Taqueando is the work of longtime taco chronicler and occasional Eater contributor Bill Esparza, and it drops this Saturday at the Row in Downtown. The four-hour, $45 festival runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Row and features dozens of local and out-of-town taco talent totaling some 50 vendors in all. Here are five things to look for at one of the most anticipated food festivals of the year.
Some of Tijuana’s best
Tacos Aaron is a staple street food operation in Tijuana, with several locations throughout the southern city. They’ll be be making a rare appearance in Los Angeles doing tacos varios, a stewed taco option unique to the region.
And LA’s most popular
Tacos 1986, fresh off news of their impending restaurant opening (also in Downtown), will be hand-making tortillas and amping up the crowd as well. If their Smorgasburg stand is any indication, expect long lines for them as well Carnitas el Momo, Burritos La Palma, Sonoratown, Salazar, and Poncho’s Tlayudas.
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Taqueando presents: @tuetanotaqueria1 San Ysidro’s Tuétano Taqueria goes through 60 pounds of birria de res on a reliably busy day. No longer San Diego’s best-kept secret, the stewed, spiced beef shoulder is the inarguable star of the breakout eatery; its admirers range from Tijuana residents who cross the border just to dine in its tiny dining room to Latin food pro Bill Esparza, who wrote in Food & Wine that its menu offers ‘sheer deliciousness and inspiration.’” - @eater Catch Tuétano, and more at #TaqueandoFest on 6/15/19 @rowdtla! LIMITED TICKETS IN BIO!! ❤️
Plus headliners from all across Mexico
Not only does Tijuana represent with Tacos Aaron and Tacos Kokopelli, but other cities and regions and Mexico will get to show out as well. Finca Altozano will all be representing from the Valle de Guadalupe and Ensenada region south of the border, alongside staple vendors like La Guerrerense, while La Embajada hails from Monterrey.
And Europe too
Not to be outdone, Breddo’s Tacos is also coming to the festival all the way from London. The busy restaurant does a variety of mad fusion dishes that are light on easy description but big on flavor combinations.
The fine dining fix
For locals, Taqueando may also be one of the few times to try tacos from some of the area’s best finer dining chefs. The team from recently Michelin-starred Taco Maria in Orange County will be in attendance, as will the Nixon Steakhouse from Whittier, B.S. Taqueria, and Baja’s own Corazon de Tierra.
Tickets for the all-you-can-eat festival this Saturday are still available, and run $45 a head. The full vendor lineup is below.
Taqueando Fest. 777 Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA.