Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tacolandia: A taco crawl across L.A. and Tijuana, but all in one place

Coni Seafood's grilled marlin tacos
You might want to walk or bike to Tacolandia,  next Sunday's taco extravaganza in the Hollywood Palladium parking lot, because there are going to be lots and lots of tacos to digest. But these aren't just any street tacos: Some of the elevated tacos will include hard-to-find-outside-of-Baja marlin tacos from Coni' Seafood and Peruvian tacu tacu tacos from Mo-Chica's Ricardo Zarate as well as gourmet versions from Bistro LQ, Paiche, Rocios Moles and much more.
Beef barbacoa taco from Tamales Elena truck
We drove around last Saturday for a preview with Tacolandia's "taco curator" Bill Esparza. Thanks to a Mustache Rides chauffeured van, we were able to taste tacos in Downtown, Watts, Inglewood and South Central, from tacos with artisanal cocktails at Mo-Chica to tacos with pitbulls and lonely train tracks in the hood.
Coni' Seafood interior
Next time I'm anywhere near Inglewood, I'm definitely heading back to Coni' for some beers on the patio with amazing ceviches and aguachiles that taste straight out of Baja, scooped up with their addictive freshly-fried chips.
And speaking of Baja, Tacolandia is a great chance to taste tacos from some of Tijuana's and Ensenada's foodie destinations like Erizu, Mariscos El Mazateno, Tacos Kokopelli and La Guerrerense.
Here's the details on L.A.'s first taco festival, Tacolandia, sponsored by the L.A. Weekly:
When: Sunday, June 23, noon-5 pm
Where: Hollywood Palladium parking lot, 6215 Sunset Blvd.
Tickets: Tickets are $20 general admission, $40 with hosted bar, available here.
What: Over 30 Tacos and a bar. Restaurants include:
Bistro LQ
Bizarra Capital
Cacao Mexicatessen
Cafecito Organico
Chichen Itza
Coni' Seafood
Mo-chica's Tacu tacu pork and potato taco
Flor del Rio Restaurant
George's At The Cove
Gish Bac Restaurante Oaxaqueno
Guerilla Tacos
La Guerrerense
La Monarca Bakery
La Tiendita Mexicana
Leo's Taco Truck
Loteria Grill
Mariscos Jaliscos
Mariscos El Mazateno
Mexicali Taco Co.
Rocios Mole De Los Dioses
SoHo Taco
SOL Mexican Cocina
Spirit House Bar
Taco Maria
Tacos Kokopelli
Tacos Punta Cabras
Tamales Elena


Food GPS said...

Coni'seafood seriously overdelivered during the preview, and it sure seems like Tacolandia will on gameday.

Celsius1414 said...

Do you think it would be better to go early or later to beat the crowd?

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