A Local’s Guide to the 25 Best Tacos in LA

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I’ve spent so much time eating tacos in Mexico but here’s a great wish list for the best tacos in LA.

It’s no secret that Los Angeles is home to some of the best tacos north of Mexico.

With a rich culture inspired by its southern neighbours, Los Angeles prides itself on a unique culinary scene unlike anywhere else.

One thing is for sure: Tacos are king in Los Angeles.

In fact, there are over 4000 registered loncheras aka tacos trucks in Los Angeles.

With a burning desire to show off what the City of Angels has to offer, dineL.A. has come up with a Taco Trek worthy of any taco connoisseur.

Its map is designed by artist Luke Pelletier detailing all the best tacos in LA, participants can trek across the city in search of their favourite taco.

 

The 25 Best Tacos in LA

BS Taqueria is one of the best 25 tacos in LA, and on the dineL.A. Taco Trek.

B.S. Taqueria

At B.S. Taqueria, Chef Ray Garcia puts a spin on authentic Mexican fare.

Offering organic handmade tortillas filled with a variety of proteins, pork is still the focus with carnitas tacos to die for.

Meat not your thing? Vegetarian options are also available with cauliflower al pastor tacos to satisfy those cravings.

What to eat: Carnitas Taco

DTLA 
514 7th St 
Los Angeles, CA 90014 
Staples Center
1111 S Figueroa St 
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Aqui Es Texcoco

This low-key taqueria in Southeast Los Angeles serves up barbacoa (lamb barbeque) like no other.

Inspired by the region of Texcoco, a rural area 15 miles east of Mexico City where barbacoa is rumoured to have gotten its start, this taco joint is guaranteed to have your taste buds eager for more.

What to eat: Barbacoa Taco

Commerce 5850 S Eastern Ave Commerce, CA 90040

 

Ave 26 Taco Stand

No matter what you order, this popular taco stand in Lincoln Heights has you covered for all your taco cravings.

Top your taco with all sorts of delicious fixings, including grilled seasoned onions, red or green salsa or–if you ask for it–a halved baby potato that’s been simmering in a pot of meat drippings.

What to eat: Suadero Taco

Lincoln Heights 
W Ave 26 Humboldt St 
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Border Grill

Considered the home to some of the best tacos in LA, this Mexican restaurant has been around since 1990, and for good reason.

Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters” and Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales” present the bold foods and flavors of Mexico with décor as wild and bright as a fiesta.

Ranked among LA Times’ top restaurants and named “One of the Best Restaurants in America” by Gourmet, this popular spot will have you dreaming of tacos for days.

What to eat: Grilled Shrimp Taco

DTLA 
445 S Figueroa St #100 
Los Angeles, CA 90071
LAX 
Terminal 4, 400 World Way 
Los Angeles, CA 90045

 
 

 

Carnitas Momo has some of the best tacos in LA and it's also on the dineL.A. Taco Trek.

Carnitas El Momo

The folks at Carnitas El Momo have perfected the slow, flavour-inducing carnitas method.

Cooking chopped pork low and slow in seasoned fat to intense tenderization, this truck offers the ultimate in carnitas indulgence.

Choose from maciza (shoulder), cuero (skin) or buche (stomach), or opt for all three with the Aporkalypse.

What to eat: Aporkalypse Taco

Boyle Heights 
2411 Fairmount St 
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Cielito Lindo

A veteran in the American taco world, Cielito Lindo has been serving up delicious Mexican fare since 1934.

Taquitos are the real star though, rolled beef is smothered in green avocado salsa to get your taste buds excited. Cielito Lindo is a blast from the past fused with modern-day taco obsession.

Taquitos are the real star though, rolled beef is smothered in green avocado salsa to get your taste buds excited. Cielito Lindo is a blast from the past fused with modern-day taco obsession.

What to eat: Taquitos Con Salsa De Aguacate

DTLA 
E-23 Olvera St 
Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

Guerilla Tacos has some of the best tacos in LA, this sweet potato taco is on dineL.A.’s Taco Trek.

Guerrilla Tacos

The ever-changing menu at Guerilla Tacos is based on what’s fresh and available, and what new ideas owner Wes Avila has cooked up.

With a mission to make gourmet food available on the street, the Guerrilla Taco truck brought world-class dishes to the streets of L.A.

Though the truck has since been retired, Avila’s brand-new brick and mortar store is thriving.

What to eat: Sweet Potato Taco

DTLA 
2000 E 7th St 
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Guisados

Born in Boyle Heights in December 2010, Guisados was created with a simple menu reminding the owners of home.

The best tacos in LA are often the simplest. Here at Guisados they try to put this love and feeling in every bite.

