My 5 Favorite Tacos

Matt Holzman, KCRW Host.

Now I’m not a food connoisseur, but I do know a good taco when I meet one. Here are some of my top picks.

Alameda Swap Meet (44th and Alameda, LA, 90058)

An incredibly festive place and there are so many places to score awesome tacos here, it’s tough to know where to start. The main “restaurant” alone sells so many kinds you’d need a month to try them all (the fried potato tacos are special!) – though most of the “variety” meats (buche, anyone?) don’t appeal to a gavacho like me. They also make fantastic aguas frescas (watermelon is my fave) and sell bags of freshly made churros.

Kogi Tacos (find them at

Don’t miss this trendy Korean (that’s right) taco truck when it rolls into your neighborhood. Their short rib tacos are sweet, spicy and crunchy (it’s the cabbage) and highly addictive…make sure you only have enough money for no more than three or you will regret it. Please learn from my mistakes.

Cactus (many locales, I haunt the stand at 950 Vine Street, 90038)

My old standby. For me, Cactus’ dry carnitas is just right. I cannot tell you why their tacos filled with tiny fried shrimp are so damn satisfying, but they ARE. I do know that their salsa is HOT.

Jack in the Box

Their greasy, deep-fried taco-like things are the greatest late-night-out-drinking food EVER. And no, I have no idea what that substance is inside of them, but I know its delish. I still have a couple of 2-for-99-cents coupons laying around from high school.

Stand on the north side of Olympic between Oxford and San Marino in Koreatown (usually there nights between 7 and 10)

NOTE: Since I wrote this, my little taco angel has disappeared. I hope he’s OK…maybe he’s gracing your street corner!

I don’t know his name, but the little man behind the homemade grill makes a mean carne asada taco. If you get there early enough, he often grills little onions with the meat and he’ll give you a few to go with your tacos. Don’t forget the radishes and pickled Jalapenos…they’re not too spicy.

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