El Taurino

★★★★☆
  • 1104 S Hoover St

    Los Angeles, CA 90006

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  • 213-385-1187

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This is the best taco joint in the Pico Union District area. I grew up around here a lot of people come from all over it always gets pack on Friday's and the weekend you have a lot of USC kids come up here to eat at this place. There is

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★★★★★

This is the best taco joint in the Pico Union District area. I grew up around here a lot of people come from all over it always gets pack on Friday's and the weekend you have a lot of USC kids come up here to eat at this place. There is

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This is the best taco joint in the Pico Union District area. I grew up around here a lot of people come from all over it always gets pack on Friday's and the weekend you have a lot of USC kids come up here to eat at this place. There is

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★★★★★

This is the best taco joint in the Pico Union District area. I grew up around here a lot of people come from all over it always gets pack on Friday's and the weekend you have a lot of USC kids come up here to eat at this place. There is

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To this place i only come on a saturday or sunday because the have a plate called Birria with a type of stew the call Consome. OMG it is delicious its a defenited must try!!!

5
★★★★★

To this place i only come on a saturday or sunday because the have a plate called Birria with a type of stew the call Consome. OMG it is delicious its a defenited must try!!!

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I moved from Ktown to the Westside last month and I'll be honest...there are two things I miss about Ktown. El Taurino and Shikdorak. The opened a Manna in the Fox Hills Mall so my duk bo sam cravings are taken care of.

HOWEVER, as much as I love titos tacos...it is NOT El Taurino. I miss this place so much. The hot sauce will burn a path down to your stomach but really its a good kinda burn. Love at first bite!

If you can get over the cow heads ont he wall, enjoy the carna asada, barbacoa, and carnitas. you can have all meat, meat and beans, meat beans and rice, you name it they can do it for you.

Just don't expect fine dining, you're gonna stand in line, rub elbows with a bunch of college students, and wait a bit for your food if its busy but i promise you its worth it.

PS...the hot sauce is HOT. get some horchata to ease the OH SO GOOD pain.

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★★★★★

I moved from Ktown to the Westside last month and I'll be honest...there are two things I miss about Ktown. El Taurino and Shikdorak. The opened a Manna in the Fox Hills Mall so my duk bo sam cravings are taken care of.

HOWEVER, as much as I love titos tacos...it is NOT El Taurino. I miss this place so much. The hot sauce will burn a path down to your stomach but really its a good kinda burn. Love at first bite!

If you can get over the cow heads ont he wall, enjoy the carna asada, barbacoa, and carnitas. you can have all meat, meat and beans, meat beans and rice, you name it they can do it for you.

Just don't expect fine dining, you're gonna stand in line, rub elbows with a bunch of college students, and wait a bit for your food if its busy but i promise you its worth it.

PS...the hot sauce is HOT. get some horchata to ease the OH SO GOOD pain.

Pros: Open all the time

Cons: At certain times its gonna take you a while to get your food

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Since the first day I tried it I was blown away by the meat bursting with flavor. An LA favorite, they are relatively priced well with good portions however the lines can be rough and the neighborhood isn't exactly in the Marina. But if you are truly looking to eat the best carne in LA, look no further - El Taurino is the spot!

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★★★★★

Since the first day I tried it I was blown away by the meat bursting with flavor. An LA favorite, they are relatively priced well with good portions however the lines can be rough and the neighborhood isn't exactly in the Marina. But if you are truly looking to eat the best carne in LA, look no further - El Taurino is the spot!

Pros: Consistently tasty

Cons: Neighborhood is rough

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Best in LA! Carne Asada Taco or Al Pastor Burrito!! and extra container of the sultry love juice they call hot sauce

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★★★★★

Best in LA! Carne Asada Taco or Al Pastor Burrito!! and extra container of the sultry love juice they call hot sauce

Pros: hot sauce

Cons: long wait

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i love their carne asada and i usually don't like tamales and I had it here and ate it all. This place is awesome.

2
★★★★☆

i love their carne asada and i usually don't like tamales and I had it here and ate it all. This place is awesome.

