A Breakdown of Echo Park’s Tortilla Trifecta

Known as the taco triangle, the streets of the east side neighborhood are home to three major players in the battle for club-kid sustenance

Truck No. 1: Taco Zone

Location: Alvarado & Montana
Street cred: The Veteran
The goods: Suadero (flank steak) as well as top-notch salsas and vegetarian-friendly items are the specialties.
Hours: Sun.-Thu., 8:30 p.m.-midnight; Fri.-Sat., 8:30 p.m.-3 a.m.
Back story: Taco Zone has been slinging Mexican delicacies in Echo Park for 15 years, thanks to its prime parking lot-adjacent location on Alvarado.
Endorsement: Danny, 27, Los Feliz: “I stop here out of convenience, but I also really like the suadero. You can’t get it at a lot of taco places, and the salsa makes it.”

Truck No. 2: Tacos Arizas

Location: Sunset & Logan
Street cred: The Everyman
The goods: Savvy noshers opt for buche and tripas, while postshow crowds get messy with chorizo tacos and chicken quesadillas.
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 3:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; Sat.-Sun., 3:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
Back story: The Arizas family has been parking its truck on Logan for eight years and has amassed legions of Latino regulars.
Endorsement: Joel, 29, Silver Lake: “The chorizo here is far superior to the other trucks’. It’s not too greasy, and it’s got some crispness from the griddle.”

Truck No. 3: El Flamin’ Taco

FLAMINLocation: Sunset & Alvarado
Street cred: The Partyer
The goods: You can see the renowned al pastor spinning on a trompo, or spit. Barflies tend to favor the “4/20 Friendly” menu, with dishes like carne asada fries and California burritos.
Hours: Fri.-Sun., 7 p.m.-4 a.m.
Back story: In Echo Park since 2008, El Flamin’ also has trucks in Koreatown, Atwater Village, Los Feliz, and Hollywood.
Endorsement: Catalina, 50, Echo Park: “It tastes homemade, like in Mexico. They have the trompo, so I like to order the huarache de pastor.”

Photographs (1) and (3) courtesy facebook.com. Photograph (2) by Kyle Fitzpatrick.