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Tacos at Guerrilla Tacos
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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sonoratown

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208 E 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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

2. B.S. Taqueria

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514 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 622-3744
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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.

3. Salazar

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2490 Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039

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.

4. Guerrilla Tacos

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826 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(818) 640-3033
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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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5. Tacos La Carreta

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413 N Wilmington Ave
Compton, CA 90220

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

6. Chica's Tacos

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728 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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.

7. Petty Cash Taqueria

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7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 933-5300
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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

8. Burritos La Palma at Smorgasburg

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746 Market Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90021

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.

9. Tacos El Karnal

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E Olympic Blvd & Calada St
Los Angeles, CA 90023

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

10. Kogi Taqueria at Whole Foods Market

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760 South Sepulveda Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 333-1900
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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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1. Sonoratown

208 E 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
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.

208 E 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

2. B.S. Taqueria

514 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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.

514 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

3. Salazar

2490 Fletcher Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90039

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.

2490 Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039

4. Guerrilla Tacos

826 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
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.

826 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

5. Tacos La Carreta

413 N Wilmington Ave, Compton, CA 90220
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.

413 N Wilmington Ave
Compton, CA 90220

6. Chica's Tacos

728 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

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.

728 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

7. Petty Cash Taqueria

7360 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
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.

7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

8. Burritos La Palma at Smorgasburg

746 Market Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90021

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.

746 Market Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90021

9. Tacos El Karnal

E Olympic Blvd & Calada St, Los Angeles, CA 90023
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.

E Olympic Blvd & Calada St
Los Angeles, CA 90023

10. Kogi Taqueria at Whole Foods Market

760 South Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245

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.

760 South Sepulveda Blvd.
El Segundo, CA 90245

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