It isn’t a neighborhood guide without tacos, and the best late night tacos in Hollywood are at Chiqui’s, parked in the gas station at the corner of Santa Monica and Vine. They have all of the usual meats served in all of the usual antojitos, but the reason you’re there is the al pastor, a spinning beacon like a lighthouse in stormy Hollywood seas. The trompero is a true master, artfully charring then slicing the gorgeous orange pork off the trompo, sliding it straight into your tortilla and then adding pineapple with a quick twist of the knife and a deft flick of the wrist. Dress with salsa—red, green, avocado, or habanero—and a fistful of pickled onion and chiles, then take it back to the trunk of your car, the perfect end to any kind of night.
How to book: Walk up, and make sure you order your al pastor ‘for here.’