Everybody knows you can find great Mexican food anywhere in LA, but now that we’re all stuck inside, access has become slightly more difficult. Good news - there are still plenty of tremendous places around town doing either takeout or delivery. From taco trucks in East LA to high-end spots serving DIY meal kits, here are some excellent options for when you’re craving Mexican food during your quarantine.
Located on a residential side street in Boyle Heights, El Momo is serving a kind of carnitas you can’t get anywhere else in town - a combination of pork shoulder and crispy skin. The result is a savory and crunchy taco you absolutely need in your life any day (but especially right now). Due to extremely high demand, they’re only taking pre-orders right now, so either text (323) 627-8540 or DM their Instagram to place yours. They’re currently selling carnitas by the pound for $12, which includes tortillas, salsa, onions, limes, and cilantro for all your taco-making needs.
The classic queer establishment in Silver Lake is currently offering their entire menu for either takeout or delivery, which means you can get their giant enchilada platters, chimichangas, and more right at your doorstep. They’re currently open seven days a week from 11am-9pm, and recently made their legendary margaritas and other deluxe cocktails available for both takeout and delivery, too. Check their Instagram for the latest updates.
Though you’ll have to wait a bit longer before you can start romping around the beach again, you can at least go pick up some summer energy at The Cliffdiver. The Mexican cantina in Malibu has transitioned into a new concept called Beach Bird, which features a menu with some Cliffdiver staples like the quesadilla, as well as some new entrees and to-go cocktails. Open daily at 4pm, call (424) 235-2595 to order.
If you’re looking for fresh fish, but you can’t make it to the market this week, just order from Coni’Seafood. The Mexican seafood specialist has locations in both Inglewood and Del Rey and is offering takeout and delivery for their entire menu. That means marlin tacos, ceviche, and whole fish - right at your door. Call (310) 672-2339 to order from their Inglewood spot, or (310) 881-9644 for Del Rey.
With multiple locations in Inglewood, Fiesta Martin is a South LA staple, and their entire menu is currently available for both takeout and delivery. That includes their excellent fish tacos, enchilada platters, and incredibly strong margaritas. And just because we’re in a quarantine, that doesn’t mean we can’t take advantage of a good Happy Hour special. Every Monday-Friday from 2-6pm, Fiesta Martin has a special menu full of tacos, combos, and platters at discounted prices. Call (310) 672-1330 for more information, or to place an order.
Guelaguetza is a legendary Oaxacan restaurant in Koreatown, and if you’re missing their tremendous mole as much as we are, there’s good news: Every Thursday-Sunday from 11am-5pm, they’re offering a modified menu filled with solo meal kits, family-style dinners, and mole negro by the quart. Everything is available for takeout or delivery and keep an eye on their Instagram for weekend to-go cocktail specials.
The ultra-popular taco shop in the Arts District has done away with their regular menu and gone all-in on the take-home DIY kits. From 11am-6pm daily, head Downtown to pick a nacho kit with wild boar, 92oz batched margaritas, or even a $155 family-style taco kit that comes with 5lbs of chicken and carne asada each, several pints of salsa, 30 eggs, and one roll of toilet paper. Be sure to order at least three hours in advance of pick-up and keep an eye on their Instagram as well.
La Fuente in Highland Park serves the kind of old-school Mexican food that cures your soul the second you start eating it - and we could all use a heavy helping of that right now. Their extensive menu is available for both takeout and delivery, and whether it’s tacos, nachos, or tortas, you can’t really order poorly here. That said, if you get the El Rey burrito, you’ll have enough leftovers for two more meals.
This tremendous taco shop in Culver City (and now Downtown as well) is offering their full menu for delivery and takeout from both locations. That also includes their new $90 family meals that feed 4-6 people and includes packs of their legendary flour tortillas (a quarantine kitchen must-have). Their Culver City location is also part of the Platform Drive-Through experience, which assures contactless pick-up.
Madre is an Oaxacan restaurant with locations in Torrance and Culver City that’s quickly risen to become one of our favorite Mexican spots in LA. And now, they’re offering both takeout and delivery from both locations. On top of the full menu, there are also several different DIY kits available (ranging from tacos to chile rellenos to mole bowls) and batched cocktails for your at-home meals. Check their Instagram for the latest updates.
