King Taco is a Los Angeles staple. This iconic eatery serves a wide variety of tasty, authentic Mexican dishes on a menu that has won the praise of many locals, visitors and food critics.
King Taco’s origins date back to 1969 when founders Don Raúl and Doña Lupe traveled from Mexico City to Tijuana carrying just 12 MX pesos in their pockets, with the ultimate goal of making it to Los Angeles.
When they moved to California, they would drive to MacArthur Park to watch the locals play soccer -- packing their tacos to-go, and grilling some carne asada while enjoying the matches. When the soccer games were finished, the players began to line up to ask if they could purchase tacos. Raúl was inspired by the number of people interested in buying their food.
In 1974 the two purchased a 1950s ice cream truck and converted it into the first mobile taco-making station. Six months later, Raúl and Lupe purchased their own small space in Cypress Park as a flagship standalone location. Today, this Mexican fast-food favorite has since expanded to dozens of popular spots throughout Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties.
This specific outpost, King Taco #29, is conveniently reachable via Metrolink and Metro Micro service and offers foodies a convenient destination to appreciate authentic Mexican food by taking the train.
King Taco #2 (4504 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90022) is also a must-visit, as it hosts the original King Taco food truck on-site (in addition to a standalone location) and is easily accessible by taking Metrolink to LA Union Station and transferring to Metro's L Line (Gold), to disembark at the Maravilla station.
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