A reliable Pasadena haven, Los Tacos makes a tasty soft taco, a hearty menudo and all the taco-joint classics. The fish tacos (sautéed, not fried) are particularly noteworthy. The salsa bar includes an excellent verde that pairs beautifully with the carnitas. Note to locals: Los Tacos is a fine and affordable caterer.
1 W. California Blvd., Pasadena, 626.795-9291, Mexican/Taqueria. B, L & D daily (until midnight; Fri.-Sat. to 1 a.m.). No booze. Cash only. $