In honor of Taco Tuesday, I wanted to talk about my amazing experience at LA Weekly‘s Tacolandia 2014 this past Saturday! Curated by Bill Esparza, this is the second Tacolandia and the only event of its kind. For me, it was heaven. With more than 40 taco vendors, free Jarritos, and mariachi music set in the historic El Pueblo de Los Angeles, it was a true taco festival. The sold out event drew quite the crowd, but due to the amount of vendors, a Tequila Garden, and a sprawling venue, the lines never got to be too out of hand. Some of my favorites included bites from Corazon y Miel, Loteria Grill, Eggslut, and George’s at the Cove. In addition to all of the tacos, I loved the Jarritos truck handing out free bottles of my favorite sodas as well as Almond Kulture with their creative take on Horchata. It was close to impossible to sample every vendor without having to be rolled down Alameda Street.
Chef Eduardo Ruiz of Corazon y Miel was serving a delicious whole smelt taco with fresh avocado, baby tomatoes, salsa roja, and crema. The beautiful presentation along with the fresh ingredients made this taco one of my favorites.
Cielto Lindo Taquito was serving perfectly crunchy taquitos with their famous avocado sauce.
Loteria Grill chose to appeal to the adventurous foodies. They served a small tostada topped with grasshopper, guacamole, and salsa.
George’s at the Cove came all the way from La Jolla to serve a variety of choices. My favorite was the pork taco with marinated pork tail, crispy ear, and cabbage slaw.
Another favorite of mine was Chef Wes Avila’s porcini mushroom and black truffle taco. I have been wanting to try Guerilla Tacos for awhile now, and my expectations were definitely met. I was surprised at his choice of taco to feature, but it was just as good, if not better, than any meaty taco at the festival.
Last, but certainly not least, Eggslut boasted one of the longer lines of the day. It is debatable as to whether the name was responsible for the crowd or if the fried quail eggs that topped each bacon taco was responsible for the wait. Either way, it was definitely worth it. The salsa roja provided the perfect spicy to breakfast themed taco.