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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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You Can Order A ‘Taco Vacuna’ And ‘La Cura’ At This Covid 19-Themed Taqueria

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You Can Order A ‘Taco Vacuna’ And ‘La Cura’ At This Covid 19-Themed Taqueria

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Pandemia. Brote. Vacuna. La Peste. Although you may find these terms in a glossary about the Covid-19 outbreak, that’s not what these words actually refer to. Instead, they’re options on the menu at a Mexican taqueria called “Tacovid: Sabor Viral”, a perhaps surprisingly very successful Coronavirus-themed restaurant.

Although to many having a Covid-themed taqueria may seem morbid or disrespectful or perhaps gross – I mean who wants to order a plague taco? – the taqueria is making light of a very serious situation with humor. Something that several other businesses have done since the pandemic began.

”Tacovid: Sabor Viral” is the Mexican taqueria going viral – pun intended – for its Covid-themed menu.

Ok…virus-themed tacos don’t exactly sound appetizing. Especially, as we’re still in the midst of a very real pandemic. But one 23-year-old man in the Mexican city of León, who was forced to close down his dance studio because of Coronavirus, is counting on a Covid-themed restaurant – and so far he’s been surprised by its success.

Brandon Velázquez converted his dance academy into a taquería at the end of July, and given that Mexico and the rest of the world was – and is – in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic decided to call it Tacovid Sabor Viral.

“I had to close my dance academy during the pandemic [but] then an opportunity arose to return to the same place, however, people still did not go out for fear of getting infected.” he told the newspaper El Universal.

“I had always wanted to open a taqueria and, at the end of July, the opportunity to do so occurred. It was how I took advantage of the moment to create this business with a coronavirus theme,” he added.

Items on the menu are named after – you guessed it – the Coronavirus and don’t sound like anything you’d willfully choose to order.

The young entrepreneur detailed the name of each dish, taking full advantage of the Coronavirus theme.

“We have around 12 different dishes, among them are the ‘Tacovid’; we have ‘Forty’, ‘Quesanitizing’, ‘Pandemic’, ‘Outbreak’, and many others. The price varies depending on the dish you order,” he told El Universal.

In addition to themed dishes, the servers also fit the Coronavirus-theme.

When the pandemic hit Mexico, the government urged Mexicans to observe “su sana distancia” and the now common mascot – Susana Distancia – was born.

“In the restaurant, a waitress dressed as a nurse with the name of ‘Susana’ takes orders and works the tables, referring to the healthy distance campaign that was implemented as a precautionary measure,” he says.

To his surprise – and honestly mine as well – the taqueria has been very successful.

Brandon told El Universal that he’s been pleasantly surprised by the support he has received from customers. “I’m surprised because we have had really good sales, despite the circumstances, we have had a lot of support by the community and we’ve already expanded to have two locations.”

“Customers are funny about the theme we are using in the business, and they are delighted with the dishes we are offering. They enjoy it and have a good time,” added Brandon.

Things are looking so good for Brandon and his Covid-themed taqueria, that he’s looking to expand the food business and add new dishes to the menu. “There is always the idea of new names for other dishes that we want to include in the menu.”

Brandon also said that he’s looking to build out a business model so the restaurant could expand to other parts of the country as a franchise.

Apparently, people are really into Covid-themed foods, as this isn’t the first place that a shop as cashed in on the pandemic. Back in April, a panadería was selling out of Covid-themed baked goods so quickly, they couldn’t keep the shelves stocked.

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Vanessa Bryant’s Lawsuit Over Leaked Photos Of Kobe And Gianna Inspired New Law

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Vanessa Bryant’s Lawsuit Over Leaked Photos Of Kobe And Gianna Inspired New Law

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Updated September 30, 2020.

Soon after basketball player Kobe Bryant was killed in a Jan. 26 helicopter crash alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others, reports surfaced from the Los Angeles Times that L.A. County sheriff’s deputies had captured and shared photos of the accident site. Abominably, these images included pictures of the victims. Worse, deputies allegedly continued to share the photos in the days following the horrific accident that transpired in Calabasas, California.

During a time when she should have been allowed to mourn, Bryant’s wife Vanessa Bryant worked to file a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department alleging violation of privacy.

In response to Bryant’s lawsuit, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill this week to prohibit first responders from taking photographs of deceased victims ″outside of job duties.”

AB 2655 was signed by Newsom on Monday and prohibits first responders from taking photographs, not related to job duties, of deceased victims. According to KCBS, Violation of the law will result in a misdemeanor.

AB 2655 states that “Existing law generally prohibits a reproduction of any kind of photograph of the body, or any portion of the body, of a deceased person, taken by or for the coroner at the scene of death or in the course of a post mortem examination or autopsy, from being made or disseminated. Existing law generally makes a person who views, by means of any instrumentality, including, but not limited to, a camera or mobile phone, the interior of any area in which the occupant has a reasonable expectation of privacy, with the intent to invade the privacy of a person or persons inside, guilty of a misdemeanor. This bill would make it a misdemeanor for a first responder, as defined, who responds to the scene of an accident or crime to capture the photographic image of a deceased person for any purpose other than an official law enforcement purpose or a genuine public interest. By creating a new crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would require an agency that employs first responders to, on January 1, 2021, notify those first responders of the prohibition imposed by the bill. By increasing the duties of local agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.”

The images of the crash site victims occurred despite a personal request from Vanessa Bryant to Sheriff Alex Villanueva on the morning of the crash to request the site be secured for privacy.

This was a legal claim filed against the department in May.

″In reality, however, no fewer than eight sheriff’s deputies were at the scene snapping cell-phone photos of the dead children, parents, and coaches,″ the document filed by Vanessa explained ″As the Department would later admit, there was no investigative purpose for deputies to take pictures at the crash site. Rather, the deputies took photos for their own personal purposes.”

Vanessa Bryant filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

On Jan. 26, a helicopter carrying Kobe and Gianna Bryant, Payton and Sarah Chester, Alyssa, Keri, and John Altobelli, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan crashed in the Calabasas hills. The sudden death devastated those who knew Kobe and the city of Los Angeles that mourned his death for months after.

Vanessa was shocked to hear that the sheriff deputies took photos of her husband’s and daughter’s bodies at the crash site.

“This lawsuit is about accountability and about preventing this disgraceful behavior from happening to other families in the future who have suffered loss,” Vanessa’s attorney, Luis Li, said in a statement. “The department formally refused Mrs. Bryant’s requests for information, saying it was ‘unable to assist’ with any inquiry and had no legal obligation to do so. It’s now for a court to tell the department what its obligations are.”

Bryant sued the department claiming damages for emotional distress, negligence, and invasion of privacy.

Kobe fans are upset with the LACSD and the allegations that the deputies took these photos.

According to TMZ, Sheriff Alex Villanueva knew about the photos taken by eight deputies and shared within the department. They were also shared in the Lost Hills Sheriff’s substation. Sheriff Villanueva told the deputies to delete the photos from their phones and felt confident they did so.

A trainee allegedly shared the photos with a woman in a bar.

A witness to the event said that a trainee took out his phone and showed a woman the photos to impress her. The bartender overheard the conversation and filed an online complaint about the trainee and their behavior with the photos. The trainee showed the woman the photos a few days after the crash leading many to believe that the sheriff’s department was fully aware of the photos.

Kobe fans are standing behind Vanessa as she follows through with her lawsuit.

Reports state that the sheriff’s department told deputies to delete the images to avoid disciplinary action. The coverup is sparking outrage by Kobe fans who are angered that the department did not do enough to protect the dignity and privacy of all of the victims of the crash.

Mitú will update this story as it continues to develop.

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