Show Restraint with the Freebies
Drowning your carnitas in hot sauce is an insult to the taquero. Use the condiment table to accent your taco, not smother it.
Go Con Todo
Not sure which salsa to spoon over that asada? Saying “con todo” leaves the taco dressing to the experts. Think of it as Mexican omakase.
Don’t Be a Seat Hog
If there are tables and chairs, they’re communal. Get to know your fellow taco lovers by offering up the spot next to you.
Salute Your Taquero
There’s usually no tipping, but that doesn’t mean you can’t show gratitude. Before wandering off in a taco stupor, raise your right hand and say, “¡Gracias!”
This article appears in Los Angeles magazine’s June 2015 cover story, “Taco City.”