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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blueberry BBQ taco - BARBARA HANSEN
  • Barbara Hansen
  • Blueberry BBQ taco
Project Taco just popped up in Mid-Wilshire, meaning now you don’t have to go all the way to Hermosa Beach to taste some of L.A.'s most creative fusion tacos.

The new outpost of the South Bay favorite is just west of Crescent Heights Boulevard, not far from the food trucks on Wilshire near LACMA. Project Taco's grab-and-go setup suits this busy area well, but you can also eat inside at its two communal tables.

The space is shoebox small. If you attempt to go into what you think is an adjacent room, you’ll smash your face against a full-length mirror instead. The food is the same as it is in Hermosa — where the would-be chain started in 2012 — but what’s special about the Wilshire location is its serious craft beer program.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tacos

Tacos Leo's Al Pastor Is Now Spinning in Echo Park

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Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM
The new Tacos Leo stand - BEN MESIROW
  • Ben Mesirow
  • The new Tacos Leo stand
Not long ago, a friend from out of town asked where to get the best tacos in L.A. Hours later, abs aching from laughing so derisively for so long at her naiveté, we answered that question with one of our own, the question that always follows such an absurd inquiry: “Well, what kind of tacos are you looking for?”

The L.A. taco scene is so diverse, and so regionally driven, that asking for the best tacos is like asking for the best beer in San Diego. Tacos here are divided by style, meat and region of origin, enumerated most successfully by Bill Esparza in his incredible Tacopedia. Each style of taco has its own champion or ideal – the fish tacos from Ricky’s, the asada at Mexicali, the carnitas from El Momo, the al pastor from Tacos Leo.

Any movement or news that comes out of these boss taqueros, then, is a relatively big deal, and so it is with great joy that we noticed that in recent weeks Tacos Leo, the unquestioned king of al pastor, has set up a satellite stand just south of Echo Park Lake.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Breakfast tacos at Guisados in Downtown - T. NGUYEN
  • T. Nguyen
  • Breakfast tacos at Guisados in Downtown
Guisados opened on the Spring Street side of the Spring Arcade Building in Downtown on Monday, news that, based on the long lunchtime lines over the past few days, was very much welcomed by most every hungry person within walking distance of the building. Because if you too spend an enormous amount of time in the neighborhood, you too would be enormously excited to now be so close to one of the best taco-makers in the city.

This Downtown location is Guisados's third. The first opened in Boyle Heights at the end of 2010, followed by a spot in Echo Park that opened early last year.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Breakfast

Guisados Testing Breakfast: Weenie and Egg Tacos for Us!

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Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 10:58 AM
Taco at Guisados - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • Taco at Guisados
Guisados, the king of taco joints, is cautiously stepping into the breakfast game. For the past few weeks on various weekend mornings, they've been open at both their Boyle Heights and Echo Park locations serving breakfast. The first run, on the Fourth of July, offered 50-cent tacos. This week marks the third test run, and both shops will be open from 8-11 a.m. on Sunday. (Though the tacos are no longer 50 cents — sorry!)

What does a Guisados breakfast look like? "We tried to stay true to our concept, which is that this is all food we would eat at home," Armando De La Torre Jr. tells us. So that means egg tacos with all kinds of fun additions: cheese, sausage, chorizo, jamon. They even offer "weenie," which we assume is hot dogs and which sounds awesome. 

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tacos

10 Best Tacos in Los Angeles

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Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 6:00 AM
Shrimp taco at Colonia Taco Lounge - ANNE FISHBEIN
  • Anne Fishbein
  • Shrimp taco at Colonia Taco Lounge
We’re blessed, living in L.A., at least as far as tacos go. You can be struck by a hankering at most anywhere in the city at most anytime of the day or night, and be able to find more than one supremely satisfying taco truck or joint within a mile radius. The ten on this list are the ten that you’ll remember as long as you live here and will crave when you’re away—  the tacos that are worth the drive from wherever you are. Because why not? It's always taco weather.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

