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My Favorite Taco ~ Charles Phoenix

11:34 AM PDT on May 14, 2008


Ontario, C.A.-bred Charles Phoenix is a true master of Los Angeles history, kitsch, and trivia. His nostalgia-inducing slides, painstakingly unearthed from forgotten decades at L.A. yard sales and second-hand shops, were something we long enjoyed at And we once spotted him rocking a mariachi suit quite handsomely to boot. This fun-loving tour guide, performer, archivist, and author has recently been getting back the love he gives, with an appearance on Martha Stewart's show and vast kudos for his "Disneyland Tour of Los Angeles."

This weekend in Glendale, Mr. Phoenix presents his Moonlight Rollerway Jubilee, a spectacular night of Charles' slides, accompanied by live organ and some kick ass pro roller-skating displays, followed by free snacks and a late-night skating party. Spending a night with Charles is a fun-filled retro romp to be sure, we took just a minute to catch up with this urban docent to research what his top taco pick is in the City of Angels. Turns out, his impeccable taste does not falter when it comes to Silverlake's Mexican food purveyors.

Hey Charles Phoenix, what's your favorite taco?

Charles Phoenix: "I love tacos! All kinds of tacos. In fact I've hardly ever had a taco I didn't like. Growing up here in Southern california I've been eating them since I could chew. It's difficult to choose a favorite. But...if I had to, it would be the carnitas taco at Alegria, a little Mexican restaurant in a strip mall in Silverlake. Carnitas dripping in fat served in a medium sized flour tortilla with fresh chopped white onion and cilantro and a lemon wedge on the side. Simply delicious."

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