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Free Range LA and East Borough Present: Chino de Mayo 2014 – Los Angeles, CA

What do you get when you cross one of the city's best fried chicken purveyors with a Vietnamese restaurant on a Mexican-American holiday? Chino de Mayo, of course. The collaboration between Free Range LA, East Borough and The HundredsXTapatio was in full effect Monday night with a constant wait for tables and a packed bar area of hungry cool guys and girls eager to indulge in the evening's special menu.
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Guerrilla Tacos [3] – Los Angeles, CA (Downtown)

In a perfect world I'd be eating Guerrilla Tacos once or twice a week, especially since the menu changes so frequently depending on what seasonal produce Chef Wes Aviles has at his disposal. But given their hours and location in relation to my own schedule I'm forced to play the waiting game for an opportunity to fight through downtown traffic in order to get to the Arts District.
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Carnitas’ Snack Shack – San Diego, CA

What's not to love about a restaurant where carnitas aren't just one of the best items on the menu, but the name of the pet mini pig belonging to owners Chef Hanis Cavin and Sara Stroud. The pair opened Carnitas' Snack Shack in 2011 in San Diego's North Park, quickly becoming a neighborhood fixture and all around must visit destination for serious eaters.
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Guerrilla Tacos [2] – Los Angeles, CA (Downtown)

The best tacos I ate in 2013 were from Wes Aviles' Guerrilla Tacos - one featuring crispy pork belly with pluot and pistachio relish, the other a vegetarian delight of fava beans and sauteed kale topped with a fried egg - that changed my view on the culinary potential of the typically cheap and to-the-point street treats.
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Los Cinco Puntos – Los Angeles, CA (Boyle Heights)

First and foremost, Los Cinco Puntos is a carniceria, or butcher shop, that has been serving the East Los Angeles community for well over forty years. Once inside, your senses are greeted by the sight of the steamy glass display cases showcasing every imaginable cut of meat, as well as the smell of homemade tortillas being heated to order.
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Mariscos Jalisco – Los Angeles, CA (Boyle Heights)

For the uninitiated, the thought of eating seafood served from a taco truck can be downright frightening. But refer to any list of Los Angeles' best tacos and you are guaranteed to see the name Mariscos Jalisco listed somewhere in the top 10.
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Tacqueria los Anaya – Los Angeles, CA

Every neighborhood seems to have its own family-run Mexican spot like Tacqueria los Anaya, but few that I've come across can match the same familial atmosphere and quality of cooking. Open since March of last year, the three brothers in charge clearly know what they're doing in the kitchen, while the front of the house ensures first-timers become regulars as much for the food as the friendly and attentive service.
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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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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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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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