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21 More Tacos to Try Before You Die in LA

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Don't worry, there's always a lot of ground to cover when it comes to L.A.'s stellar taco scene. We've previously highlighted the potato tacos at El Atacor #11, the puffy tacos at Arturo's in Whittier and seafood highlights like Ricky's Fish Tacos and Mariscos Jalisco. But that's just the tip of the taco. Here are 21 more L.A. tacos to try before you die.

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1. Aqui es Texcoco

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5850 S Eastern Ave
Commerce, CA 90040
(323) 725-1429
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It’s all about the barbacoa at this Commerce institution, served with just a touch of fried crunch, little cups of lamb drippings and plenty of tortillas.

2. Bar Ama

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118 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-8002
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Everyone knows about their fried puffy tacos, but don’t sleep on Bar Amá’s breakfast tacos, which are lumbering, eggy and perfect for clearing up a hangover.

3. Cacao Mexicatessen

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1576 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(323) 478-2791
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It’s almost always huitlacoche season at Cacao Mexicatessen, which means you can get their funky corn tacos whenever you’d like.

4. Chichen Itza Restaurant

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3655 S Grand Ave, #C6
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 741-1075
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It’s all about the cochinita pibil tacos at this popular Mercado La Paloma space.

5. El Parian

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1528 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 386-7361

Tender, slightly funky birria (goat) tacos can be found on every plate inside this Pico-Union mainstay.

6. HomeState

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4624 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 666-1633
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It’s Austin-by-way-of-Los-Feliz at HomeState, where breakfast tacos rule the morning, complete with Cuvée coffee.

7. La Estrella Taco Truck

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York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

Highland Park has had it this good for years, with La Estrella’s popular street carnitas and asada tacos.

8. La Isla Bonita

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400 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

As perhaps Venice’s hardest-working taco truck, customers line up for the mariscos and carne asada — with stewed pinto beans on the side, of course.

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9. Los Anaya Authentic Mexican Food

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4651 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 731-4070

It’s all about the taco sampler platter here, moving from carne asada to mole to carnitas to al pastor seamlessly.

10. Los Cinco Puntos

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3300 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90063
(323) 261-4084

East L.A.’ers know Los Cinco Puntos well — mostly for their boiling cauldrons of carnitas, served with a side of tortillas made by hand.

11. Los Esquipales

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15963 Yarnell Street
Sylmar, CA 91342
(818) 813-2902

Perhaps the Valley’s best birria de chivo, served in steaming bowls meant to be spooned out, straight into waiting warm tortillas.

12. Malo

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4326 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 664-1011
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The somewhat polarizing ground beef and pickle fried tacos at Malo deserve their place, if only for their originality within L.A.’s taco scene.

13. Metro Balderas

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5305 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 478-8383

All parts of the porker are at work in this Mexico City-style carnitas shop in Highland Park.

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14. Tacos Cuernavaca

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Whittier Blvd
East Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 377-4603

Seek out the suadero, cecina and al pastor at this East L.A. late night truck.

15. Tacos El Pecas

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994 S Soto St
Los Angeles, CA 90023

Boyle Heights locals (and J. Gold himself) have long loved the cabeza street tacos here.

16. Tacos La Fonda

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2135 N San Fernando Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 221-0313

North Hollywood’s Tacos La Fonda trailer brings thick, hand-patted tortillas and lots of carne asada, all doused in endless salsa table options.

17. Tacos Los Guichos

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This South L.A. parking lot operation turns out some of the city’s best carnitas.

18. Tacos Por Favor

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1408 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 392-5768
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Santa Monica’s longstanding Tacos Por Favor is the sort of everyday Mexican sit-down restaurant that the world could use more of.

19. Tacos Tamix

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2402 Pico blvd
Los Angeles, CA

With thick slices of al pastor and plenty of pineapple, Tamix is always willing to give Tacos Leo a run for their money.

20. Taqueria Emanuel

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6350 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys, CA
(818) 787-8119

Cheap tacos with lots of salsa keep the Van Nuys neighborhood going all day long.

21. Tire Shop Taqueria

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East 40th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90011

A relatively recent addition to the South L.A. taco landscape, this Tijuana-style vendor is serving up impeccable carne asada.

