Leo's Taco Truck is rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, based on 1266 reviews!
BEST Taco truck ever!!! Better yet, best taco spot in LA period!
We only heard about this place after running into a few stores at the santa monica place and one of the workers in the store we were shoppin at had recommeneded this spot. and boy, they did not disappoint! They have a full salsa bar beside the truck and the meat is literally being sliced in front of the truck were u can see them make the tacos for the el pastor. DID I MENTION THAT THIS WHOLE DAMN TRUCK IS LIT UP LIKE XMAS?! So hard not to miss this spot, only downer is they have no bathroom, u will have to find one elsewhere. Good thing is that he food comes out fast and they have tables where u can set the food down and eat, but no chairs.
We ordered 4 tacos each, hurrache, and horchata. The hurrache was DEF huge and we didnt even have a bite since we were so full from the tacos we ordered. I'm usually a carne asada type of gal but LEO's got the BEST pastor I've had!!!! After having 2 pastor tacos and then eating the carne asada tacos..... my tastebuds were dissaopointed.... I couldn't even go back so I asked my friend to trade me her pastor tacos for my cane asada LOL but since she is a nice friend she did that for me. ORDER THE EL PASTOR as your meat choice over anything!!! even if u like carne asada only like me..... they will not dissapoint and leave u feeling satisfied to the fullest! Obv, I am a fan and will be making a return everytime I come out to LA. Thank you leo's taco truck and keep it going!
I enjoy stopping here every once in a while if I'm in the neighborhood. I always order Tacos alpastor served with a piece of pineapple. and my Mexican Coke. Delicious snack.
Hands down best Al Pastor Taco's in LA. This place is quite the scene most nights where a lot of friendly people come together and enjoy tacos's. Located in the Sinclair gas station lot, parking can be tough on a Saturday night but so worth it!! Seriously check out the spit of Al Pastor in the photo plus with a salsa bar you get to prepare your tacos's to your liking. I am so hooked!
Leo's Taco Truck was so good! The BEST pastor tacos my boyfriend and I have ever tasted! I know we aren't the only ones that think this considering how busy it was. Although it was extremely packed, we got our food in a reasonable time. Everything was fresh and hot. We left very satisfied. 5 stars for this awesome taco truck. We will definitely come back on our next trip to L.A.!
Does it really get any better than cheap Al Pastor tacos on a mild night in LA?
Well, I mean...I guess if they were free. However, these tacos are so cheap they might as well be. Especially considering how much condiments you can put on them.
I had to stop here before I left LA, as I was extremely excited to partake in the taco truck scene. My friend patiently drove me here after a long day, and we ordered 2 tacos each with a bottle of Mexican coke. These tacos were probably the best ones I have ever had. The meat was packed with juice, making it incredibly flavorful. I don't recall how quickly I finished them, but I do remember wanting more afterwards!
Do yourself a favor and check out Leo's Taco Truck; it's built up such a dedicated following for a reason!
The best pastor tacos in town! Burritos are huge. Horchata is bomb. The adds tacos are not that great. Parking is ok, sometimes can be hectic. They have all the sauces and condiments you need.
There was a huge line but orders were fast.
Got the al pastor con pia. It was delicious!! 1.25 each taco
Definite go after a long day at work, drinking, or clubbing.
The only time I have had tacos this flavorful is in Mexico. Since California was once Mexico it makes perfect sense. We ordered the chicken burrito, carnitas taco, and stripped steak tacos. The beef was seasoned to perfection and was not overwhelming in flavor. The chicken which is usually my least favorite was divine. The carnitas we sweet yet salty and I love that combination.
Another thing that I really appreciate is the condiments left for customers to take at any amount. When I eat at most trucks/restaurants I feel that the establishments never give me enough sauce. This place was right on. The wait times are long because the food is so delicious but I was willing to wait. Remember to bring cash because only cash can be used for payment.
Great tacos, always get the al pastor. Usually looks like long lines and crowded, but it always moves really fast. It's the best for late night foods.
The best taco truck out here. It's always a little busy but worth the wait. Just make sure to pay attention if they call your number, a couple of times we have had some random go up and take our food.
They have the best tacos al pastor in the USA. They are small but full of flavor. It's hard to find parking and the lines are long but it's for a good reason.
Venice and La Brea. $1.25 tacos al pastor = fire. Leo's taco truck doesn't need more explanation. If you know about this place, then you're in "the know". Do yourself a favor and do not attempt to park in the gas station parking lot. There's a residential street the runs past Leo's taco truck on Venice. Always parking there. Condiments bar is always stocked, take extreme caution on the onion and habanero pepper mix. Best part is probably watching the al pastor roast on the open flame.
Excellent Tacos El Pastor (adobada). Juicy, tender, and tasty. Tortillas and small chunk of pineapple makes this an excellent taco, reminiscent of tacos in Mexico. Price is right at $1.25 per taco, staff is friendly, parking is competitive next to the Sinclair gas station and there is always a crowd. Worth the wait!
Excellent Tacos El Pastor (adobada). Juicy, tender, and tasty. Tortillas and small chuck of pineapple makes this an excellent taco, reminiscent of tacos in Tijuana, Mexico. Price is right at $1.25 per taco, staff is friendly, parking is competitive next to the Sinclair gas station and there is always a crowd. Worth the wait.
They have the best tacos al pastor in the USA. They are small but full of flavor and the taquero is a master. It's hard to find parking and the lines are long but for a reason.
Best tacos in LA as evident by the constant long lines! The al pastor is simply delicious. Whether you eat it there or to go, the tacos taste amazing! I haven't had much issues with parking even though the taco truck is located at a gas station.
I've put off going here foreverrrr but I happened to be in the area on a Wednesday night. There was absolutely no line when I arrived a little past midnight, but people started arriving after I got my food. I would recommend coming here late on weekday nights if you wanna avoid a wait, cause it gets busy on the weekends from what I've seen.
The best Al Pastor I've had in LA. Pretty simple.
The only place I've had better pork tacos is El Gordo in TJ.
Parking was easy since there were open spots right next to the truck. There's also a salsa bar with onions/cilantro and some tables you can stand and eat over. If you go solo, you might be better off eating in your car haha.
The chicken tacos are good & cheap I always make sure to stop by whenever I am in LA. If you like spicy their red salsa will take it to the next level with some lime juice, onions and cilantro.
Amazing taco,The best al pastor
I literally live less than a mile away from Leo's for about 1.5 years and I finally tried it!
The only place better that has better al pastor/adobada is in Mexico. Lol, I'm serious though.
It was about 2-something AM on a Saturday and we're almost home... Then a sudden urge to detour came about. We found parking at the gas station *lucky us* and stood in the line, which took about 10 or so minutes.
I got two al pastor tacos and it was hella good. The little piece of pineapple is a great addition! Also, I love that all the condiments are on the side, so you can adjust to your liking.
Will be back soon... Hopefully not as long as it took us to finally try this ;)
I used to have a 5 star view of Leos. But with increasing popularity, their quality seems to be diminished. I had been going to Leo's when they only had 1 el pastor stand outside and they did not have their speaker system, so I've been going for over 5 yrs. If you haven't noticed the el pastor meat they use for the tacos vs quesadilla, mulitas burritos etc is different. I really dislike that because the el pastor meat from inside the truck is subpar. So I usually ask if they can use the outside el pastor, sometimes they say they will, but they end up using the bad quality one. I don't appreciate that they do this. The salsas are great, especially the red ones. Another reason that some of my friends don't like Leo's as much is that they don't offer cebollitas asadas...which is a taco truck staple!
Awesome, Al-pastor tacos for $1.25..Enough said!! Definitely, A must stop when in L.A.
The best taco truck in LA but will they take the next step and do a brick and mortar?
El pastor tacos are divine!
At first I never considered myself a taco truck kind of girl. Then one day, my friend Johnny recommended me to Leo's taco truck. They have one of the best carne Asadas I've ever tried. They're open late and take cash only, but it's worth it when you're in the mood for some good tacos!
Anything less than a 5 star ratimg is an insult because they put out the most delicious tacos anywhere! Especially their al pastor.
The BEST Al Pastor tacos I've ever had! I was surprised they put a piece of pineapple in the tacos, but the pineapple really made a difference.
Super good, I definitely recommend the Al Pastor tacos. I also got the chicken burrito and that is really good too! If you don't like spicy sauces, you should get the avocado cilantro one-its goooood.
*There is a station to wash your hands, which is nice.
Parking: Is a bit tricky (street parking) but if you get there early it shouldn't be too hard finding a parking spot.
Hands down the best taco truck in LA!! Leo's is a must do if you're craving delicious and juicy tacos. It's a pimped out taco truck compared to the others and they carve the al pastor meat right in front of you! It's a fun place to go with friends and while the lines can get long, service is super efficient and you get your tacos pretty fast.
Upon entering, you will see huge juicy meat blocks spinning around. That is their famous AL PASTOR meat! Do yourself a favor and try that one and get the pineapple on it. The meat here is carved thinly but they pile a bunch on your taco. The pork is juicy, flavorful, and perfectly charred around the edges. The pineapple is warm and adds a burst of acidity and sweetness.
After you get your tacos, head on over to the toppings and sauce station. I always load my tacos with onions, pickled vegetables, avocado sauce, and hot sauce!
My favorite things is that the meat on the tacos come out steaming! It makes everything taste so fresh. My problem with other taco places is that it tastes too dry or crumbly but here they do it right.
If you're looking for that quintessential taco truck experience, come to Leo's!!!
The king of street tacos in LA. If you're looking for late night tacos done right, this is the place.
With the rotating al pastor and roasted pineapple set up right outside the huge taco truck, it's hard to miss. Leo's tacos has been a longtime staple of must try LA foods and has been talked about ever since I first came to the city. They serve all the other Mexican meats like asada, lengua, cabeza, etc. But it's hard to pass up the famous al pastor when it's being roasted right in front of you. There's a bunch of unlimited sauces and sides as well (try the avocado salsa!!). All of this for a reaaally cheap price makes this taco truck brand hard to pass up.
