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Southern California Taco Tour

Southern California Taco Tour

Enjoy the tastiest tacos SoCal has to offer on this two-day journey from Los Angeles to just north of the border

Start:Cielito Lindo - East L.A.
End:Tacos El Gordo - Chula Vista
2 - 3Days,12Stops,176Miles
Cielito Lindo - East L.A.
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Tito's Tacos - Culver City
José Mandojana
El Torazo Mexican Food - Long Beach
José Mandojana
South Coast Collection
Pascal Shirley
Taco Maria - Costa Mesa
Courtesy of Anne Watson/Taco Maria
Original Taco Bell - Irvine
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Hilton Garden Inn Irvine Spectrum Lake Forest
Courtesy Hilton
Miramar Fish Tacos - Oceanside
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Roberto's Mexican Food - Del Mar
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Lucha Libre - San Diego
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Curio Carte Hotel San Diego Downtown
Courtesy Hilton
Tacos El Gordo - Chula Vista
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Stop 1

Cielito Lindo - East L.A.

E-23 Olvera St, Los Angeles

For nearly 100 years, the humble taco has captured America’s hearts—and many historians trace its California roots to Cielito Lindo in East Los Angeles. This tiny stand, which opens at 9 a.m., has been serving rolled tacos smothered in avocado sauce since 1934. Not much has changed since Aurora Guerrero introduced the flavors of her native Zacatecas to Olvera Street. The shop now has running water—for years the family cooked at home and carried the tortillas in by trolley each morning. But