10 Best Vegetarian Tacos in Los Angeles

Wild rice and yam taco at Sky's Gourmet Tacos
Wild rice and yam taco at Sky's Gourmet Tacos
T. Nguyen

7. Sky's Gourmet Tacos

Among the many things Sky's Gourmet Tacos does well -- great fish tacos, terrific homemade tortillas, an addicting house lemonade -- is a vegetarian taco. Several of them, in fact, as Sky's has a separate menu just for vegetarians and vegans, and while you can't really go wrong ordering a taco filled with tofu or black beans and topped with the restaurant's signature "sassy sauce," the one that's really worth coming back to time and time again might be the wild rice and yam taco. This would be taco filled with wild rice; slices of sweet yam; raisins and toasted almonds, all draped in that lovely sauce. It's perhaps an unlikely combination, but it absolutely works. 5408 W. Pico Blvd., L.A.; (323) 932-6253.

Tofu taco at Tacos Punta Cabras
Tofu taco at Tacos Punta Cabras
T. Nguyen

6. Tacos Punta Cabras

There are lots of reasons to go to Tacos Punta Cabras: Because more often than not, you'll find the television tuned to a hockey game. Because out of all the places to eat in Santa Monica, this is probably the one you'll return to the most. And because of those tofu tacos. These would be lovely, delicate pieces of fried tofu nestled in a freshly made tortilla and topped with crema and slaw; three or four bites, and it'll be gone. Thus it'll be completely understandable if you go back and order a second or third taco, but you also might want to save a little room: That cauliflower tostado is pretty great, too. 2311 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 917-2244.

El Chato
El Chato
T. Nguyen

5. El Chato

If you've ever faced the unpleasant task that is driving across town at 6 p.m. on a weekday, you'll know the insanity of rush traffic that is Olympic Blvd. and La Brea. By 9 p.m., though, the intersection has calmed, and most of the energy flows towards the southwest corner where El Chato parks nightly. The bright white truck, with light bulbs hanging on its trim like ornaments, attracts quite a crowd, most of whom are there for a quesadilla or al pastor taco. The vegetarian taco, though, is alone worth the visit: Two tortillas, edges crisped, are slathered with a thin layer of beans -- there's also a few kernels of corn in there, if you look -- and topped with heaping spoonfuls of rice, grilled onions and shredded cheese. You'll be handed your meal on a paper plate decorated with a side of sliced cucumbers, radishes and a wedge of lime. Put it all together, and this is a taco much, much greater than the sum of its parts. On the corner of Olympic Blvd. and La Brea Ave., L.A.

Cacao Mexicatessen
Cacao Mexicatessen
T. Nguyen

4. Cacao Mexicatessen

Sure, there are better foods to fry than an avocado, but maybe you'll make an exception for the terrific aguacate frito taco at Cacao Mexicatessen. Here, sliced avocado is lightly battered in panko, fried and topped with pico de gallo, aioli japones and cabbage; it's about as satisfying as a great fish taco, and then some. Cacao Mexicatessen also has several other great vegetable-focused tacos; try, say, the corn truffle taco with huitlacoche and corn. 1576 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock; (323) 478-2791.

Colonia Taco Lounge
Colonia Taco Lounge
Anne Fishbein

3. Colonia Taco Lounge

Colonia Taco Lounge has a chalkboard menu full of excellent tacos, but the one you'll want to order whether you're a vegetarian or not is the cauliflower taco. It will arrive, as all tacos do here, on a small plate reminiscent of your childhood Frisbee; there, a beautifully pliable tortilla filled with tender florets of cauliflower, perfectly battered and fried, is topped with a smear of crema and a touch of salsa. Colonia Taco Lounge has other great vegetarian options, like the chayote taco filled with zucchini, corn and cheese, but it's the crunchy cauliflower that ultimately will inspire you back to go back to the counter to order another. And another. 13030 E. Valley Blvd., La Puente; (626) 363-4691.

Calabacitas taco at Guisados
Calabacitas taco at Guisados
Anne Fishbein

2. Guisados

Guisados has been serving up wonderful tacos for some time now, tacos filled with all sorts of stewed and braised meats and vegetables that are nestled on thick, freshly pressed tortillas. The calabacitas (squash) and hongos con cilantro (mushroom) tacos in particular will make anyone, carnivore and vegetarian alike, more than happy, though your best bet probably would be to ask for a sampler plate of just the vegetarian options. And maybe throw in a quesadilla and horchata for good measure. 2100 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., L.A., (323) 264-7201; 1261 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., (213) 250-7600.

Tacos from Guerrilla Tacos
Tacos from Guerrilla Tacos
T. Nguyen

1. Guerrilla Tacos

Wes Avila makes some of the best tacos in the city at his Guerrilla Tacos truck, filling them with ingredients that follow the seasons as faithfully as your favorite farm-to-table restaurant. The difference, of course, is the setting: You're well outside four walls here, eating curbside under the pale yellow of the December sun. The menu changes weekly, if not daily; recently, the menu included a taco with turnip greens, cashews and a fiery tomato-habanero chili. Guerrilla Tacos usually parks outside Handsome Coffee Roasters and Cognoscenti Coffee, meaning you can end your meal of tacos with a great cup of coffee. Now, that's fine dining. Check Guerrilla Tacos's Facebook page for locations and times; (818) 640-3033.

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Guerrilla Tacos

826 E. Third St.
downtown, CA 90013

323-388-5340

guerrillatacos.com

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Colonia Taco Lounge

13030 Valley Blvd.
La Puente, CA 91746

626-363-4691

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Tacos Punta Cabras

2311 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404

310-917-2244

tacospuntacabras.com


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