Cinco de Taco: LA’s 10 Best Taquerias

May 5, 2015

Let’s be honest, we never need an excuse to hit up LA’s best taco spots. But in case you were looking for one, it’s Cinco de Mayo, aka the day where it’s perfectly acceptable to indulge in tacos, tacos, and more tacos. Los Angeles has arguably the best Hispanic food outside of Mexico, so there are countless ways to celebrate the country’s heritage on the Fifth of May—the day their army took an unlikely victory over the French in 1862. Check out our ten favorite taquerias in LA, and see you at the salsa bar.

Petty Cash
This hip taqueria is known for their epic happy hour from 5 – 6 pm that includes $6 margaritas and gourmet street style tacos packed with local ingredients like acorn squash and maitake mushrooms. For Cinco de Mayo from 6-9 pm, they’ll have tequila specials, a DJ and plenty of food.

petty cash

Escuela Taqueria
This Oprah-approved hot spot has drool-worthy tacos with toppings like roasted poblano chili, skinned branzino, Maine lobster, and more. It’s BYOB, or for the health conscious, choose from fresh daily juices and agua frescos.


What this small roadside stand lacks in size, it makes up for in big flavor with meat options like carne asada. Also great for a midnight snack to soak up all those Cinco de Mayo margaritas you had earlier.


Gracias Madre
If you like your tacos with farm fresh, local and organic ingredients, this is your spot. Try their three corn tortilla taco topped with seared cauliflower, grilled calabaza verde, mushrooms and cashew crema.


This popular spot serves tacos that are overflowing with fresh ingredients so authentic you’ll feel like you’ve stepped over the border. Plus, they’re open until midnight, so you get your fish taco fix in their colorful dining room until late.


If you’ve never had wood-fired tacos, we implore you to head to Venice Beach stat and hit up this casual new eatery from Oscar Hermosillo. Dubbed a “Mexican smokehouse” there’s plenty of meat options, but also look for classic California toppings like kale.


King Taco
What started in a converted ice cream truck in the 70s has now grown into a taco empire (hence the name) with 22 Southern California locations. All a steal at $1.39, choose from al pastor, molleja, and more.

king taco

Mexican cuisine meets North-Italian cooking with taco recipes passed down from generations. Also great for vegans and vegetarians with plenty of soy chorizo wrapped in a crispy or softshell.


Tito’s Tacos
Tito’s dishes out the classics at this no-frills, nearly 50-year old spot.


Some of the most beautiful tacos we’ve encountered in a while, this Boyle Heights staple opened five years ago with an ethos to serve simple dishes like mom made. Everything’s gluten free, everything’s fresh, and tortillas are handmade. Plus, you’ll see Chris Rock there on the regular.