The bonus? You don’t have to choose what taco you want!

Offering a sampler with 6 mini versions of your favourite tacos, you can try the whole range.

Order the sampler with a side of a seafood taco (not included) for an unreal experience.

What to eat: Bistek en Salsa Roja

Boyle Heights 
2100 E. Cesar E Chavez Ave 
Los Angeles, CA 90033 

Burbank 
312 N San Fernando Blvd 
Burbank, CA 91502
DTLA 
541 S. Spring St. #101 
Los Angeles, CA 90013 

Echo Park 
1261 W Sunset Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90026 

West Hollywood 
8935 Santa Monica Blvd. 
West Hollywood, CA 90069

 

Holbox has some of the best tacos in LA and are on the dineL.A.’s Taco Trek.

Holbox

At Holbox, Chef Gilbert Cetina has tapped into Mexican and Los Angeles culture to create some of the most exciting mariscos (seafood) in the city.

With an array of seafood options available, including oysters bathed in lime juice and chiles and octopus tacos on handmade tortillas, guests can get their fill of the sea.

What to eat: Pulpo (Octopus) Asado Taco

South L.A. 
3655 South Grand Avenue #C9 
Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Chori-Man

In San Pedro, The Chori-Man has chorizo down to an art. With different styles of chorizo to choose from, guests can try any number of delicious offerings to get the perfect punch to your savory senses.

What to eat: Tolucan Green Chorizo Taco

San Pedro 2309 S Alma St San Pedro, CA 90731

 

HomeStates has some of the best tacos in LA and are on dineL.A.’s Taco Trek.

HomeState

Beginning as a small storefront in Los Feliz, Homestate offers unconventional breakfast tacos.

Homestate does one thing, and one thing only: Texas food, deep in the heart of LA.But hey who says the best tacos in LA can’t come from Texas?

With locations in Los Feliz and, more recently, Highland Park, taco-fiends can get the best breakfast tacos in L.A. at Homestate.

What to eat: Neches Taco

Highland Park 
5611 N Figueroa St Unit #1 
Los Angeles, CA 90042
Hollywood 
4624 Hollywood Blvd. 
Los Feliz, CA 90027

Mariscos Jalisco

Inspired by the rich offerings of the sea, Mariscos Jalisco specializes in seafood delicacies all wrapped up in taco form.

With two spots in Boyle Heights and Downtown L.A., guests flock to this popular spot for its shrimp tacos.

What to eat: Taco Dorado de Camarones

Boyle Heights 
3040 E Olympic Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90023
DTLA 
E 10th St and Towne Ave 
Los Angeles, CA 90021

 

Leo's Taco Truck serves some of the best tacos in LA and are on dineL.A.’s Taco Trek

Leo’s Tacos Truck

Al pastor is king at this food truck. Serving up spit-roasted marinated pork, sliced and tossed into delicious tortillas, Leo’s Tacos lets the protein be the star.

Top off your tacos with a chunk of pineapple and a range of sauces at the salsa bar.

What to eat: Al Pastor Taco

Echo Park:  
415 Glendale Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Hollywood:  
5525 Sunset Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90028
La Brea: 
1515 S La Brea Ave 
Los Angeles, CA 90019
North Hills: 
15421 Parthenia St 
North Hills, CA 91343
Pico 
2400: W Pico Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Pico Union: 
1533 Vermont Ave 
Los Angeles, CA 90006

Los Originales Tacos Arabes de Puebla

A taco arabe is similar to al pastor and often called its cousin. It is spit-roasted pork served up on a pita-tortilla hybrid.

Tacos arabes are  most often found in Puebla and Mexico City, where Lebanese immigrants brought their way of cooking to Mexico.

Today, you can find both tacos arabes and tacos al pastor cooked on the spit, or trompa as it’s called in Mexico.

This taco truck dives into the deepest regional taco variations available in Mexico, giving the people of Los Angeles a taste of Mexico’s rich food culture.

You cannot make a pilgrimage to the city without sampling these as they are some of the best tacos in LA.

What to eat: Taco Arabe

Boyle Heights 
3600 E Olympic Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90023

 

Loteria Taco serves some of the best tacos in LA and is on dineL.A.’s Taco Trek.

Lotería Grill

Fusion reaches a whole new level at Loteria Grill, brought to Mexico’s food scene in 2004.

Chicken tinga, which originated in Puebla, is the star at this spot.

Chef Jimmy Shaw combines Mexican authenticity with Indian flare for the perfect party for your tastebuds.

What to eat: Chicken Tinga Taco

Hollywood 
6627 Hollywood Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Salazar LA

This modern taco spot has a range of proteins to take care of all your taco needs.

House-made flour tortillas and delicious carne asada and pollo asado will have you singing your praises.