Tacos

Great Baja Cuisine on Its Way to Tacolandia

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Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 7:37 AM
La Guerrerense dishing up at Tacolandia 2013 - NANETTE GONZALES
  • Nanette Gonzales
  • La Guerrerense dishing up at Tacolandia 2013
If you haven't yet cleared your dance card for the afternoon of Saturday, June 28, you might want to do so now. Because that Saturday is the occasion of the second annual Tacolandia, the ode to tacos and Mexican street food that began in the Palladium parking lot last summer. This year, over 40 vendors will be gathered in downtown L.A., at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, to eat tacos and drink tequila and, well, generally celebrate life.

Among the many wonderful chefs on hand will be those from three places over the border in particular. This is some phenomenal cuisine that you might not get much chance to eat otherwise. If you've had the great pleasure of heading south to Ensenada to stand in the sun next to a certain seafood tostada cart, you'll know what we're talking about. If you haven't, you have treats in store for you. Either way, come downtown in a few weeks. It's a lot closer.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Tacos

Tacolandia Tickets Now on Sale to the Public!

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Fri, Apr 25, 2014 at 9:53 AM
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If you haven't already done so, it's time to get tickets to this year's Tacolandia. Because, after a few days of pre-sales, tickets will be available to us all as of 10 a.m. this morning.

This is the second annual Tacolandia, to be held this year on Saturday, June 28, from 3-7 p.m. at El Pueblo de Los Angeles in downtown L.A. Curated by the World's First Tacorazzo, Bill Esparza, Tacolandia 2014 will feature tacos from over 40 of LA and Mexico's hottest vendors.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

U.S. Taco Co. logo
  • U.S. Taco Co. logo
Once upon a time, there were people who liked good food. Then they became "foodies." And now those people are an entire demographic that the giants of industrial food desperately want to capture. People are talking about you - a lot - in board meetings and the results are frightening. 

Enter U.S. Taco Co., a new concept from Taco Bell that aims to cater to an audience that wouldn't usually eat at Taco Bell. It's an audience willing to pay more for food, who want a better atmosphere, and who take pictures of their food. No, really - part of the idea is to serve food that specifically will look good on Instagram. The look of the place is also supposed to be photogenic - renderings of the restaurant show brightly colored tile walls and bright pink Day of the Dead-themed imagery.

The first U.S. Taco Co. is set to open in Huntington Beach, with a second location in the works for L.A. If all goes well, the concept could go national. 

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tacos

Tacolandia Tickets Now On Sale

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Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM
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Get out your gadgets: Tickets to this year's Tacolandia are now on sale. Or, more accurately, as of 10 a.m. this morning, April 22, you can access presale tickets and buy them before they go on sale to the public on Friday. Because you can't do anything these days without jumping through a few hoops, and for a giant taco extravaganza, what's a few hoops anyway.

In order to do this, enter the code TACOBLOG via Ticketfly. What this will get you, eventually, is tickets to the second annual Tacolandia, to be held this year on Saturday, June 28 from 3-7 p.m. at El Pueblo de Los Angeles in downtown L.A. 

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Food in the pickup window - JARED COWAN
  • Jared Cowan
  • Food in the pickup window
Few things are as bittersweet as witnessing the closing of your favorite neighborhood restaurant. And the mood in the air was decidedly bittersweet yesterday at Ernie Jr.'s Taco House in Eagle Rock, which will close its doors today, Saturday, April 19. So, if you're going, get there quickly.

Ernie Cruz, the owner of Ernie Jr.'s, made his way around the dining room shaking hands and talking to long-time customers who thanked him for sharing his restaurant over the years. Customers like Viela Kawamoto brought photos shot over the restaurant's 41-year run to have Cruz sign. Kawamoto, who started going to Ernie Jr.'s Pasadena location almost 60 years ago, said visiting Ernie Jr.'s "was like coming home." She's visited the restaurant 10 times over the last two weeks since hearing about the closing.

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