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Food trucks are now serving everything from barbecue ribs to gourmet ice cream sandwiches to grilled cheese, but nothing says Los Angeles like a classic taco truck. Most of the authentic ones operate miles from the beaches, Beverly Hills and the so-called Westside, so think of it as a culinary adventure and a cultural lesson to venture east of Fairfax for once. Most trucks fire up after 8 p.m. and stay open until after last call. It would be difficult to find tastier eats for just $1.
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1342 North Alvarado Street, Los Angeles (at Montana Avenue). Located in front of Vons supermarket. Tacos $1.
This all-female-owned-and- operated Echo Park truck has a loyal following among Silver Lake hipsters and local Latinos. Owner Veronica Rodriguez and her daughters serve up mouth-watering, palm-sized bites.
1013 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles (at Olympic Boulevard). Tacos $1.
This is one of the few centrally located trucks (it’s practically on the Westside), so there are usually lines starting at about 9:30, but they move fast.
1174 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles (at Lexington Avenue). Tacos $1.25.
There are two trucks that park on this East Hollywood lot, Mi Teresita and El Matador, which is on the north side. The tortillas here are superfresh and soft.
El Taquito Mexicano
467 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena. Located in the Nishizawa Auto parking lot. Tacos $1.25.
Normally beef and pork are more popular choices at taco trucks, but this Pasadena mainstay boasts free-range organic chicken tacos free of fatty bits.
Tacos El Gallito
400 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena. Tacos $1.25.
This truck with the bright purple awning is about half a block away from El Taquito Mexicano, but seems to cater more to the post-bar party crowd.
At the corner of York Boulevard and Avenue 53, Highland Park. Tacos $1.25.
Just south of Pasadena, off the 2 or the 110 freeways. It features some of the best authentic Mexican food in Highland Park. The carne asada taco is the perfect combination of juicy, salty and spicy.