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Carne Asada Burrito or Taco in Los Angeles

I think Tijuana's Tacos in Pomona is the best I've had in LA (and a second might be Mexicali Taco Company). I have not ventured on the west side...I'm not willing to make that commute from Pasadena for some tacos...if I find myself out there, I will try Taco Miendo. Some people mentioned big burritos...but who wants to pay for something they cant finish and doesnt taste good to begin with? I'm going to SD this weekend...so hopefully squeeze in some good asada.

Carne Asada Burrito or Taco in Los Angeles

Yes," I found"...I had seen it before I posted and therefore before anyone replied. But not to get caught up in who found what...the good thing is that it exists. As for the -Ertos chains...those are not common in the South Bay. There are a few, yes...but most establishments are independently owned. I guess Tacos El Gordo does stand out, but I've seen other threads on here about LA asada...most people agree that SD taco shops have better quality meat. I'm not trying to favor one city over another...I just want good quality asada. Well, at least there are two places in LA I can go to now.

Carne Asada Burrito or Taco in Los Angeles

I found a spot....Mexicali Taco Company on Figueroa is the spot. The meat was a tad bit dry, but I think they de-greased it, which makes it healthier...I like the way they serve it...just the tortilla and meat, and a little cup of beans...perfect! I wasnt expecting beans, but it's a nice touch. All the extras are on a side bar that you get yourself. I much prefer adding on myself than the cook doing it. This place is more to what I'm used to. As for describing how the meat should be...I think this following link describes it pretty wel (read streetgourmetla's postl: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/581082

Carne Asada Burrito or Taco in Los Angeles

I will have to try that. Thanks!

Carne Asada Burrito or Taco in Los Angeles

Thanks! I will try and get down to Hawaiian Gardens. If I'm in the Anaheim area, I will try San Pedro. My first prospect will be Mexicali Taco Co. I'll try and get to that one by this weekend.

Carne Asada Burrito or Taco in Los Angeles

I wish I could tell you the style of meat in a good carne asada taco, but I don't know. I describe the places because that's the type of taco that I'm referring to. But, I'm not dismayed...I will try and get to all of these locations that people are mentioning. I've been to a few already, but when I find one that is worth recommending, I will post it. If you venture out to Pomona, try Tijuana's Tacos...someone mentioned the sauce was too tangy, but they don't come with sauce unless you add it on yourself from their little sauce bar. For me, that has been the best taco I've had in LA...probably squeezes into top 5 on my all time list. My top 3 are in Mexico, so I can't really recommend those for you all to try.

Carne Asada Burrito or Taco in Los Angeles

I can say no this or that, but ultimately it's the meat that makes the difference.

Carne Asada Burrito or Taco in Los Angeles

I think plenty of people would know the difference, especially when they see cheese, lettuce, cream, rice, or anything else beside carne asada, guacamole, and maybe salsa. Maybe that's why the SD style is better to me, simpler. But also the tortillas are fresh. The places I go to, you can see the tortillas being hand made. Most of the good taco places in SD tend to be closer to the border, such as National City or Chula Vista...also San Ysidro. Casa de Oro is good, but it's more like La Parilla in LA. It's more mexican restaurant that serves authentic Mexican meals, not taco specialists. I've said it a few times already...but I will mention it again...TACOS EL GORDO! Best Tripa, Adobada, and Asada I've ever had...Anyone I've ever told about this place has agreed...and thank me for suggestion, not that I care, but it just backs-up my claim.

Carne Asada Burrito or Taco in Los Angeles

Check out Tacos El Gordo. This is pretty much the standard. You can see the reviews on Yelp. Once you've had these tacos, you will know what I'm talking about. There are others in the SD area, like Lolitas and Taco Salsa that are much better than LA standards, but those places are not "taco specialists". When/If you go to Tacos El Gordo, you have 3 guys who are chopping up meat, each guy is a specialist in his own right for asada, adobada, and tripas. I suggest you have all three, they are all fantastic. There are a few locations in SD, but I go to the one close to my house in National City, which is on 1940 Highland Avenue, National City, CA. There is another one off H Street and the I-5 in Chula Vista. I think most people who review Tacos El Gordo go to the one in Chula Vista. And believe me, I venture out for tacos quite often, so take it from a Mexican who knows his taco :)

Carne Asada Burrito or Taco in Los Angeles

I've had Guisados...they dont even have carne asada!! It's a different style of meat and I thnk it's "al vapor" style...anyway, it was ok for what it was, but it wasn't carne asada.

Carne Asada Burrito or Taco in Los Angeles

The one post I trust...I think you are right BrewNChow. I don't know how many places I've been to that people have recommded that only turn out to be just as bad, or at least not up to SD standards. I live in Pasadena now, and they just opened an Alberto's by PCC. Suffice to say, I go there once in a while, but like you said...it's average for San Diego and top notch for LA. I happen to drive by the place in downtown that someone mentioned, Mexicali Taco. I'm curious, so I may try it. But I've been to Mexicali and had their tacos...not exactly the same. My bro lives out in that area and he says the same thing, no comparison to SD style. I guess I will just have to settle for once a month good taste when I visit the folks...sucks!

Carne Asada Burrito or Taco in Los Angeles

Why can't I find a good carne asada burrito or taco in LA? It seems like the only place that remotely compares to anything I've had in San Diego is Tijuana's Tacos in Pomona, CA. Beside that, it seems like every restaurant and taco truck in LA get their meat from the same place and looks like it's already been chewed a few times....Rambo's, King Taco, and on and on...LA is deprived. I've had Mexican food from all regions in Mexico and I think most of LA's restaurants are from Mexican people closer to Mexico City...FYI, the best Mexican food is Sonora style...at least for carne asada, frijoles, and aroz. So if anyone out there knows of a good Sonora style burrito or taco de carne asada, please let me know...anything else is a waste, or extra waist.