Pros: great food

Cons: not so good neighborhood

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Listen- If you come here expecting the Taco Bell, Chipolte. etc., experience. Sorry. Don't come. El Taurino afficianados don't have to explain themselves and we don't complain. The carne asada burritos w/ salsa verde, the carne asada and lengua tacos are the Business! The horchata, during the summer, and the atole during the fall/ winter will never let you down. I will drive from all points to come to El Taurino.

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★★★★☆

Listen- If you come here expecting the Taco Bell, Chipolte. etc., experience. Sorry. Don't come. El Taurino afficianados don't have to explain themselves and we don't complain. The carne asada burritos w/ salsa verde, the carne asada and lengua tacos are the Business! The horchata, during the summer, and the atole during the fall/ winter will never let you down. I will drive from all points to come to El Taurino.

Pros: Great food, consistent flavor(s) and quality, never let's me down

Cons: Need to improve the pa system so you can hear your order called.

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I've been going to this joint for several years now. I have to admit, service is somewhat lousy. The employees aren't that grateful, but it'll all even out with the food. The place is stingy - you have to pay for each lemon you want, or extra sauce you want.

The tacos and burritos are the best. I could eat this every day. Honestly, best Mexican food in LA.

Wait can sometimes be a hassle since the joint isn't that big.

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★★★★★

I've been going to this joint for several years now. I have to admit, service is somewhat lousy. The employees aren't that grateful, but it'll all even out with the food. The place is stingy - you have to pay for each lemon you want, or extra sauce you want.

The tacos and burritos are the best. I could eat this every day. Honestly, best Mexican food in LA.

Wait can sometimes be a hassle since the joint isn't that big.

Pros: Tacos, burritos = EXCELLENT... the sauce, although you have to pay, is the best I've had.

Cons: Wait can sometimes be a hassle. Be prepared if you are going on a friday night.

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Ok ... lets get this straight.
I love Mexican food. Authentic Mexican food. I expected El Taurino to be just that.
VERY WRONG.
First bad sign: My friend gets a burrito and they won't give him tap water. They try to make him buy bottled. Not only is this stingy, I'm pretty sure its illegal in the state of California. He ends up with no drink. They REFUSE to give him tap.
Next. I order nacho's. At the least I'm thinking some good chips, cheese, cilantro, onions. Bare bones stuff right?
WRONG
Chips out of a bag. Cheese squirted out of a can. Bits of charred meat. They reminded me of Dodger stadium nachos except they were COLDER at El Taurino. Worst nachos I have ever had. EVER. No vegetables, nothing whatsoever. My friend once dropped nachos on the floor at Dodger stadium and ate them....I bet it was better then the ones here.
The salsa is bland. Its spicy but has no flavor whatsoever.
If you neeeed 2:00 am food.. fine. But hey...Chano's is open on 30th and Figueroa till 2:00...sometimes 3:00. It is ten times better then this place.
The servers were rude to top it off.
In an area FULL of great Mexican food, El Taurino shouldn't even be on your radar.

(I signed up a Citysearch account just to make this review....that how bad this place is)

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Ok ... lets get this straight.
I love Mexican food. Authentic Mexican food. I expected El Taurino to be just that.
VERY WRONG.
First bad sign: My friend gets a burrito and they won't give him tap water. They try to make him buy bottled. Not only is this stingy, I'm pretty sure its illegal in the state of California. He ends up with no drink. They REFUSE to give him tap.
Next. I order nacho's. At the least I'm thinking some good chips, cheese, cilantro, onions. Bare bones stuff right?
WRONG
Chips out of a bag. Cheese squirted out of a can. Bits of charred meat. They reminded me of Dodger stadium nachos except they were COLDER at El Taurino. Worst nachos I have ever had. EVER. No vegetables, nothing whatsoever. My friend once dropped nachos on the floor at Dodger stadium and ate them....I bet it was better then the ones here.
The salsa is bland. Its spicy but has no flavor whatsoever.
If you neeeed 2:00 am food.. fine. But hey...Chano's is open on 30th and Figueroa till 2:00...sometimes 3:00. It is ten times better then this place.
The servers were rude to top it off.
In an area FULL of great Mexican food, El Taurino shouldn't even be on your radar.

(I signed up a Citysearch account just to make this review....that how bad this place is)

Pros: Open late

Cons: Everything else

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This place is second home. I love the fact that it stays open long hours and the sopas are wonderful. It is always crowded but that is okay...Means the food must be good.

