The Insider Guide to the Best LA Tacos

TACOS.

From food trucks to fine dining, you simply cannot come to Los Angeles and eat bad tacos. That would be a crime. The good news: you can literally find great tacos all across Los Angeles and enjoy them morning, noon and night.

Here is Lark’s LA Tacos Guide, but we can assure you this list only scratches the surface. The next best thing to eating LA tacos is debating where to get the best LA tacos.

Here’s our list of the best LA tacos to eat 24/7:

Breakfast

HOMESTATE: HomeState is a Texas kitchen in California and arguably the preeminent breakfast taco in LA. Start with your favorite corn or flour tortilla and choose from 8 different breakfast taco combinations. Meat lovers will enjoy the Pecos (eggs and shredded brisket) and Trinity (eggs, bacon, potato and cheddar) tacos, but don’t worry vegetarians! Three of HomeState’s breakfast taco offerings are vegetarian.

GUISADOS: Guisados offers tacos desayunos until they run out, and at $2.50 a pop you can bet they run out quick. The Papas taco keeps it simple with potatoes, eggs, cheese and Nana’s secret salsa. We’re partial to the Weenie con Huevo: weenies and eggs served with Nana’s secret salsa potatoes and queso amarillo.  

Lunch

LEO’S TACO TRUCK: Leo’s has 5 truck locations throughout LA offering a variety of proteins but the Al Pastor tacos are where it’s at. Tacos are $1.25 a piece (cash only). At those prices, try all the meats including more adventurous tacos like buche (pork belly) and tripas (beef tripe).

RICKY’S FISH TACOS: Attention fish taco lovers: get thee to Ricky’s. The menu keeps it simple, with your choice of fish tacos, shrimp tacos or fish AND shrimp tacos with the fish and shrimp tacos the clear favorite among diners.  

TITO’S TACOS: Perhaps a controversial pick, but Tito’s is a LA institution, serving deep fried hard shell tacos since 1959. If you count Del Taco as one of your guilty pleasure fast food joints, you’ll love Titos classic hard shell beef tacos.

Dinner

B.S. TAQUERIA: If you’re looking for a sit-down taco dinner, check out B.S. Taqueria in Downtown LA. Crowd favorites include the clams and lardo and choriza and papas tacos. Don’t forget dessert – the churros here are outstanding.

Late Night Snack

EL CHATO TACOS: In need of a late-night taco fix? Should you find yourself cruising the Miracle Mile (as Billy Joel once sang) pop over to the El Chato Taco truck. The tacos are bite sized but for $1.25 a taco you can enjoy many bites into the wee hours of the morning. Favorites include the al pastor queso and lengua tacos.

TACOS TAMIX: With 4 different locations throughout Los Angeles chances are you will find a Tacos Tamix nearby for a late night snack. Be sure to try the al pastor tacos with pineapple.

Dessert

SWEET ROLLED TACOS: Okay so this taco spot is not technically in Los Angeles, but after you check out these waffle “taco” ice cream desserts you won’t regret making the drive to Orange County. Check out their more unique flavor profiles like Honey Avocado and Ube (purple yam ice cream topped with whipped cream, coconut flakes and ube drizzle).

As we said this is the not-even-close-to-definitive list of great LA tacos. Did your favorite make the list? Want to argue your case for your favorite LA taco spot? BRING IT ON. Leave a comment with your favorite LA tacos and maybe, just maybe, you’ll see it included in our next list.

If tacos aren’t really your favorite: (1) what’s wrong with you? and (2) we’ve still got you covered – check out our guide to the best ice cream and craft coffee spots in Los Angeles.