Thursday, November 25, 2004

Mexican: Taqueria

Also see my list of taco trucks on the Westside.

El Taurino
1104 S. Hoover St., L.A. 213-738-9197 Pico/Union
Jonathan Gold's favourite pastor and who am I to argue. One of L.A.'s most beloved taquerias, at the far end of the quality bell curve.

King Taco
2020 W. Pico Blvd. (310) 884-9984
Taco chain near the pinnacle of L.A.'s Darwinian proliferation of the species. Al pastor tacos and sopes that are out of this world. Highly recommended. Pico Union branch is closest to Westside. Awesome mollejas/sweetbreads.

Taqueria Vista del Hermosa
3655 S. Grand Ave. (213) 741-1251
Great taqueria in Mercado La Paloma near USC. Killin' pastor plus the rare and wonderful pambaso, a sandwich on roll drenched in salsa.

Tacos Baja Ensenada
5385 Whittier Blvd., East L.A.; (323) 887-1980
Best fish tacos I have ever tasted and real cheap! Immaculate freshness and crispy coating, also try jaiva/crab tostada.

El Gran Burrito
4716 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles - (323) 665-8720 East Hollywood
Exceptional taco stand that belongs in the pantheon. Asada, pastor, carnitas, extremely fresh. Not for nothing does J.Gold compare these to crack cocaine.

Tortas Mexico
3033 Foothill Blvd. - La Crescenta, 818.248.0099
La Crescenta torta shop, it's awesome! Try the Mexican version of a Cubano, not authentic but darn good eating.

Taqueria Sanchez
4541 S Centinela Ave, (310) 822-8880
Best taqueria on the Westside, need I say more? Also great tortas but the taco meats alone and salsa bar will keep you dancing.

Senor Fish
422 E. 1st St., 213-625-0566 Little Tokyo
Classic Mexican place with good fish tacos and better scallop burrito. Priced right and a local favourite.

La Taquiza
3009 S. Figueroa St: 213-741-9795
Right next to U.S.C., a juice bar and taqueria with the famous mini-quesadilla called a mulita - fabulous. I liked the six-juice drink.

El Tepeyac
812 N Evergreen St., Boyle Heights, CA 323 267-8668
Revered Mexican-American burrito temple in East LA/Boyle Heights with Brobdingnagian servings. Machaca is good and salty.

El Camaguey
10925 Venice Blvd - Los Angeles, CA. 310-839-4037 Culver City
Fantastic tacos and best of all - cubanos and media noches (Cuban pressed sandwiches) in a supermarket. I love to come here!

Dos Burritos
Hollywood and Vine, recently relocated. Do not confuse with Los Burritos!
Mexican dive in central Hollywood with outstanding plates including pastor burrito and crazy chiles relleno. Try some geological camote/sweet potato from the dessert cabinet.

4502 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City 310 915 0426
Handmade tortillas rule at Tacomiendo, surprisingly good Mexican fare on the Westside.

Chabelita's Tacos
2001 S. Western Ave.; (323) 734-0211 K’town fringe
Reliable taco stand open late. I like the greasy tortas.

Palms Market
3568 Motor Ave - (310) 202-1230 Palms
Get your taco fix inside this market. Barbacoa is especially good.

10855 Venice Blvd. (310)559-8891 Culver City
Good quality Mexican burritos and soft tacos on Venice Blvd.

Tacos Don Kike
Beaudry @ 2nd, Downtown (no phone)
Taco stand with passable pastor, extensive condiments - frijoles are free - and a great view of the Figueroa St skyscrapers. Good for post-Disney Hall dining.

Mariscos Guillen aka La Playita
3306 Lincoln Blvd (310) 452-0090 Venice
Lincoln Blvd mariscos shack with rock bottom prices and soggy but delicious fish tacos.

Manoly's Bakery
11771 Santa Monica Blvd, (310) 473-0622 West LA
Panaderia with lunch specials. Avoid American fare and tuck into some giant handmade tortillas in the taco special - barbacoa is good.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

El Tapatio on Glendale Ave, in between Chevy Chase and Los Feliz. Hole in the wall place, but serves great mexican food for cheap. No frills, just burritos, tortas, and chili sauce. And they close very late, 2-3am, gotta love that.

11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a much more civilisation-friendly location of Tortas Mexico -- it's in the 11000 block of Ventura Blvd., one block west of Vineland Ave., in the same plaza with the Supercuts, Popeye's Chicken and Sushi Dan (ick ick ick!).

8:04 PM  

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