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Javier Cabral

Editor for James Beard Award-winning L.A. TACO. Associate Producer for JBA-winning Las Crónicas Del Taco. Former restaurant scout for Jonathan Gold. Co-Author of “Oaxaca: Home Cooking From the Heart of Mexico (2019, Abrams) and “Asada: The Art of Mexican-Style Grilling” (2023, Abrams).

Video: Long Beach Taquería Owner Appears to Assault Street Taco Vendor Working In Front of Restaurant

In a video posted by Tacos La Juquilita, a street taco stand located at 6595 Atlantic Avenue, the owner of a local taquería chain with five locations appears to grab and smash a phone belonging to one of the taco stand’s employees as they recorded the altercation.

January 9, 2024

Compton Mexican Bakery Starts GoFundMe After Street Takeover Looters Run Up $75,000 in Damages

Open for the past 48 years, every day closed is resulting in the loss of thousands of dollars of revenue for the panadería, "a financial hit that the family cannot afford to endure for too long," says the GoFundMe page. Up to 100 looters were seen on surveillance cameras and no arrests have been made.

January 3, 2024

What Do You Want To Read On L.A. TACO In 2024?

Readers, let us know what's up! What do you want us to cover more often? Or less? Find the survey on our site.

December 21, 2023

The 11 Best Tacos Along Metro’s B Line

Reminder: Metro will be offering free rides from 9 P.M. to 2 A.M. on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve! If you find yourself hungry, here's where to ride for FREE along the B Line to the best tacos, from North Hollywood to Olvera Street.

December 20, 2023

Holiday Sale: L.A. TACO Memberships Are Now 30% Off Until End of 2023

The reason why L.A. TACO is able to report on issues that other corporate-owned publications and newspapers don't dare to touch is because we are independently owned and supported by our members. And for about the same price of a nice plate of tacos a month, you can make sure that our inclusive street-level journalism revolution is here to stay. If you've enjoyed any of our stories this year, please consider joining our movement.

December 15, 2023

The ‘Tacos 4 Gaza:’ Food Truck Is Giving Away Free Halal Tacos In Solidarity with Palestine In Koreatown Tomorrow

Over tortillas and Halal-grade carne asada, the 501c3 non-profit grassroots organization, Latino Muslim Unity, is uniting people to fight hate. Their humanitarian food community event takes place tomorrow, the latest action in pro-Palestine solidarity in Los Angeles.

December 14, 2023

Why This Beloved L.A. Chef Is Closing His James Beard-Nominated Restaurant in Chinatown

Wes Avila is looking forward to traveling and popping up around Europe and Asia, including spending more time at his Kyoto restaurant, PIOPIKO. He also alludes to a "sick" new project.

December 14, 2023

Listen to the Next Essential Cumbia Christmas Rola From Chicano Batman’s É. Arenas

"I hate Christmas music, so I decided to make my own," Arenas tells L.A. TACO. "The song is rooted in Bronco, dipped in Twin Peaks, and finding yourself lost and found on Christmas morning in a 3 A.M. warehouse dance party."

December 8, 2023

Councilmember Kevin de León Opposes Boyle Heights Development, Following Appeal By ‘Anti-Gentrification’ Group

The move for a politician to openly support an anti-gentrification group is uncommon in Los Angeles, where three city council members have been convicted of corruption in four years. Find Kevin de León's full letter in the article.

December 7, 2023

Exclusive: Macheen and Horchatería Rio Luna to Open New School Torta Shop in Paramount

Expect a tender beef barbacoa torta served with guajillo consomé to dip, a torta ahogada de camarón (shrimp) with a yuzu avocado puree drowned in a spicy lobster stock, and a "Mexi-Italian" sandwich with panela, hot pistachio salsa macha, and mortadella. This innovative torta venture in SELA is set to open next week on Monday.

December 5, 2023