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Fans Vote Sonoratown’s Grilled Carne Asada as LA’s Favorite Taco of the Year

Plus more on the pizza-burger mashup, and a gem in Glendale

Sonoratown’s flour tortilla taco with guacamole salsa on top.
Farley Elliott
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Sonoratown for the win

After weeks of online voting over at L.A. Taco, this year’s Taco Madness tournament has produced a single winner: Sonoratown. Or, more specifically given the parameters of this year’s competition, Sonoratown’s awesome carne asada taco, served on a freshly prepared flour tortilla.

Unlike in years past, where restaurants, trucks, and carts may be pitted in general against others either by geographic region or personal specialty, this year’s bracket was a free-for-all of specific dishes from places as wide-ranging as Tacos Arabes and Mariscos Jalisco and Burritos La Palma, with newcomer Sonoratown sneaking in on the mesquite-grilled carne asada side. It all worked out for them in the end, as the tiny Downtown shop managed to squeeze out a fan-voted victory by just a few dozen clicks. Congratulations.

An ice cream giveaway

There’s even more awesome ice cream in Los Angeles, it seems, with the promised arrival of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams coming to Larchmont tomorrow. The opening kicks off at 11 a.m., though the grand opening party is on Thursday, April 20 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and will include free scoops and swag bags if you get in line early enough.

Glendale’s hidden gem

There’s a Chinese food buffet worth talking about in Glendale, though it may not come in a package you expect. As LA Weekly finds, FuJi Buffet seems to operate on a Japanese pretense, but actually carries a variety of tasty mainland dishes as well.

Pizza burgers are all the rage

LA Mag took a look at Meathead recently, the surprising Downtown burger-and-other-stuff shop that’s getting a rep for making the top bun of their burgers into little mini pizzas. Take a look.

Yorkshire Square Brewery

More news on Yorkshire Square Brewery, this time from the folks at FoodGPS. The cask-conditioned beer spot has arrived across the street from Honda’s headquarters in the South Bay, and folks are already excited.

Hal’s hits Playa Vista

It seems that Hal’s Bar & Grill has indeed hit Playa Vista after a bunch of shuffling around along Abbot Kinney. The newcomer quietly opened this week at The Runway project, as you can see from their recently activated website.

Tasting Kato

Want to take a peek at what a Taiwanese tasting menu from Kato might look like on a given night? Check out the below video to explore for yourself, then head over to Giant Robot to read more about chef Jon Yao and his team.