10 Best Tacos in Los Angeles
|Tacos Baja Ensenada|
7. Tacos Baja Ensenada:
On Wednesdays, Tacos Baja Ensenada's small parking lot is as disorganized and congested as a Trader Joe's parking lot on any day. The former, at least, has a pretty good reason for its controlled chaos: Wednesdays are 99-cent fish taco days, an absurdly small price to pay for one of the best fish tacos in the city. And everyone around knows it, too: The line often snakes out the door and down Whittier Boulevard. So long as your tolerance for crowds is roughly equal to your need for a fish taco, though, your wait will be manageable; it moves quickly, and orders are filled just as fast. If you glance around while in the queue, you might spot the Taco Bell across the street, sitting pretty. And, probably, empty. 5385 Whittier Blvd., L.A.; (323) 887-1980.
T. Nguyen Los Cinco Puntos
6. Los Cinco Puntos:
There are several things to appreciate at Los Cinco Puntos. There's the great mural painted bright on the wall outside. There's all sorts of meats you can buy for tonight's dinner, and then some. But what you probably will come to appreciate most are the ladies in the back, scooping masa out of a giant bin and flattening it into thick discs. Order a short stack of those freshly made tortillas to eat at home, and a few tacos to eat then and there; the carnitas are particularly good. Really, though, almost everything is secondary to that fantastic, slightly sweet corn tortilla. This is strictly a takeout operation, meaning you'll take it out the parking lot and, along with everyone else, devour it all while leaning against your car. 3300 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., L.A.; (323) 261-4084.
T. Nguyen Shrimp taco at Mariscos Jalisco
5. Mariscos Jalisco:
L.A. Taco's Taco Madness 2012 co-winner Mariscos Jalisco's pièce de résistance is its tacos dorados de camaron, a huge taco stuffed with shrimp, fried and set down, bottoms up, in a shallow pool of salsa. It would be understandable, then, if you're initially a bit intimidated by this behemoth of a taco and hesitate before diving in, and only then because your hunger bested your fear. But, like all such exercises in building character, you'll see that you are the better for it, and you'll bravely go back for more. You can easily eat three of these in one sitting, as people do, squished next to each other on a nearby brick ledge or on the curb facing busy Olympic Boulevard. No fear. 3040 E. Olympic Blvd., L.A.
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2100 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd., Los Angeles, CA