Food & Drink

The Best Mexican Food in LA For Takeout and Delivery

Madre
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Mexican food’s a birthright to Angelenos -- after all, LA was part of Mexico for nearly three decades (until 1848) before the border crossed its inhabitants. So even though most of us are self-isolating and social-distancing, we still need to get our Mexican food fix somehow. Luckily, there are many restaurants around town offering takeout and delivery (many with special DIY kits you can assemble from the comfort of your couch) -- ranging from old-school, sit-down spots to taco stands and hole-in-the-wall joints. Here are some of the best Mexican places to order from now.

Tallula’s
Tallula’s | Courtesy of Elise Freimuth

Tallula’s

Santa Monica
Tallula’s beachside location once made it the perfect spot for some post-surf and sun eats -- an imaginative take on Mexican food influenced by executive chef Saw Naing’s Burmese and Indian heritage. The beaches are closed, but you can still get curried beef tacos, potato masala tacos, crema-blanketed nachos, and everything else on their regular takeout menu. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Tallula’s is extending hours from 2-9pm with special deals, like an economical $25 Virtual Happy Hour Pack that includes margaritas, guac, chips, and salsa (available for $30 post-Cinco) and a $160 Party Pack with salads, enchiladas, churros, and more.
Call 310-526-0027, email, or order via ChowNow, Postmates, UberEats, Caviar, Grubhub, Doordash. 

Loqui
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Loqui

Culver City & Downtown
Loqui found its legs as a weekly popup out of the back of San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery -- thankfully, they eventually headed south and quickly became one of LA’s hottest taco spots. Available for pickup and delivery, their tightly edited menu of tacos and plates -- starring Loqui’s handmade, ultra-thin, crisp tortillas -- has expanded to include family meals. In honor of Cinco de Mayo, they’re putting together a pickup-only package, available for preorder, that brings the party home with festive table decor, Mexican candy, and of course, all the food.
Order online.

Azule Taqueria
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Azule Taqueria

Santa Monica
If you’re lucky enough to live within an eight-mile radius of this solid taco joint -- part of the SocialEats food hall on Third Street Promenade -- you can enjoy free delivery on cauliflower al pastor, pineapple pork belly, and garlic shrimp avocado tacos (with a $15 minimum). Come Cinco de Mayo, it’ll be a snap to hit the threshold with $25 boxes filled with 10 tacos of your choice, $30 boxes stuffed with four burritos, or $40 DIY taco kits with 24 tortillas and toppings. Don’t mind picking up? Bring your own beer growlers to Third St. and get them filled straight from the tap on the SocialEats draft beer wall for $0.20/ounce.
Order online or via Postmates, Grubhub, UberEats, Doordash.

Maestro
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Maestro

Pasadena
Quarantine date nights and special occasions call for a takeout or delivery order from Old Town Pasadena’s Maestro. The condensed menu still boasts enough fancy apps and entrees to make your at-home meal feel memorable -- like shrimp and octopus ceviche, citrusy skirt steak, and chicken-loaded enchiladas covered in a deliciously earthy mole sauce. Cinco de Mayo specials include $55 party trays designed to feed up to four with mouthwatering flautas or enchiladas, $35 bottles of margarita, and $25 michelada kits.
Order by calling 626-787-1512.

Toca Madera

West Hollywood
This WeHo spot, known for its organic Mexican food made with locally sourced ingredients, is determined to recreate its classy restaurant experience for you at home with fiesta packages, DIY craft cocktail kits, and even a customized Spotify playlist by its resident DJ roster. Available for pickup or delivery, family-style meals start at $19.95 for a set of salads with house-made chips and top off at $134.95 for a box of American wagyu top sirloin that’s been seared to your preferred temperature, a whole chicken marinated in al pastor sauce, and a handful of sides. 
Order online or via Doordash, UberEats, Caviar, Postmates.

Tocaya Organica
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Tocaya Organica 

Multiple Locations
As the fast-casual sibling of its more upscale sister Toca Madera, Tocaya Organica has rapidly expanded across LA over the past few years -- serving customized bowls, wraps, burritos, and tacos with locally sourced, organic produce and catering to vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free customers without sacrificing flavor. Ring in Cinco de Mayo with one of their three packages, starting at $89.95, built around their taco bar and available for pickup or delivery. 
Order online.

Petite Taqueria
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Petite Taqueria

West Hollywood
The team behind h.wood Group -- who’s responsible for some of LA’s liveliest nightspots -- is keeping their contemporary Mexican spot Petite Taqueria open by providing curbside pickup at their celebrity haunt The Nice Guy. Chicken tinga, wet burritos, taco salads, and pints of tomatillo and guac are on offer, as well as a convenient bundle of tacos and tequila (Casamigos, naturally). For Cinco de Mayo, they’ve assembled all the necessities for $89: tortilla chips, refried beans, Spanish rice, carne asada, corn and flour tortillas, and even tres leches cake to feed four party people. They’re also whipping up two festive cocktails -- a citrus-charged mezcal concoction and a boozy rum drink blended with Prosecco, pineapple, and mint.
Order online or via Postmates.

