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Apr 19, 2003 04:03 AM

OK. What are the best tacos in LA?

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I've had the magnificent al pastor from the truck at El Taurino on the weekends. Same goes for the carne asada at Yuca's hut. I've scarfed La Bonita late night.

Any suggestions on places I'm missing out on? Trucks are especially good. Thanks.

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  1. Tacos Tumbras A Tomas
    Stall A-5 in Grand Central Market
    (213) 620-0477
    317 S. Broadway in Downtown LA

    BEST (and biggest) CHICKEN TACOS in LA.

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    1. re: weebie

      the cabeza taco's there are also quite good.

    2. El Tapatio in the corner mini-mall at Victory and Fallbrook. Their carnitas soft tacos are delicious, and you get two with rice and beans and chips and salsa for $3.50!

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      1. re: TomSwift

        i agree on the carnitas. sometimes we go to loteria grill at the farmerĀ“s market. Breakfasts are great

      2. My vote for the ULTIMATE tacos in LA is Loteria at the Farmer's Market at 3rd and Fairfax. My SO and I have tried EVERYTHING on the menu... and EVERYTHING is delicious!

        We put Loteria through the authenticity test by inviting some Mexican friends of ours to try it. The first good sign was when they ran into a bunch of their Mexico City friends at the counter, who told us that Loteria has quickly become the Mexican-Expats' place of choice in LA. ..... As we ate, our friends gave us the tumbs up - their food tastes like the food you get IN Mexico.

        The people are friendly, and the the food is great. They make their tacos on hand-made tortillas (the lady is right there, making them fresh). I love the chicken dishes - the incredible Mole and the Pipian (pumpkin seed and peanut sauce) and my SO loves the Cochinita (Pork), the Chicharron (pork rinds), and the Champinones (Mushrooms). Our friends, who have been back several times now, love the breakfast as well.

        How do we really feel?........ This place rocks!

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        1. re: Dinah

          Yes! I am from Mexico and can say that the BEST tacos are at Loteria. My wife and I moved to LA from Mexico 6 years ago. We have looked everywhere in LA. This is the first place we have found where the food tastes as good as it is in Mexico. We have gone many times and we live almost 1 hours away. I hope they open one near to my house.

          Viva Mexico! Viva Loteria!

        2. I agree that Loteria Grill is excellent. In a completely different (and probably much less authentic) vein, I really like the BBQ hard shell tacos at Lucy's El Adobe on Melrose near the Paramount Studios.

          1. For al pastor, it is hard to beat King Taco. Since they sell so much, it is always fresh, unlike 90% of al pastor sold in LA which tends to be hard (old) and way too greasy

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            1. re: Ernie

              Where is King Taco?

              1. re: Ernie

                There were King Taco booths all over the LB Grand Prix last weekend. I probably ate about 10 throughout the weekend. The al pastor was the highlight. They did a really bang up business - it's a great idea for a sporting event. I loved seeing the King Taco lines about 30-40 people deep, and seeing about 5 people in the hot dog lines!