Los Cinco Puntos is a neighborhood carniceria named after the five points intersection of Cesar Chavez Blvd, Lorena Blvd, and Indiana st. Everyone knows and loves it. It's an East LA institution.
During the winter holidays Los Cinco Puntos sells a lot of masa and tamales. People line up out the door and go crazy for the tamales and orders are placed weeks in advance.
You can order meats by the lb and tortillas by the dozen or you can order single items prepared such as burritos, tacos and tortas. I ordered a couple of tacos(carnitas and asada) and noticed a pig nose in one of the cases of pork. I wanted to just ask for the pig nose in my taco. It wasn't a full snout, just the end of the nose. I should have asked for carnitas con el nariz de puerco.
The tortillas at 5 puntos are homemade and made right behind the counter on a large flat grill. After your tortillas are grilled they are topped with meats and then your choice of salsa. They had a pico de gallo, a guacamole salsa, and a salsa roja as well as nopales(cactus).
The tortillas were thick but not too doughie, instead they were fluffy,soft and perfect.They had griddled marks yet folded perfectly and held all the meat, and juice and salsa and nopales together. The carnitas was salted and juicy and the asada charred and spiced. What amazing tacos!
I sat on the hood of my car and went at it taking big bites and chugging down my lime jarritos. The roja had a chile guajillo taste to it and just the right amount of kick. What made these tacos was the fresh thick gordita style tortilla and how it held in all the juices from the meats and the salsa. Sabroso!
Tacos are $1.85 and worth every penny. My only regret(aside from not asking for the pig nose) is that I didn't buy some homemade tortillas and tortilla chips to take home.
3300 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90063