Cactus is another well known taqueria for los angelenos. It's a small hut on the corner of Vine St and Willoughby in Hollywood. It's open til 3am on the weekends so if you like to get drunk in hollywood and then eat tacos look no further than Cactus. If you are like your humble taco correspondent and you like to stand with the sun at your back on a lazy sunday afternoon and eat your tacos with a rice orchata and let the day slowly melt away you will feel at home at cactus taqueria.
Cactus has a heavy lunch crowd from noon til 1pm from alot of locals as well as workers from the local studios. They do pretty steady business throughout the afternoon but you wont wait anywhere near as long as you will during peak hours . At night they wheel out a salsa cart that contains vegtables such as radishes, marinated carrots and jalapenos and cucumbers as well as a salsa verde and a salsa roja that perfectly compliments their tacos. During the day time you can ask for salsa roja or verde but if you dont specify you will get verde on your tacos. I prefer the verde when I order a burrito but with tacos I go with roja. Sometimes I get crazy and put both verde and roja on my tacos.
al pastor and asada tacos
Cactus has several meats to choose from: carnitas, carne asada, al pastor, lengua, cabeza. The al pastor is tender and melts in your mouth. Try them all my friends. Tacos are only $1 each and if you're out of cash you can pay with your credit card.
While I was eating my tacos a homeless man tried to sell me a dirty lord of the rings mug. I dont know much about lord of the rings but this homeless dude knew quite a bit. He named all the characters on the mug to try to persuade me to buy it. I wasn't going for it though, I saw him pick it up off the ground in the parking lot before I ordered my tacos.
Four tacos out of five for Cactus Taqueria's al pastor tacos
Cactus Taqueria is at 950 Vine St, Hollywood 90038