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Leo's Tacos Truck

1515 S. La Brea Ave.
Mid-City, CA
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  • Daily, 9:30 a.m.-3 a.m.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Snack Food
  • Kid Friendly
It’s not every car-wash taco truck that can expand to four locations across town. Some people prefer the newer locations in Koreatown, Echo Park or the Valley, some people insist on the original Mid-City location or no tacos at all. While the name of these taco trucks is up for debate — sometimes it’s called Tacos Leo, sometimes it’s Leo’s Tacos — one thing is certain: This taco truck chain offers some of the best nighttime grub in the city, and maybe even the best al pastor, no matter the time of day. Leo’s has mastered the art of the pineapple-topped trompo, the vertical spit that cooks the marinated pork that will fill your tortillas, along with some flecks of the pineapple itself, and probably more than one salsa, plus cilantro and onions, from the extensive salsa bar. There’s plenty more on the menu to order, but watching the tromperos flick the pork and pineapple from the trompo into tortillas is pretty fun — the ingredients arc through the air, but they catch everything every time. It’s dinner and a show, for a great price. —Katherine Spiers

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