to the point where you can't extend energy toward getting dressed, the drive-through option allows you to order incognito. Get this Groupon to indulge in guilty pleasures, for a speedy lunchtime snack, or for utensil-free dining using your hands or feet.
The Los Angeles Times loves Chano's carne asada:
- This humble drive-through has been a final stop for many a drunken Trojan (nope, not meant to be redundant), offering the ethanol-soaking succor of carne asada, wrapped conventionally in fluffy tortilla or piled atop a frenzy of fries or the much-celebrated nachos. – Los Angeles Times
- It is open late and great after a night out on the town. The steak picado burrito, machaca burrito, nachos, tacos de asada, and chili cheese fries are yummy-licious. – Lindsey Rangel, Urbanspoon
- A huge hangout spot for Trojans. The food is greasy, but oh so satisfying. You'll never leave the biggest little Taco stand in SoCal hungry. – lindgrenee, Citysearch