If you’re in Los Angeles for Shop.org 2017, you have to try the
city’s unofficial dish. LA is famous for its tacos, but with
thousands of Mexican restaurants, food trucks, and
hole-in-the-walls, how can you find the best?

We asked Scott
Porter
, of the hit Instagram account @Searchfortheperfecttaco,
to share his favorite taco stands in the Downtown LA  and
beyond. Here are his mouth-watering selections.

Downtown Area

B.S.
Taqueria 

Where: 514 W. 7th St.

Scott says: B.S. Taqueria and Chef Ray Garcia
imports organic blue corn from Mexico, grind it in Los Angeles
and hand makes truly flavorful tortillas. Try the in-house
chorizo, fried papas, and crispy jack cheese taco. Feeling
salty? The juicy saltiness of the award-winning clam and lardo
taco can win over the most stubborn shellfish skeptic. And
you’ve never had anything like their rice and beans in the
signature paperbag—toasted rice, garbanzo and cannelini beans
with cotija and fresno chiles.


Casa la Doña

Where: 800 S Main St.

Scott says: Well-seasoned al pastor tacos with
fresh and juicy pineapple made with homemade corn tortillas. On
Taco Tuesday, try the slow-roasted cochinita
pibil pork. Top it off with one of 18 different types
of homemade salsas made fresh every day and ranging from mild
to rip-your-lips-off hot.

 

Guerrilla Tacos

Where: 826 E 3rd St.

Scott says: The roasted cauliflower taco with
almond chile, dates, and almonds. Feeling cheesy? Try the
squash blossom quesadilla with beets and pine nuts.

Guisados 

Where: 541 S Spring St.

Scott says: The mini tacos sampler of six.
Don’t miss the bistek en salsa roja
and cochinita pibil on handmade tortillas.
Top it with habanero salsa and wash it down with a glass of
horchata.

 

Mexicali
Tacos and Co

Where: 702 N. Figueroa St.

Scott says: The surf and turf taco is
delicious. The perfectly cooked filet mignon is combined with
something Chef Esdras calls ‘forest crab’. It is a fresh and
herby-type of forage situation.

 

Sonoratown

Where: 208 E 8th St.

Scott says: Try the grilled Sonoran-style
tacos with carne asada and the homemade flour tortilla
quesadilla with the artisan chorizo from @thechoriman.
 

 

Los Angeles Metro Area


La Azteca Totilleria

Where: 4538 East Cesar E. Chavez Ave.

Scott says: Get the breakfast tacos made from
homemade tortillas.

Leos Tacos
Truck

Where: 1515 S La Brea Ave.

Scott says: This spot is a classic. 
Look out for the orange-colored food truck with flashing signs.
Get the monster al pastor trompo with fresh piña.

 

Tacos El
Jefe

Where:  2377 W Pico Blvd.

Scott says: Look for a brightly-lit taco truck
next to the lavenderia. Try the el pastor street tacos.

 


Tacos El Pecas 

Where: 1001-1021 S. Soto St.

Scott says: Street tacos with al pastor.


Tire Shop Taqueria

Where: 4069 S Avalon Blvd.

Scott says: Delicious and smoky al carbon
grilled asada and al pastor served on thin hand-pressed
Tijuana-style tacos with guac smear.

Don’t forget to follow @Searchfortheperfecttaco
on Instagram for more taco adventures.