Taco Party! 10 Of L.A's Most Flavorful Bites — Chow Down Now

Oh tacos — you perfect little packages of savory goodness. If it were up to us, we'd fold everything inside a tasty tortilla and call it a meal. Luckily, no city could cater to our taco cravings quite like L.A. — and boy, is the stack of options and interpretations endless!
In fact, it's pretty much impossible to walk down a block without stumbling upon your next savory fix. So, whether you're hankering for a late-night truck run or a sizzling platter of perfection, we've rounded up 10 of this town's best tacos guaranteed to kick-start a flavor fiesta. Race you to the salsa bar!
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Fish Taco at Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada, $1.75
Sitting on a quiet corner in Los Feliz is this little gem of a taco hut, serving up shrimp and fish tacos inspired by beach grub south of the boarder. Each taco is crispy, sweet, and built for toppings galore. So, hit up that salsa bar and ladle on spicy mango, fresh pico de gallo and their “magic cream” like a champ. If this urban oasis is the closest we’ll get to frolicking on a Baja beach in the near future, consider us sold.

Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada, 1650 Hillhurst Avenue (at Camero Avenue); 323-466-5552.

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Mole Chicken And Carnitas Tacos at Loteria Grill, $3.25
Loteria Grill is an L.A. staple — nothing beats a savory taco snack mid-shopping spree at the The Grove. Pull up a stool and order a sampling of mole or savory carnitas tacos while taking in some awesome free entertainment people watching. For those looking to cut back on carbs, order up any taco wrapped in a crisp lettuce cup — how fresh!

Loteria Grill, 6333 West 3rd Street (in The Farmer’s Market); 323-930-2211

Photographed by Phoebe Chuason
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Carne Asada Taco With Salsa Verde at La Estrella Taco Truck, $1.35
If you haven’t visited taco-truck lane out in Highland Park, you're missing out. When the sun sets, the sidewalks come to life with billowing smoke and hungry lines. La Estrella has been part of this roadside line up for years now, serving up some of the best carne asada in town. Top it off with their salsa verde and get ready for the perfect cure-all after a long evening out. Your belly will thank you.

La Estrella Taco Truck, At York Boulevard and Avenue 54.

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The Taco Sampler at Guisados, $7
We’re obsessed with this taco platter — a work of flavor (or, is it art?) that keeps us coming back for a second…third, fourth, visit. With a daily assortment of slow-cooked meats and spice-packed veggie options, every meal is a choose-your-own-adventure of savory magic. Can we get an "olé"?!

Guisados, 1261 West Sunset Boulevard (Between Marion and Elysian Park Avenues); 213-250-7600.

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Adobo Grilled Shrimp Taco at Mexicali Taco & Co, $3.00
There’s a reason this taco shop won first place this year in the taco madness tournament — make that several reasons! Mexicali Taco & Co has been pro-slinging tacos for years and still racks up the accolades for their quality meats, small-batch salsas, and that oft-duplicated, sizzlin' smoke taste served straight off the grill. And, while the carne asada and chorizo are spectacular, we suggest venturing into the sea and ordering up the adobo shrimp (it has the perfect brightness and kick).

Mexicali Taco & Co, 702 North Figueroa Street (at Bartlett Street); 213-613-0416.

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Chorizo And Cheese Taco at Tacos Por Favor, $2.60
Sometimes life just calls for an OG hard-shell, crispy taco. Hey, it happens! This joint boasts yet another salsa bar stunner, so don’t skimp adding on those flavor-packed accoutrements. Be sure to grab a bottle of legit Mexican Coke, a few extra napkins, and let the beautiful life soak in. Que Rico!

Tacos Por Favor, 1406 Olympic Boulevard (at 14th Street) 310-392-5768.

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3 Taco Appetizer at Rocio’s Mole De Los Dioses, $8.99 Some would say it’s quite bold to claim your mole is from the Gods, but Chef Rocio is peddling the real deal. Start your feast off with a spread of signature tacos and get ready to taste a few (delicious) Oaxacan secrets with complex recipes bringing the heat to Sun Valley. Feeling adventurous? Swap out a taco with one wrapped in a green cactus tortilla or one filled with spicy, crisp crickets (or both!). You won't regret it.

Ricio’s Mole De Los Dioses, 8255 Sunland Boulevard (Between Roscoe Boulevard & Crockett Street); 818-392-6415.

Photographed by Phoebe Chuason
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Beef Barbacoa & Pasilla Potato Tacos at The Mission Cantina, $2.95
The Mission Cantina has a great vibe with its colorful walls and custom-made stained-glass windows. Details don’t stop with the décor, either — the eatery puts an insane amount of care into every taco, as well as the generous, hand-made salsas and pickled vegetables. We suggest ordering the beef barbacoa and the pasilla potato taco to create the ultimate meat 'n' starch smorgasbord (made only better with a spicy marg, of course!). This gastropub proves that the food definitely doesn’t come in second.

The Mission Cantina, 5946 Sunset Boulevard (Between Gordon Street and Tanarind Avebue); 323-469-3130.

Photographed by Phoebe Chuason
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Shrimp & Cheese Taco at Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, $4.49
We think Sky’s reputation of Mexican food with a “splash of soul” is an understatement — it's also filled with major heart! We suggest test-driving the shrimp taco, coated generously with chilies, cumin, garlic, and oregano. Heck everything on the menu is so deliciously seasoned that you could skip the salsa altogether. Vegan alert: There are several items on this menu that have been stamped with the no-meat stamp. So, dive into their wild rice and yam taco on the quick!

Sky’s Gourmet Tacos, 5408 West Pico Boulevard (at South Ridgeley Drive); 323-932-6253.

Photographed by Phoebe Chuason
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Asparagus Scramble Taco at Guerrilla Taco, $6
Downtown, outside of Handsome Coffee Roasters, there is a taco pop-up stand that is causing some major waves…of awesome. Open three days a week, the menu rotates with the season and the crop, but you can always count on experiencing some of the most unique tacos in town. Their condiment arsenal is more magical than Harry's workshop, with delights such as a roasted, red pepper compote or salsa made from milperos (purple tomatillos). Grab an iced coffee from inside before taking a seat on the sidewalk bench, and get ready for a maj’ treat.

Guerrilla Tacos, 582 Mateo Street (Outside of Handsome Coffee Roasters); 323-469-3130.

Photographed by Phoebe Chuason
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