1. CaCao Mexicatessen
The neighborhood favorite offers gourmet tacos for $1.85 each. Try the carne asada seasoned with San Felipe sea salt or the cochinita pibil, with one of the local brews on tap. » 1576 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock.
Oscar Hermosillo uses wood-burning grills to cook the meats and veggies for “Superrrr Taco Tuesdays.” Fillings rotate, but not the price: From 4 to 11, one taco costs $3.25. Equally “superrrr” are the ceviches, Mexi-fries, and live music. » 427 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, 310-396-8749.
3. La Cuevita
From 10 to midnight, this spiffed-up former dive on the Eastside turns into a taquería. Head to the back patio for free (!) tacos served with house-made salsas. Margaritas are $5. » 5922 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park.
4. Lotería Grill
Jimmy Shaw’s string of restaurants puts together a family-style taco spread. Warm tortillas accompany cast-iron pans loaded with such specialties as breaded panela cheese and pork rinds in salsa with beef cecina. Prices vary. » Various locations.
5. Tacos Baja
Missed the week’s official taco day? There’s always Wednesday, when this East L.A. fish shack offers tacos de pescado for 99 cents and shrimp tacos for $1.50. Trips to the well-stocked salsa bar are gratis. » Various locations.
This article appears in Los Angeles magazine’s June 2015 cover story, “Taco City.”