5
★★★★★

This place is second home. I love the fact that it stays open long hours and the sopas are wonderful. It is always crowded but that is okay...Means the food must be good.

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maybe waiting time is a bit long, and the prices aren't the best. but the food for sure is good. ask for an "Al pastor burrito" and you'll definitely be satisfied. just drink a pineapple water while waiting and it won't be so bad. =] i recommend this restaurant. not for it's waiting time, but for it's delicious food!

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★★★★☆

maybe waiting time is a bit long, and the prices aren't the best. but the food for sure is good. ask for an "Al pastor burrito" and you'll definitely be satisfied. just drink a pineapple water while waiting and it won't be so bad. =] i recommend this restaurant. not for it's waiting time, but for it's delicious food!

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I usually go to King Taco for fast food Mexican food, but when I'm in the LA area it is an absolute must that I go to this place. I remember going when it was just this taco truck out in a parking lot and surprisingly enough, the food was great. The prices have increased now that they've modernized the place, but I can't help but get my taco craving from here every time I'm in the area. And yea, the line is ridiculously long pretty much at any hour, but it makes for great people watching and just think, you're that much closer to some of the best tacos you've ever tasted.

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★★★★☆

I usually go to King Taco for fast food Mexican food, but when I'm in the LA area it is an absolute must that I go to this place. I remember going when it was just this taco truck out in a parking lot and surprisingly enough, the food was great. The prices have increased now that they've modernized the place, but I can't help but get my taco craving from here every time I'm in the area. And yea, the line is ridiculously long pretty much at any hour, but it makes for great people watching and just think, you're that much closer to some of the best tacos you've ever tasted.

Pros: great, filling food

Cons: big lines

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San Diego is known for their Roberto's and Super Sergio's, but for Los Angeles, the official Mexican food joint is El Taurino! I love their carne asada burritos, and they are priced well at $4! I love coming here for my late-night fixes even though it can get busy during the evenings. They do charge extra for extra sauce, but it's not enough me to complain!

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★★★★☆

San Diego is known for their Roberto's and Super Sergio's, but for Los Angeles, the official Mexican food joint is El Taurino! I love their carne asada burritos, and they are priced well at $4! I love coming here for my late-night fixes even though it can get busy during the evenings. They do charge extra for extra sauce, but it's not enough me to complain!

Pros: burritos, horchata, parking, prices

Cons: crowded int he evenings

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I've been here in L.A. for a good 2 years now, am about to leave, and one of the only things I will miss, aside from friends and the delicious smog, is El Taurino.

I crave the grease that comes off of the all-meat carne asada burritos as if it were crank and I was Marion Barry. I even lick it off of my fingers, for God's sake.
Whoever dared to compare this, the holiest of dive joints, to Chipotle has either severely damaged his taste buds, or is a mongoloid in disguise. Similarly, if any reviewer can't afford a 40 cent cup of the scorching hot sauce or savory tomatillo sauce (perfectly washed down with the homeade Horchata) after a 4 dollar burrito purchase (and still writes about places like Baja Fresh, which charge upwards of 6 dollars for a meager and fake-guacamole laden burrito), they need to check their heads at the door.

If i return to visit L.A. (god knows why, a wedding, perhaps), I will not leave until I have my El Taurino fill.

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★★★☆☆

I've been here in L.A. for a good 2 years now, am about to leave, and one of the only things I will miss, aside from friends and the delicious smog, is El Taurino.

I crave the grease that comes off of the all-meat carne asada burritos as if it were crank and I was Marion Barry. I even lick it off of my fingers, for God's sake.
Whoever dared to compare this, the holiest of dive joints, to Chipotle has either severely damaged his taste buds, or is a mongoloid in disguise. Similarly, if any reviewer can't afford a 40 cent cup of the scorching hot sauce or savory tomatillo sauce (perfectly washed down with the homeade Horchata) after a 4 dollar burrito purchase (and still writes about places like Baja Fresh, which charge upwards of 6 dollars for a meager and fake-guacamole laden burrito), they need to check their heads at the door.

If i return to visit L.A. (god knows why, a wedding, perhaps), I will not leave until I have my El Taurino fill.

