{updated} Escuela Taqueria – Schooled

Escuela Taqueria - Pork belly Tacos

In LA, to eat fancy fusion food from a professionally trained chef, you stand on a dirty street corner with a fistful of flimsy paper napkins and a plastic spork.

To eat “authentic” street food, you sit down at a table in restaurant with a fork and knife…

Escuela Taqueria serves no alcohol. They have no website. When we went for lunch, they were out of fish tacos and tamales.

And yet I quite loved sitting at the sheet metal-topped tables under a ceiling of chairs, eating “street” tacos served in paper trays, with a fork on pretty blue and white plates.

Fish Tacos

Escuela Taqueria - fish tacos

Carnitas (Pork) Tacos

Escuela Taqueria - carnitas tacos

Tamale (chicken)

Escuela Taqueria - tamale

Grilled Corn

Escuela Taqueria - grilled corn

Chicken Tacos

achiote lime marinade, onion, and cilantro $6
Escuela Taqueria - Chicken Tacos

Pork Chuletas Tacos

Grilled pork chops with avocado and sea salt $6
Escuela Taqueria - pork chuletas tacos

Chips and Salsa

If you’re on a diet, at least you won’t overdose on chips and salsa. They chips were chewy (underdone?).
Escuela Taqueria - chips and salsa

Tables

Escuela Taqueria - tables

Decor: Chairs on Ceiling

Escuela Taqueria - chairs on ceiling

Decor: Birds

Escuela Taqueria - interior

Escuela Taqueria Front

Escuela Taqueria - front

Escuela Taqueria
308 N Stanley Ave (just north of Beverly Blvd)
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323.939.8226

{lunch with James R, Wednesday January 18, 2012, updated with lunch with Le Ben Thursday February 9, 2012}

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  • philandlauren

    yeesh-desperate for the recipe!

  • jacob

    They don’t serve any alcohol, but you can bring whatever you want for free…an important distinction!

    • Sarah

      jacob! this is even better news than finding out that they *do* serve… no corkage! love it! thank you!

  • http://rileymadel.blogspot.com/ Snippets of Thyme (Sarah)

    What a super fun restaurant find.  I could live on soft tacos every day.  Just change the fillings around but keep that lush piece of avocado on top.  Those soft tacos look perfect.

  • DHo

    I’m obsessing over that salted avocado right now. My skin feels younger just looking at it.

    • Sarah

      lol at “DHo.” and yes, the avocados were some kind of wonderful… i love how they started sweating around the salt flakes (which sound gross now that i’m typing that out)

    • Sarah

      lol at “DHo.” and yes, the avocados were some kind of wonderful… i love how they started sweating around the salt flakes (which sound gross now that i’m typing that out)

  • JAW

    What a great post, I discovered it last week and had the Tamales and the fish both divine the Branzino Tacos were cooked perfectly. The sheet metal tables are actually Zinc, and they are gorgeous. I will be ba k to have those avocado taco thingies.

    • Sarah

      jaw: i totally want to go back just for the fish tacos now! not a huge fan of battered and fried fish tacos (though ricky’s fish tacos *are* delicious), but LOVE them when they’;re grilled…!

    • Sarah

      jaw: i totally want to go back just for the fish tacos now! not a huge fan of battered and fried fish tacos (though ricky’s fish tacos *are* delicious), but LOVE them when they’;re grilled…!

  • http://thealmostfoodie.blogspot.com/ Jeni

    oh my, this looks delicious — AND NO CORKAGE FEE?! okay, this is now on my hit list.

  • Sylvia

    I grew up down in LA. For the last 20 years …I’ve lived in Washington. The two things I miss most are the beach and the tacos. Thanks for the reminder. My mouth is watering.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erick-Calderon/100003345607673 Erick Calderon

    All those tacos look delicious! Great find will check it out.

  • http://twitter.com/MsLynnChen Lynn Chen

    the corn is making me drool!  have never heard of this place before and it’s closeby.  will try!

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