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Any authentic taco places in the 818 area?

The only place i go for tacos are from me: El Gran Burrito and Gina's tacos.

I'd like to know places near me with great tacos and burritos with spicy salsa!

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  1. Are there ANY authentic tacos in the 818 area? Yes, hundreds of them. Literally. So many in fact, it's almost impossible to count.

    Best to start here:


    If you like El Gran Burrito, you'll love Rincon Taurino. Superb tacos, and really hot salsa roja.

    1. Another really good taco spot:

      El Taco Llama
      North Hollywood
      10501 Magnolia Blvd
      North Hollywood, CA 91601
      (818) 752-1562

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      1. re: Servorg

        I tried it today and it was verry delish!

        1. re: ilikefood26

          Glad to hear it. You never know if a place has gone downhill since you were last there, or not. Looks like you also have quite a few others to keep you busy. Hope you will keep on posting as you try them so we can all benefit from your intrepid taco adventures.

          1. re: Servorg

            i tried the al pastor from taco zone that was parked on victory and vineland. BIG DISAPPOINTMENT! i should have figured coming from a truck. but the sauce is very delish!

      2. Welcome to Chowhound!

        I've just been to the Taco Llama on Van Nuys Blvd - meh.

        How about trying the LA Mexican places map
        and searching the list for a/c 818?

        Another tip - we'd like to know your Starting Point in order to help you minimize your expenditure of time and $3+ per gallon fuel.

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        1. re: DiveFan

          I live in north hollywood. Near Laurel Canyon and Victory.

          1. re: ilikefood26

            Definitely Tacos La Fonda, northwest corner of Vineland and Vanowen (its a truck, parks in the carwash lot after 6:30). Tacos El Zorro in a strip mall, northeast corner of Sherman Way and Coldwater) has both great tacos, and lovely seafood cocktiels. For Baja style fish Tacos I like Tony's Mexican Grill on southwest corner of Magnolia and Coldwater. Just west on Victory from you is Canitas Michoacan #3 which isn't quite in the same league as the others, and Vallarta Market whose deli section is delightful. But the best advice is the the first comment on the thread which is to check out Bandini's website.

            1. re: ebethsdad

              I went around midnite to check if Tacos La Fonda was there and it wasnt. What time do they leave their spot?

              1. re: ebethsdad

                Another vote for Tacos El Zorro. I used to live in Studio City. The only thing I really miss is my former proximity to TEZ. Killer carnitas.

            2. re: DiveFan

              The El Taco Llama on Van Nuys has different ownership than the one on Magnolia (and I also think the one on Sherman Way).

              Definitely also hit Tacos La Fonda on Vanowen and, I think, Vineland. The tortillas are among the best in the city.

            3. I don't know if you were looking for a restaurant, but the most authentic tacos usually come from a taco truck. The taco truck map (http://www.yumtacos.com/) sez that there is one in North Hollywood, Taco La Fonda: http://tinyurl.com/2h8l4p

              1. Drive down victory or burbank or roscoe or sherman way between laurel and sepulveda and look. There are tons and tons of places.

                time for an adventure.

                1. tacos el jerezano
                  hazeltine just south of burbank.

                  good antojitos. maybe too authentic for some.

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                  1. re: Jerome

                    I've been on this search for a while now and have tried all the above, my favorite is:

                    Fast Taco-Tacos al Carbon on Lasson & De Soto in Chatsworth

                    the best al pastor tacos around, trust me, you'll agree once you try them, get them with the cheese too

                  2. thinking about this - i'm not sure that the OP is necessarily looking for a tiny stand or small taqueria.
                    Have you tried El gallo giro - it's a small chain but they have aguas frescas, some branches have a tortilleria, they have seasonal specialties (xmas is up now) and decent tacos and burritos. They used to sell tacos with tripas de leche. Don't know if the sf valley branch will have that.

                    315 mission blvd in san fernando
                    8309 van nuys blvd (near roscoe) in panorama city.
                    try it.

                    1. there is a burrito truck that parks on the south side of Lanark Park. (near Topanga & Roscoe) called "The BIg Burrito". They also have a store on Canoga (between Roscoe and Saticoy) very good $1 tacos & i thin $3.50 - $5 burritos. the red sauce they have is great.