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Asada Tacos and Rolled Tacos in San Fernando Valley

Jwsel | Dec 6, 2014 11:33 PM

For the past few years, my regular taqueria has been Alberto's in Van Nuys for rolled tacos and carne asada tacos. The rolled tacos are phenomenal -- crispy with guacamole and fluffy shredded cheese. I wouldn't place the tacos at the same level, but they are better than average, with flavorful meat.

A few weeks ago and then again today -- both on Saturday afternoons -- Alberto's has been closed without explanation. (They were open one time in between.) Having already purchased salsa at Birrieria Mexico a block away (Alberto's roja salsa is terrible), I needed an alternative.

So any suggestions for good rolled tacos and/or flavorful asada tacos in the valley? Van Nuys would be preferred.

For the record, here are places that I sometimes go to, but have not found to be as consistently good as Alberto's (and none have good rolled tacos):

El Taco Llama: Van Nuys Blvd. and Haskell locations. Great salsa roja, but the asada tacos don't have much flavor. The barbacoa is better, but I can get better at the aforementioned Birrieria Mexico (which doesn't have asada). The El Taco Llama on Sherman Way in North Hollywood has been better, but it's trek.

Pico Pico Rico (Magnolia/Kester): Very good carnitas and homemade tortillas. The asada is flavorless.

Rigo's (Woodman/Oxnard): Great salsa roja, but the rest of the food is bland. Asada tacos are mushy and the weekend pastor on the trompo never is as good as it looks.

Tacos La Fonda truck (Vineland/Vanowen): Nights only and a trek. These are the best tacos I've found in the valley to date, but it is not convenient.

Le Sirenita Express (Sherman Way/Sepulveda): Got tacos and ceviche here this afternoon. The ceviche was quite good, but the asada and deshebrada tacos were bland. (The deshebrada was so dry that it resembled beef jerky.)

Birrieria Mexico,
Rigo's Mexican Food,
Tacos La Fonda,
Alberto's Mexican Food,
El Taco Llama
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