Taco Run

The find of the week for The Oracle is El Super, the kind of place you might drive past for years without ever stopping in. The chicken is juicy and delicious, the asada solid, and the menu has plenty of tempting items from quesadillas to enchiladas to posole. One chicken and one asada taco comes to $2.60.

A South Pas favorite is La Estrella, especially for the fish. Shrimp for tacos are very lightly fried–they’re perfect. Ceviche is good too, but al pastor and carnitas are nothing to write home about. There’s also a no-name market (or more probably, a no-one-remembers-the-name-market) nearby that mr mouther says is better than anything else around. Pastor is especially good, and so are their prices–about $1 a taco.

El Parian is practically synonymous with “carne asada,” and it’s definitely good stuff, says The Oracle. But you’ll need a roll of paper towels–it’s that juicy. Birria taco, on the other hand, is much too oily and flavorless. On top of that, the tortillas and the chips had both seen better days. Tacos here are $2.25 each.

*WBGuy * recommends El Taco Llama for a more satisfying birria taco.

El Super Burrito [Pasadena-ish]
3631 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
626-792-4482
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La Estrella [Pasadena-ish]
502 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena
626-792-8559
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La Bodeguita Mini Market [Pasadena-ish]
1135 N. Summit Ave., at Hammond, Pasadena
626-296-0238
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El Parian Restaurant [Downtown]
1528 W. Pico Blvd., at Union, Los Angeles
213-386-7361
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El Taco Llama [East San Fernando Valley]
10501 Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood
818-752-1562
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El Taco Llama [East San Fernando Valley]
12101 Saticoy St., North Hollywood
818-255-3902
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El Taco Llama [East San Fernando Valley]
7344 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys
818-901-1898
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El Taco Llama [East San Fernando Valley]
8111 Van Nuys Blvd. # 109, Van Nuys
818-997-9252
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El Taco Llama [East San Fernando Valley]
15708 Vanowen St., Van Nuys
818-997-9450
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El Taco Llama [West San Fernando Valley]
8709 Corbin Ave., Northridge
818-885-5918
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El Taco Llama [West San Fernando Valley]
7559 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park
818-992-7409
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El Taco Llama [Santa Clarita]
24374 San Fernando Rd., Santa Clarita
661-255-7035
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Last week’s taco report —el parian (los angeles), el super burrito (pasadena), and a random taco truck (pasadena–fair oaks/california)