Pros: The most delicious meats you have ever tasted

Cons: Parking, Late night drunken crowds on weekends

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Greates tasting Burritos and Tacos. Real and True Authentic Mexican one can find. Portions have gone down drastically . Charges for everything that you come to expect for free. Extra $.40 for extra sauce/ or onions?! Come on please!! Nobody Else in all of Los Angeles does THIS!!! Aside from that, food's not to be missed.

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★★★★☆

Greates tasting Burritos and Tacos. Real and True Authentic Mexican one can find. Portions have gone down drastically . Charges for everything that you come to expect for free. Extra $.40 for extra sauce/ or onions?! Come on please!! Nobody Else in all of Los Angeles does THIS!!! Aside from that, food's not to be missed.

Pros: Great Authentic Mexican Food

Cons: Portions, Atmosphere, Extra cost for everythin

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This place has changed drastically!! I use to go here back in 1985-1986 and I can remember how excellent the food was. The burritos were gargantuan, and the meal size portions were plenty big too. The prices were affordable for everybody. Nowadays, the burritos are the size of tacos and are overpriced!! Everything is so overpriced and they're so cheap when it comes to portions!!Uugghh!! I sincerely hope they close down someday!! The best tasting burritos along with large size is CHIPOTLE!! HA, TAKE THAT EL TAURINO!!! YOU ARE NO GOOD!!

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★☆☆☆☆

This place has changed drastically!! I use to go here back in 1985-1986 and I can remember how excellent the food was. The burritos were gargantuan, and the meal size portions were plenty big too. The prices were affordable for everybody. Nowadays, the burritos are the size of tacos and are overpriced!! Everything is so overpriced and they're so cheap when it comes to portions!!Uugghh!! I sincerely hope they close down someday!! The best tasting burritos along with large size is CHIPOTLE!! HA, TAKE THAT EL TAURINO!!! YOU ARE NO GOOD!!

Pros: NONE

Cons: PRICES, LONG LINES, CUSTOMER SERVICE

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I have been coming to thos place ever since i can remember and ever since then i can also remember those LONG LINES. but they ask yourselves why is ther ea line, BECAUSE THE FOOD IS GRUB! the casada torta is the best. its open super late and hits the spot. give it a try you won't be let down.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been coming to thos place ever since i can remember and ever since then i can also remember those LONG LINES. but they ask yourselves why is ther ea line, BECAUSE THE FOOD IS GRUB! the casada torta is the best. its open super late and hits the spot. give it a try you won't be let down.

Pros: best meat ever

Cons: long lines

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if you're looking for GRUB and are craving the real deal...head to rino's. long lines on weekends during peak lunch/dinner hrs and late nights. theyre open late (til 3 or so) on weekends, and there's also a truck outside for to-go orders. i recommend the tacos, puro carne burrito, tortas...and horchata to wash it down. theyll offer you a choice b/t RED and green sauce. SALSA ROJO POR FAVOR but dont go overboard...people have been known to drool for hours after from the hot sauce. if you can't handle spicy foods get it on the side.

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★★★★☆

if you're looking for GRUB and are craving the real deal...head to rino's. long lines on weekends during peak lunch/dinner hrs and late nights. theyre open late (til 3 or so) on weekends, and there's also a truck outside for to-go orders. i recommend the tacos, puro carne burrito, tortas...and horchata to wash it down. theyll offer you a choice b/t RED and green sauce. SALSA ROJO POR FAVOR but dont go overboard...people have been known to drool for hours after from the hot sauce. if you can't handle spicy foods get it on the side.

Pros: inexpensive, good parking, great food

Cons: tastes like king taco, heartburn :(

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This restaurant is not organized at all. The order time and pick up time for your tacos is astronomically LONG, even when there are not much people waiting (waiting time is 15~30 min). The workers are very RUDE. ONLY hispanic gets limes and extra sauce for free.Others,like me,have to pay extra. However, their food is good,but not the best. I strongly DO NOT RECOMEND this place. There are good places with better services in LA than el taurino.

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★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant is not organized at all. The order time and pick up time for your tacos is astronomically LONG, even when there are not much people waiting (waiting time is 15~30 min). The workers are very RUDE. ONLY hispanic gets limes and extra sauce for free.Others,like me,have to pay extra. However, their food is good,but not the best. I strongly DO NOT RECOMEND this place. There are good places with better services in LA than el taurino.

