Stop #1: Birrieria Flor Del Rio
3201 E 4th St; Boyle Heights; 323.268.0319
Esparza says, "It's the U.S. branch of the family's birria stand in Nochistlan, Zacatecas; the cooking here is a source of family pride. Simply put, they serve the best goat in town." Also, it's actually the only thing they serve, so top it with onions and wrap it up in some tortillas, Billy.
Stop #2: Tacos Cuernavaca Truck
Whittier Blvd & Eastmont Ave; Montebello; 323.377.4603
"[The best thing here is the] Battleship taco -- a super-sized bite loaded with rice and condiments and topped with your meat of choice," Esparza says. Bonus: After you finish, you can say, "I sunk my battleship!" and then laugh and laugh and... moving on!