clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Street Sensation Tacos 1986 Adds Second Standalone Restaurant Near Fairfax

New, 9 comments

The one-year-old taco hit has a first brick and mortar in Downtown

A Tijuana-style taco with guacamole on a corn tortilla, wrapped in paper on a plate.
Tacos 1986
Wonho Frank Lee
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.

Great news for taco lovers (which is everyone in Los Angeles): The most prominent new street food team in the city, Tacos 1986, is expanding once again. This time they’re taking their talents to Beverly Boulevard, just west of La Brea near both the Fairfax district and West Hollywood.

The new Tacos 1986 takes over a prominent corner that for years held a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf before coming up for lease. The highly visible address offers room for patio dining and a larger overall footprint than the team’s still-new-ish Downtown space, which is packed on weekends and stays open until 3 a.m.

Co-owner Victor Delgado confirmed that he and happy-go-lucky taquero Jorge “Joy” Alvarez have inked a deal to bring Tacos 1986’s Tijuana-style tacos to Beverly Boulevard by early 2020. Today’s announcement comes precisely one year since the duo first popped up at Highland and Lexington. That parking lot setup proved to be short-lived, with the guys moving to Koreatown and, eventually, to pop-ups everywhere from Santa Monica to West Hollywood to Smorgasburg, where they still have a weekly stand.

Two taco vendors stand inside an under-construction future home of a new restaurant.
Alvarez and Delgado in their under-construction space
Victor Delgado

Delgado tells Eater that the new standalone restaurant location is perfect for the growing Tacos 1986 fanbase who simply don’t want to schlep Downtown. Delgado has worked in nightlife across Hollywood and West Hollywood for years, and many of his contacts there have long been asking for a more centrally-located second effort. Now the timeline is on, with an opening early next year.

Tacos 1986. 7235 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.

Tacos 1986 Beverly

7235 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036