This vividly colorful little building looks like it belongs in a beach town in Mexico. The $1 tacos are juicy and more seasoned than most, with a subtle salsa kick. Particularly addictive is the al pastor, either in taco or burrito form; also terrific are the Baja-style fish tacos (fried, with cabbage and white sauce), ceviche and shrimp cocktails.
502 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, 626.792.8559, la-estrellarestaurant.com, Mexican/Taqueria. B, L & D daily (until midnight; Fri.-Sat. to 2 a.m.). No booze. AE, MC, V, $