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Aug 7, 2007 11:42 AM

Best Taco Stands in LA

Can anyone recommend great taco stands in the LA area- no specific location- all over-- the best of the best...??

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  1. Tito's on Washington Place and Sepulveda, best hard-shell tacos without a doubt. Okay, let the flame wars begin.. but seriously I like Tito's.

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    1. re: monkuboy

      No reason to flame... Tito's is quite good for the type of taco it is (crunchy shell and fried). Some of the BEST meat for taco or burrito that I've tasted is a taco truck in Eagle Rock that sits at the side of the road between 8pm and 3am on Colorado Blvd right before Eagle Rock Blvd in front of the Comfort Inn. I've been going there for almost 25 years and it is by far the BEST carne asada I've ever had... on a taco or burrito. I HIGHLY recommend it.

      1. re: mrshankly

        Some of the BEST meat for taco or burrito that I've tasted is a taco truck in Eagle Rock that sits at the side of the road between 8pm and 3am on Colorado Blvd right before Eagle Rock Blvd in front of the Comfort Inn
        Oh, yeah! Now i ahve to get down there(I have since moved to IE. I beleive the trucks name used to be Rambo's . Best carne Asada anywhere. And la fuente restaurant there on colorado is good too-- not to mention King Taco--ah and the pupuseria on Fig... yup thats why I'm 25 lbs thinner now.. haha!

        1. re: AnnieMar

          "I beleive the trucks name used to be Rambo's".

          Passed by it tonight - don't remember if it was EXACTLY on Colorado or Eagle Rock. It's close to me so I'll check it out - maybe after the Eagle Rock Music Fest.

          In any case, another great stand (actually a chain of 4) is Casita Taco. Burbank, Noho, Universal City & Pasadena.

          1. re: Briggs

            Rambo's is usually on Eagle Rock Blvd at York. Along with Leo's and now the Kogi truck.

            1. re: Briggs

              i just had lunch at Casita in Burbank. i got the 3 taco plate and ordered chicken, carnitas and carne asada.

              the chicken was my favorite of the three. it was cooked really well, had a good grill and wasn't dry at all.

              the carnitas were a wee bit on the dry side, but not so much that i wouldn't eat the taco.

              the carne asada was really good. it was tender and well cooked.

              the salsa roja wasn't really that hot/spicy in the moment. but now, 30 min later, i can kind of still feel the burn on my tongue.

              it's a tiny place and was very crowded, but i managed to score a seat at the counter against the wall.

        2. re: monkuboy

          Tito's rocks my world. I always order a taco, an all beef with cheese buritto, and a side of "guacamole" or what ever that addicting green concotion is. Tito's lost out on the coin toss tonight to the Apple Pan.

          1. re: monkuboy

            La Estrella taco trucks always hit the spot. There is one in Eagle Rock and one in Pasadena on Fair Oaks. I think the Eagle Rock location is on York and 45th? For a taco stand El Tapatio in Glendale on S. Glendale Ave. is pretty popular.

            1. re: minnie

              The one on York is at Avenue 54. It's my number one for tacos. Really yummy. There's an actual building on the corner of Figueroa and Meridian (north of York), but I haven't had the tacos there. The truck at ave. 54 is so good I don't have reason to go anywhere else.

              1. re: minnie

                The La Estrella store location on Fig in Highland Park is pretty serious. It is right by Ave. 60, near the train tracks. Get the all meat carne asada burrito. Don't forget the hot sauce.

              1. Taco Llama. I am partial to the location in Northridge, Bandini likes a different location:

                Carnitas Michoacan, Bandini's review here:

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                1. re: jencounter

                  Where is the Northridge one located?

                  1. re: wizardx

                    Corbin and Parthenia. There is also on on Reseda at Vanowen, but I don't like it as much as the one in Northridge.

                    1. re: jencounter

                      Thanks Jencounter, I am so there tomorrow!

                      1. re: wizardx

                        Taco Llama rocks but Tacos La Fonda is better! See Bandini on this too.

                  2. re: jencounter

                    I've never tried the Northridge, but my favorites are the two in NoHo -- Magnolia by Cahuenga and Sherman Way near Lankershim. I think those two are owned by the same owner. The El Taco Llamas on Van Nuys, Vanowen (near Haskell), and Balboa have different owners, and are far inferior. All have their amazing salsa roja (very similar to King Taco's), but the two I like have fantastic carne asada and lamb birria. The one on Sherman Way also has a very good pico de gallo, though they have cracked down on how much salsa you can take with your tacos -- and charge outrageous prices if you want to pay to get extra.

                    Tacos La Fonda is a truck that parks at the car wash Vanowen and Vineland. It has the best tortillas in the valley and excellent carne asada and chorizo tacos. The salsas are good, but not as good as El Taco Llama's.

