38 Essential Tacos to Try in Los Angeles


The taco scene in Los Angeles is as vibrant today as it has ever been, thanks to a new crop of Instagram-ready street stars and the usual collection of dedicated classics sprinkled throughout the city. From birria stands with thousands of followers to hidden Compton spots only for those in the know, Los Angeles (considered by some to be the “second-largest” Mexican city in the world) is rife with amazing vendors doing what they love, and serving their communities precisely where they’re at. Here now, a list of the 38 essential taco spots in greater Los Angeles.

Note: Many places are street vendors or temporary setups, so be sure to note the hours and locations. Explore more stories from the United States of Mexican Food.

Added: Los Sabrosos al Horno, Tacos de Barbacoa Estilo Chihuahua, Tacos El Palomo, Los Dorados LA, Macheen

Removed: Tacos 1986, Tacos de Canasta Rosario, Antojitos Los Cuates, Homestate, Barbacoa Estilo Taxco

Some restaurants have resumed or begun limited patio seating, while others continue to offer takeout and/or delivery only. This should not be taken as endorsement for on-site, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.