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Hey, LA: Did Your Favorite Taco Truck Make The List?

There’s a guy who drives around Los Angeles selling tacos from the back of his rusty Ford — a literal taco truck — and whose carnitas are so juicy and tender, you’ll be licking your hands and arm to get every last bit. The bad news is, you’ll never find this mystery man twice. Be sure to keep an eye out for this phantom taco angel! In the meantime, check out these earthly taco trucks that will also blow you away:

10. Oaxaca On Wheels

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Nothing satisfies like a steaming tortilla filled with…pig head? Yup, the tacos de cabeza at Oaxaca on Wheels make for some of the best bites Los Angeles has to offer. Their tasajo tacos are bomb and their vegan tacos are great, too. Go once and you’ll find yourself driving in that direction without even knowing it. Oaxaca on Wheels has more power to draw you west than the ocean itself.

Oaxaca on Wheels can be found near the Sawtelle district at 11975 Santa Monica Blvd.

9. Tacos Los Güichos

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You know this truck is going to be amazing when you drive up because it’s parked at a window tinting shop in the barrio. Go on the weekends when they have their incredible slow-cooked carnitas — and go early because they sell out quick. Pro Tip: Bring your friends and make a tailgate party out of it. It’s BYOB in the parking lot, so you won’t be the only ones swigging Tecate with your meal. Just don’t drink too many; you need to save room for their fresh-made churros.

Tacos Los Güichos parks at 5821 Avalon Boulevard in South LA. 

8. El Chato

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Beware the rich mahogany chipotle sauce you see above: It’s dangerously addictive. We’d brave the 101 to eat a tortilla filled with that alone. Luckily, they also have incredibly juicy meats, like the kind in their delicious tacos al carbon. They also have burritos and quesadillas that are every bit as tasty as their tacos. Add grilled onions and jalapeños, and wash it all down with horchata, Mexican Coke… or more of that chipotle sauce.

Check them out at 5300 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019 near Mid-Wilshire.

7. Carnitas El Momo

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Located in Silver Lake, Carnitas El Momo has hipsters buzzing around the affordable taco truck like bees to a hive. We suspect some of the young, starving artists live on a diet of El Momo alone (and pot brownies, obv). We totally get it. The Guanajuato-style carnitas stew slowly all day in a giant pot and are arguably the best in Los Angeles. Paired with a whole jalapeño and tasty tortillas, you just might lose it. Seriously lose it, just like LA producer and restaurant investor Phil Rosenthal did when he tried these tacos.

Elbow your way through the hipsters to find Carnitas El Momo at 2411 Fairmount Ave.

6. Tacos El Korita

Legit the best I've had #tacos #la

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This little gem  is open until 1 a.m. on weekends for all your drunk food needs. Their carnitas and tacos al carbon would be enough to make the list, but it’s their mulitas that really bring you to your knees. Unlike many of the fantastic places on this list, Korita’s tortillas are made fresh daily and you can taste the difference.

Make the trek to the corner of Loma Vista and Fruitland Avenues in Vernon, CA. It’s worth the gas $$.

5. Tacos Tamix

Al Pastor game. #slicetoorder #alpastor #dollartacos #tacotamix

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There’s a long standing battle for best al pastor in LA: Tacos Leo vs. Tacos Tamix. Although we’ve placed Leo slightly higher on the list, it’s really a matter of preference. Seriously, both trucks are worthy of your undying loyalty. Tacos Tamix is an unassuming little truck in a car wash parking lot, serving up chunkier pieces of pork and slightly heftier portions than Leo’s. The difference is minor, like trying to tell identical twins apart. We love that its often less crowded than Leo’s, but you can’t go wrong either way.

Tacos Tamix is waiting for you at 2402 W Pico Blvd in the Pico-Union area. 

