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dineL.A. Taco Trek

09/17/2018

L.A. Taco

Embark on a self-guided journey with dineL.A.’s Taco Trek and find the simplest of pleasures: the taco, embodying years of tradition and families of flavor in a tortilla dripping green or red salsa. Meet the makers of food culture in Los Angeles, while taking a tasty tour of the city we call home.

Varieties from different nations, regions, and continents all on one map. Some are stands, some are trucks, some are carts. Some are cash only. All make up the experience of a life in L.A.

Start here for a taste of taco history. 25 signature tacos we know you have to try. Street tacos. Hard Shell. Breakfast. Sit on the curb, grab a booth or make a reservation. These are the 25 best taco experiences to be had right now, and it’ll put you on the path to many more culinary adventures. Have fun!

Made-to-order guacamole at Bar Amá

Dip Into the Top 5 Guacamole in L.A.

08/02/2018

Katherine Spiers

There’s no shortage of great guacamole in Los Angeles, a city blessed to contain some of the best Mexican food on the planet, in a state that grows a fair percentage of the world’s avocados. This most perfect snack (and the most-consumed item on Super Bowl Day) has ancient roots, as avocados have been cultivated in Central America for thousands of years and there’s record of the fruit being smashed together with other ingredients in a molcajete by the Aztecs. People might disagree about what other ingredients are necessary - onions? Garlic? Tomatoes? Lemon? - but everyone knows that at its base, guacamole is one of the world’s best dishes. Here are five restaurants in L.A. County doing excellent renditions of it.

Pastelaso El Guero at Mariscos El Bigotón

The Top 5 Dishes in East Los Angeles

07/31/2018

Joshua Lurie

East L.A. has a storied and complicated history that started well before Spanish settlement from Gaspar de Portolà in the 1700s. The area is now a center for Latino culture in L.A., particularly for Mexican Americans. Discover five of the best dishes in this vibrant community that lives between Boyle Heights and Montebello/Monterey Park.

Torta Oaxaquena at Tlayuda L.A.

Top 10 Tortas in Los Angeles

09/17/2017

Joshua Lurie

Just like the taco, which takes many different forms, the torta covers a range of Mexican sandwich styles. As with all sandwiches, breads and fillings vary, but tortas adhere to uniquely Mexican traditions. Some of L.A.’s best versions are based on tortas from states like Jalisco, Oaxaca, and Puebla, plus Mexico City (aka Distrito Federal). Discover 10 of the best, most satisfying tortas in Los Angeles, listed in alphabetical order.

Guacamole en molcajete at Rosa Mexicano

The Best Guacamole in Los Angeles

11/07/2015

Joshua Lurie

Guacamole originated centuries ago during the Aztec Empire, when people first called this creation ahuacamolli, named for the Nahuatl words ahuacatl (avocado) and mulli (sauce). The first written record of this glorious avocado dip, which is traditionally crafted in a molcajete, was in 1518 in Europe. Incredibly, the core recipe has stayed pretty similar for the past 500 years, with tomatoes, onions, chiles and cilantro often still forming the backbone, though now you may find flourishes like lobster, bacon and fruit. Learn about 11 of our favorite places to enjoy guacamole in L.A. County.

Ribeye at EsCaLA

The Best Non-Korean Restaurants in Koreatown

03/04/2015

Joshua Lurie

By now, it should be clear that Koreatown features the most compelling collection of Korean restaurants outside of the motherland. However, people may not know that restaurateurs carrying flags for other cuisines are flocking to the neighborhood. Learn about some of the best non-Korean dining options in Koreatown.

Seafood paella at smoke.oil.salt.

Around the World in 21 Los Angeles Dishes

03/02/2015

Discover Los Angeles

Generations of immigrants from around the world have come to Los Angeles from overseas and throughout the Americas to pursue their dreams. L.A. is truly a global metropolis because of its rich diversity. Locals and visitors alike can experience a virtual United Nations of cuisines without ever leaving the City of Angels. Leave your passport at home and start your culinary journey around the world in 21 Los Angeles dishes.

Lengua burrito at Taqueria Los Anaya

The Best Burritos in Los Angeles

02/15/2015

Joshua Lurie

The burrito, a beloved Mexican food item featuring a flour tortilla and a range of fillings, has origins in northern Mexico, with most people pointing toward the border town of Ciudad Juárez. Now, some of the most famous burritos are rooted in California. For instance, Mission burritos in San Francisco can be massive, and in San Diego the California burrito is known to contain French fries. In Los Angeles, we’re not bound by any particular traditions, so you’ll find a far larger variety, including many Asian fillings. L.A.’s most famous burrito may belong to Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Café in Boyle Heights, which holds the distinction of serving burritos the size of small schnauzers. However, you’ll probably enjoy these 10 standout burritos even more.

Tamal at La Luz Del Dia

The Best Tamales in Los Angeles

12/04/2014

Javier Cabral

For many Mexican and Central American families, a feast of tamales on Christmas Eve is as essential as dining on turkey for Thanksgiving. It’s not just about eating the tamales, but also about the bonding experience, since the process of making tamales is long and laborious. Family members take turns applying the seasoned nixtamalized maize paste - historically credited as one of civilization’s earliest forms of processing a food - on dozens of softened corn husks or banana leaves. Fortunately for Angelenos, there’s a plethora of restaurants that specialize in making tamales almost as good as mamá's for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. If there’s one thing you should count on unwrapping for Christmas in L.A., it’s a tamal.

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