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Tacos at Guerrilla Tacos
Matthew Kang

The 10 Hottest Taco Spots in Los Angeles Right Now, Winter 2016

A burrito is a taco, don't forget

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Tacos at Guerrilla Tacos
| Matthew Kang

Tacos are the gift that keeps on giving to Angelenos, as this city is never short on options to enjoy. There are dozens of celebrated places you've tried in the city, but because of L.A.'s ever-expanding restaurant scene, loads of newcomers keep cropping up, too. Here, then, are 10 of the hottest tacos in town, right this very moment.

Removed: Tacos Tamix, Revolutionario, Kogi Taqueria Palms

Added: Tacos El Karnal, Burritos La Palma, Petty Cash, Kogi Taqueria El Segundo

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Sonoratown

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This little Downtown taco shop is the restaurant that could, chugging along serving up some of the city’s finest carne asada and true handmade flour tortillas. Don’t forget about the awesome chivichanga either.

Farley Elliott

B.S. Taqueria

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One of L.A.'s most heralded new taquerias, and for good reason. Chef Ray Garcia is doing something special here, playing with long-held beliefs about tradition and technique in his modern local take on tacos.

Salazar

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Still one of LA’s hottest restaurants, period, is Salazar. The Sonoran-style meat and tortilla spot in Frogtown has hours-long waits on weekends, and not only boasts made-to-order meats and tortillas, but also has some of the sweetest outdoor seating anywhere in the city.

Guerrilla Tacos

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There is no more talked-about taco spot in Los Angeles right now, as Wes Avila and his team announce plans to move into a brick and mortar space in the Arts District by next year. In the meantime, the truck continues to slang some of the best tacos you’ve ever had at coffee shops across the city.

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Tacos La Carreta

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This Compton stand is garnering tons of praise for its carne asada, served up in tacos, vampiros, and more. Just beware that hours are limited to weekends from late afternoon to evenings. Check their Instagram for the latest updates on service times.

Farley Elliott

Chica's Tacos

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This tiny Downtown taco stop boasts a menu created by chef Eddie Ruiz, and is as inventive as it is delicious. You’ll find everything from straightforward pork tacos to the fried fish option topped with a caesar salad, and all using organic and non-GMO ingredients.

Petty Cash Taqueria

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The best time to dine at Petty Cash might be right this moment (a fact backed up by how perenially packed the place is). Chef Fabian Gallardo is heading back to New York City, but has left behind his best secrets for how to make the perfect bar snack taco. The team staying back is no slouch either, and they certainly seem to have taken his words of wisdom to heart.

Elizabeth Daniels

Burritos La Palma at Smorgasburg

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El Monte legend and Tacolandia winner Burritos La Palma now keeps a permanent pop-up residence at Smorgasburg, and for good reason. Their burritos (yes, burritos are tacos) come filled with birria and tucked inside pliant handmade tortillas. It’s the perfect walking around snack for an afternoon spent Downtown.

Tacos El Karnal

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The new ‘it’ stand for folks in the know is Tacos El Karnal, working the East LA/Boyle Heights area off Olympic and Calada Street. Expect handmade tacos and a variety of meats, from asada to suadero to big, sturdy ropes of chorizo.

Matt Anaya

Kogi Taqueria at Whole Foods Market

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With a new even more Westside location of his burgeoning standalone Kogi enterprise, Roy Choi continues to show that he’s got the chops to make big moves into areas clamoring for his stuff. The latest location continues his partnership with Whole Foods, while letting beachy locals get access to those genre-defining Korean short rib tacos.

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Sonoratown

Farley Elliott

This little Downtown taco shop is the restaurant that could, chugging along serving up some of the city’s finest carne asada and true handmade flour tortillas. Don’t forget about the awesome chivichanga either.

Farley Elliott

B.S. Taqueria

One of L.A.'s most heralded new taquerias, and for good reason. Chef Ray Garcia is doing something special here, playing with long-held beliefs about tradition and technique in his modern local take on tacos.

Salazar

Still one of LA’s hottest restaurants, period, is Salazar. The Sonoran-style meat and tortilla spot in Frogtown has hours-long waits on weekends, and not only boasts made-to-order meats and tortillas, but also has some of the sweetest outdoor seating anywhere in the city.

Guerrilla Tacos

Matthew Kang

There is no more talked-about taco spot in Los Angeles right now, as Wes Avila and his team announce plans to move into a brick and mortar space in the Arts District by next year. In the meantime, the truck continues to slang some of the best tacos you’ve ever had at coffee shops across the city.

Matthew Kang

Tacos La Carreta

Farley Elliott

This Compton stand is garnering tons of praise for its carne asada, served up in tacos, vampiros, and more. Just beware that hours are limited to weekends from late afternoon to evenings. Check their Instagram for the latest updates on service times.

Farley Elliott

Chica's Tacos

This tiny Downtown taco stop boasts a menu created by chef Eddie Ruiz, and is as inventive as it is delicious. You’ll find everything from straightforward pork tacos to the fried fish option topped with a caesar salad, and all using organic and non-GMO ingredients.

Petty Cash Taqueria

Elizabeth Daniels

The best time to dine at Petty Cash might be right this moment (a fact backed up by how perenially packed the place is). Chef Fabian Gallardo is heading back to New York City, but has left behind his best secrets for how to make the perfect bar snack taco. The team staying back is no slouch either, and they certainly seem to have taken his words of wisdom to heart.

Elizabeth Daniels

Burritos La Palma at Smorgasburg

El Monte legend and Tacolandia winner Burritos La Palma now keeps a permanent pop-up residence at Smorgasburg, and for good reason. Their burritos (yes, burritos are tacos) come filled with birria and tucked inside pliant handmade tortillas. It’s the perfect walking around snack for an afternoon spent Downtown.

Tacos El Karnal

Matt Anaya

The new ‘it’ stand for folks in the know is Tacos El Karnal, working the East LA/Boyle Heights area off Olympic and Calada Street. Expect handmade tacos and a variety of meats, from asada to suadero to big, sturdy ropes of chorizo.

Matt Anaya

Kogi Taqueria at Whole Foods Market

With a new even more Westside location of his burgeoning standalone Kogi enterprise, Roy Choi continues to show that he’s got the chops to make big moves into areas clamoring for his stuff. The latest location continues his partnership with Whole Foods, while letting beachy locals get access to those genre-defining Korean short rib tacos.

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