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TacoWire: BirriaMania Postponed and You Can Always Order Your Tacos To Go

4:08 PM PDT on March 13, 2020

    As you street food fanatics know, pandemics and watery skies have a way of impeding the plans of taco stands, mass gatherings, and outdoor pop-ups. But remember, you can always order your tacos to go. Nonetheless, please stay tuned to the social media feeds of all included in case something should affect their operations from appearing this weekend. In our continuing mission to support the purveyors of the taco lifestyle, here is your weekly Tacowire.

    Hi birriamaniacs. Due to the Rona, we are postponing our Birriamania event @santaanitapark. We will announce the new date as soon as possible. We hope you all stay safe and think of your street vendors and other vulnerable communities at times like these. Viva Los Angeles!

    — L.A. TACO 🌴🌮 (@LATACO) March 12, 2020


    After much deliberation, we have decided to postpone our BirriaMania event. Please stay tuned to our BirriaMania Instagram account for further updates and our new date.

    Smorgasburg L.A.

    The weekly free-to-enter food festival is also on hiatus "at least until the end of March." Follow their Instagram account for updates.


    MichexGod, which long operated as a michelada-stocked San Fernando Valley food truck, now has its own brick-and-mortar restaurant in Sylmar. Cocteles, aguachiles, shrimp tacos, and tostadas mixtas are available to match with your mariscos-laden miches.

    MichexGod ~ 13066 Glenoaks Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342

    Unknown Kitchen

    Unknown Kitchen is now open in Brentwood. The Vietnamese restaurant, which helped out Wahoo’s Fish Tacos out of its misery on Wilshire, serves soft shell crab spring rolls, filet and brisket pho, short rib pho, shaken beef, papaya salad, and beer, among other delights.

    Unknown Kitchen ~ 11911 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025 ~ (424) 208-3079

    The Bad Jew

    The Bad Jew, a pastrami sandwich pop-up from chef Rebecca King, will be at Santa Monica Brew Works on Sunday, March 15, starting at noon. She’ll be teaming up with Meathead BBQ on smoked meats, weather permitting.

     The Bad Jew ~ March 15, 12 PM-sellout ~ 1920 Colorado Ave., Suite C, Santa Monica, CA 90404

    City Farmer's Street Papas

    City Farmer’s Eddie Rodriquez will be cooking street papas tonight at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach. The menu includes potato confit with grilled cheese, topped with salsa negra, fermented jalapeño, chipotle cream and your choice of meat. Meanwhile, the Mummies and Thee Cormans will be playing a sold-out show.

    City Farmer ~ 2913 E. Anaheim St. Long Beach, CA 90804

    Birria Eggrolls at L.A. Birria Pizza

    L.A. Birria Pizza is now offering birria de res-stuffed eggrolls at its new Mid-City pizza parlor. We approve of this message.

    L.A. Birria Pizza ~ 2190 W. Washington Blvd #E, Los Angeles, CA 90018

    Papa Pancho’s Tacos

    Papa Pancho’s Tacos is popping up every Saturday at Lokels Only in Downtown L.A. The menu has beer-battered fish and shrimp tacos, a deep-fried avocado taco, a deep-fried papaya taco, and the “HoodFoodie” burrito combining its battered fish and shrimp with asada and a mango pico de gallo inside a spinach tortilla. Please, Hammer... don’t hurt ‘em.

    Papa Pancho’s Tacos ~ 1801 E. 7th St. Los Angeles, CA 90021 ~ (951) 897-3868

    Tacos El 19

    Tacos el 19 is now open Tues.-Sun. in Long Beach. The truck serves tacos al vapor with asada, labio, cachete, cabeza and pollo on handmade tortillas, as well as burritos, quesadillas and asada fries. It also offers birria de res every Sunday.

    Tacos el 19 ~ 245 W. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach, CA 90806

    Kebab on Brand

    Kebab on Brand recently opened in Glendale. The menu includes pork ribs, beef kebab, falafel, pork iqibir, and something called “Mexican shawarma.” Delivery is available.

    Kebab on Brand ~ 3030 ½ N. Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA 91203

    Birrieria Tijuana hits North Hills

    Birrieria Tijuana is now open in North Hills for tacos, mulitas and tortas with birria de res.

    Birrieria Tijuana ~ 15437 Parthenia St. North Hills ~ 323-794-6664

    Mariscos Kikas

    Mariscos Kikas is now open and serving San Bernardino. The restaurant has a big menu, full of dishes like aguachile, camarones a la diabla, octopus tacos, and surf n’ turf quesadillas.

    Mariscos Kikas ~ 424 E. Hospitality Lane STE B8,San Bernardino, CA 92408 ~ (909) 381-0141

    Pono & Piha

    Pono & Piha is popping up on Saturdays at Tiki Ti in Silver Lake. Expect creative Hawaiian dishes like oxtail loco moco, truffle poke with pork rinds, fried shrimp in macadamia butter, and “everything” musubi with fried Maui onions and lox. Owners warn that they might get rained out.

    Pono & Piha ~ 4427 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Tacazos in LBC

    Tacazos recently opened in Long Beach. The restaurant offers pastor, cabeza, lengua, asada, birria and other recipes on handmade tortillas, along with huaraches, quesapizzas, tortas, and fries topped with your choice of meat.

    Tacazos ~ 900 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90813 ~ (562) 726-1236

    Help Support Carlos’s Tijuana Tacos

    Carlos’s Tijuana Tacos was broken into this week in Whittier. Both money and the restaurant’s camera systems were summarily ganked. So please give them a little love by acquiring a few of their great TJ-style tacos this weekend.

    Carlos’s Tijuana Tacos

    El Chilote

    El Chilote is popping up on Saturday at Feathered Serpent Brewing in San Dimas. The menu will include tacos de birria de res on handmade yellow corn tortillas, birria plates, quesabirrias, and cups of consome.

    El Chilote ~ 555 W. Allen Ave #11, San Dimas, CA 91773

    El Zarape Vine

    El Zarape Vine is taking over Hollywood’s recently closed Parker Room space for a Mexican cocktail concept featuring tacos de guisados, such as cochinita pibil. Its grand-opening date will be announced soon.

    El Zarape Vine ~ 1358 Vine St. Los Angeles, CA 90028

    Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea

    Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea has a new location currently soft-open in San Gabriel. The bubble tea shop sells drinks such as a passion fruit green tea, salty cream black tea, taro lattes, winter melon lemonade, and caramel pudding tea.

    Yifang Taiwan Fruit Tea ~ 534 E. Valley Blvd., Ste. 6, San Gabriel, CA ~ (626) 872-6884

    Masienda’s High-Tech Molino

    The Westside masa specialists at Masienda have introduced state-of-the-art, stainless steel and basalt-integrated industrial molino for grinding nixtamalized corn into masa. Priced at $1,550, the Molinito is clearly not for your average home cook, but if you can swing the cost and swear by the Taco Life, then handle.

    Masienda’s Molinito

    Tacos el Tapatio Flies South

    Tacos el Tapatio, which sells its “Guadalajara-style beef barbacoa” in City Terrace and Downtown, is opening a location in San Diego’s Barrio Logan today. The stand serves tacos, vampiros, mulitas and quesadillas on tortillas hechas a mano, as well as cheesy burritos.

    Tacos El Tapatio ~ 5065 Logan Ave. San Diego, CA 92113

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