One of Los Angeles’s most famous taco stands is getting new digs for the summer. El Ruso, the Boyle Heights legend known for its otherworldly flour tortillas and mesquite-grilled carne asada, is heading well west starting tomorrow, with plans to open up directly across the street from All Day Baby in Silver Lake.
The move to Silver Lake is massive for taquero and owner Walter Soto and his team, in part because it opens up the widely known taco stand to a new neighborhood and audience. That’s not to say that Angelenos and out of owners have been shy to stop by the trailer’s industrial setup before now; even celebrities routinely roll through to watch Julia Silva turn out what may be the city’s best flour tortillas. But there’s no denying the foot traffic that comes with the new Sunset Boulevard setup, surrounded by known names like the new Playita and Filipino favorite Spoon & Pork, with an Alfred Coffee location, Night + Market Song, and Silverlake Lounge all nearby to boot.
El Ruso has become one of the city’s most famous taco operators in recent years, with New York Times restaurant critic Tejal Rao praising Silva’s cheesy sobaqueras and Food & Wine’s Khushbu Shah naming El Ruso as one of the nation’s best new restaurants. The new weekday set-up should only add to that attention.
The plan, for now, is to pull up to the parking lot of the former Goods Mart at 3140 W. Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake starting tomorrow, keeping hours there from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, and on until 1 a.m. Friday through Sunday On Saturdays and Sundays, the El Ruso crew will also return to its previous address in Boyle Heights (shown here, on its Instagram) with a separate setup. The plan is to finish build-out on a new 30-foot trailer that will ultimately more than double their current output, and allow the team to continue its expansion. For now, look for El Ruso in Silver Lake right along Sunset Boulevard — and likely with long lines to match the big news.