Guerrilla Tacos

Arts District
Chef Wes Avila (who recently penned this charming ode to LA) elevates the street taco into an art form -- crafted with top-grade ingredients that freely interpret the myriad, multicultural flavors he grew up with in east Los Angeles. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu with stints under Alain Ducasse and Republique’s Walter Manzke, Avila left the world of fine dining establishments to sling street tacos: an approachable, familiar vessel that gives him the freedom to experiment. When he recently pivoted to become a takeout and delivery operation, Avila created a special to-go-only menu with emergency kits (because when isn’t your appetite for Mexican food an emergency?) for his most popular sweet potato tacos, margaritas, and nachos dressed up in chipotle crema and cotija. For Cinco de Mayo, he’s curated special holiday kits starting at $30 -- which you can order here.
Order by calling 213-375-3300 or via Caviar.

madre
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Madre 

Multiple Locations
Owner Ivan Vasquez’s mother still lives in Oaxaca, but you can taste her influence in the restaurant’s rich moles, goat barbacoa, and tlayudas -- served with thick masa tortillas called memelas. Vasquez imports chiles, cheese, and spices from his native Oaxaca and tends to the restaurant’s extensive bar program, a healthy selection of which is still available for takeout or delivery via smoky margarita, mule, and michelada kits. And if you feel like enjoying chorizo breakfast bowls and beef picadillo omelettes on random Tuesday nights, Madre recently expanded its formerly weekend-only brunch to daily. Get in on the Cinco de Mayo festivities with this killer deal at Madre: three premium tacos and a marg for $16. While you’re at it, add a few more traditional Oaxacan-style dishes -- many of which have been passed down through the generations -- to your order. 
Order online.

Sonoratown

Downtown
Famous for its tacos in the style of San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora in Northern Mexico, this pint-sized spot has pivoted to offering its full menu for takeout or delivery. They’ve also added family-style meals ranging from $18-$48 -- although no judgment if you decide to enjoy it all for yourself. After all, no one has tortillas quite like Sonoratown, made in house from melty lard and a special, soft wheat flour unique to Sonora that’s key to these remarkably thin yet chewy vessels -- which are wrapped around mesquite-grilled meat and sprinkled with scallions, lime, and salsa roja for one of LA’s best tacos or glutted with tender beef and blistered tomatoes for a game-changing chivichanga burrito. 
Order by calling 213-628-3710 or order via Caviar.

Tacos 1986 

Multiple locations
You can still order takeout or delivery from any of this Tijuana-style taqueria’s three locations -- which continue to serve up tasty, no-frills tacos from a straightforward menu. Choose from asada, mushrooms (a standout tossed in a vinaigrette with a variety of toasted chiles, olive oil, and sesame seeds), adobada, and chicken served via taco, quesadilla, mulita, or vampiro (which involves a lot of tasty melted cheese). But we recommend the new $32 platter that allows you to mix and match for up to one pound of protein and includes 12 freshly pressed corn tortillas and all the garnishes (the rich, creamy horchata is extra).
Order online via Postmates, Caviar, DoorDash, Grubhub.

Amorcito
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Amorcito

Long Beach
Located in a mall complex in Long Beach, Amorcito is the fast-casual concept from Chef Thomas Ortega -- who also helms critically acclaimed Amor Y Tacos and Playa Amor. Although he temporarily shut down these operations in April, Ortega’s reopening doors to all three on Cinco de Mayo (and beyond). Known for innovating the contemporary pocho cuisine movement, a growing style of Mexican-American cooking in SoCal, Ortega is offering his full menu at Amorcito -- ranging from a hatch chile cheeseburger stuffed with grass-fed Angus beef and garlic aioli to loaded al pastor fries. He’s also kicking off the holiday with an Amorcito Street Taco Kit. For $35, you’ll get an array of tacos (slow-braised beef, al pastor, carnitas, and soyrizo), along with rice, beans, cilantro, and salsa. Plus, if you’re missing sports right now, there’s an option to add on a six-pack of LA Dodger Blonde Ale for $12.
Order by calling 562-420-5005.

coni
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Coni’Seafood 

Inglewood
As you can tell by its name, this beloved spot specializes in seafood -- importing shrimp, whole fish, and more from Sinaloa and Nayarit. Vicente “Chente” Cossio kicked off the concept in the backyard of his Inglewood home in 1987, and daughter Connie has continued the tradition of using family recipes to prepare Nayarit-style ceviche, fish, and shrimp in dozens of ways. The menu’s pièce de résistance, however, is a butterflied whole snook -- grilled until its edges become crisp, and the moist, meaty parts flake away when you pick at it with your fork. It’s served with sweet caramelized onions and warm tortillas to counterbalance the salty, briney, absolutely mouthwatering bits of fish. And yes, it’s one of the many dishes that’s still available to order via pickup or delivery -- provided you’re willing to wait the extra time it takes to prepare.
Call 310-672-2339 or order via Postmates or DoorDash.