With sides such as Frijoles Puercos and Esquites, guests are sure to leave with full bellies.

What to eat: Carne Asada Taco

Frogtown 
2490 Fletcher Dr 
Los Angeles, CA 90039

 

Ricky's Fish Tacos serves some of the best tacos in LA and is on the dineL.A.’s Taco Trek.

Ricky’s Fish Tacos

Fish tacos reign at Ricky’s, with beautifully battered fish and shrimp as the stars.

With thick, full-bodied salsas and hard-to-resist baja fish, there’s no excuse not to stop by for a bite.

What to eat: Fish Taco

Los Feliz 
3061 Riverside Dr 
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Kogi Taqueria

Offering a mix of Korean and Mexican fusion, Chef Roy Choi has changed the Southern California taco game.

Short rib tacos, Korean BBQ and more are what guests can expect. Open for a decade, this popular taco joint is the place to be for a new taste experience.

What to eat: Short Rib Taco

Palms 
3500 Overland Ave #100 
Los Angeles, CA 90034

Sky’s Gourmet Tacos

Sky’s Gourmet Tacos offers the finest quality Mexican food – with a splash of soul – to communities throughout Southern California.

Featuring unique tacos that divert from standard Mexican tacos, Sky’s Gourmet Tacos hits the mark when it comes to out-of-this-world Mexican fare.

What to eat: Shrimp Taco

Mid-City 
5303 Pico Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90019

 

Sonoratown serves some of the best tacos in LA and are on dineL.A.’s Taco Trek.

Sonoratown

Downtown Los Angeles is home to award-winning tacos and divine agua frescas.

This small taco spot serves some of the best tacos in LA and lets you order at the counter. It is a refreshing change from the big restaurant scene.

Serving up northern Mexican fare, Sonoratown is a must-visit for any carne asada lover.

What to eat: Caramelo

DTLA 
208 E 8th St 
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Tacos La Carreta

The smell of charred beef dominates this Bellflower spot. Offering Sinaloa-style mesquite-grilled carne asada, Tacos La Carreta is as authentic as it gets.

With owner Jose Morales serving up food inspired by his hometown of Mazatlán, Sinaloa, guests can expect a beautifully simple taco experience.

What to eat: Carne Asada

Bellflower 
9741 Alondra Blvd 
Bellflower, CA 90706

Tacos Los Guichos

This South Los Angeles food truck features picnic tables to enjoy your delicious carnitas.

With extra spicy habanero salsa and a nearby churro vendor, guests are all set to enjoy a Mexican feast at this parking lot spot.

What to eat: Carnitas Taco

South L.A. 
320 W Slauson Ave 
Los Angeles, CA 90003

 

Tacos y Birria La Unica serves some of the best tacos in LA, and are also on dineL.A.’s Taco Trek

Tacos y Birria La Unica

Made famous by Chrissy Teigen and John Legend who enjoyed a dinner catered by this popular taco joint, Tacos y Birria La Unica has hit the mark on Michoacán-style birria.

They offer up a number of proteins including goat, but it’s the handmade tortillas dipped in fire-red broth and grilled to perfection that make them so unique.

What to eat: Birria Quesataco

Boyle Heights 
2840 E Olympic Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90023

Teddy’s Red Tacos

Birria is the focus at Teddy’s. This South Los Angeles spot cooks only beef birria, on offer along with a deluxe plate complete with a quesadilla, molita, tostada, taco, pozole and chips and salsa, all for $10.

If you’re looking to fill up on a delicious Mexican classic, this is the spot.

What to eat: Birria Taco

South L.A. 
755 E Slauson Ave 
Los Angeles, CA 90011

 

Tire Shop Taqueria serves some of the best tacos in LA, and is on dineL.A.’s Taco Trek.

Tire Shop Taqueria

Serving up Tijuana-style asada, Tire Shop Taqueria offers marinated-to-perfection meat in a warm handmade tortilla topped with cool avocado salsa.

The best tacos in LA don’t necessarily need to be at a taco truck or a restaurant. Tire shop Taqueria is situated in a liquor store parking lot in South L.A., Tire Shop is anything but ordinary.

For taco perfection, be sure to get the carne asada taco,

What to eat: Carne Asada Taco

South L.A. 
4069 S Avalon Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA 90011

 

Want the Best Tacos in LA Map?

The best tacos in LA according to dineL.A.’s Taco Trek map.

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This was a guest post from PUNCH Canada, which I wholeheartedly welcomed as I adore tacos in Mexico but I’ve never eaten tacos in LA and now I have a wish list for when I go!

 
Additional images (c) Spencer Davis, Spencer Davis, Christine Siracusa, Alexis Balinoff

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