For times when a satisfying meal for less than $10 sounds ideal, Los Angeles has you covered. The city is famous for its taco trucks, and for good reason, but there are plenty of other options to explore as well. Here are some of our favorites.
Kogi Taqueria

This taqueria launched the Korean-Mexican fusion craze, and we’re so much better for it. Get the classics, like the kalbi-style short rib taco or the kimchi quesadilla. It’s a mouthful to say but we promise it’s delicious. Kogi’s operates three trucks as well as a stand-alone restaurant, so you have plenty of options when it comes to where to get your fill.

Leo’s Taco Truck

Head to the intersection of La Brea and Venice for some of the best al pastor tacos you will have in your life. At Leo’s, you can watch the meat swivel on a rotating spit as it’s marinated with pineapple juice and spices, then sliced up and stuffed in a tortilla. Best of all, the truck stays open until 3 or 4 a.m. every day, so you’ll be able to satisfy your taco cravings well into the night.

Mariscos Jalisco

There are dozens of imitators throughout the city, but for the best deep-fried tacos, head straight to Mariscos Jalisco. Seafood, including the standard shrimp or a lavish combo of shrimp, octopus, and ceviche, is the star here. We’re salivating.


An unassuming Mexican restaurant with almost six decades of history, Tito’s is best known for its hard-shell tacos filled with shredded beef, iceberg lettuce, and an ungodly amount of blindingly yellow cheese. Gourmet tacos? Certainly not. But you’re eating at one of the city’s longest-running and most-beloved taco joints.

FurnSaj Bakery

Los Angeles’ Mexican food may be legendary, but don’t overlook this under-the-radar Lebanese institution. As its name suggests, FurnSaj specializes in saj, a flatbread filled with Middle Eastern goodies like shawarma or falafel. Mmmm!

Dino’s Chicken and Burgers

Dino’s proves that chicken doesn’t need to be deep-fried for it to taste good with potatoes fries. Here, a half-chicken is coated in a zesty bright-red sauce and grilled. A massive portion will cost you less than eight bucks.


The longstanding rivalry between New Yorkers and Angelenos isn’t going to be settled any time soon, but you should still wait to cast your vote until after you’ve eaten at In-N-Out, L.A.’s answer to New York’s Shake Shack. We’re totally unbiased, but In-N-Out is hands down the winner. At In-N-Out, the thing to get is an Animal Style burger, which comes slathered with a Thousand Island-esque sauce. Try one for yourself, and you’ll see why SoCal residents have been known to make an In-N-Out pit stop any time they come home from abroad.