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These are probably one of the best tacos you will ever taste, it's good quality meat and has good flavor. Parking can be a hassle, really really crowded, and usually long wait but worth it.

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★★★★★

These are probably one of the best tacos you will ever taste, it's good quality meat and has good flavor. Parking can be a hassle, really really crowded, and usually long wait but worth it.

Pros: Tacos

Cons: Wait

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Tasty tacos. Burritos are quite tasty as well (especially the al pastor burrito). If you like soups, you may also want to try the consome de pollo (it is not shown on their wall menu). Both red and green sauces are hot.

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★★★★★

Tasty tacos. Burritos are quite tasty as well (especially the al pastor burrito). If you like soups, you may also want to try the consome de pollo (it is not shown on their wall menu). Both red and green sauces are hot.

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When I'm craving carne asada burritos or tacos, this is where I go. It's a no frills restaurant. You wait in line, place your order, get a ticket, walk over to a station and wait till your number is called. Be forewarned, the red sauce is extremely HOT, so you may want to order the green sauce. i have never tried it, but people rave about the dish, "Las Castillas". From what ive seen, it comes with a big slab of meat, onions and tortillas. By the way, if you speak spanish, it is a definate plus. They give you extra condiments if you need it without charging additional for it. If you dont speak spanish, expect to get charged extra for things like extra hot sauce.

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★★★★☆

When I'm craving carne asada burritos or tacos, this is where I go. It's a no frills restaurant. You wait in line, place your order, get a ticket, walk over to a station and wait till your number is called. Be forewarned, the red sauce is extremely HOT, so you may want to order the green sauce. i have never tried it, but people rave about the dish, "Las Castillas". From what ive seen, it comes with a big slab of meat, onions and tortillas. By the way, if you speak spanish, it is a definate plus. They give you extra condiments if you need it without charging additional for it. If you dont speak spanish, expect to get charged extra for things like extra hot sauce.

Pros: good food, good price

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I love this place. The taste of the food is great, prices are a bit high but it's worth it. The size of the burritos are a bit small, but they taste great.

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★★★★☆

I love this place. The taste of the food is great, prices are a bit high but it's worth it. The size of the burritos are a bit small, but they taste great.

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Picture mini tacos with some good, finger licking meat, cilantro and onions and some of the best green sauce. DELICIOUS!!!! It'll make you want more and more!

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★★★★☆

Picture mini tacos with some good, finger licking meat, cilantro and onions and some of the best green sauce. DELICIOUS!!!! It'll make you want more and more!

Pros: Good Food, Taste Great, Delicous!

Cons: , Seating on Weekends, charge for extras

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Best carne asade burritos in Los Angeles. Also excellent carnitas. Why is everyone else ordering tortas? It's in a pretty scary neighborhood so go for lunch.

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★★★★★

Best carne asade burritos in Los Angeles. Also excellent carnitas. Why is everyone else ordering tortas? It's in a pretty scary neighborhood so go for lunch.

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I love the con pura carne asada burrito (all meat burrito. The red salsa has a kick to it so a warning to those that cannot take spicy food! The tacos are great too. Only downside is the staff can be pretty stingy with the hot sauce!

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★★★☆☆

I love the con pura carne asada burrito (all meat burrito. The red salsa has a kick to it so a warning to those that cannot take spicy food! The tacos are great too. Only downside is the staff can be pretty stingy with the hot sauce!

Pros: Inexpensive, Good parking, Good food

Cons: , Sometimes rude staff

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Absoutely the *BEST* tacos in LA. At $1 each, you can't get a better deal!!! Because it's open late night, it's a terrific place to go eat/hang out after a night of partying.

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★★★★★

Absoutely the *BEST* tacos in LA. At $1 each, you can't get a better deal!!! Because it's open late night, it's a terrific place to go eat/hang out after a night of partying.

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You have to get the Carnes Asada Burritos with lost of hot sauce. But have a nice cup of water next to you, because their sauce is pretty spicy. This is a great place to go eat after a night of drinking and partying!

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★★★★☆

You have to get the Carnes Asada Burritos with lost of hot sauce. But have a nice cup of water next to you, because their sauce is pretty spicy. This is a great place to go eat after a night of drinking and partying!

Pros: inexpensive

Cons: crowded

 

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