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Los Angeles: Henry's Hard-Shelled Tacos Return to Studio City

Henry's Tacos has died; long live Henry's Tacos. The Studio City gringo taco spot, with its faded yellow sign and Googie-style architecture that jutted south from the corner of Moorpark Street and Tujunga Avenue, closed last year amid much controversy. Did the landlord cave and let Henry's return after owner Janis Hood sold the place to one of her decades-long employees? Nope. They just moved across the street. More

Los Angeles: La Isla Bonita Is The Neighborhood Taco Truck of Venice

It doesn't take much to please the locals out in Venice. They've got sunshine on their side, the beach at their feet, and a closeknit sense of neighborhood that's practically unrivaled anywhere else in Los Angeles. And it is that perfect Venice mix of well-heeled hippie, lanky surfer, aging musician, yoga pants moms and perpetually busy twentysomething that all lines up on weekdays for La Isla Bonita. This is their neighborhood taco truck. More

Fancy Tacos That Don't Taste Good Make Us Sad

It's always a real shame when food that looks as good as this can't deliver on all the flavor it promises. I mean, look at those tacos. Gussied up? Absolutely. Packed with salivary-inducing flavor generators like "truffled celery root" or Pt. Reyes Blue cheese, these things look primed for a taste adventure. But they are a sad letdown. More

Los Angeles: Tacos Al Pastor Delivers on Its Name

At Tacos Al Pastor, there is no door and there is no mystery. A short, stubby taquero stands on the corner of Kingsley and Santa Monica Blvd., trompo spinning and spitting little bubbles of warm grease and pineapple juices. There's a walk-up window and a bubbling cauldron of various other cuts of meat, but the jig is up when you first spy the name along the awning of the tiny yellow building: This place serves al pastor. Ordering anything else just doesn't make sense. More

Los Angeles: Westside Tacos Al Carbon at Tacomiendo

One of the big gripes about Mexican food in Los Angeles is a lack of options west of, say, La Cienega Blvd. Well, maybe it's more of a knock on the Westside neighborhoods than the cuisine itself, but there is no denying the scarcity of homemade tortillas, bubbling weekend menudo and grilled tacos al carbon the closer you get to the beach. Thankfully, Tacomiendo exists to help fill that gap in all three categories mentioned, plus a whole lot more. More

Los Angeles Tacos: Komodo Truck's New Brick-and-Mortar Cafe on Pico

One of the biggest names to ride the crashing food truck wave onto the shores of a Pico-Robertson storefront is Komodo. Their hook: Asian fusion with a Mexican bent. It isn't much of a pull in LA these days. Around here, the word "kalbi" gets tossed on menus next to all manner of tacos, burgers, pizzas and lord knows what else. So, with multiple trucks and a brick and mortar now in its second year, what makes Komodo so special? In short: simplicity. More

Los Angeles: Sky's Gourmet Tacos Aren't Exactly What You'd Expect

In Los Angeles, there is no sanctity in food. This town invented the Korean BBQ taco, the sushi burger, and all sorts of wacky pizza concoctions along the way. So it should come as no surprise that Sky's Gourmet Tacos, a Mid-City sit down spot with a soul food bent and one hell of a great lemonade, serves up some of the tastiest and most inauthentic tacos in this part of town. More

Los Angeles: Los Cinco Puntos Really Is That Good

Los Cinco Puntos is an absolute Los Angeles treasure. As a gateway into East LA (both figuratively and literally, with their location along Cesar Chavez Blvd.), there is no better messenger to herald the call of the authentic taco. Inside, they'll point you in the right meat direction, take care of your homemade tortilla needs, and deliver you a finished taco that is among the best you'll find not just in Los Angeles, but anywhere. More

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