7 Staple Taco Spots In NELA

Wake Up & Smell the Tortillas

Tacos are a staple of the Los Angeles culture and diet. From hard-working, blue-collar people all the way to corporate figureheads, none can deny a delicious taco de asada, pastor, suadero or anything else you can fit in a fresh tortilla. Best Tacos  Northeast LA

The simple yet deeply complex array of flavors possible makes each taco unique. Although over the past few years, high-end restaurateurs have adapted the street food into something palatable to food-savvy critics, the need for authentic street tacos still exists.

Here is a list of 7 authentic style tacos in Northeast LA that are definitely worth it. Be it from a restaurant, stand or truck. Enjoy!

1.  Ave. 26 Taco Stand – Lincoln Heights

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This jewel of a taco stand can be found in Lincoln Heights. Named simply for the street it rests on, they offer all the meats you’re familiar with. Best known for their suadero (beef carnitas), each taco is only $1.00, so you might as well try them all. Make sure to not let the long lines scare you away, it tends to move quickly. Best Tacos Northeast LA

Location: W. Ave 26 & Humbolt St, Lincoln Heights, 90031

Hours: Everyday, 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Until 1:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays

Parking: Street parking

Payment: Cash Only

2. Leo’s Tacos – Eagle RockBest Tacos In Northeast LA

A staple of Eagle Rock, Leo’s Tacos has been serving the community for upwards of 16 years. Adored by locals for it’s consistency, the trucks serves up freshly marinated meats for the hungry masses. Don Leo, as he is known, can frequently be seen chatting up customers and always serving with a smile. Do yourself a favor and order the al pastor. For $1.00 a pop, it’s a deal you can’t pass up.

Location: 4300 Eagle Rock Blvd., 90041

Hours: 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., everyday except Mondays

Parking: Street Parking

Payment: Cash Only

3. Carnitas Michoacan – Lincoln Heights

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If the brightly lit, red and yellow storefront doesn’t grab your attention, the food definitely will. Carnitas Michoacan in Lincoln Heights has been a long serving purveyor of Mexican street-food essentials. As the namesake states, the carnitas are the main attraction here. Immaculately marinated slow-cooked pork is piled onto a double layer of tortillas, allowing the juices to be sucked into the bread, without creating sogginess. Each taco is doused in their famous salsa negra, which is sure to give any spice-a-holic very happy tastebuds.

Location: 1901 N. Broadway, 90031

Hours: 24/7

Parking: Lot & Street Parking

Payment: Cash & Card

4. Mixto Comida Latina – Silverlake

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Looking for an environmentally conscious taco, without sacrificing taste? Then Mixto Comida Latina is for you. Specializing in serving food with sustainably-sourced ingredients, this Silverlake go-to is known for their flavorful pork tacos. Add some of their habañero salsa to really take the flavor up a notch. A nice perk of Mixto is their assortment of vegetarian-friendly dishes. Best Tacos Northeast LA

Location: 2827 Hyperion Ave, 90027

Hours: Everyday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Parking: Private Lot

Payment: Cash & Card

5. Rambo’s Tacos – Eagle Rock

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Another long-serving Eagle Rock staple has made the list. Operating for over 15 years, Rambo’s Tacos is known for their cabeza and tripa tacos. That’s beef head and beef intestine respectively. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to try different taco fillings, then this is a good spot to start.

Location: 4250 Eagle Rock Blvd, 90041

Hours: Everyday 5:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays until 2:00 a.m.

Parking: Street Parking

Payment: Cash & Card

6. My Taco – Highland Park

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Since 1985, My Taco has been serving eager eaters in Highland Park. The brightly painted and decorated establishment creates a warm, inviting atmosphere, which is essential to comfortably stuffing yourself with tacos. The specialty here is the barbacoa de borrego (barbecued lamb), which is slow cooked with their special blends of spices. The meat melts in your mouth and is surely worth the occasional wait in line. Best Tacos Northeast LA

Location: 6300 York Blvd #4, 90042

Hours: Everyday 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays until 10:00 p.m.

Parking: Shared Lot

Payment: Cash & Card

7. Taqueria La Guadalupana – Glassell Park

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Possibly one of the best kept secrets in NELA. Tacos La Guadalupana is quickly gaining notoriety as one of the best all-around taco trucks in the area. You can ask the staff for their recommended taco meat of the day, but really there is no wrong choice. Look out for this place to gain a great reputation in the coming months as more people find out what they have to offer. Best Tacos Northeast LA

Location: Cypress Ave & Division St. 90065

Hours: Everyday 5:30 p.m. – 11:30 pm

Parking: Street Parking

Payment: Cash Only

Andre Karimloo
Staff Writer & Photographer at Happening In NELA | andre@happeninginnela.net

A writer from the Los Angeles area in his 20-somethings. An enjoyer of good conversations, good compositions, and good drinks. Inspired by the the sights, sounds and ideals of a city which embraces cultures of all different mediums.

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