Where to Eat for National Taco Day Around LA

By Lesley Balla  |  October 4, 2013
Credit: Ricky's Fish Tacos/Lesley Balla

In our world, every day is National Taco Day. Throw a tortilla in any direction and you'll hit a taco truck, taqueria or chef serving a haute taco anywhere in LA, which makes this one of the luckiest cities in the country, especially on a day like today. Whether you crave great al pastor, the shrimp taco dorados of Marisco Jalisco, carne asada tacos (or vampiros) at Mexicali Taco Co., a sampler of mini tacos at Guisados, cochinita pibil at Loteria Grill, mind-blowing tacos at Guerrila Taco, perfectly fried shrimp or fish tacos at Ricky's Fish Tacos (or any fish tacos, for that matter), or unique tacos with kimchi, duck or Maine lobster, you're covered. Need more reason to celebrate? Here are a few specials around town today. 

Petty Cash
Get one taco of your choice paired with a Modena beer on draft for a special $8 at Walter Manzke’s popular Beverly Boulevard spot. Might we suggest the charcoal-grilled octopus tacos with peanuts and chile de arbol, or carne asada with refried beans?

Frida Tacos
Get two-for-one tacos at the Melrose, Westside Pavilion and Brentwood locations all day today. Choose from soft tacos with your choice of meat, onion and cilantro, crispy with meat, beans, cheese and sour cream, or lettuce-cup tacos with your choice of filling. 

The Hudson
Today only you can get a three-taco platter for $15 at the West Hollywood spot - the short rib taco with chipotle crema; jicama with blackened ahi tuna and wasabi cream; and grilled or fried fish with cabbage and pico de gallo.

The Oaks Gourmet Market
It’s taco night tonight beginning at 6 PM, which means you can get two tacos for $9 or three for $12, and before you start complaining about the price, know they’re larger than most. Fillings include spicy Peruvian chicken with aji sauce and crispy potatoes; slow-roasted masala lamb with chickpeas; jerk-spiced roasted shrimp; roast pork with pineapple; faux beef and potato; and citrus-ginger short ribs.