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Los 5 Puntas: L.A.'s Greatest Taco?


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Los 5 Puntas: L.A.'s Greatest Taco?

Chris O | Jul 10, 2006 09:16 PM

So I found myself in East L.A. last week, and of course I took that as an excuse to eat. Flipping through my notes, I decided Gallo's Grill would be a good place to try, but when I arrived at 4533 E Cesar Chavez, I found a boarded-up building. Apparantly, they have moved since I wrote that down. So I looked to see what else was on that street. "Los Cinco Puntas? My Spanish is a little rusty, but doesn't that mean..."

Actually, it means the five points, as I figured out when I saw the corner the place is located on (Cesar Chavez and Lorena). It's a little neighborhood carniceria. People were standing in line in front of butcher cases full of various meats, and I could see tortillas being made on a griddle behind them. My note, probably from a Chowhound posting, said "deli type place-get carnitas and tortillas." So I ordered two carnitas tacos with everything. I agreed to quacamole, but demured when offered some kind of pickled chile strips, and got a coke in the bottle out of the cooler.

No place to eat it there, so I went out to my car. And man, was this a taco! Big, two or three times the size of a taco truck taco, probably bigger than the Taco Bell variety. The tortilla was a thick gordita type, warm and bubbly. The salsa was hot, but didn't overpower the meat. The pork was incredibly flavorful, and the guacamole smoothed out the greasy, salty pork taste nicely. The taste lingered in my mouth throughout the 3-hour seminar I was attending, and I kept sniffing my greasy fingers. I really believe this is the best taco I've had in Los Angeles (which is another way of saying the best taco I've had in my life).

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