Saturday, December 30, 2006

Best of 2006

Tacos La Fonda trifecta - carnitas, asada, al pastor

Well my friends another year is behind us. It's almost 2007. I can't believe it. Where have the years gone? What have I done with my life? Well enough of the self pity it's time for the best of 06. I've just asked myself and the votes are in! it's a sweep by tacos el korita! Best taco truck! , best pastor!, best carnitas!, best salsa roja! Best carne asada? Almost! but that award goes to La Taquiza.

Holy crap you say.."Bandini how much does tacos El Korita pay you?...are you on the take?" No! I'm not on the take and I'm insulted by the accusation. I just love this taco truck! I'm not sure if it's the tortillas hechas a mano or the spicy king taco inspired salsas (roja and verde) or the the crunchy seasoned carnitas or the way the grumpy taquero treats me. There is just something about Tacos El Korita that brings me back to the taco mecca that is east olympic blvd where the 710 and 5 cross in east LA.

so without further ado..the second annual taco awards.(can someone come up with a good name for these?)

Image hosted by Photobucket.comBest Taco Truck-Tacos El Korita (2005 winner El Matador)
in a perfect world El Korita and El Matador park next to each other for the great taco face-off.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comBest TaqueriaCarnitas Michoacan (2005 winner King Taco)
the dark salsa is is the charred asada and al pastor. I havn't even tried the carnitas yet.This was a close call with La Taquiza but the salsa was the deciding factor.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comBest Carne Asada La Taquiza(2005 winner El Parian)
char grilled flank steak with the taste of the grill in every bite on top of tortillas hechas a mano

Image hosted by Photobucket.comBest Al Pastor-Tacos El Korita(2005 winner Outlaw taco cart)
cut from the vertical spit, charred at the tips, moist in the middle and delicious seasoning.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comBest Carnitas-Tacos El Korita(2005 winner Casa Diaz)
crunchy seasoned carnitas topped with an amazing salsa verde

Image hosted by Photobucket.comBest Cabeza-Tacos Chatos
very soft beef(cow cheek)with a tasty avocado sauce. If you've held out on trying cabeza this is the place to try.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comBest Suadero-Tacos Jeesy's
the soft tender strips of rib meat melt on your tongue and will change the way you view suadero

Image hosted by Photobucket.comBest Salsa Roja-Tacos El Korita
brings the heat without overwhelming the rest of the taco. A spicy chile mixture that reminds one of King Taco's famous salsa roja

Image hosted by Photobucket.comBest Salsa Verde=Garcia Bros
serrano pepper mixture with a hint of avocado.This spicy salsa will burn your tonque if you aren't careful. Have a cold beverage handy.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comBest Tortillas- Tacos La Fonda
Tough call, could have gone La Taquiza here. Both make excellent tortillas hechas a mano.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comBest Valley Taco Truck- Tacos La Fonda
excellent homemade tortillas, the salsa is smokey and spicy and the meats are skillfully prepared

Image hosted by Photobucket.comBest Westside Taco Truck- Rudy's Tacos
when these are on they are on. Pastor is saucy and oniony, asada finely chopped. Avoid getting them to go since they don't take well to being stacked in tin foil.

Image hosted by Photobucket.comBest Westside Taqueria-El Super Taco(2005 winner Tacos Por Favor)
El Super Taco is quickly becoming my favorite local. I still need to try the ensenada style fish tacos

Image hosted by Photobucket.comBest condiment - crisp onions from Tacos La Fonda (2005 winner marinated carrots Taqueria Estilo Mexico)
yeah I'm a TLF fan boy. Dip these little bad boys in the salsa roja and chug down a bottle of jarritos.

Thanks for all your recommendations and for those I havn't gotten to yet 2007 looks to be another good taco year. I've added a new poll for taco trucks. I've tried to include some from each neighborhood and some of the most recommended trucks. The winner at the end of 2007 will win the Peoples Choice Award which is really the most important award anyway. Because who am I? I'm just one man, your humble taco correspondent and unofficial taco laureate of Los Angeles.

Happy New Year, drive safely and don't forget to tip your local taco truck.


  1. Thank you, Bandini for making our taco world a better place. Happy New Year!

    L.A. "Knit Gal"

  2. And in accordance with this season, I am making my haj(sp) to the taco mecca next weekend!

    Happy New Year!

    A job well-done! . . . get it?

    well done . . like cooking meat . . .

    ah, forget it.

  3. Man, please try to make it down to Long Beach next leas the South Bay!

  4. You could call the awards...

    The HAMs (for Hecha A Mano).

    And I swear this has nothing to do with "Ham" being in my URL. Swear! LOL

    Happy New Year!

  5. Wow...if you say the pastors at Tacos El Korita are tops, even better than La Taquiza...dang...I'm there. Thanks Bandini for a great year of taco hunting!

  6. Obviously you've never been to Chano's for the best carne asade soft tacos... IN THE WORLD!

    Check it out - 3000 Figueroa just North of USC.

  7. Obviously you've never been to Chano's for the best carne asada soft tacos... IN THE WORLD!

    Check it out - 3000 Figueroa just North of USC.

  8. steen,

    the hams haha..good one..


    obviously I have! check the sidebar

  9. can you even THINK of leaving off Rincon Taurino for some distinction or another??? Rincon Taurino owns, man. And the best thing of all is I can just stroll a couple of blocks down and I AM THERE.

    Rincon Taurino tacos de carnitas FOR THE WIN.

  10. michelle,

    yeah rincon does rule. But this was best of 2006 and I went to Rincon in 2005.

    I should get back to rincon this year cuz I think I left them out of my best of 05.

  11. Obviously you've never been to Chano's for the best carne asade soft tacos... IN THE WORLD!

    Check it out - 3000 Figueroa just North of USC.

  12. Congratulations on your big mention in The Times yesterday! It is well deserved! Your blog is very funny and entertaining, and makes me wish I ate at taco trucks more often:) Still on the hunt for your rhubarb treat, but I will keep you posted!,1,1889083.story


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