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Best of L.A. TACO 2016

1:31 PM PST on December 29, 2016

[dropcap size=big]2016[/dropcap] is universally acknowledged as a shit year, but that doesn't mean we didn't find some interesting stories from the taco lifestyle. The promise of a better future hasn't materialized, but the city of Los Angeles remains endlessly fascinating.

Our mission is to bring you stories that could only come from L.A., and thanks to our many contributors, we were able to cover the city in a unique way that we hope you enjoyed. Once again, Desilu Munoz and Erwin Recinos are on another level as our all-star writers/photographers, but thanks to everyone who contributed to the site, you are greatly appreciated. A testament to the diversity of our crew is that the top 10 most popular posts this year represent seven different contributors.

This year we focused especially on photo essays and interviews, which gave us a chance to present original art from people like Sean Maung and Gregory Bojorquez, and speak with artists like Gajin Fujita, Chaz Bojorquez, and The Tracks. We also held our 8th annual Taco Madness; this year's winner was Revolutionario Taco-- a North African inspired taco shop near USC that also champions worker and immigrant rights.

Please enjoy this list of the 10 posts that got the most views in 2016, along with our complete list of all our favorites from various categories...

    1. Vincent Price’s Guacamole Recipe
    2. Where to Go When You’re Hungover in L.A.
    3. Recap: “Por Vida” Originals Magazine Release Party
    4. Interview with NEVER
    5. Interview with Dora and Socorro Herrera, Owners of Yuca’s
    6. The Tacos of Taco Madness 2016
    7. The Offalo’s Top 10 Tacos of Tacolandia 2016
    8. Graffiti History: UTI CREW Celebrates 30 Years
    9. Interview with Matt Furie
    10. “Compton Cruise” ~ Photos by Scott Reyes

Interview with Dora and Socorro Herrera, Owners of Yuca’s

Interview with Leafar Seyer of PRAYERS

Interview with NEVER

Interview with Angela Boatwright

Interview With Sage Vaughn

Interview With Albert Omoss

Interview with Dai Burger

Interview With Teachr

Interview with 2Tone of Born x Raised

Interview With Artist Ricardo Estrada

Interview with Matt Furie

Interview with Brian M. Viveros

Interview with Photographer Michael Tullberg

Interview With Michael Cardenas of Angeleno Skate Shop

My Favorite Taco: Tobin Yelland

Interview with film photographer Jacquie Ray of High Creatives

Interview with Chaz Bojorquez

Q&A With Bisco Smith

Interview with Luke Pelletier

Interview with Rob Gokee, Author of Tacocity

Interview with Albert Reyes

Interview with the Tracks

Interview with Gajin Fujita

Interview with Daedalus

Interview with James Bonk

Interview with Zack Fox

“Foreign Land” ~ North Hollywood & Van Nuys Photo Essay

Personal History: Documenting the Architecture of Pot Shops

Personal History: Murals & History in South El Monte/El Monte

Youth: Women & Children, First 2016 ~ by Quam Odunsi

“Compton Cruise” ~ Photos by Scott Reyes

Intersections ~ Sean Maung

Graffiti History: UTI CREW Celebrates 30 Years

Preview: ARCHAEOLOGIES: LA, New Photo Book About Los Angeles

Photo Essay: The Amazing Murals of Pow! Wow! Antelope Valley

View from the East Side ~ Photos by Gregory Bojorquez

Dia de Los Muertos at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Legends of L.A. Taco Art Series #2 ~ “Leo’s Taco Truck” by Hawk Krall

Taco Visit with Billy Kheel


Inside LOCOL ~ Watts

Golden Deli: A Vietnamese Restaurant in San Gabriel Since 1981

Photo Recap: Art in LA

Where to Go When You’re Hungover in L.A.


Crazy In Love: Lucha Vavoom at The Mayan Theatre

Recap: Printed Matter’s 2016 LA Art Book Fair

The inauguration of Diversion, LA’s essential techno block party

Recap: Artifesto 2016 ~ Inglewood

Recap: 2016 LA Zine Fest!

Recap: “Por Vida” Originals Magazine Release Party


The Tacos of Taco Madness 2016

Taco Madness 2016

Vincent Price’s Guacamole Recipe

The Offalo’s Top 10 Tacos of Tacolandia 2016

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