Service is quick, but lines can get quite long. I recommend parking along La Brea. They also have tables outside where you can stand and eat the food.
Best taco truck brand in LA! Can't wait to come back.
Definitely one of my favorite spots to go to after a late night event.
There is a few things you need to consider about this place.
1.) Only buy when you see the spitz out. Without the spitz, you are basically going to be getting the same thing as any other taco truck in LA.
2.) You basically come here for the al pastor. I rarely stray away the al pastor and everything I had was good but al pastor is where it is at.
3.) There is ALWAYS a line but it moves fast. You will also notice that there is always a line if the spitz is out.
4.) Points 1-3 are connected to each other.
I like to eat here chicken tacos and tacos al pastor. the food here is delicious and inexpensive. and the staff is good, works quickly.
Leo's tacos are the best tacos in LA! The al pastor with the green salsa is fireeee.
Parking can be tricky but the side street next to the gas station always has spots available, you'll just have to walk a bit, but it's worth it !
It's always packed but the employees work fast and efficient so the wait isn't as bad.
I always feel bad for the other taco truck across the street it's always lonely while Leo's is poppin lol
INCREDIBLE! So worth the wait in the sun for them! I would suggest getting the carnitas and try every sauce!
The best Al Pastor in LA hands down and for $1.25 a taco you are hitting the foodie jackpot!
The truck is located outside of a Sinclair's gas station. I would never buy gas there but they must make a killing with this truck parked in the lot. You have amazing amounts of meat, pineapple getting quickly cut up and topped on the tacos, and an amazing salsa bar! Food clearly is amazing here since I have never seen a short line. No matter what time of day the line is always super long. How could it not be when you also have the best avocado salsa I have ever had!!! You gotta give these tacos a try if you are in the Midcity area it's a must.
As service goes it is cash only. For their price point that make complete sense. They move extremely quickly so never fret though the line looks long they move super quickly making the tacos to order. Since they mostly get al pastor orders they cut those up so quickly!!! It's insane and so much fun to watch.
Hands down best tacos in LA!!!
I know I reviewed another taco place with 5 stars, but that was before I went to Leo's. The al pastor is the best I have ever had. I love carne asada, but the al pastor here is the way to go. I wish I could eat this every day. I guess I could! I don't need anything else - just simple al pastor tacos with some onions and squeeze of lime and that's it. The other sides are good to switch it up once in a while.
If you have not been there, go and enjoy!
My boyfriend and I came here over the weekend for lunch and the food was amazing! The meat was fresh and the green sauce was really good (If you do not like spicy sauce) definitely will come here again when I come back to LA.
Whenever on this side of town it's a must no excuses no diets no none of that. The tacos Al Pastor are the way to go.oh yeah and the pineapple don't take it out. I usually dress it with red sauce,green sauce and pickled onions. Also I get radishes squeeze some lime juice on it and a little bit of salt
Best Al Pastor taco truck in LA. Great late night spot to hit up after the Echoplex. Their avo salsa is amazing.
Best taco truck ever !!!
They are known for their al pastor & let me tell you - it's absolutely delicioussssss!
I go often for lunch since it's close to my office, and I've gone around 7pm on a Thursday - during those times the wait isn't too bad, about 10 mins.
I've seen it on weekends when there are is a huge crowd, not the type to join the wait/ crowd.
Tacos are $1.25 I believe, I always get the burrito that's roughly $6.50-$7 with avocado in it.
100% highhhlly recommend ! Major yassss
This Taco truck lived up to its claim of having Best Al Pastor tacos. You can not just eat 2 tacos when your really hungry. This is definitely not your ordinary Taco truck. They have the bright lights, sitting area and even a sauce bar. I was super amazed. Oh yeah the asada tacos were also good.
The best al pastor is here! Without a doubt. I mean unless you drive down to TJ. I've had asada, lengua and al pastor and the al pastor is definitely the shining star! I mean the other meats are good but I can get good and/or great asada elsewhere. Everyone comes here for the al pastor.
I always love the fresh salsas and toppings bar with all the containers and baggies a sauce addict like me can pack up! My favorites are the avocado salsa and the spicy salsa. The pickled carrots, onion and jalapeos are also yummy and cuts through the heaviness of the pork. I usually get a couple of al pastor tacos para aqu and an al pastor torta para llevar. :)
Last time I was there, my friend saw my instastory and begged me to bring some tacos back to OC bc she wanted to try them so badly. My friend said it was the best al pastor she's had even after surviving the drive and eating it the next day! She said she could only imagine how magical they were fresh off the spit!
I highly suggest getting the tacos al pastor!! They bring out the giant roasting spits of pork around 6PM.
MAKE SURE TO BRING CASH!
Dont forget to stop by the salsa and sauce bar for some fresh salsa verde, onions and toppings.
Best taco truck I have found so far in LA. Would not say they are the best tacos I have ever had, but they're pretty damn good. I typically go for the burritos, which are also really good. Everything here is decently priced, $1.25 a taco and $5.50 for most other large items (burrito, torta, quesadilla). I've gone on several different nights and there is usually a good sized crowd outside the truck, so you know the food is good. One thing I like about this place is that they have tables set up outside the truck (no chairs) for people to set their food down, which a lot of taco trucks I've been to don't have, but you realize is actually pretty convenient. I'll definitely come here often and recommend this place to anyone.
The food is great, champurrado amazing!! You have to go to experience the people, and the food. Crazy, how many people were in the parking lot, but it was well worth a 15 minute wait.
5 In that Al Pastor Tacos!! It was the best al pastor Taco I have had In my life, the meat so Tender and perfectly seasoned!
This is the quintessential taco truck. If you are looking for a true LA taco, this is your spot. Even though they have other trucks in the area, this is the one to be at. Located in a gas station parking lot and accepts only cash, you won't find a better Al Pastor taco around. This place is definitely worth the hype.
This is my favorite Taco spot in LA. You know the tacos are good when there's always a line. There's something about the Al Pastor w/ pineapple that is so good!! It's like crack! I bring all my friends here when they visit from the east coast. The only difficult thing is the parking but all the times I came I was able to find a spot.
These might be the BEST TACOS I've ever had. And I've tried my fair share of tacos. It's worth waiting, if you get there and they're not set up yet. Be patient and you'l be rewarded.
I tried asada, carnitas and al pastor (must try if it's your first time). The meats are flavourful, yet distinct and different. No fuss, no mess, onions and cilantro on top with your choice of sauces on the side. I am a big fan of their "guacamole sauce" (not sure the real name, but that's what I call it. I wanted to drink it!
Love this place! Best tacos in the general area and they aren't expensive. Al pastor tacos are the best and their salsas aren't too bad. Great lunch spot if you work in the area. But there is one problem... the parking situation.
Every single taco is delicious. We go for asada, pollo, al pastor, and carnitas. Get four to feel full.
I only tried the al pastor tacos here, and they were delicious! The pastor is juicy and flavorful. These tacos also come with pineapple and radish slices. A taco is priced at $1.25, which is very fair given how much meat you get per tortilla. Don't be surprised when you pull up to a full parking lot with tons of local waiting for their tacos - always a good sign, IMO. My only minor complaint is that I wish the pineapple and radish slices are chopped so it better fits the small tortilla. Other than that, I recommend giving Leo's Tacos Truck a try!
And don't forget its cash only!
Was very quick getting our food, and the quality and taste was just awesome. There was plenty of space to eat as they provide tables you can eat while standing.
Tacos Al Pastor Tacos from the Spinning Grillers are to die for. We had 8 flavorful tacos. Give yours orders to cashier in the middle. Take your ticket to the skilled guys at the Spinning Grills. Watch the skilled cooks cut precise slices of FRESH PINEAPPLE onto your tortilla. All other order are at the right side of the truck. Just give your ticket to the person. Double check your order. On the right you have an array of sauces. I recommend the fresh avocado sauce. (But not to hold over night cuz its fresh). The ONIONS are HOT HOT SPICY. Restroom at the gas station. I was courteous and bought a bottle of water for a dollar. 212/312 LA BREA metro bus runs by the Taco Truck.
This place is genuinely a great taco selection. The prices are very inexpensive and the food selection is authentic! The meats are seasoned to complement the garnishes and the salsa options complete the dish! Keep it up
Best taco truck I have been to in LA. Their Al Pastor is amazing and the place is always packed.
The HYPE IS TRUE!
Parking a little difficult.
Wait not that bad...maybe 10-15 minutes.
But the food...DELICIOUS!!!
I had the al pastor tacos and let me tell you, the meat was tender and so yummy! I think the addition of a pineapple dripping juices down on the meat is brilliant! My husband had the carne asada tacos and he said they were the best he had in a long time. They were definitely some damn tasty tacos!
So, if you're in the LA area near mid-city, go look for Leo's...you'll be glad you did.
What to say that hasn't been said before? The hype is true. Every taco they serve might as well have pixie dust on it b/c they leave you floating when you eat them.
The best street tacos I've ever had. They make them just like in Mexico, even putting the pineapple piece at the top of the meat. Meat is really flavorful and juicy. Definitely coming back.
Their Pastor Tacos were Fire!! Chill spot, Usually go to La Chispita in North Hollywood but this place had better pastor tacos. Would definitely make the trek down to Hollywood again for these Tacos. Parking was easy since it was in the parking lot of a supermarket!
Best spot in the beautiful city of LA!! Tacos Al pastor are bomb! Especially with the nicely chunk of fresh real pineapple to enjoy after every bite! And they're open till 4 am!
Still my favorite! The el pastor is bomb. The carne Assad's is average and the Hawaiian quesadilla is awesome
Some of the best tacos around Los Angeles.
The Taco Truck aesthetic is fantastic.
The Al Pastor grilling on a stick is amazing.
Great service as well.
Parking wise, the lot is fine or the street right next to the truck.
Definitely going again.
Can't believe these amazing dang tacos ! I have had tacos all my Mexican life. By far theee best taco place on earth ! The pastor with pineapple slices was ridiculous - the crowd outside of this corner gas station looks like the million man march there's so many people. So worth the wait (15 minutes in line) it moves very quickly. There's other items on the menu so I will have to bring my stretchy pants next time to taste a bit of a lot of other goodies. Enjoy !
