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In honor of National Taco Day, we ask where the best tacos are in LA

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We looked for the best tacos in Los Angeles and you sure answered.

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National Taco Day: Where are LA's best tacos?

Storified by 89.3 KPCC · Thu, Oct 04 2012 15:48:19

Los Angeles is a land of taco stands, taco trucks, taco restaurants and fusion tacos.

We are a city full of taco makers and taco eaters, so it's only fitting that for National Taco Day, we ask you to duke out where the best tacos are in the city. We organized your recommendations by area of the city.


The lone downtown-ish nomination HomeGirl Cafe got three votes:
@KPCC Gotta vote for the creative tacos at Homegirl Cafe at Alameda and Bruno @homegirlcafe @homboyind Pitkin

The Coasts and South Bay

Pronto's Taco Truck in San Pedro - yum.Jessyca Elgart
Mucho Ultima - Manhattan Beach J. Colledge

The West side

El Abajeno ~ Culver City...Best Authentic Mexican Restaurant. They have the most delicious carnitas taco you will ever have. My family has been going there for over 40 years.Veronica Duran Lozano

Long Beach

El picosito on Long Beach blvd, north of Del Amo. Tacos dorado de pollo. #48Eileen Burroughs Shipman
Lobster and mahi-mahi tacos from Pike Restaurant in Long Beach!Sasha Filipovich

Pasadena and nearby

@KPCC La Estrella on Altadena Dr. & Foothill Blvd. Best al pastor #tacos by far. Friends take water bottles full of their salsa overseas.Russell Yeh
@KPCC Pasadena taco truck on Arroyo Pkwy. below ColoradoDebbie Myung
This is a station favorite. Mostly because it is around the corner.
Dona Rosa!Jim Jenal

Orange County

Great Mex in Newport Beach and Great Mex (g-Mex) in Costa Mesa!Geoffrey Varga
Santa Ana, CA. Taqueria two guys and El Rincon.Rafael Mora
Tijuana's got two votes:
Tijuana's Tacos in Pomona! RT @KPCC: Happy National Taco Day! So....where are the best tacos in SoCal?Tim Biden
Baja Fish Tacos in Santa Ana. Blackend fish are the best.Aaron Hodson
Taco Mesa, Costa Mesa.Jeff Gordon
El Camino Real, in Fullerton.Kelly Dagley
taqueria de anda in santa anaElissa Baskys

East Side

@KPCC I like Mixto's tacos.Gwynne Garfinkle
El Huarachito. Lincoln HeightsBruce Dean
El Huarache Azteca in Highland Park.Cesar Arredondo
Tacos El Pecas, a truck on 7th and Soto in Boyle Heights, beats El Taurino, El Parian, Guisados, you name itNicolas Rodriquez
By our count, Guisado's got about 5 votes.
Guisados in Boyle Heights all the way!!Heather Hall
Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada..... Yes that's the name. Tiny place in Los FelizBrent Thomas
Hugo's in Atwater Village has pretty tasty tacos!Heather K Dennis
Garvanzas in Highland Park.Eric Kowalski

Central and South LA

Kings Tacos in Baldwin ParkTee El
El Chato taco truck, corner of Olympic and La Brea. Out of this world good.Hava Bolour Rahimian
Chulada Grill!! Cox
Arturo's Puffy Taco in Whittier!!Eric Smith
Candela - so yummy! Lovano McCann

Outside of Los Angeles:

While it might not be in the city you're talking about, Tico's Tacos out in Simi Valley is utterly astounding.Luke Goldstein
If I can add the greater Los Angeles area - which seems to cover most of southern California, My very favorite for fish tacos is Kool Kactus Cafe in Loma Linda, Ca. It was once an old fashion gas station! Tiny place with wonderful trendy home cooking (if that can fit together) with good portions. Al fresco dining available.Fay Aldridge
A few multiple locations made it, too: (we refuse to count the Del Taco nomination)
Hugo's Tacos (vegan option)Adam Stacey
Loteria! Scahill

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