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The soft warmth of the tortilla. The savory sizzle of the meat. The fresh shock of the cilantro. The sweet crisp of the onion. No one makes a better taco than L.A. chefs, and the competition among the best of them is legendary. This Saturday, Grand Park will again be ground zero for the holiest of taco wars, ¡Taco Madness!: a night of taco rivalry, live art, DJs, flowing beer and altogether delicious gunslinging. Vote ahead of time for your favorite taco at LAtaco.com (“Celebrating the Taco Lifestyle in Los Angeles”), where you can choose between last year's winners, Mexicali Taco & Co. and Mariscos Jalisco, and newcomers such as Los Originales Tacos Arabes de Puebla, in Boyle Heights, and the family-run kitchen Carnitas el Momo, which is famous for its seductive pork. Fans of tacos del pescado will not be left out, thanks to Tacos Punta Cabras, nor will vegans, as Plant Food for People will have its veggie options available. But let's be honest, if you're going to an event called “Taco Madness” and you're a vegan, you'll probably just want to head for the booze. Luckily, there will be a beer garden as well – plus live art by Mear One, DEFER, Sand One and others, and silk screening with L.A.'s Hit + Run Crew. Flex that democratic muscle: When it comes to tacos, your vote really does count! Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; Sat., April 5, noon-7:30 p.m.; free admission (food and alcohol extra). (213) 972-8080, lataco.com.

Sat., April 5, 12-7:30 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 04/05/14)

LA Weekly