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I'm going to California in September on a quest to find the best taco joints in California. Does anyone have suggestions? I'll be there on the 19th of September, would appreciate any and all comments, good or bad (so I don't waste time trying bad food) appreciate everyone's input.

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  1. A good starting point is Bandini's blog, The Great Taco Hunt: http://tacohunt.blogspot.com/

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    1. re: Jwsel

      I'll second the recommendation to check on The Great Taco Hunt. As noted there and on this board, El Taurino and King Taco are much beloved. And at least one visit to a taco truck is a must-do. Enjoy!

    2. Here are some suggestions for your research....

      From NY Times travel....first link has photos, second link is to print version...
      You may have to register if you are not a subscriber, and don't know if it costs. You can also buy single articles. "Chasing the Perfect Taco up the California Coast" by Cindy Price, July 21, 20006.

      http://travel2.nytimes.com/2006/07/21...

      http://travel2.nytimes.com/2006/07/21...

      September 2004 Los Angeles Magazine surveys "The 25 Best Mexican Restaurants" including Tacos, Marvelous Mole, The Whole Enchilada by Patric Kuh.

      http://la.foodblogging.com/2005/09/15...

      http://www.laweekly.com/eat+drink/din...

      1. i'm unabashedly partisan.
        go to taqueria sanchez on centinela.
        get their shrimp taco, their shrimp tostada, and/their mojarra frito (sp?).
        probably everything else is good too, but i like those dishes so much i've never gotten beyond them.

        Taqueria Sanchez
        4541 S Centinela Ave, (310) 822-8880

        they close at 7 on the weekdays, and earlier on sunday, so check the hour.

        1. Hugos tacos on coldwater and riverside...fresh and yummy

          1. What sort of tacos are you looking for? LA tacos tend to be the Mexican street food kind, warm, soft corn tortillas with a smattering of seasoned meat, salsa, and not much else filling wise. (including, in general, no cheese.) They're simple and delicious. I think all of the places recommended are good, and if you happen to see a taco truck with a bunch of people lined up, hop in line! You probably won't go too wrong, and often the trucks have tongue etc. that some places don't have. They may look a little dodgy, but they're on the up and up.

            If you're looking for fast-food style hard tacos there's a place in Culver City that I won't even mention because it will take this thread in a completely different direction! Just search Culver City and tacos on this board.