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Someone Thought It Was A Good Idea To Open A Narco-Taqueria

Drug lords are EVERYWHERE these days. Not only do they make headlines on the news, they’re immortalized on narcocorridos, and their stories are told on telenovelas like “El Señor de Los Cielos” and TV shows like Netflix’s “Narcos.”


Now, a taco shop just outside of Los Angeles is bringing even more notoriety to narcos, with a side of salsa roja.

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Tacos Los Desvelados, which roughly translates to “The Insomniac Tacos,” has a chalkboard menu featuring a who’s who of the narco world.

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You don’t order carne asada burritos here — no, at this narco-themed taqueria, it’s all about the burrito de Pablo Escobar or tacos de El Chapito Guzman (they’re mini tacos). Oh, there’s also a taco dedicated to the most famous woman in the drug trading business: Sandra Avila Beltran, a.k.a. La Reina del Pacifico.


If burritos and tacos aren’t your thing, there are the Nachos Coronel, named after the late Sinaloa Cartel boss Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel Villareal.

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Besides its narco-themed eats, Tacos Los Desvelados’ biggest attraction (or eye sore, depending on who you ask) had been a shrine dedicated to El Chapo.

Framed photos, a candle and a terra cotta statue of Jesus Malvarde (the patron saint of drug smugglers) welcomed visitors to the establishment. The owner eventually took down the shrine — it was made by a customer — because too many onlookers were huddling around it, according to the Los Angeles Times.


The Chapo shrine may be gone, but you can still find him on tabletops…

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You’ll also find Scarface…

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And Pablo Escobar, who appears on fake blood-stained tabletops and several posters that line the walls of the taqueria.


They’ve even got the endorsement of narcocorrido singer El Komander:

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The mastermind behind these cartel creations is Fabricio Ramirez, a Mexican immigrant who moved to the U.S. with dreams of becoming a doctor.

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He eventually made a living in the U.S. as a musician, producing both music and concerts in the States and Mexico.

He opened the restaurant last year in October and has already received attention from a variety of media outlets in English and Spanish, including “El Gordo y La Flaca.” How are the tacos? Not bad, it seems: Tacos Los Desvelados currently holds a four-star rating on Yelp.


Ramirez appears to believe he’s just giving people what they want.

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“We have narco-corridos, so why not narco-tacos?” Ramirez told the Los Angeles Times.

For those of you who want to take a step inside the narco world without having to go to the dark side (or build your own escape tunnel El Chapo-style), take a trip to this taqueria that is tucked unassumingly between a tax preparation office and a doughnut shop.


Are you going to eat tacos at this narco-themed taqueria? Let your friends know! 

READ: Tacos Saved This Man From Committing Suicide

Wands Were Raised At Universal Orlando Resorts In Memory Of Pulse Shooting Victim Luis Vielma

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Wands Were Raised At Universal Orlando Resorts In Memory Of Pulse Shooting Victim Luis Vielma

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Luis Vielma got the most magical send off.

Luis Vielma, 22, was one of the 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. More than that, he was one of the people that made Harry Potter fans smile when they visited the Forbidden Journey ride at The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resorts. On June 14, co-workers, guests and Universal Orlando Resorts employees gave Vielma a memorial send off fit for a true wizard. Just like what happens in the stories of Harry Potter, wands were raised near the Hogwarts castle as saddened friends remembered the young man that made countless Harry Potter fans so grateful. Since the the news broke of Vielma’s death on June 12, Harry Potter fans and those who worked on the stories have offered an outpour of condolences.

“Tonight we remember a team member, a brother, a son, a friend,” one woman told the crowd. “Tonight we remember someone that created a type of magic that we can never replace.”

Vielma, known as Luisito to his closest friends, was a student at Seminole State College to become an emergency medical technician. But on the day of the memorial at the amusement park, Vielma was remembered not as gay, Latino or even a student. Instead, he was revered as “one of the bravest and best Gryffindors the world has ever known.” After the raising of the wands, mourners gathered in a circle with wands laid in a circle and remembered their fallen comrade.

The very day that Vielma’s name was released as a victim, author J.K. Rowling took to Twitter in grief.

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As Albus Dumbledore said, “Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love.”

You are very missed, Luis. R.I.P. young Gryffindor.

READ: He Survived The Shooting In Orlando And He Is Now Telling His Story

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