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Mariela’s Tacos – Los Angeles, CA

I've gotten a little lazy with my mission of eating a new taco each week, abandoning the more obscure, out of the way places on my list for nearby, last minute fill-ins. That's exactly how I ended up at Mariela's Tacos on Monday night, needing to fulfill my weekly taco quota without expending much effort.
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Free Range Does Dinner at Golden State – Los Angeles, CA [3]

Free Range has really been hustling as of late, killing the catering game and landing a residency at Coffee Commissary in Burbank, all while consistently drawing the biggest crowd at the Melrose Place Farmer's Market every Sunday morning. Last night marked another success as Free Range teamed up with Golden State Cafe for the third in a series of pop-up dinners at the Fairfax burger-and-a-beer destination.
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Tinga – Los Angeles, CA

How good does a taco have to be, considering both taste and experience, to justify a price nearly four times the "street" value? This was the question I asked myself after my most recent taco mission lead me to Tinga, a "new-wave taqueria," as Jonathan Gold referred to it when it first opened.
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Shin Sen Gumi Yakitori – Gardena, CA

In addition to their top notch ramen, SSG also excels in yakitori which can be found at four of their seven Southern California locations. The original, in Gardena, is regarded by many as one of the top places to chow down on the charcoal-grilled skewers of meat (and a handful of veggies, although those are usually best when wrapped in pork belly).
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Tito’s Tacos – Culver City, CA

Even as a young kid, at no more than eight or nine years old, I wasn't particularly fond of Tito's Tacos. Come to think of it, I didn't really like Mexican food at all when I was younger, but the point is that Tito's did nothing to change my stance. As time when on and and I began to appreciate the realm of tacos and burritos, of relleños and molès and more, I never really returned to the iconic West LA restaurant.
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Beverly Soon Tofu – Los Angeles, CA

Beverly Soon Tofu is the gold standard when it comes to soon tofu in Los Angeles, with over twenty years in operation and claiming to be the first to bring the dish to the city. Situated in the bottom corner of a two-story strip mall, it stands out among all of the other businesses with its red awning and crowds of hungry customers waiting for one of the wooden tables inside to open up.
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Sky’s Gourmet Tacos – Los Angeles, CA

I’ve been eating at Sky’s Gourmet Tacos on and off since I was a high school student at nearby L.A.C.E.S. in the mid-00’s. I had just begun to venture out into the taco expanse of Los Angeles, and Sky’s was one of the first places I came across. Their shrimp tacos instantly had me hooked, especially when the only other competition at the time was my mom’s ground beef and Lawry’s seasoning variety.
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Tacos el Pueblita – Los Angeles, CA

Tacos are easy to come by in Los Angeles, something that I’m reminded of driving around the city on any given night. Everyone has their favorites, but for me, the real fun happens when I discover the places that operate just under the radar, the neighborhood joints that haven’t been overtaken by gringos or discussed and debated on Yelp.
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Asli Cuisine – Inglewood, CA

Chances are if you've ever eaten Ethiopian food in Los Angeles it occurred on the stretch of Fairfax between Pico and Olympic officially known as Little Ethiopia. Restaurants, markets, and colorful shops line both sides of the street as the fragrant aroma of spices seems to follow your car as you pass by.
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