Taco Madness 2014 Presented by Groupon

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Taco Madness Presented by Groupon launches the week of March 10th! Get ready for all your favorite taco spots to go head-to-head in one of the world’s most popular bracket-style online competitions! Thank you all for voting and participating, and for coming out the event on April 5th.

Huge congratulations to our winner, El Coraloense! Photos and updates coming soon…

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Where Can I find a Map of all the Locations?

HOW ARE THE 32 LOCATIONS CHOSEN (AKA WHERE’S MY FAVORITE?)

One thing to keep in mind is that this is a popularity contest for LA’s favorite taco. Favorite usually is pretty similar to best, but this isn’t a panel of judges voting in secret, it’s a fun, public expression of one city’s passionate love of tacos. Locations are chosen based on the following criteria: Taste, Authenticity, Reputation, and History. First, we ask for user submissions. Next, we ask a panel of expert taco-lovers from all over Los Angeles to give us their picks to help determine who really belongs. We also scour local blogs, social media, food festivals, and get tips from old men in dive bars to determine which locations get to compete for the title of L.A.’s favorite taco. If your favorite isn’t on the list this year, get your friends lobby us next year and make it happen.

A Note on Voting

95% of the votes received are by individuals who have a passion for tacos, or at least for one particular taco location. Using the maximum protection afforded by SurveyMonkey.com, we screen out bots. Starting in the Second Round of Taco Madness 2014 we will require an email to be submitted for each vote, and those who submit false email addresses will have their votes deleted. While we know some people have many email addresses, these measures help ensure that the vote is the best, fairest reflection of the taco community we can get. Thank you for helping us make this a fun competition to crown LA’s favorite taco.

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Comments (84) to “Taco Madness 2014 Presented by Groupon”

  1. Mexikosher all the way

  2. thanks!

  3. THE BEST TACO SHOP IN L.A. AND MAYBE MEXICO TOO!!!

  4. Best tacos ever

  5. Mariscos jalisco all the way!!! :)

  6. Los tacos Guichos!!!!!
    Best tacos al pastor I have ever tasted!! Everything is good though the tortas and carnitas yummmm!!!

  7. Carnitas El Momo best in town.

  8. Colonia Taco lounge !!!! Shout out to the shrimp and Duck Taco . Always fresh

  9. Great tacos Kogi, Rickys fish tacos,Mariscos Jalisco, Guerrilla, Yucas, Guisados, wow who will win?

  10. Colonia Taco Lounge !!!! Simply amazing

  11. Simply the best @ colonia tacos

  12. Very good arabes love the flavor.

  13. I was 14 years old when I tasted a taco arabe back in puebla. I can believe that after 16 years, I finally found a place where you can have a taco arabe with the same flavor, that flavor that took me back to my childhood. Awesome tacos arabes, the cemitas and tacos de carnitas con rajas riquisimos.

  14. All great spots, but don’t forget Yuca’s on Hillhurst!

  15. El Coraloesnse.. Wow! Best Seafood and Tacos in LA! Never had anything like it, great Presentation, food looks as good as it tastes. You go for your first time and you will definetly be back!If your in the Bell Gardens or Downey area it is must!

  16. Tacos Baja on Whittier delicious the lines too the curb says it all :P

  17. Best cochinita tacos: Yuca´s!

  18. Tacos Baja Ensenada has the freshest seafood & the best fish tacos in LA hands down!!

  19. El Coraloense definitely has some of the most delicious tacos in town! Not only do they have great tacos best seafood around! Mouth watering :)

  20. Tacos Baja Ensenada all the way!!!

  21. Tacos Baja Ensenada– best fish tacos in the world!!!

  22. How is The Cactus #2 not on this list?

  23. Carnitas el Momo a traditional taco since 1970… simply the best..

  24. OK I HAVE TO SAY IF YOU HAVEN’T TRIED CARNITAS EL MOMOS THEN YOU ARE FOR SURE MISSING OUT ON GOOD PORK MEAT. I HAVE HAD THE HONOR OF MEETING THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE SCENES AND WITNESSING THE TECHINQUE THAT IT TAKES TO MASTER THEIR CRAFT. THE PEOPLE ARE NOT ONLY VERY WELCOMING BUT THEY LET YOU TRY OUT THE MEAT BEFORE YOU BUY IT AND I’M NOT TALKING A NIBBLE A FULL ON BITE. EVERYTIME I’M THERE IT’S ALWAYS A FUN TIME. WHENEVER IM THERE I FEEL LIKE I’VE KNOWN THEM MY WHOLE LIFE AND CAN’T HELP BUT SAY THEY ARE THE DEFINITION OF A TRADITIONAL MEXICAN RESTAURANT….LONG LIVE CARNITAS EL MOMO.

  25. YUCA’S IS THE BEST!

  26. This just goes to show me that I need to leave my house and try new places

  27. VAMOS MARISCO’S JALISCO

  28. donde

    Carnitas el veneno?

  29. Leo’s Taco Truck FTW

  30. Can’t believe “El Taquito” truck on Fair Oaks in Pasadena is not on this list, over 20 years in the same location, and always a line of 15+.
    BTW, “Guisados” all the way!

