Plain and simple, the tacos at this East LA truck are unlike anything else in the city. Served with roasted pork on a giant tortilla that almost resembles a pita, the food at Tacos Arabes traces back to the city of Puebla, where 19th-century Arab immigrants intertwined kebabs and shawarma into central Mexican cuisine. Our move is to go for the Especiale, which is their traditional tacos arabes topped with cheese and avocado. At first glance, $4 might seem like a lot for one taco, but once you see the true size of these things, you’ll realize you only need one. Or maybe two.
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