Where To Celebrate National Taco Day In L.A.

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Tacos practically define street food culture here in L.A., and who makes the best has been a much-debated topic. We've crafted a list of our favorites, and you sounded off. Angelenos aren't the only ones who loves the taco; it's estimated that Americans ate 4.5 billion tacos in 2012 alone. That's a lot of street meat.

But just how is one meant to eat one of these tortilla-wrapped treats? Think of it like that old Taco Bell commercial with Shaq, where he suffered from taco neck.

“Bite in with a slight tilt of your head while pinching the top of the tortilla together so none of the fillings fall out. Finish by biting both sides of the taco so you taste a piece of the tortilla with the filling in each bite,” says Executive Chef Jimmy Shaw of Loteria Grill.

Shaw is whipping up some tacos that'll definitely give you taco neck, including tres cochinitos (three little pigs), mole negro, and camarones tacos for the occasion. Of course, you could hit up some of our city's best taco trucks to celebrate too.

Or if you feel like going fancy, head over to the Hudson, where they'll be offering up a plate of three tacos for $15 to go along with their cocktails, wine, and beer. The plate includes a short rib taco with chipotle crema, a jicama taco with blackened ahi and wasabi cream, and a fish taco served grilled or fried.

Another deal to mark the day is over at Casa Vega, home to one of our favorite margaritas. Beef Taquitos con Guacamole and Taquitos de Juan, normally $9.75 and $10.95, respectively, are being offered at half off for the holiday.

Or you could just grab a few brews and some marinated carne asada from your local carneceria and have a fiesta at home. That's how we'll be celebrating.

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