Get the Cabezza! (Don't google that, just eat it!)
Go before rush hour unless you like the crowd.
You can park on the lot. Otherwise, street parking is usually okay too.
Probably the best OG taco in LA. I wish they have more trucks.
Best Tacos al pastor you will ever find in LA, and in 90% of Mexico.
Great fast service, I go to one of their trucks weekly, never disappoints.
The best tacos in Los Angeles, and it's not even close. And for what it's worth, best tacos I've ever had! All my Latin friends told me growing up the best tacos were from taco trucks not restaurants and I'm a believer of that now haha.
The place area was packed and with good reason. Of course I got al pastor, but they have other options available too. They are super fast and keep the line moving. True professionals here. It's a $1.25 per taco which isn't bad at all. I love watching them make the tacos, cutting and flicking the pineapple on the end too.. it's beautiful! A true art form haha
Parking is available on the lot or on the street too with no problem.
5 stars!! I would give 6 if yelp was into that sort of thing. Come try them out, you won't be disappointed.
Daughters favorite taco truck when you go there is always a line which means great food
Omg! Why did I just find out about this place! I ordered 4 beef tacos and 2 pork tacos. Their beef is a little dry but the seasoning was perfect. Their pork with pineapple touch was excellent! I d definitely go back there again.
Tacos are $1.25 which is pretty cheap in LA. I highly recommend this place
I'm dying for some tacos right now! Best late night spot esp because they are legit open till about 4am and no matter what's going on, it's like a party there! Such a good vibe. Love how they have their tables set up for all the sauces and toppings. It just feels like a big bbq is going on!
OH & if you're getting a drink try their pineapple juice.
Very good tacos from a taste and value perspective. For just over $1 per taco, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better deal.
As others have mentioned, the Al Pastor taco is the way to go. I also tried their Chorizo and Carnitas tacos, but the Al Pastor was my favorite.
The service is friendly, but food does come out on the slower side. Parking can also be a nuisance. I liked their sauces as well as the availability of sliced radishes and pickled onions.
Their pastor game is incredible and there are always smoking hot girls in the parking lot in heels, deck out going to or coming from what ever party they came from.
You learn one thing quickly living in LA always trust the past on a roast on a spit over a fire out doors. ITS ALWAYS THE BEST and these guys have literally the LARGEST PASTOR spits. I . HAVE . EVER . SEEN .
Also they havent gotten to big for their britches and they keep it real with a one dollar and twenty five cent price point.
Listen their other meats are on par with LAs Mexican Food but their pastor is straight... FFFFIIIIRRREEE!!
Also there is something to be said for a city that closes early what they are open TILL THREE !!
What a lucky find! My friend showed me this place and we go all the time. Good cheap tacos! Place is packed to the gills pretty much everyday but they serve you up quickly so it's not a big deal :)
One of the best taco trucks in LA! My favorite is pastor tacos with pineapples! it gets really busy on Tuesdays at dinner time. I think the longest I had to wait was for about 20 min, but totally worth it
These tacos reminded me of back home in Mexico. Real tacos de trompo! Service was fast even though it looked so busy.
Amazing carne asada and carnitas. But you HAVE to get get the al pastor. Tacos or quesadilla w al pastor. Do it.
Best food truck tacos I've had and I've tired a lot since moving to LA. The line is pretty long at night so I try to go earlier in the day but either way it's so worth it. The parking is a little tight but most people don't stay long so a spot usually pops up. The Asada is my fav but my friends love the El Pastor I personally don't eat much pork but it did look juicy and smell delicious. Only reason I had to take off a star because they aren't there 10-3 like they say I came about 245am and they were already packed up and I've been right at 10am when they say they open and the truck wasn't even there.
Really good tacos al pastor, they have excellent fast service, and they are have very little parking spots on the weekends. I have ordered their alpastor, beef, and chicken. You can ask to cook the meat longer or special request certain items as well.
The pastor tacos are the best. Got 8 tacos for $10, they're kinda small but really good
Ong! Why did I just find out about this place! I ordered 4 beef tacos and 2 pork tacos. Their beef is a little dry but the seasoning was perfect. Their pork with pineapple touch was excellent! I d definitelg go there again.
Tacos are $1.25 which is preeth cheap in LA. I highly recommend this place
Best al pastor tacos you will EVER have...EVAAAHHHHH!!!!
My friend treated me to the Hawaiian Alambre. The meat was so wonderful and tasty and the portion was plentiful. So good! I will definitely go back!
Their al pastor ANYTHING is sooo good! Tacos, mulitas, sopes, everything! Open late, way past most other local things and so much better than anything else that probably is still open
Great tacos & burritos. Fast service. You know it is good when different races of people eat their. Speak Spanish and English. Good food, low cost. CASH ONLY.
What more can I say. I am not big pork tacos...but this place breaks all the rules. This really is the best pork tacos I have ever had. I am close to giving it 5 stars. Try it wirh the red sauce or the avocado sauce. Both are great. It was a crowd out there so it can sometimes be a wait but the tacos are worth it. They are like a buck each, so you can fill up. I will for sure go back again.
2 tips for getting the optimal Leo's experience
1. Try going at night when they have the al pastor cooking outside
2. Order the al pastor
Leo's Tacos Truck, 1515 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Al Pastor Tacos 1.25
The tacos are so amazing! The Al Pastor is so juicy and the pineapple makes it better when eating the tacos!
The service is okay. You might have to wait a while depending on the line.
It's a great place to go with your friends. Parking might be a little rough and it might take some time for you to get your food. It all depends what time you go.
My favorite taco truck in the world! Open late, fresh salsas, and the best al pastor in LA!
Spent the morning at the Getty and then wanted good, cheap food. This was perfect! Split the al pastor alambres between two people and it was a good amount of food.
Cheap and good tacos that's open late at night in La Brea area. Don't be intimidated by the lines, they move super fast. The best thing here is the al pastor. Love this place.
Finally got to make it here for the infamous al pastor tacos and did not leave disappointed (well, wish I had gotten more, but it was my first time and I didn't have a good sense as to how much to get). I simply got 4 tacos to go, and they were delicious. I came on a weekday at lunch, so I think in general this was a more "low key" time of day - I managed to get a parking spot in the tiny parking lot shared with the gas station. Although there wasn't a line in front of me for ordering, I waited about 10+ minutes for my tacos. It's a truck, so clearly there isn't too much in the way of places to eat if you wanted to eat your food right there, but the tacos held up well until I got home (about 10 minutes away).
Hands down one of the best tacos spot on the Westside. Al Pastor is heaven, seriously soo bomb.
Hands down the best al pastor tacos! My boyfriend heard good reviews about this place and wanted to check it out so we came at like midnight after I got off work. There was a long line when we came but honestly we didn't even wait that long. When you come here, you have to try the al pastor tacos because that's what they're known for and trust me it's hella worth it! Lol I'm not a big fan of al pastor, but these were bomb. I'll definitely be coming back.
this place is probably my favorite taco truck in all of Los Angeles, every time I come home to visit I try to make a stop there.
So good! These are great taco truck tacos. The al pastor, carne asada and chicken were all very flavorful. I think the al pastor is the way to go since they are cutting it fresh from the spit. If you go at night there usually is a big crowd and you will have to wait a bit for your tacos, but its because they are good! Definitely worth a try. I know I'll be back.
Awesome late night munchies! Great value for food quality. It can get very packed after 8pm on most night though, because it's very popular. Authentic LA food truck experience seen in a few online articles.
Been going here for years now and it is hands down my favorite taco truck! It is located in a gas station parking lot. I suggest you park in there if you are lucky to find a spot. The line does get crazy on the weekends so if you do not want to deal with it, I suggest you go on a week day.
Order in the front at the register. If you get Al Pastor tacos you immediately pick them up on your left and everything else is picked up at the window when your number is called. I suggest you order it for here, there are tables set up where you can stand and eat.
If it is your first time, I suggest you go with the Al Pastor tacos! Trust me they never disappoint; the meat is super flavorful and juicy. There is a sauce bar on the right where you can choose if you want pico de gallo, sauces, pickled veggies, etc. The avocado salsa is my favorite and I put it on absolutely everything! Tacos are also super cheap with just a dollar a taco, so don't be afraid to try different ones!
With the hundreds of taco trucks all over LA, this is the one to check out! It is worth the trip and guarantee you will not be disappointed!
P.S. they removed lengua from the menu...
Leo's was my first taco truck, and I am glad to have had a good experience. By now I've gotten all the tacos, and i have to say that they're pretty good. My qualm though is that sometimes they're a little dry.
As far as my favorites go, I always get the Al pastor and the cabeza tacos. The al pastor is complemented well by the pineapple when they don't run out. When they do run out, the al pastor is a bit dry and has too much char my taste. I like that there is a topping bar with limes, onions, salsa verde, cilantro, etc., etc.
They have some tables out in the parking lot which are nice when you're going with a group and want to eat there.
Best tacos in LA. There's always a crowd but boy do they get your order out quick. The al pastor meat is juicy and succulent, made to perfection and the pineapple just adds to the flavor. Parking may be a challenge but worth circling around. Tacos are $1.25 which is a fair good price.
Tuesday // 27 February 2018
Emblematic, reliable & iconic, Leo's has been my go-to & gold standard for tacos (particularly Al Pastor) in LA. At $1.25 a pop (rip original $1 tacos), there's little I can't rave about.
Also - as of recently, they've updated their receipt system! It's still cash only, but the process is much more streamlined.
I've had every taco except the beef tripe & chicken, & they're all solid. This spot is known for its Al Pastor, so I'd recommend that over anything for if you're a first-timer. Otherwise, personally the buche & chorizo are my guilty pleasures. The burritos are good, but I wouldn't get the as my first choice. And the mulitas are nice if you're looking for something cheesy.
As for drinks - most are bottled/canned, but the horchata & champorado are decent. Both are a bit sweet for me; the champorado moreso. The horchata is also flavorful & doesn't feel diluted, which is real tasty.
