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Jul 8, 2013 10:03 AM

Hottest Taco Joint in LA

Hello LA hounds!
I am from Toronto and am helping curate a large Canada vs USA taco throwdown in October as part of a Food Network sponsored event. I would like to know what are the top/ hottest taco joints in LA to reach out to for this job. Looking forward to tasting their goods!


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  1. Tacos Punta Cabras, for one

    1. Some of the board's favorites include Ricky's Fish Tacos, Guisados, Tacos Punta Cabras, Leo's Taco Truck, Mariscos Jalisco, but everyone has their own favorite, so you're liable to get a huge list.

      We just had a really fantastic taco-centric food festival called Tacolandia. You can read about some of our experiences here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/906589. A list of the participating restaurants are here: http://microapp.laweekly.com/tacoland....

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      1. re: PeterCC

        If you threw in Mexicali, possibly Coni Seafood and maybe Kogi for good measure I'd say this list pretty much sums it up.

        1. re: PeterCC

          I would (generally) skip Leo's. The reason being, it's main claim to fame is the trompo (vertical rotisserie) with al pastor. The guy who makes those tacos is not there all the time. He's usually there on weekends, but I've seen him at odd nights when I've drove by. The truck is on the n/w corner of La Brea/Venice is there like clockwork, but many times not the guy making those particular tacos. From my past experience, the other dishes from Leo's are not especially memorable.

          1. re: Feed_me

            conclusion: only go to Leo's on weekend nights.

        2. Ricky's Fish Tacos. Only open weekend lunches. Check his twitter for hours. These are great tacos!

          1. I have not been yet but the new Petty Cash on Beverly Blvd is supposed to be very good.

            1. Guisado's,
              Guerrila Tacos
              El Coraloense
              Cacao Mexicatessen
              Rocio's Mole

              Some of these folks are more available than others for a north-of-the-border pop-up, since they are pop-up themslves (Guerrila). You can also reach out to the Guelaguetza family who is part of Taste of Mexico: http://thetasteofmexico.org/ , they love doing these type of PR events.