Want the best tacos - will travel
I am NYC hound coming this week and will be willing to travel anywhere to get the best of the following:
I prefer tacos over burritos.
other mexican specialties - i.e. costillas, tamales - would be very welcome as well
I am very familiar with LA and the surroundings, so tough places to find are no problem.
If you have links to old posts that would be fine as well.
Thanks so much for your assistance
Let me second the vote for La Taquiza on Figueroa and 30th near USC. Really, what you want to get there is the mulita, a sort of grilled taco. The al pastor is especially good. And try it with the pickled onion and the avocado salsa. It is one of the most amazing experiences.
And of course, there's La Super Rica in Santa Barbara although the last time I went there it wasn't as fabulous as usual.
And for a chain, Sharky's makes great fish tacos.
For a real LA experience, try El Taurino at the corner of Hoover and 11th. Better yet is their taco truck which is open very late on weekend nites. Try the al pastor, carne asada or birria. It's all good.
For starters see the recs for Grand Central Market and Yuca's (altho the rec is for the carne asada tacos, I have to say their burritos are really good--it's the beans, I think). Additionally, try La Bonita at Santa Monica Bl & Hobart for plate specials and all sorts of things Mexican. Another pick, El Gallito Cafe, 210 N. Virgil Ave., LA. Their sopes at $1.75 can't be beat. For a Westside favorite that makes very good Americanized hard shell tacos, a longstanding choice is Tito's Tacos at Sepulveda & Washington Place. Get tacos with the grated cheese and either the red or green (hotter) salsa. Enjoy. Don't let the lines put you off. They move fast.