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10 of LA’s Best Tijuana-Style Taco Spots, Mapped

Carne asada, handmade tortillas, guacamole, and more

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Tacos from El Ruso
| Farley Elliott

Tijuana is the talk of the taco world right now. The Mexican city to the south has been an inspiration for an untold number of new stands, trucks, and restaurants over the past few years, leading to long lines, lots of Instagram fame, and a general rise in the quality of tacos found all over greater Los Angeles. From grilled carne asada, ideally cooked over charcoal, to hefty corn tortillas, thick swipes of guacamole (and even a few with cheese, beans, and flour tortillas) this current taco trend is showing no signs of slowing down. Here’s where to find 10 of the best Tijuana-style tacos across greater Los Angeles.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tacos El Venado

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11700 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(323) 944-8320

Tacos El Venado absolutely runs the San Fernando Valley taco scene. With multiple locations, this Tijuana-inspired stand draws legions of fans nightly, and draws in tens of thousands of Instagram followers along the way.

A tray filled with Tacos El Venado tacos and salsas.
Tacos El Venado
Tacos El Venado

2. Pablito's Tacos

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3803 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 966-8532
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One of the newer entrants onto the Tijuana-style taco scene is Pablito’s. The restaurant actually began life as a Peruvian pop-up turned sit-down spot, but now they’ve expanded into Tijuana territory with multiple locations across the Valley, including at the famed Circus Liquor.

3. Angel’s Tijuana Tacos

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4211 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Angel’s Tijuana Tacos is actually run by the same team as Tacos El Venado, though they tend to focus on different neighborhoods. The new-ish Eagle Rock location rocks from dusk until late night, often playing to very long lines.

4. Tacos 1986

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609 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

There may be no more talked-about taco of the past year in Los Angeles than Tacos 1986, the street vendors turned Downtown restaurant operators who hail from Tijuana proper. Don’t sleep on the adobado, or those mushrooms.

Tacos 1986 tacos avocado on plate
Tacos 1986
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5. Loqui

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8830 Washington Blvd #104
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 220-7260
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Loqui works a pan-Baja menu, offering flour tortillas similar to Rosarito’s El Yaqui, and other outfits found out in Mexicali. There are plenty of attachments to Tijuana directly, including options for corn tortillas.

A variety of tacos.
Loqui
Loqui

6. El Ruso

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3631 Union Pacific Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90023

El Ruso owner Walter Soto hails from Tijuana, and makes his Mexicali/Rosarito-inspired fare shine despite all the competition out in Boyle Heights. Head there for charcoal-kissed carne asada, and lots of guacamole.

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7. Tire Shop Taqueria

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4077 S Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90011

Tire Shop Taqueria is the O.G. street vendor within the Tijuana genre. They’ve been doing handmade corn tortillas and thick smears of guacamole over carne asada for years, well before the Instagram influencers showed up.

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Tire Shop Taqueria
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8. Tacos Los Poblanos #1 Estilo Tijuana

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5821 S Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90011

Tacos Los Poblanos #1 Estilo Tijuana is a classic Southeast LA spot, known forever for its Tijuana-inspired tacos served from a truck in a parking lot. Along with Tire Shop, this is one of the spots that has been doing it right since forever.

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Tacos Los Poblanos
Tacos Los Poblanos

9. Tacos Ah Carbon

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1512 S Bluff Rd
Montebello, CA 90640

Ah Carbon is a Tijuana carne asada specialist based out of Montebello. The place is quickly amassing a following on social media, and in real life, with evening post-ups on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

10. Carlos Tijuana Tacos

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12504 Whittier Blvd
Whittier, CA 90602

Whittier is getting into the Tijuana-style game with Carlos, the upstart option that operates on weekends only. Don’t forget about the adobada here, or the larger-than-life quesadillas.

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1. Tacos El Venado

11700 Victory Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91606
A tray filled with Tacos El Venado tacos and salsas.
Tacos El Venado
Tacos El Venado

Tacos El Venado absolutely runs the San Fernando Valley taco scene. With multiple locations, this Tijuana-inspired stand draws legions of fans nightly, and draws in tens of thousands of Instagram followers along the way.

11700 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606

2. Pablito's Tacos

3803 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

One of the newer entrants onto the Tijuana-style taco scene is Pablito’s. The restaurant actually began life as a Peruvian pop-up turned sit-down spot, but now they’ve expanded into Tijuana territory with multiple locations across the Valley, including at the famed Circus Liquor.

3803 W Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91505

3. Angel’s Tijuana Tacos

4211 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

Angel’s Tijuana Tacos is actually run by the same team as Tacos El Venado, though they tend to focus on different neighborhoods. The new-ish Eagle Rock location rocks from dusk until late night, often playing to very long lines.

4211 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90065

4. Tacos 1986

609 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Tacos 1986 tacos avocado on plate
Tacos 1986
Matthew Kang

There may be no more talked-about taco of the past year in Los Angeles than Tacos 1986, the street vendors turned Downtown restaurant operators who hail from Tijuana proper. Don’t sleep on the adobado, or those mushrooms.

609 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

5. Loqui

8830 Washington Blvd #104, Culver City, CA 90232
A variety of tacos.
Loqui
Loqui

Loqui works a pan-Baja menu, offering flour tortillas similar to Rosarito’s El Yaqui, and other outfits found out in Mexicali. There are plenty of attachments to Tijuana directly, including options for corn tortillas.

8830 Washington Blvd #104
Culver City, CA 90232

6. El Ruso

3631 Union Pacific Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90023
el ruso tacos on plate
El Ruso
Farley Elliott

El Ruso owner Walter Soto hails from Tijuana, and makes his Mexicali/Rosarito-inspired fare shine despite all the competition out in Boyle Heights. Head there for charcoal-kissed carne asada, and lots of guacamole.

3631 Union Pacific Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90023

7. Tire Shop Taqueria

4077 S Avalon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90011
Tire Shop
Tire Shop Taqueria
Matthew Kang

Tire Shop Taqueria is the O.G. street vendor within the Tijuana genre. They’ve been doing handmade corn tortillas and thick smears of guacamole over carne asada for years, well before the Instagram influencers showed up.

4077 S Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90011

8. Tacos Los Poblanos #1 Estilo Tijuana

5821 S Avalon Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90011
Taco truck los poblanos parking lot tent
Tacos Los Poblanos
Tacos Los Poblanos

Tacos Los Poblanos #1 Estilo Tijuana is a classic Southeast LA spot, known forever for its Tijuana-inspired tacos served from a truck in a parking lot. Along with Tire Shop, this is one of the spots that has been doing it right since forever.

5821 S Avalon Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90011

9. Tacos Ah Carbon

1512 S Bluff Rd, Montebello, CA 90640

Ah Carbon is a Tijuana carne asada specialist based out of Montebello. The place is quickly amassing a following on social media, and in real life, with evening post-ups on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

1512 S Bluff Rd
Montebello, CA 90640

10. Carlos Tijuana Tacos

12504 Whittier Blvd, Whittier, CA 90602

Whittier is getting into the Tijuana-style game with Carlos, the upstart option that operates on weekends only. Don’t forget about the adobada here, or the larger-than-life quesadillas.

12504 Whittier Blvd
Whittier, CA 90602

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