Chef Wes Avila (who penned this charming ode to LA) elevated the street taco into an art form with Guerilla Tacos, which he left in the hands of restaurant partner Britney Valles, executive chef Jason Beberman, and chef de cuisine Steven Londono, when he left to helm his Chinatown sandwich shop Angry Egret Dinette. But don’t worry—the tacos are still crafted with top-grade ingredients that freely interpret the myriad, multicultural flavors that Avila grew up with in East Los Angeles. Some excellent taco options include a Korean Fried Fish taco with a gochujang glaze, and the popular Sweet Potato taco with feta, fried corn, and a nutty cashew and almond chile sauce.
How to book: Walk-ins accepted. Reservations via Resy. Order delivery or pickup online and via Postmates or Caviar.
After spending six years as one of the most beloved food trucks in town, Wes Avila’s Guerilla Tacos parked the truck and found success at this brick-and-mortar Arts District spot he and business partner Brittney Valles opened in 2018. Avila has since moved on to other projects, so Valles is running the show, with chef Jason Beberman in the kitchen, offering specialty tacos stuffed with the likes of Korean-fried fish, Sweet Potatoes with Almond-Cashew Chile, and Octopus and Sunchoke Tostones, plus the hard-shelled Puffy Pocho and snacks like raw and grilled oysters and Scallop Aguachile. There’s also the brilliant option to add Santa Barbara uni to any dish for $5.
Founded in 2012 by chef Wes Avila as a roving food cart, Guerrilla Tacos landed in its first brick and mortar home in the Arts District in 2018, where it quickly found success slinging elevated Mexican fare. In 2020, Avila stepped away to focus on different projects and his restaurant partner Brittney Valles stepped in as the sole owner. After getting through the pandemic with inventive offerings like an “Emergency Taco Kit” and bottled cocktails, she’s still killing the taco game with specialties like the Korean-fried fish taco, the hard-shelled puffy pocho,and the option to add Santa Barbara uni to any dish for 5 bucks. Look for events like comedy nights, too.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome, or make reservations online. Order takeout via Toast and delivery via Caviar or other delivery apps.