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 (a secret family recipe). New generations of Guerrero women continue to run Cielito Lindo—where 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 to crisp, golden perfection.
How to book: Pre-order for pickup by calling 213-687-4391. Free parking for pickup only located behind the restaurant at Parking Lot #3.