Treat yo’ self: at home edition. These restaurants are bringing the best Latin-American and Spanish cuisine to your door during quarantine.
Amor Y Tacos (Cerritos)
This Michelin star Chicano-inspired restaurant doesn’t skimp on the authenticity, serving traditional dishes like chicharones and ceviche. Another highlight is their house-made margarita kit, which is good for 7-10 ‘stiff’ drinks for just $49.
Order for delivery via DoorDash, GrubHub, or Postmates, or pick up at http://www.amorytacos.com/
Broken Spanish (DTLA)
Known for their tacos, tamales, and mezcal cocktails, this Latin-fusion joint is the first of Chef Ray Garcia’s downtown empire. Dubbed “Chef of the Year” by Esquire Magazine, Garcia modernizes traditional Mexican dishes with ‘bold, yet refined’ flavors for an elevated experience.
Order for delivery via Caviar or Postmates, or pick up at https://brokenspanish.com/
Cena Vegan (Lincoln Heights)
This cult-favorite serves up all-vegan Mexican street fare, featuring plant-based proteins by Plant Ranch (which is also available to stock up on separately). A must-try for vegans with a taste for South-of-the-border flavor.
Order for delivery via pretty much any food-delivery app, or for pick up at https://www.cenavegan.com/
Coni’Seafood (multiple locations)
Seafood lovers, rejoice. This award-winning restaurant specializes in cuisine from the coastal Mexican state of Nayarit. Some favorites include their shrimp ceviche, baby lobster, and grilled snook.
Order for delivery via DoorDash or Postmates, or pick up at https://coniseafood.com/
El Cochinito (Silver Lake)
A family-run business in its third generation, El Cochinito is all about bringing authentic Cuban eats to their clientele of regulars in Silver Lake. Get yourself one of their award-winning Cubano sandwiches and put on their playlist to transport yourself to Habana Viejo.
Order for delivery or pick up at http://www.cochinitola.com/
Guerrilla Tacos (DTLA)
Chef Wes Avila and his trendy brainchild Guerilla Tacos don’t mess around when it comes to their “emergency kits”. From build-your-own taco spreads to bottled margaritas, their offerings also include as-of-COVID-19 hot commodities like toilet paper and eggs in bulk.
Order for delivery via Caviar or pick up at http://www.guerrillatacos.com/
La Pupusa Urban Eatery (DTLA)
“An experience of Salvadorian traditional flavors with a Los Angeles twist”, La Pupusa is known for serving up, well, pupusa. The national dish of El Salvador is a thick flatbread stuffed with any variation of queso you can think of. In this case, the options are in the double digits.
Order for delivery via Grubhub, Postmates, or UberEats, or pick up at https://squareup.com/store/la-pupusa-urban-eatery
Lala’s Grill (multiple locations)
This Argetinean favorite is hailed for their empanadas and hearty portions of mixed meats. They’re also offering wine and beer for delivery to get the (socially distant) party started, as well as frozen empanadas to stock up for later.
Order for delivery or pick up at https://lalasgrill.com/
Lupe’s Burritos (East LA)
You haven’t had a proper burrito until you’ve had a Lupe’s burrito. This no-frills spot has been in the business of burritos for nearly half a century since it opened its doors in 1972. Enough said.
Order for delivery or pick up at http://www.lupesno2.com/
Milpa Grille (Boyle Heights)
This fast-casual spot will take you back in time to ancient Mesoamerica (think Aztec, Mayan and Incan Empire times) with their traditional cuisine relying heavily on the four staples: maize, beans, squash, and chile.
Order for delivery via DoorDash, Postmates, or UberEats, or pick up at https://www.milpagrille.com/
Pablito’s Tacos (Burbank, NoHo)
While perhaps known for their Tijuana-style tacos, Pablito’s is much more than a taco joint. With anything from breakfast burritos to produce and household items up for grabs, this one-stop-shop is hard to beat in terms of convenience.
Order for delivery or pick up at https://pablitostacos.com/
A homage to the Mexican immigrant community where founder Teo Diaz-Rodriguez grew up (modern-day Chinatown), Sonoratown offers all the essentials for a successful DIY taco night. Indulge in mesquite-grilled carne asada, chicken, or chorizo by the pound and pair it with their homemade tortillas.
Order for delivery with Caviar, or pick up at https://www.sonoratown.com/
Tacos 1986 (DTLA, Westwood)
A highly-anticipated street vendor-turned-restaurant, Tacos 1986 is solely focused on serving up some of LA’s best tacos in the game. If tacos aren’t your thing, this isn’t your place. But if they are, you can’t get much better than this.
Order for delivery or pick up at https://www.tacos1986.com/
Toca Madera (West Hollywood)
If words like organic and locally-sourced spark your interest, this classy WeHo spot will satisfy your appetite for socially-conscious Mexican fare. They even have Dom Perignon for the high-rollers that aren’t letting quarantine get in the way of a boujee time (queue the quarantunes).
Order for delivery via Caviar, DoorDash, Postmates or UberEats, or for pick up at https://www.tocamadera.com/
Vino Wine & Tapas (Encino)
Looking for the perfect date night, or just craving a little sophistication in your meal? You can’t go wrong with Spanish tapas. From shareable cheese and charcuterie boards to paella for two, Vino’s got you covered.
Order for delivery with GrubHub, Seamless, or UberEats, or pick up at https://vinowinetapas.com/