Tire Shop Taqueria has been an underground favorite in the Southland for a number of years. Their name originates from setting up a pop up Taqueria, after hours, at parking lots of tire stores. Diehard Taco finatics swear by this place even tho’ it isn’t easy to get to.
To find the Taqueria, set your google maps to route Avalon Blvd and East 40th Street in Los Angeles. It’s not the prettiest nor safest neighborhood, so bring a friend and park close by. Driving down the desolated strip of Avalon Blvd, follow the wonderful aroma of Carne Asada, which eventually leads you to the best smelling parking lot.
There’s always a huge line at Tire Shop Taqueria.
Their yummy Corn Tortillas are made fresh, with love, on the premises.
Watch your tasty meat being grilled as you salivate patiently in line.
There’s no menu, but Tire Shop Taqueria offers two types of meat: Carne Asada and Chorizo. You can and should order their signature Tacos with either meat or a Tostada (open face or Sandwich style)
Backstage, there’s a well organized Taco Assembly Line, making the ordering process super quick and easy.
Tire Truck offers free fresh made Guacamole with your order. Now where else is that an option?
They also offer house made fresh Red Salsa, but man it is super duper spicy. I suggest getting it on the side or not at all.(pictured above Guacamole)
And if that isn’t enough… Tire Shop Taqueria also offers free cooked beans, onions and jalapeños.
Each taco is individually wrapped so it doesn’t fall apart or stick together.
This is their take on a Tostada. I had mine with Carne Asada served sandwich style (grilled Tortilla and the top and bottom)
There are a few communal picnic tables to enjoy your meal.
Lastly, these rock star tacos are super cheap, clocking in at only $1.50 each!
Tire Shop Taqueria is located at 4069 Avalon Blvd in LA.
They are open Thursday through Monday from 6 pm – 11 pm.
No credit cards, cash only.