---Price, Value, & Portion Size---
The tacos & drinks are about all I'd get here 90% of the time. Those are definitely on the cheaper end in comparison to most things LA has to offer. Throwing down $5 for 4 tacos can definitely suffice for dinner or the inevitable late-night snack. The other menu items aren't as "thrifty" from a cost-quantity standpoint, but everything's wholeheartedly affordable.
---Ambiance, Service, & Logistics---
The La Brea location is adjacent to a gas station. There's almost always a line, and almost never open parking spots. That said, there's usually ample street parking. There are some foldable plastic tables to stand & eat your tacos, along with a cart full of onions, limes, salsa, etc. This place is simple & no-nonsense.
Would I come back? I have - again & again. It's price, convenient location in mid-city, late operating hours & quality + value really make this a top spot for me.
Seriously, best taco truck in LA. Everytime I've been there it gets better. And I was always coming from Santa Clarita.
Its good tacos for the price.. the only issue is that real tacos comes with real guacamole and not avocado powder let like they serve
Decent, not the best I've every had. I'm currently on a taco craze trying to find the best tacos in L.A. to have them cater my party. I've tried about 14 tacos place in the last 30 days. Well my search continues.
My friend just ordered 20 of the Al Pastor tacos. These tacos, man... really solid.
The Al Pastor tacos are the best around and this is the only thing I will order or have ever ordered here. Why try something else when u know what's good!
This truck is the bombbb and it's hella cheap!
Over the years Leo's has evolved from a hidden gem basic tacos truck to this supremely popular version that many can agree houses the best al pastor tacos in town.
Many years ago, Leo's was just bare bones. These days they have a revamped menu, logo, and the set-up is streamlined. It's just a testament to the strong customer base they've been able to build through producing some of the best tacos in L.A.
The al pastor tacos are the star when they come finely sliced off the spit and a sliver of pineapple is gently nestled on top of the juicy meat. But, their other menu items, including the quesadillas and burritos are almost as good. They have my favorite quesadilla and pair that with al pastor or asada and you're golden. The lengua and cabeza are my next favorite meats.
They have a communal sauce table where you'll meet the other gleeful denizens of this corner of a gas station. Everyone congregates here each night and sometimes during the day just to get that glorious al pastor.
Let's just say I've yet to bring a friend here who doesn't like Leo's. It is a staple of any taco crawl and one of the best aspects of living in L.A. is that our Mexican food game is so strong. Leo's is a big part of that.
Yelp 100 Challenge 2018 125/100 !
Food is ok and super cheap. Tried chicken and beef tacos. The general consensus between my group is that the beef tacos are better. $1.25 each. Perfect for a quick bite.
The Al Pastor tacos are the reason I come here and the reason for 4 stars. The pastor is crisp, but not overcooked and tastes like a quality meat. Ask for extra pineapple and mm mmm! My favorite pastor tacos so far! Not a fan of the horchata or carne asada, but my bf likes the carne asada quesadillas. Do not order the chorizo. It was the worst I've ever had. Bring cash. Unfortunately, that's all they take. On the plus side, they are open really late.
Leo's Tacos Truck, 1515 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90019
Al Pastor Tacos 1.25 each
The pineapple is a game changer and it takes bomb with the tacos.
The tacos are pretty good. One of the best taco places in SoCal.
A good place to go with your friends for a midnight grub. It can get crowded so be ready to wait in line.
The line can get long, but the it's worth the wait. They don't accept debit/credit cards so make sure to bring cash.
Cash only! Fast lines even though it looks like it busy!
You gotta try the al pastor here- it's their speciality annddd you can watch them slice/catch the pieces on your tacoooo.
It's a little sketch being in a gas station parking lot, but my bf thinks it adds to the ambiance and experience of this place ha. Parking is a little clustered and busy at the actual gas station, but you can park on the streets right next to it and there are usually good spots.
There are the essential sides- variety of salsa, limes, pickled veggies- on the side and don't worry, there's enough for everyone. If you don't like the heat from the salsa or want something more mild, there is an amazing avocado salsa/green salsa that I recommend.
They added and removed some stuff- like added Hawaiian tortas but removed lengua from the menu. I definitely will be back!
Great late night food.
Al Pastor tacos are just heavenly.
The GOAT. Always the move after a night of CRUSHING at Cliffs of Id.
I love this place to death. I only come for the el pastor and a can of squirt. To be quite frank, I didn't really have a taste for tacos until I visited Leo's on a whim. Now, I come at least once a week, as I'm an insomniac who loves to eat. They deserve 5 stars, until the west side decides to crowd this place. Thank you Leo's! I love it so much, I wrote about my experience on my blog! (I'm not a writer, but a photographer) if you'd like to see, here it is :) sanitylens.com/journal/2
You gotta get these tacos! There's always a line but that shows how good they are. You order at the cash register & then wait until they call your number. Meanwhile, you can stock up at the salsa/condiment carts. Get their avocado salsa!!!
I love their Al Pastor, carne asada and chicken! This place is a must try - no matter how long the wait. It's totally worth it and you'll see why once you have it!
They're opened late and parked at a gas station across from Planet Fitness!
Best tacos ever! Al pastor are amazing! The only downfall is that there is no parking or places to sit but hey it's a taco truck.
I've had my fair share of Southern California tacos. Leo's ranks among near the very top. The menu is extensive--what you'd expect at a taco truck, but none of that matters. Go for the Al Pastor Tacos. The meat is smoldering on 3 standing spits, which means you don't wait too long for your tacos. Order 4 at once. You won't regret it. Each Al Pastor taco come with a slice of pineapple that the meat carvers fling off the spit. It's tacos' greatest show on earth...at a gas station.
the carne asada tacos tasted a bit plain without the sauce; however, the al pastor tacos were incredible and i love the pineapple that they add along with their tacos. i also love the huge slices and surplus of meat for the al pastor tacos.
i love the green avocado based sauce and could eat it with anything.
their horchata is good, i've had better but theirs is still decent!
I read most of the one-star reviews and they're all personal problems. The complaints about the prices don't make sense. It's like what do you expect, you're at a taco truck in MID-CITY, Los Angeles. The complaints about how packed it gets is ironic. Maybe it's packed because it's really really good??? the drunk people that go at 10pm shouldn't make a difference as to how your food tastes. It's not the place's fault. These tacos are good and I grew up coming here often.
Super tasty, messy spectacle of a taco truck. Al pastor is the name of the game here. The salsa bar was excellent but it was a mess. My burrito was tasty and only $5.50. yummy beans and rice too. A great late night stop!
This place has been a late night meal spot for a long time now! I really like this truck!
Doesn't matter what time of night you go there, it's always always busy and there is always a line up but they are pretty fast at work so you don't have to wait around for long!
Tacos, quesadillas, everything on menu tastes good!!
Literally my go to place for tacos!! Honestly can't go wrong with the al pastor tacos
My go-to taco truck for late night taco Tuesday runs! The food is delicious which is why it gets crowded on Tuesday nights. Ive experienced wait times from anywhere between 5 to 25 mins here. But the delicious taco truck food makes the wait worth it. I love their burrito for its large serving size (big enough to fill anyone up) and their taco for its flavor. Definitely a great spot to check out! There are a few standing tables outside that you can eat on but people usually sit in their cars and eat!
Vegetarian options are also available here!
If you like Tacos at all, Leo's is a must try! Their Al Pastor is the best I've ever had and I haven't had any that come close. You can measure their popularity by their super long lines and the mixture of people enjoying their tacos. The condiments are self service, and mixing the red and green sauce is the way to go! Not too spicy but just enough to give it a kick in the face!!!
I devoured 8 tacos in under 5 minutes because my stomach commanded me to and I had no choice!!! This place was recently featured on Worth It and that helped popularity but at least now they take card and have receipts! Coming up!
The best Tacos Al Pastor in Southern California. . Extremely delicious. Tacos el Gordo in San Diego is a close 2nd but this place takes it. Haven't tried anything else here just the Al Pastor. People, these guys are legit "taqueros." For those who know, you know what I mean. The way they slice the trompo and samurai a piece of the pineapple on top and it drops onto the taco. I dare you to find a better Al Pastor in LA. It doesn't exist. This is the place. Line moves fast too. Don't let the crowd scare you. Haven't tried the other trucks, just this one. Wish they were out in the inland empire. I drove all the way from Colton to eat here last night. Relax I'm from LA and every time I'm in the area I stop by.
Come midday for lunch and you aren't caught in the spectacle that is the weekend night spit roasted pork party. Al pastor and Asada tacos are my go to order. Only odd thing is that some days they randomly aren't open for lunch.
You may know Los Angeles to be the taco truck capital of the world but I assure you, when it comes to Al Pastor tacos, none can compare to the greatness that is Leo's Taco Truck. They're always open late, parked at a gas station, and they're ready and willing to serve the drunk and hungry masses of the late night club crowd.
All of their tacos are prepared fresh on site. You'll often see two rotating shawarma spits full of gorgeously browned pork topped with a pineapple on top so that the juices of the pineapple cover the pork while its rotating and cooking. Its often a pretty cool sight to see the cook use a long sword to lop off a piece of the meat and a piece of the pineapple only to catch it all with an open tortilla.
The tacos were certainly delicious and unlike other places, the tacos were not greasy at all. Yes, the tacos are small and a little expensive given their size ($1.25 per tiny taco) but they're big on taste. While we've been there a few times, they have other things on the menu such as quesadillas and burritos but they've always ever been known for their al pastor tacos.
Additionally, they have a great selection of condiments to place on your tacos. Parking can be incredibly rough, so you might be better off parking elsewhere and walking. Also, they're cash only so come prepared.
Their pastor tacos are the best in LA, hands down. But their other stuff is kind of mediocre.
Pro Tip: Stick to the al pastor, evenings only, and only when it's fresh off the spit. Any other time (when the meat is already prepared), it's not nearly as good. Avoid the burritos, quesadillas, etc. They're not bad, but they don't compare to the tacos. Ask for the pastor crispy. It'll blow your mind.
