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Guerrilla Tacos

Guerrilla Tacos

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Parked outside of Blacktop Coffee in the Arts District sits a former renegade on wheels, Guerrilla Tacos. Serving flavorful and authentic tacos, it’s intriguing name comes from it’s anarchist past — “we first started as an illegal cart selling tacos without permits so when the cops came, we packed up and left.” said Chef Wes Avila. Now, it’s whereabouts is tracked down by loyal customers and some make the trek as far as Santa Monica — in LA’s commuting standard, that’s dedication. 

Native Angeleno, Chef Wes brings his French training and experience from Le Comptoir to prepare a menu that changes daily: braised oxtail with pickled onions, tender lamb shank or pancetta & brussel sprouts topped with a fried egg. The mouthwatering menu uses all local ingredients and typically sells out as early as 1pm. It’s best to arrive early and enjoy a cup of coffee from Blacktop Coffee. “Coffee and tacos goes hand in hand,” says Chef Wes “have a cup of coffee before or after tacos.” 

Guerrilla Tacos is a pit stop for tasty tacos and good company. There is strong sense of pride amongst those affiliated with Guerrilla Tacos. Friends and family of Chef Wes hang out smiling, chatting and supporting the growing business. There are dreams of opening a brick + mortar location in Downtown LA, but in the meantime consistently satisfy your taco craving outside of Blacktop Coffee.

Written by:
Janica De Guzman
Photographed by:
Janica De Guzman

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