Tacos are to Los Angeles what Starbucks is to New York. In other words: they’re everywhere, ubiquitous to the city as traffic and palm trees. Sometimes it seems there’s a taco joint on every city block. Call it a monopoly of the local palate, but it’s a fine problem to have. However, with abundance of choice comes the frightful proposition of picking the wrong one. Never fear, foodies. We’re here to help.
The self-anointed “semi-authentic” taqueria brings its seriously yummy tacos to Fairfax. Petty Cash lives by a more modern credo, promising local and organic produce, in-house and handmade tortillas sans GMO, and a super premium seafood/meat selection. Get your hands on the octopus taco and a bucket of guac if you know what’s good for you.
7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Ricky’s Fish Tacos
Environmentalists will have to forgive Ricky’s for the paper plates. These tacos are so good you’ll just have to close your eyes and pretend you’re eating on something a bit more eco-friendly. Good thing these babies are transportive. Here, you’ll get crunchy and golden Baya-style fillets with refreshing pico de gallo and sliced cabbage. Nothing more, nothing less.
3061 Riverside Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Leo’s Tacos Truck
Tacos on the move! Now operating four trucks throughout the Los Angeles area, Leo’s regularly sets up shop in a gas station parking lot on the corner of Venice and La Brea. Their claim to fame? The tacos al pastor. Juicy, spicy, fresh off the trompo. Can’t beat it. And if you need any further motivation, their menu starts at just a buck a taco.
1515 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Tacos are too good to be limited to any one meal. Which is why we bow down to the breakfast taco at Bar Amá. They’re one to an order, which means you can mix it up and try them all. (Might we recommend the potato and egg or the bean and cheese, both deliciously hearty.) The Tex-Mex joint holds court downtown, where they offer tasty tacos around the clock, with tortillas and salsas always made daily and in-house.
118 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Speaking of breakfast tacos. This Silver Lake spot has been around for a couple of years now, bringing their Tex Mex version to the masses. Head here in the morning for a Don’t Miss With Texas breakfast taco (refried charro beans, bacon, potato, cheddar) or the vegetarian Blanco (organic egg whites, mushrooms, monterey jack). Late-risers, don’t sweat it. HomeState has you covered with their “Any Time Tacos” and plenty of other all-day fare.
4624 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Looming under the French grandeur of the Chateau Marmont, you’ll find Pinches, a Pepto-pink restaurant churning out some of the Sunset Strip’s most stellar tacos. The three-taco combo never fails. Fill your plate on the late night (Pinches is open ‘til midnight) with an al pastor, mole, and adobo.
8200 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Photo courtesy of Xavier Cook