The very best Tacos Al Pastor I've had in California. I've been to many places, but these ones are definitely the best. They taste just like in Mexico City.
The taco truck game is strong in LA, but Leo's is definitely leading the ranks.
Their al pastor is a must try- it's fun to watch the guys cut the pineapple, flick it up in the air, then catch it with taco in hand. Overall, the tacos were not disgustingly greasy. The pineapple pleasantly appears with every bite. It's just the perfect salty sweet combination!
this place is pretty bomb. they don't have jalapeos tho which sucks because I love eating those with my tacos.
I got chicken tocos which was super good. my boyfriend got al pastor which he said was also really good compared to other taco places he's tried.
they have a little area where you put your own toppings & sauce which is nice because i love drenching my tacos which sauce.
definitely a place to try when you're in LA! the wait can be kinda long at night though so that's something to keep in mind. they also didn't have chairs outside but there was tables to eat on
The best, most authentic and flavor bursting tacos I have ever had. Service is very fast, the food is extremely well prepared and delicious, the hygiene is 100% even though it is situated outside.is the number one place I recommend to people visiting town so they can experience one of its most authentic parts
This taco truck has the best tacos I have ever eaten!!
I came on a Tuesday night after going to a Laker game. Which was around 11 pm I believe. There was a pretty ok line going. However, parking is definitely a little hard because it is at a gas station. Might be better to park in the neighborhood right next to it.
My boyfriend and I had gotten the Al Pastor tacos and Carne Asada. We bought 10 and only paid $12. Which is a pretty good deal to me! Let me tell ya, the Al Pastor tacos were amaaazing!!! The best ones I've ever had. It was just so juicy and the pineapple complimented it so well. The Carne Asada was bomb too, but if you're coming to this taco truck, you MUST get Al Pastor tacos. They also had a salsa bar so you can top your tacos with whatever you like.
I also came here about a week later during the day. They did not have the salsa bar and the rotating Al Pastor stand outside.
I love Leo's. They got fire tacos always get at least 4 tacos bomb drinks as well Not the best speaking of English but always understood must try one of many locations in LA
Al Pastor tacos all the way. INCREDIBLE SPOT. I'm not too big of a taco fan, but this place changed my mind.
The Pastor is Ah-mazing :) Best group of Taco Trucks around the City
Al Pastor tacos are bomb dot com! The piece of pineapple they put on top just makes it perfect!
Who doesn't love a place with amazing presentation, a cozy homey gas station parking lot feel, and perfectly cooked pork?! So LA, to eat tacos standing up outside at all times of the night.
This place is a must in LA. Tacos are a must in LA and this place is one of the many that everyone should try! Not just tourists. Many many locals come here.
The lines may be intimating but it moves quickly. They are so efficient!
Also, there's is a condiments buffet! All you can eat cilantro, salsa, lime, and pickled radish! It's the best this ever!
They are known for their al pastor tacos which they top with a tiny piece of pineapple and it's so well seasoned and moist and the pineapple breaks the spiciness up flawlessly.
Definitely the best al pastor tacos in town!
super good food!!! the experience was great as well
No joke, some of the best tacos I've ever had! I went to the one on western and sunset one day while walking home and I was so happy I did.
I got every taco they have besides the pork one and each were equally good. I slightly liked the chicken taco more but that's just me. Their tortillas are super soft as well. They also have toppings and they let you add them yourself, unless you get it to go. There's a little stand next to the truck which is super convenient for if you need more. I like getting my own toppings so I can add as much as needed. Also because I like to try the sauces before throwing it on my food.
Their prices are very reasonable as well. The workers were super friendly and I had no issues with the service. I'd definitely recommend this truck for a quick, cheap meal. I'm so glad it's down the street from my house, it's so addicting. Can't wait to go back!
The most flavorful tacos I've had in LA. They are not pricey and they are very filling. They do the trick of adding a little slice of pineapple on top of each taco. Highly recommend!
Cabeza tacos are where they're at. Cheap and fast!
You GOTTA go for the Al Pastor tacos. They're proven to cure any late night hunger. Guaranteed!
The best al pastor tacos, period!
I've had many al pastors and I never really liked them bc they were either dry or a bit burnt. Not at Leo's. They are nice and juicy and topped off with a lightly grilled pineapple. Perfection!
There's a salsa table off to the side for people to stock up on. The salsas range in spiciness, with the spiciest being pretty darn spicy. Parking my be a little difficult during peak hours so try to look for parking to the side of the truck in the residential areas.
(I am very upset that I am just learning about Leo's... I've been in LA for several years.)
Super close to UCLA, lots of parking, and amazing tacos (WITH PINEAPPLE)!!
I came here after a Lakers game, and it seemed like a lot of other people had the same idea. It's only 5 miles away from the Staples center and only about 8 miles away from UCLA so there's always a bunch of people coming here for some cheap, delicious tacos.
There is parking in the gas station and around the taco truck so parking shouldn't be a problem. There was a huge line, about 15-20 people ahead of us, but we got our 10 tacos and a drink in about 5 minutes. Unlike other taco trucks, they are fully equipped with everything you'd need. They cut the al pastor right in front of you and make sure to add two slices of pineapple right on top! It's so fun to watch them make your tacos. Other meats come out from inside of the truck.
I got a drink that had a bottle cap and I was worried that I couldn't open it....no problem because the taco truck literally has a bottle cap opener ATTACHED to the truck. I was pretty impressed at this point.
There is a station for all the toppings with gloves and cups and napkins, all placed nicely so that people can get whatever toppings they want efficiently. There are tons of tables so you can actually stand there and eat your tacos and not get them all over the place (or on your car).
All of this was great, but how were the tacos? Probably the best tacos I've ever had in LA. The meat was juicy and had the perfect amount of char. The sauce I picked (medium) was the perfect mixture of heat and acidity. I loved my whole experience here and I'm definitely coming back again!
Note: 10 tacos and drink only $14. cash only!
This IS THE TACO SPOT! The tacos here are all BOMB! You're able to put whatever you please on your tacos which is why I like this spot. It's also open when it rains, so if you're wondering if you should make the drive on a rainy day, the answer is YES.
Also, their agua de pia is freshly made and delicious as well. Definitely a gem here in LA and conveniently open until 3am on weekends.
Five words: Get Some In Yo Life!!!!!!!!!!! The food was so fast, and good that they don't need chairs!!! People literally stand around the tables in the parking lot of a gas station eating this food. When in Rome... I enjoyed every bite. The Tacos al Pastor from that spit are holy!!!
The absolute best tacos al pastor I've ever had. I got two al pastor and two carnitas. The carnitas are not worth it! Just get like six tacos al pastor (only $1.25 each!). My wife got carne asada tacos and said they were the worst she's ever had. But I'm still giving this place 5 stars for the al pastor tacos. Bean and cheese burrito and horchata were pretty good too.
Leo's is located behind a gas station. When we arrived at 9:45, there was a line of about 25 people snaking through the gas station parking lot. A security guard helped us find a place to park, which was cool. It took about ten minutes to get to the front of the line and order, and about 15 minutes on top of that to get our food.
We just stood around some tables and ate our tacos, which was fine. There wasn't any seating that I could see. I'm definitely coming back here.
I'm not from LA but I had to try food truck while I was there I was very pleased with the tacos that I ordered the line was huge but the service was quick and my tummy was very very happy! Highly recommended!
This place is THE BEST for tacos. I'm not known to eat a ton, but every time I come here, I somehow end up inhaling 4-5 Al pastor tacos and half an al pastor quesadilla. The cabeza tacos are also good, but al pastor is the best. How can you say no to it when 2 guys are skillfully slicing the meat off 2 blazing spits right in front of you?! Never tried the burritos, always been satisfied with just some tacos and a quesadilla (they make it with the perfect amount of cheese)!
Many imposters but only one authentic Leo's! I've driven by this place many times during the late night hours and the line of drunken goons crowding the truck has always deterred me from pulling the trigger. But my out of state, super "I need to do the best Yelp things" uncle was in town so I figured we needed to experience Leo's.
We went Saturday afternoon and there was still a line, but it was manageable. Didn't take long enough for me to get hangry about it. Lucky for everyone else.
We got 20 tacos between the four of us and three drinks and the total was $30. The price is too good. Makes me really despise those pretentious upscale lounges that offer three "street style" tacos for $12 during happy hour. Eff that.
I know the pastor here is the shit, but I was most highly impressed with the cabeza. What can I say...I love getting head! (My girlfriend is gonna read this and she's gonna punch me for it)
But the real MVP goes to the avocado cream salsa or whatever the hell it is. It's delicious and if I had a bucket with me, I would've filled up on it and dipped.
Oh and I brought my own tortilla chips because why tf not. They complemented the tacos perfectly and everyone else was jealous.
This was the very last pit stop on the way home from our LA trip. I wasn't too hungry since we just had dinner, but still wanted to taste what all these people were waiting in line for.
They are known for the al pastor tacos, so we got about 10 of them to go. They wrapped them in tin foil and bagged them for us, so we went to the condiment station afterwards. There was a nice variety of salsas, cilantro, lime, onions, and carrots. We decided to eat in the parking lot since it was going to be pretty messy to eat in the car.
The tacos were tiny, but very delicious. I really like the green sauce too- it was nice and spicy! Now I know what all the fuss is about. I'm not sure if the other items on the menu are as popular, but I suggest trying the al pastor tacos the first time you come here if you're in the area.
I found out about Leo's from an employee at a clothing store I was visiting while in LA. I asked her if there were any places nearby that had good tacos and she informed me Leo's was as good as it gets. She was right as Leo's had the best Taco's I have ever had in my life- and I am willing to testify to that.
I placed an order for two pork carnitas tacos and received my food fairly quickly. I enjoy my tacos fairly plain, but there was a topping station where additional toppings could be added.The tacos were smaller than expected but affordable so I went back and ordered four more. Leo's is most famous for their al pastor tacos but I would recommend the pork carnitas.
I definitely plan to go back to Leo's on my next vacation to LA.
