Classic Takeout: Mariscos Jalisco

L.A.'s street-food king opens a second location

It's hard to imagine a taco inspiring more universal infatuation than the taco dorado de camarĂ³n ($2) at Mariscos Jalisco.

Owner Raul Ortega's truck has become an essential part of Boyle Heights ever since he rolled his lonchera truck onto Olympic boulevard 12 years ago.

Ortega recently debuted a second truck, open seven days a week, slightly east of downtown, making a quick pit stop for one of L.A.'s best tacos even easier.

Among a menu of fresh ceviche tostadas ($3 to $5) and tomato-broth cocteles ($5) is the crown jewel: a fried shrimp taco made using a recipe from Ortega's home state of Jalisco.

A corn shell is filled with diced shrimp seasoned with an array of spices, then fried to a crisp, its edges darkening to a deep brown. Next comes a slathering of salsa thickened with chopped cabbage, and few pale slivers of ripe avocado.

The result might be the ultimate street food: able to be seized with a single hand and scarfed down in a few bites, but so cost-efficient you consider ordering a half-dozen extra.

3040 E. Olympic Blvd., Boyle Heights; or 969 Stanford Ave., Downtown; 323-528-6701 or facebook.com/mariscosjalisco