My experiances around USC randomly going into latino restaurants are so damn unpredictable. USC's favorite taco stand Chano's had overly fatty/underflavored carne asada and el pastor. Across the steet on the other hand, Taquiza is surreal: The tortilla's are thick soft and homemade--if i was mexican im sure they'd be like my mom made. The meats are smokey and moist. And they have about four types of grilled seafood tacos!!!
After four astonoshed visits, I have concluded against all positive aesthetic signs (colorful mural on walls, no available guacamole, radishes dominating salsa bar) that the Taco Restaruant near Hoover and 25th (next to Fugazzi coffee shop) is lousy. The same goes for a small el salvadorian sopas spot on Adams, near Ralphs. The place is little more than a salvadorian woman's kitchin with a counter and stools. She only makes type of soup--but its bland and fatty and full of unpeeled starchy vegitables.
Luckily down the street at 41st and Figuroa is one of the best taco stands ive come across anywhere. Jose and his dad marinates and grills carne asada and el pastor at home every morning and sells them from his truck for a dollar each.
Any additions to my systematic map of East LA area would be helpful.