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Tacos Leo: 99 Essential Restaurants 2013

Much has been made of the demise of fine dining in Los Angeles: You can blame (or credit) the recession and, just as significantly, the technology that has made it possible for a stellar $1 taco to garner as much screen time as a great coq au vin. Which brings us to Tacos Leo, a lonchero that caught the attention of the food Twitterati once photos of its al pastor on a spit made their way across the Internet. Because this surely is unlike any other taco truck you've visited: With a knife in one hand and a warm tortilla in the other, a taquero will carve thin, juicy slices of meat off that spit and flick them onto the tortilla; a slice of pineapple will quickly follow. You can't help but admire the beautiful simplicity of these tacos, and as you devour them curbside, you'll note that the only white cloths here are the ones in the napkin dispenser. Welcome to fine dining 2.0. 1515 S. La Brea Ave. (in the parking lot of the 76 gas station), Mid-City; (323) 346-2001, leostacotruck.com. Sun.-Thurs., 7 a.m.-3 a.m.; Fri.-Sat., 7 a.m.-4 a.m. $1-$5. Cash only. No alcohol.

 

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The 99 Essential Restaurants List:

A-Frame
Alma
Angelini Osteria
Animal
Attari Sandwich Shop
Bäco Mercat
Bar Amá
The Bazaar
Bestia
BierBeisl
Bludso's
Cacao Mexicatessen
Canelé
La Casita Mexicana
Cemitas Poblanas Elviritas
Chichen Itza
Chung King
Cole's
Coni'Seafood
Cube Cafe & Marketplace
Din Tai Fung
Eva
Father's Office
Fred 62
Gjelina
Golden Deli
Go's Mart
Il Grano
Guelaguetza
Guisados
Hatfield's
Ha Tien Quan
Hawkins House of Burgers
Hayat's Kitchen
El Huarache Azteca
Huckleberry
The Hungry Cat
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Jar
Jitlada
JTYH Heavy Noodle II
Kang Ho Dong Baekjong
Kiriko
Kiyokawa
Kogi Truck
Krua Siri
L&E Oyster Bar
Langer's
Little Dom's
Lucques
Ludo Truck
Lukshon
Mariscos Jalisco
Matsuhisa
Meals by Genet
Mélisse
Milo and Olive
Mo-Chica
Musso & Frank
Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa
Nickel Diner
Night + Market
Oinkster
Osteria Mozza
Pann's
Pa-Ord Noodle
El Parian
Park's BBQ
Philippe the Original
Picca
Pink's
Pizzeria Mozza
Playa
Pollo a la Brasa
Providence
R&R Soul Food
Ración
Red Medicine
Ricky's Fish Tacos
Rivera
Rocio's Moles de los Dioses
Salt's Cure
Sapp Coffee Shop
Savoy Kitchen
Sea Harbour
Shanghai No. 1 Village Seafood
Soban
Son of a Gun
Sotto
Spago
The Spice Table
Superba Snack Bar
Tacos Leo
The Tasting Kitchen
Tavern
Tsujita LA
Vincenti Ristorante
Wurstküche
Zam Zam Market

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Leo's Tacos Truck

1515 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

323-346-2001

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