4. Kogi BBQ

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Yup, we’re including a fusion taco. Like every other foodie website in the city, we can’t help but mention these incredible Korean tacos. It’s widely considered the best food truck in LA, period. Something about the spicy, sour, smoky, saltiness of Korean BBQ goes hand in hand with a tortilla. The short rib tacos and kimchi quesadillas are wildly flavorful and truly one-of-a-kind (apart from the Korean fusion places that popped up after Kogi’s success). The burritos with extra meat and kimchi will knock your socks off; just make sure there’s time for a siesta after.

You can find Kogi’s BBQ at Venice, The Brig 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd, 90291 and all around the city. Track them here.

3. Mariscos Jalisco

No words needed!! Sin palabras #mariscosjalisco

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Ok, we know. Some people are going to be pissed when they see Mariscos Jalisco didn’t make #1. Hardcore fans obsess over this truck like it’s Justin Bieber. But give us a break! Choosing your favorite taco joint is like choosing your favorite child — in truth we love them all equally. Mariscos Jalisco is renowned for its tacos dorado de camarón. For these, they place fresh shrimp in a tortilla and then fry the whole dang thing. As one Yelp reviewer put it: “Definitely the best shrimp taco you’ll ever stuff into your Mexican-taco-truck-loving-pie hole.” We couldn’t agree more.

Mariscos Jalisco can be found at 3040 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023 in Boyle Heights. 

2. Tacos Leo

The best Al Pastor tacos! Leo's taco truck#alpastor #tacos#leostacos

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Ah, the pure, simple art of tacoing. Nobody does it better than Leo’s Taco Truck, perma-stationed at a gas station parking lot at the corner of La Brea and Venice. There are few bells and whistles here: a spit roast of the best al carbon meat you’ve ever had, cradled in tender tortillas and topped with sweet and tangy pineapple. Just watching them prepare the tacos will make your day. There’s also a salsa bar featuring fiery pickled onions and several salsa options. The best part? These tasty little morsels are only a dollar each and probably taste better than 90% of what the fanciest restaurants in LA are serving right now. Why would you eat anywhere else? ¡Riquísimo!

Their main location is at 1515 S La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90019, but check their website for other locations!

1. Guerrilla Tacos

Calamari Tacos at home today. #guerrillatacos #LADontPlay #ThisIsLA #LA #StreetFood #TacoTuesday

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“LA Times” food critic Jonathan Gold has said that if the man who stole his phone swiped through his photos he’d find tacos in lieu of selfies. Not just any tacos, of course: “A startling number of the tacos came from a single source: Guerrilla Tacos.” With complex, consciously-sourced ingredients, it’s a far cry from Leo’s tacos, and incredible in a totally different way. Without flatly calling them the best tacos in Los Angeles, Gold indicated that they are definitely his go-to. Between their oxtail tacos and Peruvian scallop crudo, we can see why.

You can often find Guerilla Tacos near Handsome Coffee Roasters, 582 Mateo St., Los Angeles; but they also frequent Venice and Culver City. For a list of their locations by day (and for mouthwatering taco porn) go to guerrillatacos.com.

READ: 11 Times People Made Tacos Out of Anything

What’s Your favorite LA taco? Tell us in the comments below and don’t forget to share on facebook and twitter!

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Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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Undocumented communities are being left out of Covid relief plans. Chef Diana Dávila of Mi Tocaya in Chicago is working to help undocumented restaurant worker in the time of Covid. Abuse of undocumented workers is rampant in certain industries and Chef Dávila hopes to offer some kind of help.

Mi Tocaya is a Mexican restaurant in Chicago’s Logan Square that wants to help the community.

Covid-19 has devastated the hospitality industry with restaurants being hit exceptionally hard. Restaurants have been forced to close their doors for good as the virus dragged on with no decent relief plan from the federal government. As several countries financially support citizens to avoid economic disaster, the U.S. government has given citizens $1,800 total to cover 10 months of isolating and business closures.

Namely, Mi Tocaya is working to help the undocumented community.