  31. Another fail from taco madness with all the cheating going around. Smh.

  32. RITA I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU… I DONT GET WHAT THE POINT IS TO HAVE THE PEOPLE VOTE IF AT THE END THEY CHEAT!!!!

  33. Hi Guys. The spirit of this competition is a fun, friendly way for people to vote for their favorite taco spot. Organizing groups to vote for you is not really cheating, but it might be against the spirit of the competition which is supposed to be fun.

    In the next round we will encourage all establishments to ask their customers to vote once, and not form groups or teams of voters.

  34. Wow. Who even thinks of creating groups? It ruins the game. I’m just glad it entices people to run out and try more tacos!

  35. “Just cause it’s not on the menu doesn’t mean we can’t make it” -El Coraloense

  36. Mariscos JALISCO!!!

  37. The best in L.A is Mariscos Jalisco

  38. Can’t believe Tacos Los Guichos lost to Leo’s. Leo’s al pastor tacos are dry. Los Guichos so moist and dripping with flavor…Wow.

  39. Carnitas El Momo the best in town! If your looking for flavor Carnitas El Momo has it all. Carnitas El Momo makes the most tender, juicy and tasty carnitas.

  40. I just gotta say that the carnitas from carnitas are the BEST here in L.A I ould eat thdm every single day and not get tired of them..if u have not tried them your missing out

  41. Carnitas el momo !

  42. Best of the Best Carnitas El Momo!

  43. best carnitas ever El Momo!!

  44. Gotta luv them (Carnitas El MoMo)

  45. Carnitas El MoMo!

  46. Carnitas el momo are the DA BOMB OMG!!! best carnitas eveeeeer

  47. Carnitas El Momo taste so good makes you wanna slap yo momma !!! 😩😍

  48. De la cuidad de Perris CA fui a comer a mariscos Jalisco es una lonchera pero no le pide nada a un restaurante regular de mariscos los tacos de camoron que delicia nunca avia probado unos tacos tan deliciosos que sabor y su salsa picosa mmmmm Rica se los recomiendo.

  49. MARISCO JALISCO BEST SHRIMP TACOS EVER!
    AND BEST SEAFOOD EVER!!!!!

    Marisco Jalisco!
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  50. Looks likes it’s going to be an intense event. Great job and thanks L.A Taco event organizers.

  51. Yuca’s wins best taco, hands down! If you haven’t tried their mama’s recipes straight from the Yucatan, which she started selling 38 years ago, you’re missing one of life’s true delights!

  52. excellent tacos are delicious

  53. YUCA, IS A EXCELLENT RESTAURANT..THE FOOD IS DELICIUS!

  54. Mariscos Jalisco best shrimp tacos and sea food in LA….

  55. El Coraloense: “fuego”. It’s on the window.

  56. Carnitas el momo best in town!!

  57. Carnitas el momo….claro que si el mejor desde san bernardino y haora desde san diego venimos a los angeles a probar carnitas el momo…mi familia en cantada…

  58. this is the second year following the bracket, and i have come to the conclusion that it is unfair to compare fish and (beef/chicken/pork) cuisine in the same bracket.
    there two different beasts.

    loteria sux!!! long live guisados!!!

  59. How the heck is it fair to mix seafood and meat in the same bracket?! That’s some bullshit.
    And how the hell did loteria beat out guisados?! They don’t even make the tortillas!!

  60. Tacos el momo can’t be beat, they should open a restaurant at sunset plaza in west Hollywood!

  61. Mariscos Jalisco, its like an orgasm in every bite! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  62. EL CORALOENSE HANDS DOWN BEST!!!!!!!

  63. Amazing group that made the final four. The only one I haven’t tried is el Coraloense but I’m going to get out there this week and then vote!!

    I say to everyone- don’t vote if u didn’t try every place!!!

  64. yuccas on hillhurst is the best.

  65. Yuca’s all the way!

  66. I like the way Ron thinks: Eat more tacos! Try them all!

  67. MARISCOS JALISCO #1. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.

  68. Great shrimp tacos at Mariscos Jalisco

  69. Best Seafood El Coraloense!!!!

  70. Mariscos Jalisco, baby!

  71. Los mEjores CORALOENSE. Cocina de fuego Voten por ellos

  72. Best place in town

  73. Marisco jaliso are the best :D I love there food ! Delicious

  74. MARISCOS JALISCO ALL THE WAY!!

  75. Yay mariscos Jalisco for the win!!

  76. El Coraloense,100% Best tacos in town. Congrats for making it to the finals. I knew you would.
    #ElCoraloense #BestSeafood

  77. MARISCOS JALISCO es el mejor lugar de mariscos en L.A, servicio amable y savor mmmmm. Delicioso, Recomendado!!

  78. El Coraloense is NUMBER ONE! Hope you win this.

  79. mariscos jalisco

  80. La mejor

  81. El Coralense all the way! There is a variety of seafood to choose from and believe me it is superb! If you haven’t tried their seafood, girl bye. Bc you needs to try it.

  82. El Coralense is the top spot in LA period. Every thing is fresh and you can taste it. Plus they hold it down for all of the homies, families and friends.

  83. Mariscos jalisco El Mejor

  84. CARNITAS EL MOMO!!!!!!! YOLO