Best-of Guides Inglewood

LA's Best Tacos

8 Restaurants
San Diego denizens will argue that they have California's best tacos, but Angelenos aren't hurting for places to go. Tuck into street-taco classics like beer-battered cod and cochinita pibil and upmarket vegetarian options like cauliflower al pastor.
Updated on 23 April 2024
2100 E. Cesar E. Chavez Ave., 90033 Boyle Heights
$ · Mexican

This clean, airy and family-owned spot is open all day, so pop in when the mood strikes to sample their daily specials. Consult the chalkboards for the latest update, then snag a seat at one of the few tables with a view of the grill. Cochinita pibil, shredded pork with sweet achiote spice and creamy black beans, is the very picture of comfort, especially when bested by the warm and toasty tortillas, made in-house, naturally.

Guerrilla Tacos
2000 E. 7th St., 90021 Los Angeles
$$$ · Mexican

Almost everything on the menu here is worthy—from fish tacos with chipotle créma to taquitos stuffed with all the fixings in a baked potato. For a more unusual bite, try the pan-fried potato taquitos with avocado, tomatillo salsa, cotija, and chives; tailed by scallop aguachile with strawberry-morrita oil and serrano.

3014 W. Olympic Blvd., 90006 Los Angeles
$$$ · Mexican

This distinct Oaxacan eatery knows exactly what its culinary mission is. A grill station fills the room with the scent of blistering peppers and more. Mole estofado is so complex that it is nearly impossible to pick out the ingredients creating such a rich and dark sauce, slathered onto chicken or pork. Everyone gets a taste of mole coloradito, drizzled over gratis chips.

Bee Taqueria
5754 W. Adams Blvd., 90016 Los Angeles
$$ · Mexican

This is a simple but sweet setting, with a string of café lights, handful of covered tables, as well as an open-air courtyard outfitted with picnic tables and a blazing fire pit. Tacos, ceviche and tostadas reign supreme on the menu, which draws culinary inspiration from the chef's childhood in Mexico City. Don’t miss the special tender chicken tacos—starring red mole made from bougainvillea and garnished with purple spinach and shaved red onion. 

Amor y Tacos
13333 South St., 90703 Cerritos
$$ · Mexican

Chef Thomas Ortega fuses his specific style of the city’s Mexican cuisine, like handmade tortillas and spicy salsas, with an American twist. Look for that Coca-Cola glaze on his pork belly or the sprinkle of Doritos on chilaquiles, not to mention such luxurious accents as truffles. It’s hard to miss with any of Chef Ortega's tacos, which range from crisp beer-battered cod with smoky salsa de arbol to tender, charred al pastor.

La Azteca
4538 E. Cesar E Chavez Ave., 90022 Los Angeles
$ · Mexican

La Azteca is an easy restaurant to find. Just look for the line of people snaking out of its front door. Flour tortillas are made in-house every day in full view of the dining room and boast a kind of richness and chew that others don’t. Take your pick from four options: carne asada, carnitas, chicharron, or the veg option, cactus with pico de gallo. 

3544 W. Imperial Hwy., 90303 Inglewood
$$ · Mexican

The large and enclosed back patio here is the place to be—pleasantly green and breezy with ceiling fans, hanging plants and potted palms. It's the perfect setting for relishing the kitchen’s Nayarit-style cooking that showcases shrimp and fish—the three taco options (fried fish, smoked marlin, and shrimp with sautéed vegetables). 

Rocio's Mexican Kitchen
7891 Garfield Ave., 90201 Bell Gardens
$ · Mexican

Hanging on the wall of this stamp of an establishment is a T-shirt that reads, “Better than your grandmother’s mole.” If you aren’t Mexican, the slogan definitely holds true, but if you are it probably still holds true. Taco options are asada, chicken, cochinita pibil, or vegan (corn, chile poblano, and zucchini flower).