The 9 Finest Tacos in Pomona ~ L.A. TACO

The 9 Finest Tacos in Pomona ~ L.A. TACO

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With a sturdy taco scene with over forty-five taco stands, taquerías, and eating places serving tacos, the competitors will be stiff in Pomona. You’ll discover loads of taco stands all through this neighborhood, however discovering the very best ones will be an ardent job.

There are not less than a dozen good taquerías and taco stands with comparable taste profiles and menu choices. All create a median bar of excellent tacos in several components of Pomona. And whereas it’s difficult to rank many of those equally virtually indistinguishable tacos, under you’ll discover those that stand out above the remainder.

From hidden gems to some L.A. legends that packed their tortillas and opened one other location within the furthest factors of L.A. County, listed below are the very best tacos in Pomona.

Virginia Ardaya
Virginia Ardaya serving her distinctive Bolivian-Mexican lamb barbecue. Picture by Memo Torres for LA TACO.
Photo by Memo Torres for L.A. TACO.
Outdoors Ardaya’s Restaurant. Picture by Memo Torres for L.A. TACO.
Photo by Memo Torres for L.A. TACO.
A lamb barbecue taco at Ardaya’s Restaurant. Picture by Memo Torres for LA TACO.
A lamb barbecue taco at Ardaya's Restaurant.  Photo by Memo Torres for LA TACO.
A lamb barbecue taco at Ardaya’s Restaurant. Picture by Memo Torres for LA TACO.

Ardaya’s Restaurant

Hidden on this nook of Pomona, away from the primary streets and thoroughfares of town, is a gap within the wall the place you’ll discover a single mom of 4 serving flavorful Mexican barbacoa along with her personal Bolivian sazón on the weekends. Virginia Ardaya, a Bolivian lady, works seven days per week out of a cramped kitchen no greater than a storage closet serving your typical Mexican meals from tacos to tortas out of a literal gap within the wall. However come Friday at midnight, and she or he alone begins the laborious technique of butchering and prepping as much as 5 lambs for her Mexican purchasers. She makes the whole lot from scratch, beginning along with her Bolivian sazón, which incorporates garlic, cumin, and ginger, grounded in a conventional Bolivian tacu (Bolivian-style wood molcajete). She makes use of these freshly floor spices to marinate all of the meat. The result’s a juicy and tender barbacoa with the fats rendered to a sticky grip and a taste profile that stands out in opposition to a Mexican-style salsa. Out of the a number of dozen barbacoa round Los Angeles, this one is probably the most distinctive, flavorful, and well-executed. It’s a dish that Ardaya wasn’t planning on making initially, however her clientele from her previous discovered her, requested her for it, and now comes weekly for it.

1076 W. Phillips Blvd, Pomona. Closest transit strains: Foothill Transit Line 291- “Garey/Phillips” or Foothill Transit Strains 286 and 480 – “Mission/Hamilton.”

Tongue birria.
Birria of tongue. Picture by Memo Torres for LA TACO.
Don Cuco’s. Picture from the L.A. TACO archives by Cesar Hernandez.

Don Cuco Tacos and Birria from Tijuana

Pomona can pleasure itself on having a few of the finest tacos not solely in L.A. however from Tijuana as nicely. The “taquieros mucho,” as these taqueros discuss with themselves, have introduced their birria de lengua and adobada tacos from Tijuana to the streets of Pomona. They’re L.A.’s first taqueros to serve tongue rub on weekend mornings. Within the evenings, they make their salsa fly onto their signature tacos de adobada served on freshly made tortillas. Attempt their birria vampiro on a crunchy toasted tostada that completes the tender chunks of lengua and grilled cheese.

Tacos Don Cuco and Birria Don Cuco1558 W. Mission Blvd, Pomona. Closest transit strains: Foothill Transit Strains 286 and 480 – “Mission/Dudley.”

Golden shrimp tacos.
Shrimp golden tacos. Picture from the LA TACO archives.

Jalisco Seafood

Is there a extra iconic taco in Los Angeles than the shrimp taco dorado from Mariscos Jalisco? Even whereas duplicated and imitated by numerous others, this L.A. unique taco stays unbeaten. Lined in a thick and chunky pink sauce and contemporary avocado slices, this taco has been acknowledged time and time once more as one in every of L.A.’s finest for the reason that late nice Jonathan Gold praised it as one in every of his favorites. Cease by their brick-and-mortar location and pair it with their Poseidon tostada, or simply eat as many of those as potential. It’s an addictive taco with an unforgettable style. Warning: After you might have this taco, a yearning for it can creep up on you if you least anticipate it.

753 E. Holt Ave, Pomona. Closest transit strains: Foothill Transit Strains 195 and 292 or Omnitrans Line 61 – “Holt/San Antonio.”

A plate of vegan tacos at La Borreguita.
A plate of vegan tacos at La Borreguita. Picture by Memo Torres for L.A. TACO.

Sheepskin

Pomona has a low-key however strong vegan presence in its taco group. Borreguitas stands out above many taquerías within the basic Los Angeles space. Their papas con soyrizo, re-chicken (“repollo” aka cabbage, lol), papas con nopales, and veggie-based al pastor, to call a number of, belong within the bigger dialog of L.A.’s finest vegan tacos. From the tortillas to the “meats” and salsas, these tacos carry the total palate-pleasing flavors that the majority non-vegan tacos in Los Angeles solely faux to supply. You probably have a vegan skeptic pal, that is the restaurant to take pleasure in a convincing lunch with them.

