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Tacos Leo

1515 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
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Photo: Tien Nguyen

The spinning trompo in front of Tacos Leo's flame orange taco truck may as well be a marker on a Google Map, with that spit marking the spot for the treasure that is Leo’s juicy al pastor. This spot is specifically located in the parking lot of a gas station in the middle of the city; on your order, a taquero will shave off a few thin slices of that al pastor right off the trompo and onto a warm, oiled tortilla; the meat will be followed by a chunk or two of pineapple. You can add salsa to this if you'd like, but it really needs no additional accoutrements. It's terrific and deeply satisfying as is.

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