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Let’s face it: Angeleno’s love our Mexican food. So, when it comes to celebrating National Taco Day, we don’t take this foodie holiday lightly. Check out these top spots if you’re looking for something extra special.
The Raymond 1886
1250 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
On National Taco Day, there is no place like The Raymond 1886 in sunny Pasadena. This foodie holiday will be celebrated with Executive Chef Tim Guiltinan’s Suckling Pig Tacos Al Pastor with pineapple, avocado and salsa roja served all day long. Make sure to pair these delicious tacos with any one of 1886 Bar’s mezcal creations like the The Chic Marigold with El Silencio Mezcal Espadin, Siete Luegas Reposado, Calle 23 Plata, Peach Massenez, Pipet Habanero Shrub Bitters, Cynar 70, Lime syrup and a habanero chip garnish, and you have officially rung in the holiday right!
SOL Cocina Playa Vista
12775 Millennium Dr
Playa Vista, CA 90094
There is no shortage of tacos at SOL Cocina Playa Vista on National Taco Day this year! In fact, there are 14 traditional specialty tacos on the menu to be exact, with something for everyone. Bite into the succulent Short Rib Taco topped with red chile salsa, a fire-spiced Viper Taco with grilled chicken, melted cheese and ghost chile, as well as three vegetarian options, including a Spice-Roasted Butternut Squash with crispy onions, roasted green chile salsa and red pepper salsa. Bring the best of land and sea together in one tortilla with the Filet & Shrimp ‘El Jefe’ which includes grilled Angus filet, two agave-chile shrimp, melted cheese and sliced avocado. Get bang for your buck with duck and devour the one-of-a-kind ‘Canarditas’ Duck, a deep-fried duck leg confit served with corn tortillas and accompaniments of tequila-laced blackberry Serrano salsa Envinada, avocado, cilantro and onion. Juicy bite-sized shrimp are offered three different ways, highlighted in the Shrimp Taco Dorado with chipotle-garlic shrimp, Jack cheese, mango salsa, guacamole and cilantro and the Fish Taco Gobernador with garlic sautéed wild-caught fish topped with cheese, salsa Gobernador, avocado and onion. Be ready on National Taco Day as SOL Cocina Playa Vista will be hosting a special Happy Hour from 3pm to 6with tacos on offer like the Lemon Mezcal Grilled Chicken Street Tacos and the Pork Carnitas Street Tacos for just $4.50 (two per order).
2538 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
To celebrate National Taco Day, head to Hyperion Public where they will be serving special tacos that are extra delicious in both their Silver Lake and Studio City locations. Order the Crispy Shrimp Tacos with beer battered shrimp, chipotle crema, pico de gallo slaw and lime juice wrapped to perfection in soft corn torillas. These tacos come three to an order, so make sure to get two so you do not have to share. Make sure to pair these tacos with the Hot Mezcal with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, Angostura aromatic bitters, habanero tincture and lime juice. Olé!
6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Whether you visit the orignal Loteria Grill at the Farmers Market in West Hollywood, or one of their other locations in Santa Monica, Westlake Village, downtown LA or at other venues, there’s no doubting that Loteria is a king when it comes to concocting some of the best tacos around. From vegetable, pork, beef, and chicken tacos, to fish tacos, they offer a wide variety of terrific options. Some of our favorites include their Mole Poblano Con Pollo, or their chicken mole tacos slathered in rich mole sauce, as well as their pan seared shrimp tacos, and their carnitas.
1541 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Rick Bayless Red O restaurant is turning up the heat for National Taco Day by offering great specials. There will be a fiesta at Red O Santa Monica on National Taco Day, where the tacos run rampant on the menu, both day and night! Leave work early and join Red O Santa Monica for a great happy hour that will offer a menu of street tacos, featuring options like the chicken tacos with shredded chicken, tinga sauce, fried plantains, queso fresco, crema, avocado and crispy plantain chips, the Carnitas Tacos with cilantro-lime yogurt, chipotle purée, radish and green Mexican knob onions. Guests can also enjoy Red O’s Crispy Style Short Rib Tacos with roasted tomato-serrano sauce, onions, cilantro, Monterrey jack cheese and potato chips. When the sun sets, Red O offers a specialty taco plate for dinner, with a duo of Chicken Tinga and Short Rib Tacos served with Mexican red rice, refried black beans and queso fresco. Red O Santa Monica is making things even better by offering $3 for selected tacos, too. So, make sure to bring your sombrero, because it is going to be a party on National Taco Day in Santa Monica.