Petty Cash Taqueria

Mid-City
Until you can kick back at one of Petty Cash’s lively, communal, picnic-style tables again, this taqueria has build-your-own-taco kits available for takeout and pickup with advance notice. As $21 per person for up to 10, the set includes your choice of beef brisket, jidori chicken, sweet potato, and more; poblano rice and beans; and tortillas made with organic, non-GMO masa sourced from Masienda, an heirloom corn supplier that gets its maize from Mexico. And because it’s Cinco de Mayo, you’ll need to wash it down with mezcal (sold by the liter) or hand-crafted margaritas -- which you can add to your order for extra.
Order via Tock.

Guisados 

Various locations
Guisados’s simple, slow-cooked braises and homestyle tacos seem designed to make social distancing easier to handle. Each handmade corn tortilla boasts a tender, braised protein that tastes as if it’s been simmering on the stove for days, like slippery, fatty chicharron in chile verde, or the slightly sweet-yet-spicy shredded pork. Though Guisados has locations all over LA, only the Echo Park, West Hollywood, and Burbank outposts are open for takeout or delivery right now -- offering their usual stuff and, exclusively via Postmates, a Safer at Home menu with family-style bundles of tacos, beans, and more or fresh produce you can order a la carte.
Call location or order online via Caviar, Grubhub, Postmates.

Guelaguetza
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Guelaguetza 

Koreatown
You may not be able to enjoy their live mariachi band, but you can still indulge in Guelaguetza’s renowned and incredibly complex moles -- like the green olive-infused estofado or a sweeter black version. From Thursday to Sunday, this authentic Oaxacan restaurant offers takeout and delivery, including family-style meals and kits where you can assemble your own micheladas using their housemade mix. For Cinco de Mayo, they’re doing a limited run of cemitas poblanas (a meat sandwich made with fresh baked bread) and tacos arabes (a hybrid of al pastor and pork shawarma on a pita-like tortilla)  -- two traditional dishes hailing from Puebla, Mexico. As for the mariachi, there’s always Spotify… 
Order online or via DoorDash, Grubhub.

Broken Spanish 

Downtown
Chef Ray Garcia’s refined take on Mexican food was always worth the drive downtown. And now that traffic’s at an all-time low, there’s even more reason to order for pickup. The chef, who’s had stints at the five-star Peninsula Beverly Hills and Santa Monica’s FIG, combines his haute cuisine training with a modern Mexican-American flavor palate. He recently partnered with Burritos la Palma on Saturday mornings to offer elevated brunch burritos (think: duck chorizo with scrambled eggs and braised oxtail with habanero) from 11:30am-2:00pm, in addition to batched cocktails and tamales sold by the dozen. 
 
And fans of Garcia’s now-shuttered B.S. Taqueria can feast on its beloved chorizo and potato tacos, rice and beans, and churros again. For a limited time, he’s bringing back his old restaurant’s greatest hits via his more upscale operation at Broken Spanish -- exactly what you’ll be in the mood for come Cinco de Mayo. The occasion also calls for brand-new cocktail packages starting at $65, like a serrano-infused tequila kit that even comes with a jigger for measuring.
Order via Tock

Al & Bea’s 

Boyle Heights
Boyle Heights knows how to get down with a good bean and cheese burrito, and Al & Bea’s has some of the best. Beatrice Carreon and husband Albert founded this basic brown stand in 1966, and up until the restaurant shutdown, people still flooded the ordering window. Now you can skip the line by ordering their steaming-hot burritos -- containing refried pinto beans and molten yellow cheddar -- for takeout or delivery. If you absolutely must stray from burritos (or, uh, just want to double-stuff your face), also order the guacamole fries and sweet horchata.
Order by calling 323-267-8810 or via DoorDash.