An upscale spot in Old Town Pasadena, Maestro serves interesting and excellent Mexican food that’s now available for both takeout and delivery. The menu has been pared down somewhat, but still includes some of our favorite dishes like the tetela (stuffed blue born masa), marinated skirt steak, and scallop tacos. Plus, there’s cocktails to-go, as well as discounted bottles of wine and mezcal. If you’ve got a special occasion during your quarantine, keep Maestro on speed dial - (626) 787-1512. Check their Instagram for the latest specials.
Home to one of the greatest tacos in LA (and possibly the entire planet), Mariscos Jalisco in East LA is still dishing out their famous tacos de camaron from inside their truck and you need to be taking advantage of it. Open everyday from 9am-6pm, you can order either right from the truck or call ahead at (323) 528-6701. Cash only.
One of the most underrated tacos shops in LA, Papi Tacos in Jefferson Park is dishing out tremendous goat birria that’ll refill the void left in your heart from the quarantine. Available for takeout or delivery, the move at this walk-up window is the OG plate - one taco dorado, plus a goat birria-filled mulita, quesataco, quesadilla, and consomé all for $15.99. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-10pm (8pm on Sunday).
Salsa & Beer
Sure, you probably aren’t able to replicate Salsa & Beer’s raucous atmosphere at home, but on the bright side, you’re not waiting an hour for a table right now, either. All four of their Valley locations have takeout, but their original location on Sherman Way is the only one currently offering delivery and to-go margaritas and micheladas. (818) 503-1220.
There is no shortage of great taco spots in the Downtown area, but few have reached the level of Sonoratown over the last few years. And right now, the tiny taco shop is offering their full menu for either takeout or delivery, plus family-style meals that range from $18-48 and include everything from chivichangas and corn tostadas to 2lbs of grilled carne asada and flour tortillas. Call (𝟸𝟷𝟹) 𝟼𝟸𝟾-𝟹𝟽𝟷𝟶 to order pick-up and delivery here.
Not even a year ago, Taco 1986 was a tiny taco stand popping-up in Hollywood and Koreatown and quietly building a cult following for their Tijuana-style tacos. Today, they have three permanent locations (Downtown, Westwood, and as of 4/1, Beverly Grove) and are available on almost any major delivery and takeout platforms for your taco needs. All locations are open daily at 11am.
Tacos Tu Madre
Tacos Tu Madre has quickly expanded all over the city, which is good news for you right now, because that means you’re probably not too far from one. Whether it’s Westwood or West Hollywood, Los Feliz or Larchmont, Tacos Tu Madre is offering their full menu for either takeout or delivery. And yes, that includes their absolutely fantastic breakfast burrito.
There are a few taco places at Grand Central Market, but Tacos Tumbras a Tomas is our favorite - simply because the carnitas is that good. The tiny stall is only doing takeout right now, but their full menu of tacos, burritos, and otrats is available as well. Call (213) 620-1071 to order.
Located almost right on the beach in Santa Monica, Tallula’s is a modern Mexican restaurant that has a wide-ranging menu available for both takeout and delivery. Highlights include salads and bowls for quick solo lunches, family-style meal kits, an entire kids’ menu, and a whole bottle of their house margarita. If you’re doing pick-up, head to their valet lot, give them a call, and they’ll bring your food out to you. Open daily from 4-8:30pm.
With two different trucks and a brick-and-mortar in Venice, Teddy’s Red Tacos has quickly expanded their empire throughout the city. And rightfully so - their spicy beef birria is some of our favorite in the city. You can get it in either a taco, quesadilla, tostada, mulita, or vampiro, but our move is to just do the deluxe plate, which essentially gives you one of each for only $13.99. Open daily from 9am-7pm (10am-9pm in Venice), takeout only.
Open daily from 12-8pm, the popular taco chain is now offering curbside pick-up and delivery from their La Brea, Hollywood, and West LA locations. You can order any of their tacos, quesadillas, and bowls a la carte, but if you’re looking to stock-up for the week and not worry about it, there’s always the Fiesta Box - 20 half-sized burritos of your choosing, plus family-size chips and dip for $140. Keep an eye on their Instagram for the latest details.