Mi Tocaya, a family-run restaurant, is teaming up with Chicago’s Top Chefs and local non-profits Dishroulette Kitchen and Logan Square Neighborhood Association. The goal is to highlight the issues facing the undocumented community during the pandemic.

The initiative called Todos Ponen, is all about uplifting members of our community in a time of severe need. The restaurant is creating healthy Mexican family meals for those in need.

”We asked ourselves; How can we keep our doors open, provide a true service to the community, maintain and create jobs, and keep the supply chain intact by supporting local farmers and vendors. This is the answer,” Chef Dávila said in a statement. “I confidently believe The TODOS PONEN Logan Square Project addresses all of the above and can very well be easily implemented in any community. Our goal is to bring awareness to the lack of resources available to the undocumented workforce- the backbone of our industry.”

The initiative starts in February.

Mi Tocaya is offering 1000 free meals for local farmers and undocumented restaurant workers. The meals are available for pickup Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2800 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647. to make this happen, Mi Tocaya also needs your help.

The restaurant has teamed up with two nonprofits to make sure that they can scale their operation to fulfill their commitment. They are also asking for donations to make sure they can do what they can to help undocumented restaurant workers.

According to Eater LA, 8 million restaurant workers have been laid off since the pandemic started. Some restaurants have had to lay off up to 91 percent of their staff because of Covid, about 10 percent of those are undocumented. In the cities, that number is as high as 40 percent of the laid-off restaurant staff are undocumented.

“People don’t want to talk about the undocumented workforce, but they’re part of our daily routine in most restaurants,” Jackson Flores, who manages the operations of Mi Tocaya, said in a statement. “They are in the toughest position in the whole economy because they’re an invisible part of it. Restaurant worker advocacy groups have added the creation of relief funds to their agendas, but there have yet to be long-term changes in protections for undocumented workers. Without access to unemployment benefits and other government resources, this group is especially vulnerable.”

READ: Hands-Free Cholula Dispensers Have Become a Thing In Restaurants Because of COVID-19

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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New Netflix Docuseries Explores The Summer The Night Stalker Terrorized Los Angeles

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Richard Ramirez, a.k.a. The Night Stalker, spent the summer of 1985 terrorizing Los Angeles. Ramirez murdered 13 people during his reign of terror in Southern California. Netflix’s new docuseries is exploring the crime by interviewing law enforcement and family of the victims.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial” killer is now streaming on Netflix.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is the latest Netflix docuseries diving into the true crimes that have shaped American society. Richard Ramirez is one of the most prolific serial killers of all time and single-handedly terrorized Los Angeles during the summer of 1985.

Ramirez fundamentally changed Los Angeles and the people who live there. The serial killer was an opportunistic killer. He would break into homes using unlocked doors and opened windows. Once inside, he would rape, murder, rob, and assault the people inside the home.

The documentary series explores just how Ramirez was able to keep law enforcement at bay for so long. The killer did not have a standard modus operandi. His victims ran the gamut of gender, age, and race. There was no indicator as to who could be next. He also rarely used the same weapon when killing his victims. Some people were stabbed to death while others were strangled and others still were bludgeoned.

While not the first telling of Ramirez’s story, it is the most terrifying account to date.

“Victims ranged in age from 6 to 82,” director Tiller Russell told PEOPLE. “Men, women, and children. The murder weapons were wildly different. There were guns, knives, hammers, and tire irons. There was this sort of feeling that whoever you were, that anybody could be a victim and anybody could be next.”

Family members of the various victims speak in the documentary series about learning of the horror committed to them. People remember grandparents and neighbors killed by Ramirez. All the while, police followed every lead to make sure they left no stone unturned.

“Night Stalker: The Hunt For a Serial Killer” is now streaming on Netflix.

READ: Here’s How An East LA Neighborhood Brought Down One Of America’s Most Notorious Serial Killers

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