5 places to try ‘white boy’ tacos in LA

Dozens of food companies are dubbing Tuesday, October 4, “National Taco Day.” Since we don't miss an excuse to talk tacos, we invited LA Weekly food writer Garrett Snyder to the station to share his shortlist of LA's best gringo taco spots.

Do not be surprised if you see more people than usual stuffing their faces with tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Tuesday, October 4. That’s because dozens of food companies are dubbing it “National Taco Day.” Here at Good Food, not a day goes by that we don’t get an email celebrating some national foodie holiday. Since we’re always on the lookout for any excuse to talk tacos though, we invited LA Weekly food writer Garrett Snyder to the station to enlighten us on a very specific kind of taco: the gringo — ahem, “white boy” — taco. Check out the article Snyder wrote about the best gringo tacos in LA and scroll down to see tacos from the five spots in LA that made his list.

TITO’S TACOS (CULVER CITY)

For $2.85, you can order a Tito's Taco with shredded beef, grated cheddar cheese and sliced iceberg lettuce in a freshly cooked corn taco shell. <em>(Photo by <a href="https://www.instagram.com/secretstan/">Stan Lee</a>)</em>
For $2.85, you can order a Tito’s Taco with shredded beef, grated cheddar cheese and sliced iceberg lettuce in a freshly fried corn taco shell. (Photo by Stan Lee)

Tito’s Tacos: 11222 Washington Place, Culver City, Los Angeles, CA 90230 | (310) 391-5780

TACO FIESTA (MOUNT WASHINGTON)

The ground beef tacos at Taco Fiesta feature thick tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese and lettuce. <em>(Photo by Garrett Snyder)</em>
The $2 ground beef tacos from Taco Fiesta feature thick slices of tomato, shredded cheddar cheese and strips of iceberg lettuce. (Photo by Garrett Snyder)

Taco Fiesta: 4501 North Figueroa Street, Mount Washington, CA 90065 | (323) 223-5478

HENRY’S TACOS (STUDIO CITY)

At Henry's the tacos have fresh shells that contain sharp cheddar cheese, juicy beef wonderfully and tart, smoky hot sauce that is made in-house. <em>(Photo by Garrett Snyder)</em>
At Henry’s, these fresh taco shells contain sharp cheddar cheese, juicy beef and lettuce for $2.75 a pop. Douse them with tart, smoky hot sauce that is made in-house. (Photo by Garrett Snyder)

Henry’s Tacos: 4389 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604 | (818) 769-0343

BOBBY’S PLACE (PASADENA)

At Bobby's Place, skip the Spuderito and opt for a taco instead. The tomatoes are sliced thin but the meat is zesty. One taco will run you just $1.89. <em>(Photo by Garrett Snyder)</em>
At Bobby’s Place, skip the Spuderito and opt for a taco instead. The tomatoes are sliced thin but the meat is zesty. One taco will run you just $1.89. (Photo by Garrett Snyder)

Bobby’s Place: 140 North Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101 | (626) 844-3510

TACO LITA (ARCADIA)

The tacos at Taco Lita have "shatteringly crisp" shells, says Snyder, "and the meat is generously seasoned. They also give you almost a million sauce packets." <em>(Photo by Garrett Snyder)</em>
The tacos at Taco Lita come in “shatteringly crisp” shells, says Snyder, “and the meat is generously seasoned. They also give you almost a million sauce packets” for only $2.45. What a steal! (Photo by Garrett Snyder)

Taco Lita: 120 East Duarte Road, Arcadia, CA 91006 | (626) 445-2889

Got a favorite gringo taco spot in LA? Or a strong opinion about hard- versus soft-shell tacos? Do not hold back. Lay it on us in the comments section below.