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A perfect taco at Drifters

Tacos and cheesecake, Mondays only at Drifters

Posted: February 17, 2012 6:00 a.m.
Updated: February 17, 2012 6:00 a.m.

The Turtle Cheesecake made by Dave Lane at the Drifters Cocktail Lounge in Canyon Country.

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Sometimes amazing food is found in the unlikeliest of places. Take Dave Lane and his tacos and cheesecake, served only from 5 p.m. on at Drifters Cocktail Lounge in Canyon Country.

Lane's tacos, made from an old family recipe, are the stuff of foodie dreams.

These tacos are simple, pure, good food. There is no need to add unnecessary and unpleasant spicy heat.

There's hot sauce on the side if you want to increase the amplitude.

Lane's tacos ($2 each) are made with ground beef, a special cheese, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, corn and a few secret ingredients. The taco shells are fried light and crispy. There's a secret to this method, said Lane.

Lane said the recipe was perfected by his great-grandfather in Arizona.

"It's been this way for 90 years," he said. "We've never changed the recipe."

Drifters is not the place to take the kids. It's an age 21 and older establishment only.

It's an old school cocktail lounge where you'll feel more comfortable in jeans and work boots than a three-piece suit.
The atmosphere is friendly and the bar is well stocked.

After you've tried Lane's tacos you must save room for his award-winning cheesecake. Light and rich, decadent and sinful, Lane makes a few different kinds of cheesecake including Turtle and Triple Berry Swirl with White Chocolate Ribbon.

Lane said to remember that if you stop by to try his tacos he's one guy, making each taco individually. "This isn't fast food, be patient," he said.

In addition to Lane's Tacos and Cheesecake, Drifters also serves breakfast 7:30 - noon Saturdays and Sundays. "The Works" - Eggs, Bacon, Sausage Links, Hash Browns and Biscuit with gravy - is $6. Also on the menu are Pork Chops, Chicken Fried Steak, the Drifters Omelet and Ham. There are $4 Bloody Marys from 7:30 - 11 a.m.

Dave Lane's Tacos and Cheesecake at Drifters, 18240 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Available after 5 p.m. Mondays only. Drifters Cocktail Lounge open daily.


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