function OptanonWrapper() { window.dataLayer.push( { event: 'OneTrustGroupsUpdated'} )}Road Trip: Southern California Taco Tour
Get Ready to Play. Take the Quiz!

Road Trip: Southern California Taco Tour

Road Trip: Southern California Taco Tour

Taste your way through some of the best tacos throughout Los Angeles, San Diego, and more
Posted 6 years agoby Jessica Sebor

Does your idea of culinary bliss involve charred meat enveloped in a pillowy tortilla? If so, consider this your roadmap to heaven. Your Southern California journey begins at a stellar food truck in the heart of Los Angeles and snakes down the coast, ending with Tijuana-style tacos just a few miles from the border. Along the way, you will sample handheld delights from famous chefs who have reimagined the form as well as local heroes serving up hot pockets clásico. Start hungry. 

Stop one: Ricky’s Fish Tacos 

Some of the best tacos in the country—think white fish fried to a golden perfection—sit under an overpass in the ultra-hip Los Feliz neighborhood near Griffith Park. Before you go, check @RickysFishTacos on Twitter, as the truck moves occasionally. Distance to next stop: 19 miles  

Tito's Tacos
Stop two: Tito’s Tacos

Head west to Culver City for an Angelino institution dating back to 1957. Forget everything you know about hard-shelled tacos; Tito’s version will make you a crunchy convert. Next stop: 26 miles


Palm Springs Aerial Tram
Stop three: El Torazo Mexican Food

Stick to the classics at this family-run eatery in Long Beach: Try the spicy chorizo or barbacoa. If you have extra room, order the carne asada fries. Next stop: 17 miles

Stop four: Taco María   

Among the high-end boutiques of Costa Mesa’s South Coast Collection, you’ll find Taco María’s inspired gems like black cod with scallion aioli and kumquats. The mad taco scientist? Carlos Salgado, a two-time James Beard semifinalist for Best Chef. Next stop: 56 miles