977 S. Garey Ave, Pomona. Closest transit strains: Foothill Transit Line 291- “Garey/Ninth.”

Golden tacos at Luchador. Picture through Instagram.

Luchador Bar + Kitchen

Discovering a bar or restaurant with nice meals and tacos is usually laborious. It’s normally one or the opposite, however hardly ever each: Luchador is a type of uncommon finds. Whereas the standard carmes like al pastor, chorizo, carnitas, and asada can outrank most avenue tacos on this neighborhood, their different taco choices are unmatched in Pomona. A young brief rib, a juicy rooster tinga, a Sinaloan-style shrimp taco, and an Ensenada-style fish taco is de facto what you shouldn’t miss out on. And in the event you’re vegan, there’s no imitation meats right here. You may social gathering with beer-battered avocados or cauliflower, sauteed veggies, and good ol’ usual crispy potato tacos.

341 S. Garey Ave, Pomona. Closest transit strains: Foothill Transit Strains 286, 291, and 480 – “Garey/Third.”

Golden tacos at Tortas Ahogadas Los Primos #2.
Golden tacos at Tortas Ahogadas Los Primos #2. Picture by Memo Torres for LA TACO.
Golden tacos at Tortas Ahogadas Los Primos #2.
Golden tacos at Tortas Ahogadas Los Primos #2. Picture by Memo Torres for LA TACO.

Los Primos Drowned Muffins #2

Inside this indoor swapmeet, you’ll discover a bustling market crammed with nail salons, mannequins, quinceñera trend exhibits, and the irresistible scent of peanuts roasting. On the jap entrance to this mini-metropolis, you’ll discover tortas ahogadas Los Primos’ second location. Whereas their namesake is the draw, don’t overlook their tacos. Order their crispy tacos dorados crammed with requesón (a ricotta like Mexican cheese), topped with carnitas, and drowned within the tomato-broth salsa. Or order their tacos de barbacoa for a very good sebaceous time. These flavors of Jalisco are a singular discover in a neighborhood crowded with common taco stands and taquerías.

Inside Pomona Valley Indoor Swap Meet, 1600 E. Holt Ave, Pomona. Closest transit strains: Omnitrans Line 61 – “Holt/Mills” or Foothill Transit Line 480 – “Holt/Indian Hill.”

To Arabic tacos on Arabic bread at Victor's Tacos.  Photo by Memo Torres for LA TACO.
To Arabic tacos on Arabic bread at Victor’s Tacos. Picture by Memo Torres for LA TACO.

Tacos Victor

Driving down Garey Avenue, this vibrant taco trailer will catch your eyes with its shiny yellow colour, giant scrolling letters above it, and the phrases “Tacos Estilo Oaxaca” written throughout it. Their menu objects embrace well-seasoned, grilled, and flavorful meats with seared, crispy ends—one thing most taco stands within the space lack in comparison with Tacos Victor. However one other factor that separates Tacos Victor from others is its distinctive taco choices, together with a “Taco Indio” and “Tacos Orientales.” However for a uniquely satisfying possibility, go together with their Taco Árabe. You may order it on a flour tortilla however go for the pita bread with a salsa morita and garlic chipotle sauce, making this fluffy and filling taco some of the flavorful in Pomona.

2090 S. Garey Ave, Pomona. Closest transit strains: Foothill Transit Strains 195 and 291 – “Garey/Philadelphia.”

Photo by Memo Torres for L.A. TACO.
Tijuana’s Tacos in Pomona. Picture by Memo Torres for L.A. TACO.

Tijuana’s Tacos

Suppose your expertise with T.J.-style tacos is simply from these in Los Angeles. In that case, you’d suppose it’s solely a corn tortilla with adobada or thin-sliced asada with thick guacamole and that straightforward pink salsa from a molcajete. However in actuality, Tijuana has so many distinctive tacos, and this taquería brings a few of them to the jap areas of the better L.A. space. Priced at round three {dollars} every, their specialty tacos are giant and loaded, every a singular journey in textures wrapped in a corn tortilla, perhaps some nopales, grilled onions, beans on some, or chile California on others. With names like “Taco Loco,” “El Ingeniero,” and “El Albañil,” these hefty tacos are able to knock out the hungriest appetites.

485 W. Holt Ave, Pomona. Closest transit strains: Foothill Transit Strains 197, 482, and 486 – “Holt/Park.”

Tacos De Canasta El Viejon-3
Tacos De Canasta El Viejón. Picture by Memo Torres for LA TACO.

Tacos de Canasta El Viejón

These tacos are the leprechauns of Pomona, laborious to seek out and catch, however a basket of golden tacos is ready for you if you will get your palms on them. They don’t promote with a reputation or an indication, and from a distance, and and not using a grill or a trompo out, it is probably not apparent what these avenue stands could maintain. You would possibly discover one below a pink tent and one other below a rainbow umbrella. Nonetheless, if a desk has a basket on it, I like to recommend you to cease by and check out these elusive tacos. El Viejón sends baskets of those folded tortillas steamed with chicharrón, frijol, chorizo, and papa throughout Pomona. Whereas they have a tendency to maneuver round, it makes for a enjoyable and filling taco journey to pursue on Saturday mornings. You would possibly discover them on Garey Avenue, perhaps on Mission, however this location under appears to be the one common one you may need a very good shot at discovering.

960 Indian Hill. Pomona + different roaming stands. Closest transit line: Foothill Transit Line 480 – “Indian Hill/Kingsley.”

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