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Salsas, Swag, and Cookbooks: Your L.A. Taco Guide to Supporting Restaurants While Cooking at Home

1:38 PM PDT on March 20, 2020

    [dropcap size=big]L[/dropcap]os Angeles restaurants, and the nameless thousands of workers that help them run, are facing deep trouble. After citywide shutdowns of dining venues, bars, and street chefs, a large number of these businesses are confronting their very extinction.

    By now you likely know that the best way to support restaurants is to order meals for delivery or pick-up, and by buying gift certificates and or restaurant-issued bonds for yourself and your loved ones.

    But if you’re on a budget or not living in precise delivery zones, there are still a large handful of restaurants you can support as a home-cook. Several well-known restaurants and cafes have their own products for sale online for shipping or delivery. We’re talking about edible merchandise you can cook with or consume, like sauces, spices, and sweets.

    And of course, there are plenty of local chefs the city adores who also offer their own cookbooks so you can recreate some of their favorite dishes from the social distancing comfort of your own home.

    Here is our L.A. Taco guide to products and cookbooks you can buy online from our local restaurants. Buy a few for yourself or someone else if you can, it might make a small difference to their survival, as well as to the people who depend on them for their livelihoods. We hope to keep this list updated if there are any products we’ve missed that you happen to love.

    L.A. Restaurant Pantry Staples

    Amor y Tacos: 5-pound container of braised short rib, chicken tinga, or carnitas with green or red sauce, and a pack of tortillas.

    Ayara Thai: Thai BBQ Sauce

    Baltaire: Signature Steak Sauce

    Belcampo: Bone Broth

    Bludso’s BBQ: Dry Rubs and Bludso’s Original BBQ Sauces

    Cake Monkey: Dessert Gift Boxes

    Chichen Itza: Habanero Hot Sauce

    Eataly: Pastas and Italian Pantry Items

    El Barrio Neighborhood Tacos: El I-Hooo-Le michelada mix, made by El Barrio chef Ulises Pineda-Alfaro

    Ester's Wine Shop: Wine and Caramel Gift Boxes

    Front Page Jamaican Grille: Jerk Sauce

    Gabi James: Wine, cocktails and gin n' juice Jell-O shots.

    Go Get ‘Em Tiger: Subscription Coffee

    GoodBoyBob: Coffee and Coffee Subscriptions and Tues. and Fri. delivery of market provisions (such as eggs, cold brew, oat milk, house granola, chicken congee, wine, avocados, Bub & Grandma's bread) when you email

    Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop: Wellness Kits and Food Boxes

    Gjusta: Pantry, Spice and Coffee Gift Boxes

    Guelaguetza: Pre-Prepared Oaxacan Moles and both I Love Micheladas mixes

    Guerrilla Tacos: Emergency Coffee Kits and Cold-Brew Coffee Kits

    Joan's On Third: Assorted Snack and Wine Crates

    Jon & Vinny's/Helen’s Wine Bar: Chocolate bars

    Manuela: Grocery delivery within 10 miles, including egg from its on-property chickens, steaks, chicken breasts, milk, peanut butter, flour and coffee.

    Mulberry Street Pizza: Pasta Sauce and Chile Oil

    Pablito's Peruvian Tacos: Peruvian Crack Sauce

    Philippe the Original: Hot mustard and Pickled Chile Peppers

    Rao's: Pasta Sauces, Soups, and Dried Pasta

    Salt's Cure: Oatmeal Griddle Cake Mix

    Sqirl: Assorted Jams

    Trejo's Tacos: L.A. Picante Hot Sauce

    Vinovore: Wine Subscriptions


    AOC: The AOC Cookbook, from Chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne

    Bar Amá: Amá, A Modern Tex-Mex Kitchen, from Chef Josef Centeno

    Bestia: The Bestia Cookbook, from chef Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis

    Birdie G's: On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen, by Chef Jeremy Fox

    Button Mash: Adventures in Starry Kitchen: 88 Asian-Inspired Recipes From America's Most Famous Underground Restaurant

    Crossroads Kitchen: Crossroads: Extraordinary Recipes From the Restaurant That Is Reinventing Vegan Cuisine, from Chef Tal Ronnen

    Death & Co.: Death & Co Modern Classic Cocktails

    Grand Central Market: The Grand Central Market Cookbook

    Guelaguetza: Oaxaca: Homecooking From the Heart of Mexico, from Bricia Lopez and Javier Cabral

    Guerrilla Tacos: Guerrilla Tacos: Recipes from the Streets of L.A., from Chef Wes Avila

    Felix: American Sfoglino: A Master Class in Handmade Pasta, from Chef Evan Funke

    Kogi/Chego: L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, from Chef Roy Choi

    La Casita Mexicana: A Simple Guide To Great Salsas! (Bilingual), by Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu

    Lucques/Tavern: Sunday Suppers at Lucques, from Chef Suzanne Goin and Bar Chef: Handcrafted Cocktails, from Head Barman Christiaan Rollich

    Matthew Biancaniello: Eat Your Drink

    Petit Trois/Trois Mec: LudoBites: Recipes and Stories From the Pop-Up Restaurants of Ludo Lefebvre

    République: Baking at République Cookbook, from Chefs Walter Manzke and Margarita Manzke

    Sqirl: Everything I Want to Eat: The New California Comfort Food From L.A.'s Sqirl, from Chef Jessica Koslow

    Valerie Confections: Sweet, from Valerie Gordon

    L.A. Restaurant Merch

    Dia de Los Puercos: T-shirts, hoodies, socks, and cups

    Cofax: T-shirts 

    Guerrilla Tacos: Schwag

    Evil Cooks: This 'Make Tacos Great Again' T-shirt available via DM on Instagram

    Mariscos Jalisco: This Lakers-inspired snapback available via DM on Instagram

    Rose City Pizza: T-shirts!

    Prime Pizza: Some highly fashionable pizza gear

    Tacos 1986: Wear your love for their tacos via T-shirts and more

    Editor's note: Please feel free to link and shout out other spots that we missed in the comment section.

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