Posted: Jun 1, 2005 7:48 pm
one word: TACOS
Here's my Top Ten. (Speaking of Top Ten - He, of the Dictators, is a manager at the Hollywood Blvd Amoeba store)
1. Tacos Delta, Sunset Boulevard and Lucile Avenue, Silver Lake
Cheap, slobberingly good, fast. and the best jalapeno carrots in town.
2. Yuca’s, Hillhurst Avenue between Franklin and Ambrose avenues, Los Feliz
Like a little piece of Baja, with its blue-tarped patio complete with hand-painted metal folding chairs, searing salsa, and delicious carnitas or carne asada tacos, loaded with cilantro and onions, for a buck sixty. The lines here attest to the product.
3. Tacos La Fonda, Glassell Park
Seafood tacos, burritos, tostadas, homemade chiles rellenos, massive shrimp cocktails, three kinds of homemade salsa, plus wall murals that have to be seen to be believed. A well-kept secret, and for a good reason.
4. Los Tacos at the Bel Air Carwash, La Brea Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard
Open 24 hours for every heavenly bit of trash-Mex fast food imaginable.
5. The stand on Ninth Street and Maple Avenue, downtown
Scrumptious tacos for a buck a pop, with a little condiment counter set up so you can load it down with everything you like. It also serves an eclectic mix of American and Korean fast food.
6. The Talpa, Pico Boulevard near Bundy Drive, West L.A.
Not exactly a stand, but still a family-run operation, and the food is scrumptious and ridiculously inexpensive. Check out the unbelievably scorching tomatillo salsa. And hipster musicians can be spotted here, if you care.
7. Orange Beejay at the Hollymount Car Wash, Vermont Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard
Best damn car-wash tacos around, sticky with melted cheese. An "epitome of L.A." experience to chow down while your car’s getting cleaned.
8. Taco Rico, Figueroa and 54th streets
I feel about this place the way some people do about long-distance relationships - intensity of emotion, combined with a sorrowful desolation that it’s not closer to anywhere I ever lived in LA.
9. The Taco Truck That Sometimes Parks at the Car Wash on Gower Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard
10. Anelcy’s, Melrose Avenue near Western Avenue
With an interior that looks like a sleazy David Lynch scene, this place has great ruling tamales and hot sauce.