Top 10 LA Taquerias

Blair Pfander
Top 10 LA Taquerias
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There will always be room in our hearts for hot dogs and falafel, but when it comes to quick-fix street food, tacos rule supreme.
As Paris is to macaroons or New York is to pizza, Los Angeles is the only place to go if you want to satisfy a serious taco craving. Here, the top ten spots in the City of Angels serving up tantalizing tacos.
Just don’t forget to get guac with that.
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El Atacor: This Cypress Park taqueria boasts blasting jukebox beats and unusually late hours—a blessing, considering their famous "potato taco" is the ultimate drunk snack, especially when topped with fresh sour cream and guacamole. 2622 N. Figueroa Street, L.A.

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Guisados: Named after traditional "guisados"—that is, spicy stewed meat and veggies—this LA eatery is known for its delicious sampler plates, which allow guests to taste several mini-tacos teeming with different kinds of fillings. If the tacos won't suffice, don't forget to try the tamales. 2100 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., L.A.

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La Flor de Yucatan: Located a few short blocks from the USC campus, La Flor de Yucatan has been supplying students with its famous cochinita pibil tacos for over ten years. Marinated in achiote and sour orange juice, its tasty pork tacos are topped off with pickled red onions and fresh cilantro. 800 S. Hoover Street, L.A.

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Los Cinco Puntos: In the back of this Cesar Chavez Avenue dive you'll find dedicated ladies whipping up fresh tortillas on the spot. Given the super-fresh presentation, the tacos are unusually tasty. Sadly, the restaurant is strictly take-out for now—but that doesn't mean your dinner will taste any less fabulous in the parking lot. 3300 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., L.A.

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Mexicali Tacos: Chefs Esdras Ochoa and Javier Fregoso are known for the meanest carne asada in all of Los Angeles, as well as their unusual toppings: add a fried egg to your taco for a touch of gooey sumptuousness. 702 N. Figueroa Street, L.A.

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Ricky's Fish Tacos: No taco tour of LA would be complete without a visit to Ricky's, where owner Ricky Pina offers up fresh, deep-fried fish topped with cold guacamole and ice cold veggies. Feeling adventurous? New fillings like lobster, stingray and even angel shark were recently added to the menu. 1400 N. Virgil Ave., L.A.

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Tacos Baja Ensenada: If you can plan your taco-fest far enough in advance, hit this taqueria on a Wednesday, when it offers its legendary fish tacos for just 99 cents. Be prepared for a bit of a wait, though: the line often snakes out the door and around the block. 5385 Whittier Blvd., L.A.

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Mariscos Jalisco: The star of this tacqueria's menu is, without doubt, the "doradas de camaron," essentially a single huge taco filled to the brim with shrimp before being fried and served in a pool of fresh salsa. Need we say more? 3040 E. Olympic Blvd., L.A.

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Tacos Por Favor: Taco addicts flock to this Santa Monica spot for its extensive salsa bar, as well as the flavorful chorizo and cheese tacos (which, ironically, are spicy enough not to need much salsa in the first place). 1406 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica.

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Tacos Leo: With its signature "al pastor" marinating on a spit in plain view of the cash register, it's no wonder why customers line up in droves at this gourmet taco truck, which parks at a gas station on the corner of La Brea and Venice. Topped with a few slices of pineapple, the pork tacos in particular should not be missed. Corner of La Brea and Venice Blvd.

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