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1. Aqui es Texcoco

5850 S Eastern Ave, Commerce, CA 90040

It’s all about the barbacoa at this Commerce institution, served with just a touch of fried crunch, little cups of lamb drippings and plenty of tortillas.

5850 S Eastern Ave
Commerce, CA 90040

2. Bar Ama

118 W 4th St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Everyone knows about their fried puffy tacos, but don’t sleep on Bar Amá’s breakfast tacos, which are lumbering, eggy and perfect for clearing up a hangover.

118 W 4th St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

3. Cacao Mexicatessen

1576 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

It’s almost always huitlacoche season at Cacao Mexicatessen, which means you can get their funky corn tacos whenever you’d like.

1576 Colorado Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041

4. Chichen Itza Restaurant

3655 S Grand Ave, #C6, Los Angeles, CA 90007

It’s all about the cochinita pibil tacos at this popular Mercado La Paloma space.

3655 S Grand Ave, #C6
Los Angeles, CA 90007

5. El Parian

1528 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Tender, slightly funky birria (goat) tacos can be found on every plate inside this Pico-Union mainstay.

1528 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

6. HomeState

4624 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

It’s Austin-by-way-of-Los-Feliz at HomeState, where breakfast tacos rule the morning, complete with Cuvée coffee.

4624 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

7. La Estrella Taco Truck

York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Highland Park has had it this good for years, with La Estrella’s popular street carnitas and asada tacos.

York Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90042

8. La Isla Bonita

400 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291
A close up photo of tacos with beans and meat on flour tortillas.

As perhaps Venice’s hardest-working taco truck, customers line up for the mariscos and carne asada — with stewed pinto beans on the side, of course.

400 Rose Ave
Venice, CA 90291

9. Los Anaya Authentic Mexican Food

4651 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016

It’s all about the taco sampler platter here, moving from carne asada to mole to carnitas to al pastor seamlessly.

4651 W Adams Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016

10. Los Cinco Puntos

3300 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90063

East L.A.’ers know Los Cinco Puntos well — mostly for their boiling cauldrons of carnitas, served with a side of tortillas made by hand.

3300 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90063

11. Los Esquipales

15963 Yarnell Street, Sylmar, CA 91342

Perhaps the Valley’s best birria de chivo, served in steaming bowls meant to be spooned out, straight into waiting warm tortillas.

15963 Yarnell Street
Sylmar, CA 91342

12. Malo

4326 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

The somewhat polarizing ground beef and pickle fried tacos at Malo deserve their place, if only for their originality within L.A.’s taco scene.

4326 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

13. Metro Balderas

5305 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Metro Balderas Restaurant

All parts of the porker are at work in this Mexico City-style carnitas shop in Highland Park.

5305 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90042

14. Tacos Cuernavaca

Whittier Blvd, East Los Angeles, CA 90022

Seek out the suadero, cecina and al pastor at this East L.A. late night truck.

Whittier Blvd
East Los Angeles, CA 90022

15. Tacos El Pecas

994 S Soto St, Los Angeles, CA 90023

Boyle Heights locals (and J. Gold himself) have long loved the cabeza street tacos here.

994 S Soto St
Los Angeles, CA 90023

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16. Tacos La Fonda

2135 N San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

North Hollywood’s Tacos La Fonda trailer brings thick, hand-patted tortillas and lots of carne asada, all doused in endless salsa table options.

2135 N San Fernando Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065

17. Tacos Los Guichos

Los Angeles, CA 90003

This South L.A. parking lot operation turns out some of the city’s best carnitas.

18. Tacos Por Favor

1408 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Santa Monica’s longstanding Tacos Por Favor is the sort of everyday Mexican sit-down restaurant that the world could use more of.

1408 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

19. Tacos Tamix

2402 Pico blvd, Los Angeles, CA

With thick slices of al pastor and plenty of pineapple, Tamix is always willing to give Tacos Leo a run for their money.

2402 Pico blvd
Los Angeles, CA

20. Taqueria Emanuel

6350 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA

Cheap tacos with lots of salsa keep the Van Nuys neighborhood going all day long.

6350 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys, CA

21. Tire Shop Taqueria

East 40th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90011

A relatively recent addition to the South L.A. taco landscape, this Tijuana-style vendor is serving up impeccable carne asada.

East 40th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90011

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