I have some pretty brilliant friends. One of them decided that it would be an excellent idea to do a taco safari in Los Angeles, and I was very fortunate to be able to tag along. What is a taco safari? It is an expedition to locate and dine at as many taco trucks/stands you can until you can no longer fit anything else in your stomach. There was really only one rule that we established… stop by any taco truck/stand that is visible in your line of sight.
We did a few weeks of research prior to taco safari, scoping out possible locations and streets that had the most diverse amount of vendors. That pretty much went out the window right after we started, but it was fun to be on the lookout for taco trucks or carts… almost like those car games that are played during long car rides, only more delicious and satisfying.
Our first spot was Pour Vida Latin Flavor in Anaheim. There’s metered parking available for quick stops and a parking structure not far away if you plan on sticking around. We ordered the Mango Pork, Short Rib and the Spicy Pickled Escabeche (which consists of cucumber, heirloom carrot, red potato, shallots & jalapeño)
After this quick snack… we made our way to LA.
Our second stop was not planned. We intended to go to a residence off of S. San Pedro street that serves street tacos, burritos and some really amazing looking quesadillas, but they decided to take that Tuesday night off. Fortunately, we found this amazing man off of S. San Pedro and Century Blvd.
There’s a cool little tent set up in the parking lot of a car repair shop. If you forgot to bring cash, there’s a sketchy little ATM in the corner for your use.
Our third stop was my favorite, I just didn’t know it yet. If I would have known… I would’ve ordered more tacos.
They are typically off of Hillhurst Street and you can find them by looking for the string lights. (Not to be mistaken by the other taco tent in the parking lot off Hillhurst St.) We ordered the Carne Asada and Al Pastor. Covered everything in lime and their homemade salsa.
I still look for them every time I am on Hillhurst St. Regardless of if I’m hungry or not.
8 tacos in… we decided to take an ice cream break. When in Los Feliz… you must go to Jeni’s.
Fourth stop was Dante’s Taco Truck somewhere close to Descanso Dr. Not really sure if we were in Silverlake or Los Feliz at that point.
For this round, we decided to get the chicharron, which is something I’ll probably never get used to… but am always willing to try when on a taco safari.
We had a fifth stop, but forgot to take photos. It was a small cart outside of a bar and the appeal was the large pineapple slice that was hanging out on top of the meat they were slowly cooking. We were already a little defeated by then, but ordered two tacos anyway.
This was one of the best evenings I’ve had in a long time. It was great that we were able to hit so many great spots, meet some really great people and walk around and enjoy this wonderful city. As it starts to get warmer out, make some time for a taco safari of your own.