I remember the first time I ever came to Leo's Taco Truck was after a misguided, and well deserved, trip around Los Angeles visiting various bars, speakeasies, and random pavement just to find myself in a parking lot in Mid City where huge lines of people waited to eat at a taco truck. Huge spits of al pastor were blazing up while being carved masterfully by the employees like a circus act in front of all who dared to be mesmerized by the feat. Random order numbers were blaring in the atmosphere as hungry patrons dotted the dirty pavement, waiting in excitement for a chance to own a piece of culinary gold. And eating passionately on the few foldable white tables in the background were the satisfied, elated faces of those enjoying the delicious tacos. For an outsider this chaos might be a bit too much to take in at once but as a native you know these are all the signs of a LA classic.
The food here shines brighter than the halogen white lights flooding the makeshift parking space. The list goes on for tortas, burritos, quesadillas, tostadas, and a few other assorted variations of delicious fire roasted meats in different containers but you want to get what everyone is getting: the tacos. They do have different meats as well such as buche, cabeza, carne asada, pollo, and al pastor but it is the al pastor you want. Roasted to perfection, spiced to make each mouth watering bite yearn for another, you will find yourself wishing you ordered at least 10 more of these bad boys. Even if you find yourself full your eyes will still linger with desire for more.
As most taco trucks in LA this place is cash only so make sure you have those greenbacks to support your new taco addiction. At $1.25 a taco even $10 might not be enough for your new taco spot of choice. Check out this place, even if it is twice on your same night out. I know I do.
Leo's has been around since '10 and is known for their al pastor tacos. They have several trucks throughout the LA area, the original stand off of Brea and Venice.
Besides al pastor, they also have asada, pollo, buche, cabeza, chorizo, carnitas, and tripas for protein; besides tacos, they also have burritos, alambres, huaraches, quesadillas, tostadas, tortas, mulitas, and sopes.
The hubs and I came here later in the evening, and we ordered a couple of al pastor tacos and an asada taco. I did ask for extra pina (pineapple) on the al pastor, so for those of you are pineapple fans, this is an option!
Once you order, you wait until your number is called; the time went by rather quickly, as I was mesmerized by watching the cooks slicing the spinning pastor meat, and flicking the pineapple (located on top of the spinning pastor) into the tortilla! A perfect catch!
Once your number is called, you just go up to the right part of the truck to give your receipt and to pick up your order. There is also a little cart with salsas and toppings to the right of the pick-up point (which I didn't need; also, the cart seemed a little messy).
The asada taco was forgettable, as it just had a strong beef taste to it. The al pastor, however, was quite delicious! The meat was super juicy and flavorful, but it is a bit on the salty side. I liked the little crispy edges as well, and most likely will request the top charred bits the next time I visit!
Great late-night eats to get your taco fix. Limited residential parking, but you can park temporarily to get your tacos to-go.
Located on the west part of the 76 gas station.
+stick to the al pastor tacos!
+request for extra pina (pineapple slices!)
+on the saltier side!
+great late-night eats
+limited residential parking
+located on the western part of the 76 gas station lot
The Pastor taco tastes so flipping amazing because the meat is moist and not over-cooked. I think they are so great because there is so much business that the meat on the spitfire is always turning and never just sitting there like they do for other taco trucks. The pineapple also adds to the savory flavors, and you get a pretty giant chunk.
on the Pastor tacos
This is my favorite spot for Al Pastor in Los Angeles. Leo's is synonymous for their pineapple topped, spit roasted specialty. I only get Al Pastor tacos here. They nicely crisp and charred slices, with their nicely sweet and smoky flavor can be eaten just as is. I prefer mine with diced onions, cilantro, and a light dash of their salsa. During the last two taco crawls I've done, we made sure that this was one of the stops and even going forward, I will always include a stop here. It is cash only and parking can be tricky on peak times, but well worth the adventure looking for parking and the short wait in line.
GREAT TASTING! cheap! but long lines...but that's to be expecting from any place that sells tasty tacos at cheap prices.
area seems a bit sketchy, but it attracts everyone from all parts of LA just for their blissful taco's that end those munchies or drunken nights off right!
Just be prepared if you're going after club hours or around typical club hours there is going to be a line, but it's def worth it hands down.
Amazing al pastor tacos and burritos. Honestly you can just order anything off of their menu and it would be amazing. But their signature is the al pastor with the pineapple slices.
Their salsa bar is relatively well organized and they clean it pretty often. There are also lots of plastic tables for standing to eat.
The parking here is kind of scary, you kind of just take whatever empty spot in the lot there is. I've been here twice with friends with no issues though.
Al pastor tacos were amazing! Loved how quick it was even though the place was packed. Would definitely come back when we're in town again.
The posted hours on Yelp are inaccurate, the open quite a bit later, but that doesn't detract from the quality of the food here. I haven't had much better when it comes to taco trucks. Stick with the al pastor, it won't let you down.
Pro Tip: Day time tacos/burritos
(Don't be An Amateur, we're watching)
Pro Tip: Salsa Rona inside the burrito
Leo's is the best taco truck in LA and is open just as late as some of its major competitors. Just check out that amazing cinnamon concentration in the horchata without being too sweet
Must try if in the LA area. Open late, cash only, small parking lot by a gas station. Line moves slowly but well worth the wait. Can't go wrong with the al pastor tacos! That green sauce tho... bomb.
Went on a Monday night around 1030pm and there was a crazy line. The parking lot is kind of a shit show. Had al pastor tacos, carne asada taco, and al pastor mulita. The al pastor tacos are the best - the mulitas has a different kind of al pastor that did not come from the spit. The carne asada taco was alright. Excited to come back and note to self - it's all about the al pastor tacos!
This place has so much but the food is okay. I tired the Al Pastor since everyone is raving about them. I honestly have to say they are good but nothing out of the ordinary. The prices are decent if you are in the LA area.
Value for money , simply amazing tacos . A taco meal for 1 is less than 10$s. Very friendly and educative work force .
A must try if ur in LA.
Delicious, mouthwatering, affordable mexican food. Ordered 10 tacos (6 al pastor, 2 carnitas, 1 chorizo, 1 pollo) and an orange jarritos. The al pastor tacos are what they are known for. They have authentic flavor and quick service. They also have a salsa/condiment bar too, unlimited delicious salsa/onions/limes/etc. The food truck is located in the gas station, there is plenty of room to stand and eat along with tables to eat as well. There is no trouble parking either. If you're in the area and you're craving delicious authentic Mexican tacos at a great price I would definitely recommend this place!
two registers ?? on a street taco truck??!! pork tacos was passing bu labrea coming from santa monica and saw the hype and damn told my girl its a must !! but was it better than king taco? no :( but for a street taco quality, its damn good. customers here make it more interesting tho. thought it was a festival !
theres taco bell and another taco truck block away but man these guys kills the game on that street
Amazing! I went here for the first time on a Saturday night to try the al pastor tacos. There was a whole production on that I was not expecting and after tasting them I understood why. This is hands down the best tacos al pastor that I've had...ever. So much so that I went to Mexico and came back here after landing for al pastor tacos, lol. They were so flavorful, tender, and juicy with a piece of pineapple on top that serves as the icing on the cake. I didn't even need the salsa or other toppings; it was fine just on a tortilla. I will for sure be sharing this awesome food find with everyone and frequenting this truck quite often!
ORGASMIC AL PASTOR!!.. enough said.. reviews don't lie. Probably one of the biggest Trompo of Al Pastor meat I've seen.. STACKED!!!
Omg these are melt in your mouth Pastor tacos. One of the best I've ever had. Love the pineapple, love how seasoned the Pastor is, and love the avocado sauce. This is my new go to taco place!
Bomb!!!! If you go here it has to be for the pastor. It's succulent of the rotating fire. It's also cheap dollar tacos. Even though there's long lines you get your food quick
Okay, I've been here like several times with my boo who introduced me to this place. I usually just order the tacos al pastor but last time I got the alambres and it was amazing. Easier to eat as well, and you get hella more food and my cheese was melted. Anyways, good place, the line goes by really fast but it does take a while to get your food sometimes.
You eat standing up and they have some tables outside so you can. I love how this place is diverse as hell- black, hispanic, asians, some sprinkling of white people all eating here for the love of TACOS. Let's unite!
Get your drunk munchies here and enjoy eating. Make sure you're not too drunk though because there aren't any seats.
The tacos here are BOMB My favorite is definitely the al pastor because the grilled pineapple just compliments the pork so well! I also love their sauce bar so don't forget to go get some!!! The food comes out pretty fast and the parking is not too difficult. Everything is also super reasonably priced so you can be adventurous and try some new and interesting meats :)
Best Al Pastor Tacos in all of LA.
If you want late night tacos after coming from the bars of LA the search is over. This taco truck serves up racks of juicy well seasoned Al Pastor with a slice of pineapple on top for only $1.25.
They also serve other items like Mulita, Quesadilla, Torta, Burrito, Alambres.
Meat selection: Pastor, Pollo, Asada, Buche, Tripas, Carnitas, Cabeza.
Wash it all down with some Horchata and you can call it a night.
If you're in LA and looking for something that'll hit the spot, I recommend trying this place out and let me know what you think.
Best Tacos in LA!!! Now have multiple locations! I've been coming here for years and continue to visit no matter where I'm at.
This is a place you get a pastor taco. Everything else is good and that is fine but the pastor taco here is special. You aren't going to get a better quick bite from any other truck or restaurant in the area or probably otherwise.
I don't often eat tacos but their tacos are very good.
Parking can be challenging. No seating and it's cash only. However, Leo's serves up some of the best Al Pastor Tacos in Los Angeles, in my opinion.
Doesn't seem to matter what time of day it is, people are lined up for them tacos and the self serve toppings which means you can load up, if you like. Just get in line, place your order and wait until your order is called. Then enjoy that meaty goodness.
I've been to Leo's more times that Yelp shows my check in's, however, sometimes after a few too many adult beverages, I might have forgotten. However, I do remember that on each visit, the meat was tender, juicy and especially hits the spot when adding globs of hot sauce. It's not hot for me but the flavor compliments the Al Pastor and tons of onions, to my liking. I've not had anything else from Leo's because I only come for one thing. Al Pastor.
