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Want the best tacos - will travel

  • j

Hey y'all.

I am NYC hound coming this week and will be willing to travel anywhere to get the best of the following:

Tacos:
carnitas
carne asada
goat (chivo)

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

Johnny

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  1. One of my favorite places for tacos, either carne asada, chochinita pibil or just plain carnitas is the tiny "Yuca's" Stand on the east side of Hillhurst btw Los Feliz Blvd and Franklin. Amazing. They are only open until six pm, I think, so don't get there too late!

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    1. re: L

      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.

      1. re: L

        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.

      2. 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.

        1. While this one post recommends a taco stand in the Grand Central Market in downtown there are many other food stands to try. This should be the Mecca of tacos for you.

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          1. 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.

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            1. re: mc michael

              I've got to say that Tito's should be called Tito's Burritos as i think their meat/bean burrito is the real prize.

              Another recommendation is Tacos de Mexico on Figueroa just south of 9th. The al pastor is the way to go; stay away from the rest. 24 hrs.!

              1. re: Est Nyboer

                Whatever you do, just stay away from Tito's guacamole.

            2. Try
              El Gran Burrito/Midnight Tacos at Vermont & Santa Monica

              El Taurino on Hoover near 9th?

              Big Taco in Van Nuys on Sepulveda a few blocks north of Sherman Way

              La Superica Taqueria in Santa Barbara on Milpas north of Haley 2 blocks

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              1. re: Burger Boy

                el gran burrito on vermont (at the subway stop) is fantastic as far as taco stands go. tito's is suspect (esp. that mystery meat), but nevertheless i go there often. Paco's tacos on centinela s. of washington is great for sit down (the fresh tortillas esp. flour are the best!).