What’s in a name? That which we call a taco ...

Since the term “pink taco” is commonly used to refer to a woman’s vagina, Pink Taco President and CEO Harry Morton caused a stir when he began franchising the restaurant.

The 27-year-old restaurateur – who is the son of Peter Morton (co-founder of Hard Rock Café) and grandson of Arnold “Arnie” Morton (Morton’s Steakhouse) – claims that the name actually comes from their signature menu item, the Pink Tacos. So, it was my duty to sample said culinary dish when I visited the Century City location nestled in the Westfield Mall.

On a sunny day, the patio is a perfect setting to people watch and enjoy some margaritas. My favorite is the Rico Suave (Patron Silver, Grand Marnier, Cointreau with fresh pineapple and lime juice), but I also recommend the Mi Casa Es Su Casa if you like more traditional flavors, or the “healthy” Pomegranate Margarita.

Margaritas are a great balance to the perfectly salted tortilla chips and smoky, yet tart salsas, but don’t fill up on them so you can try some appetizers. The Crispy Battered Shrimp, in particular, shouldn’t be missed. Succulent shrimp with a cilantro and sesame seed batter are served with a chipotle sour-mayo dipping sauce.

Pink Taco’s seafood is quite popular. Two people at neighboring tables had fish tacos, while the Lobster Enchiladas were like heaven on a plate. The entrée of two corn tortillas filled with lobster, then smothered in brandy chipotle cream sauce, cheese and parsley is rich and luxurious; I don’t think anyone could finish a plate in one sitting.

Now for judgment time: the Panuchos (Pink Tacos). Three pink corn tortillas are topped with arbol salsa, grilled chicken, avocado and pink pickled onions. The onions are the best part; their tanginess is a perfect complement to the grilled chicken.

These tacos are unique and delicious. Maybe Harry Morton really wasn’t going for shock value when he named the restaurant after them. Pink Taco Happy Hour is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day featuring food and drink specials in the bar and on the patio. For more information, call (310) 789-1000 or visit www.pinktaco.com. What’s in a name? That which we call a taco … Since the term “pink taco” is commonly used to refer to a woman’s vagina, Pink Taco President and CEO Harry Morton caused a stir when he began franchising the restaurant. The 27-year-old restaurateur – who is the son of Peter Morton (co-founder of Hard Rock Café) and grandson of Arnold “Arnie” Morton (Morton’s Steakhouse) – claims that the name actually comes from their signature menu item, the Pink Tacos. So, it was my duty to sample said culinary dish when I visited the Century City location nestled in the Westfield Mall. On a sunny day, the patio is a perfect setting to people watch and enjoy some margaritas. My favorite is the Rico Suave (Patron Silver, Grand Marnier, Cointreau with fresh pineapple and lime juice), but I also recommend the Mi Casa Es Su Casa if you like more traditional flavors, or the “healthy” Pomegranate Margarita. Margaritas are a great balance to the perfectly salted tortilla chips and smoky, yet tart salsas, but don’t fill up on them so you can try some appetizers. The Crispy Battered Shrimp, in particular, shouldn’t be missed. Succulent shrimp with a cilantro and sesame seed batter are served with a chipotle sour-mayo dipping sauce. Pink Taco’s seafood is quite popular. Two people at neighboring tables had fish tacos, while the Lobster Enchiladas were like heaven on a plate. The entrée of two corn tortillas filled with lobster, then smothered in brandy chipotle cream sauce, cheese and parsley is rich and luxurious; I don’t think anyone could finish a plate in one sitting. Now for judgment time: the Panuchos (Pink Tacos). Three pink corn tortillas are topped with arbol salsa, grilled chicken, avocado and pink pickled onions. The onions are the best part; their tanginess is a perfect complement to the grilled chicken. These tacos are unique and delicious. Maybe Harry Morton really wasn’t going for shock value when he named the restaurant after them.

Pink Taco Happy Hour is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day featuring food and drink specials in the bar and on the patio. For more information, call (310) 789-1000 or visit www.pinktaco.com.