What great tacos! Keep it up the pineapple in the el pastor tocos was the cherry on top!
This place has good food and I definitely like the spicy salsa. Really great mexican street food. I highly recommend it.
Leo's taco truck is definitely one of the best taco trucks we have ever tried. We got the chicken and steak tacos, but the toppings really make it!
We really loved the pickled onion and peppers. They added a good punch of spice!
The line looks intimidating, but does go so quickly. If you run into Leo's check them out!
This is amazing. Not too expensive for a quick grub. But the line takes a little long but it's worth the wait. and their signature al pasture tacos are the best
Best street tacos I've had in a longggggg time.
Drove by on accident Friday night and saw about 100 people milling about 2 food trucks. Wondered what all the fuss was about but we'd already eaten so continued without stopping. Came back a few days later after a trip to LACMA and jumped in the 10 person line with glee.
Cash only but we came prepared. My husband and I got three each of the El Pastor and Tripas, along with a sampling of each of the salsas offered at the salsa station: red salsa, salsa verde, and a creamy salsa verde.
Food came out fast and blistering hot. We layered the tacos with the accompanying onion and cilantro and dug in.
El Pastor was very, very good. Tender with pineapple chunks.
Tripas was flavorful but lacked the crispiness I was seeking and that would've made it amazing. Next time, if I'm around again, I'll be sure to ask for extra crispy.
Salsa station also offered napkins and hand sanitizer, which came in handy.
One word of caution: there are beggars milling about. They're friendly enough but in case you have children with you, it might be off putting?
The best tacos ! The torta Leo's was great and the service took between 10 to 15 minutes. The place have parking and no where to sit.
You can't go wrong with Leo's Al Pastor tacos! Great cheap eats! 12 tacos and two Mexican coke bottles $19 even?!
This is amazing food truck stop on the corner of la brea and Venice. They have al pastor on a spit that is rotated to flame cook it which is nice to watch while your in line. Very busy so make sure to get here a little early to find parking. It is located right next to a gas station which is convenient. They have all options available from pork, beef, chicken, sausage, tripe, stomach and head. After you receive your food they have a full set up of toppings and salsas. Definitely worth the wait for amazing flavor.
Al pastor all the way. Carved directly off the spit and loaded with flavor. The asada was also delicious but the al pastor is why people keep going. At $1.25 a taco, you can order sooo many. Beware, it is cash only. One bite and you'll be addicted!
The most delicious tacos al pastor I've had in Los Angeles. They are not pricey and they are very filling. They do the trick of adding a little slice of pineapple on top of each taco.
Best tacos in LA! So tasty and cheap. They're better than tacos I've had in Mexico. I would go everyday if it was closer to my house.
Taking my husband and son to Leo's taco cause I had a good times eating at a gas station parking lot Lol We came at 6:00 PM on Wednesday night and we had about 6 people in front of us. We had carne asada and el pastor. El Pastor is cut in front of the truck. They were really good especially after our trips to salsa bar. They provide four different salsas, onion, limes, radish. They also provide to go cups and sandwich bags for all the goodies. It's always a good experience at Leo's Tacos
I had tacos al pastor. The meat was too tender, I like it a little crispier. The chunk of pineapple adds a nice touch. The prices are great!
Wow first time trying their carne asada tacos and ordered 5! Wish I could've ordered more and they gave me sides like cilantro and radishes by hand!
Get your condiments to your left hand side, I would recommend the green salsa!
When arrived I was a bit confused on where to order because no one was at the drive window.
I was thinking how can they hand out orders so organized and then I heard their loudspeaker where they call numbers, genius!
Each taco is $1.50 but they're worth it!
Will be returning soon!
*** CASH ONLY ***
Yes - al pastor @ Leo's Tacos Truck is one of the most amazing taco meats I have EVER tried among all other taco places that I have visited (and we are talking about 30+ unique and non-franchised taco places). If there's a thing call the Taco Hall of Fame, then al pastor taco deserves to be a part of it. Unfortunately ... I had to take out one-star due to somewhat difficult parking situation, decent but not great carne asada & chicken tacos, and so-so condiments / horchatas.
Parking: The truck is parked in the 76 gas station on the intersection of La Brea Ave and Venice Blvd. I wasn't not able to find a spot to park on Venice Blvd, but I just drove around the block and was able to find ample street parking spots on La Brea Ave.
Menu: Each taco is $1.25 with your typical meat options like asada, pollo (chicken), buche (pork stomach), cabeza (beef braised head), chorizo (sausage), carnitas (braised pork), and tripa (beef tripe). Sorry no beef tongue (lengua) here. Burrito and quesadilla are also available.
After you order at the cashier counter, then any non-al pastor tacos will need to be picked up at the truck (they will call your number) and you will need to pick up your al pastor taco orders at the spit separately.
Asada taco, pollo taco, and al pastor taco ($1.25 each): Both asada and pollo tacos were pretty good, but they were pale in comparison to al pastor taco. Red sauce was slightly flavorful and spicy, but green sauce was meh.
Horchatas ($2): Tasted a little sweet and more like sugar water.
Al pastor taco is absolutely legendary and should be the only thing to order here. In fact the moment I took my 1st bite of al pastor taco, I went back to the cashier counter and ordered a second round. In this case, just stick with Yelp highlights (al pastor) and you can go no wrong.
P.S. - No place to sit, so you will have to stand as you enjoy your tacos.
I'm not saying anything new. Just go here, get at least 4 al pastor tacos, soak them in the tomatillo salsa, and enjoy life for a few minutes. In a gas station lot on Venice and la brea
Omg these are melt in your mouth Pastor tacos. One of the best I've ever had. Love the pineapple, love how seasoned the Pastor is, and love the avocado sauce. This is my new go to taco place!
(also: it's cash only!)
Open Late. Long lines, but Great prices, Good Tacos and Burritos Seven Days a Week . Thanks
I only get the al pastor here, and it's exceptional.
Solid and tasty tacos for 1.25. Parking is a nightmare, though, and you can expect to wait more than 30 minutes even during non peak hours, but it's worth it.
The fact that we were in California for 7 days and came here to eat two nights in a row should say a lot! These tacos are sooooo delicious!!! Very authentic Mexican tacos that don't make you feel terrible after you eat them because they are not overly greasy. I would come back in a heartbeat. The parking lot is a bit of a problem because there are so many people waiting but that is always a good problem to have.
The best al pastor tacos in Los Angeles HANDS DOWN, year after year after year. No one can beat Leo's.
Leo's is parked at a gas station on the corner of La Brea and Venice and is always packed, no matter what time of the day. However do not be intimidated if you arrive to find a full parking lot and long line. The line moves fast and the little taco stand runs like a well oiled machine. During peak times they have two al pastor spits running and these guys can make a taco in the blink of an eye. Order at the register, get your salsas ready and wait for your number to be called. Al pastor tacos are picked up at the spit, everything else is picked up from the window of the truck.
I have had burritos, tacos, quesadillas with pretty much every protein option they have available. My favorites are the carne asada quesadilla, chicken burrito and signature al pastor tacos, but EVERYTHING I've had has been delicious. I usually get a burrito to-go for lunch the next day and it holds up really well reheated FYI.
Cash only, come prepared.
However many al pastor tacos you are thinking of getting, order at least two extra.
My parents came in to town and lo and behold they asked for tacos of all things. The raving reviews, from both the Yelp! community and my peers, about Leo's got me thinking that this was the place I had to take them.
I came here around 6PM on a Friday night, right about the time they set up the Al Pastor spits and was lucky enough to find parking right away. On Venice going West, there's a little turn out where you can find parking on both sides (residential and island) and I would recommend looking there first.
Most of my taco experience in SoCal has been from the famed Tacos El Gordo in San Diego. Naturally, I had to see what Leo's offered in the form of their Al Pastor tacos and compare them to El Gordo's legendary tacos. Leo's tacos come bare bones at first, just the tortilla and the meat with a slice of pineapple to top it off. On the other side of the parking lot towards the gas station, there's a salsa bar where you can get: salsa with differing levels of spice, radishes, diced onions w/ cilantro, picked onions & carrots, and limes. I put a shit ton of lime juice, as well as onions and the mildest salsa they had and gave it a go. The tacos were good, REALLY good. The meat was tender and juicy af, and the pineapple added a nice note of sweetness to cut through the spice. At $1.25 a piece they're a dollar cheaper than Tacos El Gordo. I think if it was strictly a taste comparison, I'd have to give it to El Gordo because their meat was a bit hotter and had a crispier edge to it, but sadly I gotta pay for my meal and the dollar/worth metric has to go in favor of Leo's.
They have tables there with napkins and even a portable sink for you to rinse your hands off after which is very considerate of them.
All in all, I can see why this place has such long lines when I drive past it late at night. The tacos are dank, and the price is damn near unbeatable. Next time your taco cravings hit you, def give this place a go.
Best Tacos Al Pastor in town!!! Can not go wrong with their tacos here! Una delicia!!!
Their salsas are very good too & cannot forget the habanero strands!! :)
The Al Pastor Tacos at Leo's Tacos Truck is an LA institution. It is an important stop on any trip to the City of Angels. It took me four years as a resident and two visits to finally make the trip over. Be sure to pick this location, given that it has the most Yelp reviews.
The truck is cash only and the line is long, but don't let that discourage you. At $1.25 per taco, this is one of the more affordable "good" meals in LA, and one of the best in terms of price-to-flavor ratio. I've tried multiple menu items, but you're here for the al pastor.
The al pastor is spit-roasted, and the tacos are carved right off the spit along with a piece of pineapple. Now, this is not your father's al pastor. Be prepared for a slightly different texture/taste. It has a slight crispiness to it, and the spit roasting brings out a flavor that's different.
After multiple visits to the taco stand, I came to the conclusion that this al pastor is definitely good. Is this al pastor great? I don't know whether I prefer this style or the more traditional al pastor. I think I prefer the style at Leo's, but is that only because I'm supposed to prefer it?
