13 Tacos I Ate At Tacolandia

Tacos on tacos on tacos. $40 is a steal when it comes to having all-you-can-eat access to 100 of the best tacos from the top taco vendors in one place. A true taco throw-down where the only loser is the capacity of your stomach. This is Tacolandia.

  • Tip 1: Do your research, and come prepared for Tacolandia. Check L.A. Weekly’s site for the final vendor announcement and strategize.
  • Tip 2: Train for this, and come hungry.
  • Tip 3: Wear stretchy pants or an A-line dress.
  • Tip 4: Get there early.
  • Tip 5: Bring a tray. Seriously.

Taco de mi abuela” (quatro quesos, beef fat frijoles, salsa casera, cilantro flowers, Masienda tortilla): A real love letter from chef Eddie Ruiz of Corazon y Miel to his abuela. Not your nana’s taco!

So…not technically a taco, but tostadas are just fried corn tortillas, right? Half-moon scallop on tostada from Guerrilla Tacos was my f–kin’ favorite. I got in line for a second one.

I was hosting a Snapchat takeover for my homies at Society Culinaria and declared that this amazing taco from Puesto would pull an award, and I was right! Congrats on the People’s Choice Vendy. Crispy melted cheese wrapped around delicious filet mignon.


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One of the few sweet tacos I found. Let’s do better next year! Dulce de leche tacos from La Monarca Bakery.

From the Food and Wine Best New Chef in 2015 and 2016 James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef: West, this is chef Carlos Salgado’s (of Taco Maria) smoked sturgeon taco.

In the middle of eating all these modern taco masterpieces, I craved a traditional taco. Chalios Restaurant threw down on this classic Birria taco.

I’m not really a duck fan (sorry, Pops and Papa), but Cascabel knows what it is doing. This choco duck taco was a good surprise for me, and when was the last time you had a duck taco? Exactly.

I’m an equal-opportunity taco taster, so I sought out veggie tacos, but they were few and far between. Squash blossom tacos from Loteria Grill.

OC favorite Anepalco’s brought out barbacoa short-rib tacos.

I couldn’t remember the ingredients and the restaurant that put out this taco. I did remember that it was good. I’d f–k with it again. After some sleuthing and inquiring, I’m certain that it was the beef bacon with cucumber salsa taco from Mexikosher (middle row, far right).

Grilled Madura chicken satay tacos from Komodo for the fusion crowd.

The Vendy Awards for the best of the best tacos: Here are the Tacolandia 2016 Best Street Taco, Best Traditional Taco, and Best in Taco Innovation winners. Tacos I ate but not pictured in this story: B.S. Taqueria, white boy tacos.


I originally curated this story for Mode.com 


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