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Taqueando Fest 2019

We’re so grateful that we were able to be a part of the first ever
Taqueando Festival this past weekend at the ROW, here in DTLA.

If you know us, you know that we’re super into tacos, the frequency with which we talk about and consume them is borderline-weird, we’re taco-lovers and we’re proud of it. You can imagine, then, our excitement when we found out we would be a part of Taqueando. Taqueando means, literally, “to taco,” and so we did. In addition to sampling just about every variety of taco and michelada under the sun, we offered festival-goers a reprieve, a place to rest between bites and sips, and to exercise their creative muscles with an adult, taco-themed coloring book (you read that right).

Our booth was a hub for anyone and everyone who needed a break from consumption in favor of creation. And plenty of people did. You can only eat so many tacos and our new friends greatly appreciated the opportunity for a little creativity and a chance to sit down and digest. We all chatted about our favorites while feverishly coloring. Some loved the spicy lamb while others preferred the cauliflower and chorizo. Yes, it was an explosion of flavor and we loved it!

As far as the event itself, it was incredible, and seamlessly produced. A little history for you: way back when, a man named Bill Esparza (James Beard award winner for his journalism of the LA taco scene) hosted an annual event called Tacolandia, which attracted upwards of 10,000 people annually. This new, slightly smaller, yet more refined venture is it’s replacement. Here’s what he had to say to Eater LA:

“I want it t be an experience that focuses on the vendors and the Mexican community,” says Esparza. “Jonathan Gold said tacos should be a verb. He was right to say that. (In Spanish), taqueando is the Spanish verb meaning ‘to taco.’ Eating tacos is an action, it’s a lifestyle and basis from our culture.”

In a word, it was epic. We can’t wait for next year.


Best of DTLA: Tacos El Hermano

Man ordering tacos

In Los Angeles, tacos are symbolic, an integral part of our culture.

While the great debate of who makes the best tacos will undoubtedly continue for years to come, we have a few personal faves. Our studio is located in the hip and happening Arts District, a melting pot of creative people, places, and cuisine, and arguably the most exciting part of the city today. We’ve been downtown for the last eight years, and have seen tremendous change. Most significant? The food scene. While the hot new restaurants pop up almost weekly (and they are awesome), we still have our favorite lunch spots. Lunch must, of course, include all the important food groups like tortillas, salsa and chilis. Call it comfort food for the native Californian. Our go to spot on a busy day is Tacos El Hermano.

Southwest folk art.

Tacos El Hermano might be what you call “a hole in the wall”, but what it lacks in real estate it makes up for in flavor. When you walk up to this adorable and authentic locale, you’re immediately taken far, far away. You can easily imagine you just walked in off the street in San Pedro Atocpan, even though in reality, it’s located just over the first street bridge in Boyle Heights. This little corner stand is covered in murals that look like a 3rd grader painted.

The menu is big enough to satisfy a variety of cravings, but our favorite items are the veggie burrito – the grilled onions and peppers take it over the top, and the spinach breakfast burrito (definitely a must-get if you stop in earlier in the day). The restaurant shares the same menu as Tacos Por Favor on the Westside; this could be another reason we love it since we’ve been eating at Tacos Por Favor for, well, let’s just say longer than we’d care to admit.

Do yourself a favor and check it out for yourself. Oh, and let us know when you’re going, we’d like to join you.