                    For carnitas, I highly recommend Pico Pico Rico in Sherman Oaks (on Magnolia by Kester). The tortillas are hecho de mano. It can be a bit hit or miss depending on who is doing the cooking, but when they hit, it is among the best carnitas I've ever had. They also do excellent huaraches, including huaraches con nopal.

                  3. I still like Yuca's for their cochinita pibil and for the fact that they are a "true" taco stand.


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                    1. re: Servorg

                      Look no further for AMERICAN-STYLE ground beef/tomato/lettuce/shredded cheese crunchy shell old-skool childhood tacos:

                      Henry's Tacos
                      11401 Moorpark St.
                      North Hollywood, CA 91602
                      (818) 769-0343

                      A true walk-up, picnic-tables-under-an-aluminum-awning-cool-sign taco stand.

                      Recommended by Mary Kate (aka Barely Ate) and Ashley (aka Ghastly) Olsen:


                      1. re: CucumberBoy

                        Why would I go to a place to eat recommended by people who obviously don't?

                        And seriously, hard shell tacos?

                        That's like recommending the lunch ladies mystery meat sloppy Joes.

                      2. re: Servorg

                        It doesn't get any more "taco stand" than Yucas!

                        Stick to the tacos, though - they're better than the burritos IMHO. Although at least their burritos are small and you can actually eat again after having one.

                        Hmm. just noticed they have hamburgers and hot dogs. I wonder who orders them?

                        1. re: salutlemonde

                          My wife and I drove to Yucas just to try their tacos after seeing the "10 best taco places" on TV . We were disappointed as it tasted like any other taco stand. I am willing to give it another try since there is so much hype. Any specific suggestions will be greatly appreciated. I want to make sure we have their best dish on their menu. By the way, does anyone know a real good Mexican restaurant in LA? I have many fantastic meals in Mexico, but have not been able to find one in LA.

                          1. re: keithlca

                            Best taco is the cochinita pibil, followed by the carne asada.

                            1. re: vinosnob

                              The cochinitia pibil burrito at Yucas is my favorite because of its unique taste.

                              However, I will always hold a place in my heart for Juanita's (in Ontario and Claremont) shredded beef tacos, because, combined with their hot sauce and bean burritos, I go into a food high.

                              1. re: ValleyGal

                                I certainly agree with the first part!

                                Juanita's, eh? Have I linked to the right place?

                                Juanita's III
                                1209 E 4th St, Ontario, CA 91764

                            2. re: keithlca

                              It isn't like any other taco stand if you get the cochinita pibil. This is the thing to get.

                              1. re: keithlca

                                The tacos are the worst thing on the menu at Yuca's (much like ordering the tacos at La Super Rica in SB)...the burritos are the only thing I really like (the beans are GREAT!), and will sometimes drive out of my way for.

                                I'm not sure how anyone can be excited about the Yuca's tacos - commercial tortillas, tiny portions of meat, and paltry condiments.

                                The tacos at any stand at the Grand Central Market BLOW them away.


                                1. re: manku

                                  I agree manku. The tortillas they use for tacos are pretty bad. I get the asada burrito with those juicy beans and the pibil as it is hard to find in that neck of the woods (but there are better ones out there so I dont rave about it). Burritos are the way to go, although my son prefers the burgers of all things.

                          2. The "Taco Zone" truck on Alvarado... north of Sunset. Next to the Von's in Echo Park. Superior tacos after 7pm.

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                            1. re: blacksab67

                              el taurino

                              olympic/hoover i believe

                              1. re: ns1

                                I second El Taurino on tacos al pastor.

                              2. re: blacksab67

                                I agree with ns1 and laura w, great tacos off at El Taurino. There is also Chanos on Figueroa.

                                1. re: FoodLover92

                                  Boss' on vacation, so taking liberties to adventure out of our usual lunch-hour zone of attack (work in downtown). Gonna try El Taurino next week and hopefully Vista Hermosa in La Paloma or Mi Casita in El Sereno too. Aside from the al pastor, what else to try at El Taurino?

                                  BTW, have picked up on bandini's habit of eating tacos w/ a lime Jarritos. Really is a great combo.

                                  1. re: pharmnerd

                                    I would say the carne asada is the first choice at El T, and the al pastor second choice. I think they will serve it with red salsa unless you specifically request green.

                                  2. re: FoodLover92

                                    is chanos on figueroa the one north of downtown but south of eagle rock? i went to an amazing one around mt washington or highland park. i was really drink that night, so maybe it's the booze talking, but that was some fantastico tacos de carnitas. and once again, it is definitely the booze talking that I can remember nothing about the truck except that it was on Figueroa.

                                    1. re: lotta_cox

                                      Chanos is north of USC south of DTLA on Figueroa near Jefferson (I believe 30th or 32nd)

                                      1. re: ns1

                                        yup, wrong spot. thank you though. further research on this is needed.

                                  3. re: blacksab67

                                    Taco Zone @Alvarado also has the best tacos de tripa!!

                                    Taco Zone (catering truck)
                                    Alvarado and Montana St, Los Angeles, CA