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The TacoWire: Cannabis-Infused Taco Night, Birria with Live Mariachi, and the First Steamed Burger Truck in L.A.

Photo courtesy of Ta’Con Madrez.

Welcome back to the TacoWire, your weekly dispatch at L.A. Taco that keeps you up to date with the latest street food, new spots to try, and events worth going to. 

Taco Demon

Ay, demonios! Taco Demon serves cannabis-infused “demon salsa” with chile de arbol, habanero, serrano and a THC-infused agua de Jamaica to accompany its selection of tacos filled with pastor, asada, chicken, and jackfruit carnitas on handmade tortillas. The business will debut on March 22nd at a 21+ skateboard and roller-skating party in Santa Fe Springs called “High Roller,” organized by Illusion Collectives. Hippie Churros will also be on hand to slang gourmet churros, alongside other vendors. $12 tickets are now available.

Los Lobos Fish Tacos

Los Lobos Fish Tacos is popping up this Saturday, March 7, and again on Saturday, March 28, at 818 Brewing in Canoga Park. Light, crispy Baja-style beer-battered fish, and Cajun-spiced shrimp tacos are what owner Roberto Lopez, a veteran food truck worker and part-time student at Los Angeles Mission College, is all about.

Mar. 7 & Mar. 28, 2-6 PM at 818 Brewing, 8951 De Soto Ave. Canoga Park, CA 91304 ~

Taco de al pastor from Demon Tacos, photo courtesy of them. 
Taco de pastor from Demon Tacos

Ta’Con Madrez

Ta’Con Madrez, operated by Mayra Martinez, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Salsas,” will pop-up in the Downtown Arts District this Friday and Saturday night for tacos and quesadillas with asada and pastor, along with salsas made from tropical fruits. Tomorrow's selection will include habanero-mango, tamarind, cilantro and pineapple salsas made in a molcajete.

Fri-Sat., 660 Mateo St., Los Angeles, CA 90021 ~

Tacos el Cochi

Tacos el Cochi, aka Birrias el Cochi, is now open in La Puente. The plancha-based street operation makes Tijuana-style tacos dorados and mulitas filled with birria de res from a 40-qt. stockpot of bone-in beef, with large handfuls of Monterrey Jack, served alongside consomé, as well as on its own.

Hutchcroft St. and Sunset Ave., La Puente, CA ~

The Steamin’ Burger Truck

The Steamin’ Burger Truck has moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, with its debut appearance happening at “First Fridays” tonight on Abbot Kinney. The truck claims to be the “first and only stuffed steamed burger truck” on earth, selling items like a jalapeño-stuffed cheeseburger that’s steamed instead of fried or grilled. It sounds good. Unless they’re Giants fans. And with a pastrami, avocado, bacon and fried egg-topped burger called “the World Series Champ,” we fear they just might be.

Mar. 6, 4 PM ~ Abbot Kinney Boulevard between California and Santa Clara streets, Venice ~

Sip & Chick

Sip & Chick is a new Koreatown spot serving Japanese tonkotsu and vegan ramen along with hulking chicken sandos, available in regular, mild or spicy heat levels on butter buns with pickles and yuzu.

4003 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 568-3953,

Taco Volador

Taco Volador is open on Tuesdays in South Central. The stand serves T.J.-style charcoal-grilled asada, chicken, and chorizo centered on premium meats and handmade tortillas. Mulitas, tacos, quesadillas, and quesatacos are available.

Tuesdays, 5 PM-sellout, 4015 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90011 ~

Birria Los Socios

Birria Los Socios is open Wed.-Sun. in Boyle Heights for birria de chivo and birria de res. In addition to cheesy mulitas, quesadillas, tacos dorados, and soft tacos with consomé, the truck offers the fermented corn beverage tejuino to wash it all down with.

Wed.-Sun. 9 AM-5 PM ~ 3544 E. 3rd Place Los Angeles, CA 90063 ~

Peru Chicha

Peru Chicha is now open in Gardena. The restaurant is already proving quite popular for its Peruvian menu, which includes tallarin saltado, bistek a lo pobre, leche de tigre, salchipapas, and anticuchos de corazón.

14800 S. Western Avenue Unit 103 Gardena, CA 90249 ~ (310) 819-8665 ~

Burgers 99

 The dudes behind Indian food sensation Badmaash are the proud new papas behind Burgers 99, a Mid-City diner serving riffs on classic cheeseburgers from iconic restaurants like In-N-Out Burger, Apple Pan and McDonald's. You can also get breakfast burritos and McMuffin-esque egg sandwiches.

131 S. La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036 ~

Quesaburritos at Pobres Tacos

 The birria de res innovators at Mid-City’s Pobres Tacos recently added queso-wrapped burritos to their menu, wrapping an entire birria de res burrito with a flour tortilla in a golden blanket of crispy fried mozzarella.

6136 Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90035 ~

Birrieria de Don Boni

Birrieria de Don Boni is having a party to celebrate the opening of its new building in Boyle Heights. There will be mariachi from 3 - 5 PM, along with giveaways of desserts and some free shirts. In a first for the decades-old restaurant, the new location will also serve beer. Hey, grab us one of those shirts.

1853 E. 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90033 ~

Mariscos 4 Vientos #5

Mariscos 4 Vientos opened its fifth location yesterday, with a new restaurant on Olympic in Downtown, just a few blocks down from ROW DTLA.

1251 E. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA ~

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