Casa Vega 

Sherman Oaks
The Valley’s 64-year-old beloved Mexican institution is reopening for takeout just in time for Cinco de Mayo. On the holiday itself, they’re offering a Quarantine Taco Kit -- which includes a tray of crispy tacos, a pint of rice and beans, and a half-gallon of classic (and strong!) margaritas that feeds 4-6 people for $80. Pro tip: Add on the chopped guacamole, which comes with highly addictive, wonton-like flour tortilla chips. All you have to do is pull up to Casa Vega’s driveway off Ventura Blvd. and someone will place your food in the trunk or backseat for a seamless easy-in, easy-out experience.
Order by calling 818-788-4868 or online.

Cielito Lindo

Downtown
No old-school Mexican list is complete without a nod to LA’s first street -- literally. Spanish settlers installed Olvera St in 1781, and the tourist destination still has a number of restaurants. Aurora Guerrero served food in front of an Olvera Street bar before opening this casual spot in 1934, specializing in shredded beef taquitos that are pan-fried to order and doused in a tangy green avocado-garlic-chile sauce. Granddaughter Dianna Guerrero Robertson now runs Cielito Lindo -- and has kept it open for business. Now, you can pick up the city’s tastiest taquitos (it’s said that in the ‘40s, Hollywood legend Orson Welles evidently engulfed 44 during one meal) either raw or cooked.
Order by calling 213-687-4391.

El Cholo 

Multiple Locations
Sonora natives Alejandro Borquez and wife Rosa opened the first El Cholo in 1923, originally billing it as a “Spanish café.” These days, their grandson Ron Salisbury carries on family traditions, where dependably delicious menu items appear alongside their years of introduction. Now, they’re offering some of their most popular items -- like the much-lauded green corn tamales and enchilada suiza -- for takeout or delivery, as well as gearing up to offer family-style meals in the weeks to come..
Order online or via Grubhub.

El Parian 

Pico-Union
El Parian is a Jalisco-style restaurant from owner Maria Garcia that has thrived for over five decades in Pico-Union. Enjoy their specialty -- intensely flavored roasted goat that’s simultaneously crusty and juicy called birria -- from the comfort of your living room. Each order typically comes with plenty of onions, cilantro, and a tangy, vinegar-rich habanero sauce that you should try to avoid getting all over your couch.
Order via Grubhub.

La Azteca Tortilleria

East LA
This East LA classic has been making tortillas and using them as fuel for fantastic burritos, quesadillas, and tacos for over seven decades. Ownership has changed over the years, but now the Villa family -- including father Juan, wife Candy, son Juan, and daughter Cynthia -- is making the most of La Azteca’s masa. The quesadillas feature griddled flour tortillas, molten Monterey Jack cheese, sautéed pico de gallo, and if you’re smart, chicharrones. Burritos get no better than La Azteca’s version with egg-battered, Jack-filled chile relleno, pinto beans, pico de gallo, and nopales.
Order by calling 323-262-5977 or order via Postmates.

La Cabañita

Glendale 
Sparr Heights, a north Glendale neighborhood that very few Angelenos visit, has one of the city’s most memorable Mexican restaurants. Francisco Jimenez and wife Patricia opened this “little cabin” in 1989, and the restaurant shutdown hasn’t seemed to slow them down in the slightest. The full menu is available for takeout -- including standout dishes like pork chops baked in pasilla chile sauce, a variety of chiles rellenos, and massive meatballs filled with hard-boiled eggs and cooked in spicy chipotle sauce. 
Order by calling 818-957-2711.

Lupes #2

East LA
This open-air burrito stand from the late, great Lupe has been family-run in East LA since 1972, which seems prescient, since it’s now near a Gold Line stop and the 710. Thanks to delivery or takeout, you can score their gazillion different burritos, including basic bean and cheese, panic-inducing red beef that tastes like it’s engulfed in flames, and a California burrito that combines beans and cheese with steak, guac, sour cream, and the obligatory french fries. Stuffing your face with Lupe’s burritos won’t feel quite the same at home -- but at least you won’t have to jostle for a seat at one of the picnic tables.
Order via DoorDash, UberEats, Grubhub, Postmates.

Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Cafe 

Boyle Heights
Laughably large burritos are the claim to fame at this Boyle Heights institution that’s been near Evergreen Cemetery since 1955. Manuel Rojas passed away in 2013, and daughter Elena persists with beastly burritos like the Hollenbeck, named for prominent 19th-century real estate developer John Edward Hollenbeck who played a key role in the foundation of Boyle Heights. The cafe honors him with seared pork simmered in chile verde, rice, bean, and guac, all wrapped in a flour tortilla and smothered in more chile verde. Enchiladas, nachos, and sandwiches help round out the menu (and your stomach). Now you can tackle El Tepeyac’s football-sized bombs at home -- thanks to delivery and takeout.
Order online.

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Tiffany Tse is a freelance contributor at Thrillist and ate approximately 10,582 tortilla chips in the name of research for this article. Follow her adventures around town at @twinksy.