oh, my god. y'all are THE BEST. I'm a homegirl who's been wondering what happened to the outlaw taco cart (it useta be on the corner of Fig & Meridian, along with dozens of local fans whenever you went) and the Tacos Sinaloa truck (useta be at Fig and 59)--it's not a great classic taco by any means, but a thoroughly addicting carnitas in oversized form...oy! can't wait! I'm SO there this weekend! :)
Chico's at Ave 50 & Figueroa has great chile rellenos and even greater red pozole. The newly renovated My Taco on York a couple of blocks east of Figueroa has great lamb tacos and good goat too. Everything I have tried there is good. El Huarache Azteca is excellent. The huaraches are top notch. Have fun and take in some of the great galleries in the hood while you're around!
I second all the places mentioned (especially El Metate and Huarache Azteca).
I would add the El Pique taco truck on York and about Ave 54 (next to a car wash) for great al pastor and asada.
Also I would recommend a truck called Tacos Sinaloa on Ave 53 or 54 and Monte Vista.
Lastly, I think the La Arca de Noe on Figueroa and Ave 54 (next to the theater) makes some of the best pupusas around.
I actually like El Arco, though the margaritas are poor. They do nice comfy cheesy enchiladas, but, whatever, I grew up on it! But I love love love Villas Durango. They do take credit cards now, and for goodness' sake, get the Poc Chuc. Yum. The Pollo Pibil is good, too. It's a little stuffy place, often with a loud juke box playing Mexican music, and the servers sometimes don't speak English, but it's a good opportunity to practice your Spanish without feeling like a moron. La Estrella is great for a taco stand, but not a place to sit down in.
Second La Fuente - Best overall in HP - Monte Vista & 56
La Estrella for fish & shrimp Tacos - Fig. & 61
Second Villas Durango - great breakfast deals - next to El Arco
Mariscos Sinaloa - their ceviche is the best in town - the shrimp cocktail sucks though - York & 56
El Huarache Azteca - york & 52
Antojitos Guerrero - try the barbacoa - York & 56
the outlaw taco cart on the southside of York a block or two west of Figueroa........killer al pastor!
usually there after 6:30 most nights - definitely a must try - just follow the smell!
avoid El Arco Iris and the place on York & Branch (Villa Sombrero I think) famous for it's margaritas & made tableside guacamole and rightfully so, but everything else is marginal.
There are tons of places, a few sit-downs, a few take-out onlys.
If you want sit down, I like La Fuente on Monte Vista- it's small but comfy and they have a mean shrimp burrito, among other things.
La Fuente Restaurant
Address: 5530 Monte Vista St, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Phone: (323) 258-6109
I just wrote about El Metate, on Figueroa between 54th and 55th- blink and you'll miss it. It's very small with only a couple of tables, but have fantastic enchiladas, rubenadas and burritos.
I love Villas Durango for their conchinita pibil tacos and plates- good rice, beans.
Villas Durango Restaurant
Address: 5672 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Phone: (323) 255-1491
All of these places are cash only.