Pinches Tacos

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Pinches Tacos is a small Los Angeles, California-based chain of taquerias. It was founded in 2007 by Javier Anaya and his brothers and has locations on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, Santa Monica and Culver City. Homewood High School graduate Ty Taylor befriended the Anayas in California and made plans to open a location at Hallman Hill, on the corner of Oxmoor Road and 19th Street South in Homewood.

Pinches uses recipes from the Anayas' grandparents and great-grandparents. The name is translated by them as "kitchen boy", referring to an ancestor who cooked for Pancho Villa. The menu features tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, flautas, sopes, and tortas. Weekend brunches feature huevos rancheros and chilaquiles.

One wall of the restaurant's interior was painted with a mural incorporating the phrase "Somos bellos" by the artists responsible for the "You Are Beautiful" graffiti installations in the area. The restaurant closed in early 2014.


  • Cooper, Lauren B. (May 12, 2010) "Mexican restaurant signs on as first retailer at Hallman Hill." Birmingham Business Journal
  • Carlton, Bob (January 28, 2011) "Homewood's Ty Taylor comes home to open first Pinches Tacos outside of Los Angeles." The Birmingham News
  • Swant, Martin (April 15, 2011) "Graffiti artists make 'beautiful' tag in Spanish at Homewood's Pinches Taco." The Birmingham News

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