Whether you’re a major Lakers, Clippers, or LA Kings fan or you can’t distinguish one “sports ball” from another, you’re going to end up at Crypto.com Arena at some point because of all the amazing events offered throughout the year. And when you know you can’t miss even one second of the game or concert trying to grab a snack from the concession stand, then you know you need to fill up before the big event. What better pregame cuisine than tacos? Here are all the best spots to grab a taco – or ten – in downtown L.A. before you head to the arena.
This spot is perfect for a quick bite before the big game or concert since it’s only a short walk from the arena. They are regularly listed on “best taco” roundups, and they’re beloved for a reason. Their homemade flour tortillas have a cult following, and you can choose from so many delicious fillings like grilled steak, chicken, braised beef head, Sonoran-style pork sausage, and even classic tripa (if you know, you know). Check them out on Netflix’s Taco Chronicles Episode 4 “Carne Asada” to get a glimpse of all the delicious food in store for you.
Find It Here: 208 E 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA
2. Birrieria Gonzalez
This taco truck empire’s original location is located within minutes of Crypto.com Arena. It’s the best place to grab the quickest bite. Their birria de res is infamous at this point and is served in so many deliciously different ways like crunchy tacos dorados, fresh tortas, and cheesy quesatacos. Plus, their rich consomme is perfect for sipping and slurping. Or pretend to be a Laker and dunk that quesadilla straight in!
Find It Here: 2524 Maple Ave, Los Angeles, CA
3. Sonoritas Prime Tacos
This spot specializes in only seasonal and local cuisine, and they aim to use as many organic ingredients as possible. They import some of the very best flour tortillas out there, and all their salsas are made from scratch. They specialize in seafood dishes like the Camarones Ala Diabla or the Mar Y Tierra Nachos. Their Big Quesadilla is also a big hit.
Find It Here: 1050 Flower St, Los Angeles, CA
4. El Cholo
If you’re looking for a full meal from chips and guacamole to margaritas in a lovely standalone venue, head over to El Cholo. Order a Fiesta Platter or Sonora Style Nachos for the table and then try to choose between their many delicious enchiladas, burritos, chimichangas, and tacos. Top it off with their famous El Cholo Margarita, and you have the perfect pregame meal.
Find It Here: 1037 S. Flower St, Los Angeles, CA