Hint number 1: plan to eat your tacos at the tables that they provide in the parking lot. I once ordered the tacos to go, expecting that they would wrap each one in foil. To my unpleasant surprise, they put the tacos on a plate and put a piece of foil on top of the plate. This made it not-at-all obnoxious to transport.
Hint number 2: go grab a Mango Fanta from the disgusting gas station that shares this parking lot. Diabeetus is a real thing, so don't drink it too often, but Mango Fanta is amazing.
Hint number 3: don't go to the bathroom inside of the gas station. It looks like a murder scene.
Leo's does not serve the best tacos in LA. For the best tacos, go look for the taco stand that sets up near Venice and Centinela at night time. What Leo's does offer is a unique take on al pastor tacos that is worth trying at least once.
Leo's tacos are the best you'll get in this area. They are authentic Mexican -- not like the Americanized style we find across Lies Angeles. I strongly recommend the $1.25 chicken tacos and the al pastor with pineapple. There are usually long lines to order food but this is a small price to pay to get the great food in the most convenient way.
Cash only. Make sure to remember that or you'll waste your lunch looking for a nearby ATM.
Best late night food in such an amazing price. They do the trick of adding a little slice of pineapple on top of each taco. Very delicious.
The hype for this place is real. The lines are long, but the service is amazingly fast. What we thought was going to be an hour long wait turned out to be 15 minutes or less.They are very well known for their pastor here, but their other menu items are not too bad either. My friend got 3 pastor tacos (5/5) and I got a chorizo taco (2/5). I'm not a big fan of pastor, but my friend stated that it was definitely the best pastor he's ever had, hence the 4/5 star rating overall. The chorizo taco on the other hand was really dry somehow. It wasn't crispy like I expected and the chorizo flavor wasn't really there.Yes, I know, what did I expect getting a chorizo taco at a place known for pastor, but I just wanted to try something different. All in all, I'd say this is a great place to come when you're just craving a cheap and good pastor taco. You could get full off of just $5 if you really wanted to. It's definitely a steal!
- Parking in this area is horrendous
- No real seating so be prepared to stand
- Other meat besides pastor is not too great
- Pastor done right
- Line might be intimidating, but they move very very fast
- Prices are super reasonable
- Very generous portions of meat in each taco
- Condiment bar is help yourself so you can have however much of exactly what you want
- Open really late so you can get yourself a drunk late night snack if you wanted!
Seriously the best Al Pastor Tacos you will get in LA!
I definitely recommend if you're in the neighborhood. If not, I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to try it. But in all honesty, best Al Pastor taco I've ever had.
If you ever wanted to know what heaven on earth is like, then go to Leo's Tacos Truck! Hands down they have the best tacos de Pastor I've ever had. I wish I could give them 10 stars because they absolutely deserve it!
So cheap! You may need to wait in line along with everyone else, and they pack it up really nicely for take out. They are located in a gas station, but lucky me I just have to walk across the street from work. Great for lunch!
First: CASH ONLY. There is an atm with a $2.50 charge in the gas station next to the taco truck. Second: THIS IS THE BEST AL PASTOR TACO I'VE EVER HAD. Get at least 5 - you will not regret it and they are only $1.25 so GET CRAZY.
I've been here twice now, and I couldn't ask for a better first SoCal taco experience (okay, if anyone has better recommendations let me know - maybe my palate isn't refined enough haha). I love al pastor so I mostly get that, and don't hold back as they're only $1.25 each (and you can load up on all the salsas and toppings)! The line moves pretty quickly even when the parking lot is packed. I LOVE that it's in a random gas station - the combo of neon lights, cool night, and smoke is charming. I will be back again and again :)
OH MY GOD. These tacos, they are the BEST Tacos Al Pastor in town, and for a very low price! I would also recommend the very messy to eat Huarache de Carne Asada. This place is absolutely worth it despite how sketchy the locations can be.
I absolutely love their tacos I go there for lunch sometimes late at night if I'm hungry
You definitely have a tryout Leo's taco truck and I absolutely love the set up there it's kind of different from any taco truck
The tacos are top notch!!! It's always busy especially on the weekend and at night. Cash only!! They're so good. Have yet to try the Al Pastor Tacos but they look amazing and I've heard great things. 10/10 recommend
Tacos were great. worth the wait, but the wait wasn't too long.
It's like a fantastic al pastor taco circus! Feels a lot like this awesome pastor place we went to in Mexico City, and just as delicious!
I been coming to this taco since before it was hit by the hipster wave. They have the best tacos, torras and al pastor meat in mid city! Make your way down here and try the al pastor tacos made by real Mexican samurais. They could do something about the messy salsa bar and trash around the truck.
I just want to point out this is honestly my favorite taco truck and imo the best tacos in LA. Lines can be long late at night but they do a good job of getting through everyone quick surprisingly
How as an Elite Yelper I forgot to write a review about this place is beyond belief. Late Night drunk runs, Leo was there. Going out on a cheap date, Leo was there. So this is about time I give this spot the respect it deserves. There is a reason why this place is always packed on Friday and Saturday nights. Getting the Al Pastor tacos with the sliced pineapple is a must. Go to the sauce/ radish bar, yes it can be a bit messy especially you have drunks spilling sauce and radishes all over the place lol. All in all great quality, great price point and friendly staff.
My go to spot for tacos! They have the best al pastor tacos for a bargain at $1.25 each. I also like their horchata. I've brought several friends here and they really enjoyed it.
The marinated Al pastor is mounted on a large rotating skewer and is cooked to perfection against what I believe is a gas burning grill. The Al pastor is shaved off and put on a tortilla with a pineapple slice, which gives it more flavor. It's tasty without any condiments, but if you want they have a salsa bar. They have a great avocado salsa that is creamy and goes great with the taco.
Location: they have many taco truck locations scattered throughout LA, but this is my favorite location. Although it's busier than other locations I don't mind because that means they're pumping out fresh made to order El pastor.
Parking: can be hard to find since it's located in a gas station parking lot. I suggest parking on the street.
- bring cash because it's cash only
- eat the food while you're there because it taste better
** $1.25 tacos **
** Cash Only **
** In the same space as the gas station **
** Limited 'gas station' parking **
My favorite taco spot when I am in the LA area. They have the best al pastor tacos ever and I've tried a few in NY and in the Cali area. I highly recommend.
You can't beat these Al Pastor Tacos.
Worth the 45 minute drive from Redondo Beach & wait.
1.25$ for al pastor taco. Bring cash. The tacos are not the best but it is always fun because it is a food truck and cheap. Plus, pineapples make the taco much more tastier.
The "best al pastor in LA" statement is not an exaggeration. I hardly have much to say except this truck is a must visit. Even my friends that got the chicken and vegetarian tacos went back to get some more so I can definitely say there's something for everyone.
I would recommend eating the tacos right there and not waiting to long since the meat sort of dries up. But they pack them super well in case you want to forego that and take some to go.
I would also recommend driving there as opposed to taking an Uber since there's no place to sit and eat. It was pretty empty in the day but I have crossed the place at night and the line goes on FOREVER. Service is pretty quick though!
The lines can be vicious, but it's some of the best taco truck food in town. Will always return for their burritos and huaraches.
Great tacos very fast service the tacos al pastor are greatest have to come down with the family and enjoy there tacos or tortas great location
Job well done for the crew who made my tacos very fantastic! Great place to grab and go for a taco. Fresh and delicious tacos here are one of the best that I've tasted! It's very affordable compared to the other spot that I have been. I hope soon that they will make their own restaurant. Job well done guys!
I was invited by a co-worker to this truck. I usually have gone to the truck across the street, Gallito's Tacos (doing a review on Gallito's later).
So I came during lunch time and i got myself tacos de pollo aka chicken. Also got myself a Jarritos drank.
I love the way they reach out to the customers and dont call your order by number but instead by your name. It makes the experience feel more connected to these employees. The tacos were fire. I gobbled up those suckers like m&m's.
- MAQUEBEO SAID IT
Al pastor tacos were bomb AF!!! They come straight off the giant slab of meat and with pineapple as well. Just tortilla, al pastor, and pineapple. You can add toppings like onions and sauce if you want but it's delicious even without it. Perfect for your drunchies or anytime actually. The line can get long but it moves pretty quickly.
Leo's takes up the entire gas station and you'll still be hard pressed to find parking. Definitely adding this to the list of best tacos in LA!
Omg, I was always afraid of food that's was sold on a truck but god this is sooooooo good. This is the best authentic Mexican food I had. Their prices are really low. You can get a taco for $1.25. They're open till midnight which is a huge plus. I'd definitely will be back!
Leo's is in my top 3 when it comes to taco trucks around town. Love their al pastor w/ a chunk of pineapple on top. The meat isn't as greasy as other trucks and yet so juicy.. Probably due to their spits, which they bring out for all to see (def a draw). Prices are obviously good too at $1.25/taco!
I was invited by a co-worker to this truck. I usually have gone to the truck across the street, Gallito's Tacos (doing a review on Gallito's later).
So I came during lunch time and i got myself tacos de pollo aka chicken. Also got myself a Jarritos drank.
I love the way they reach out to the customers and dont call your order by number but instead by your name. Oh it was music to my ears when I heard "PANFILO" being called out on the mic. It makes the experience feel more connected to these employees. The tacos were fire. I gobbled up those suckers like m&m's.
- PANFILO SAID IT
This taco truck has a line on Friday and Saturday nights that is unbelievably long. The tacos are really good my favorite is the pastoral taco. The food the Is flavorful. If you're in the LA area in the evening time on the weekend check it out.
Al pastor MFs. Leo's fine selection of salsa also kicks ass, and you can help yourself son. We moved to WA - yeah....not too many taco trucks in the PNW. Yeah....we miss Cali and don't know why we moved the F up here.
Hmmmm.....anyway, I digress. Some of the best food you are likely to find anywhere - I've eaten at Providence and they fucked up between the 3rd & 4th course so they sent the MF cheese back around again, like we wouldn't notice the 40 minute gap between courses - when they dropped off course #4, homegirl was like: Chef didn't like the way it looked my ass - they dropped the MF ticket.
Anyway, some of the best tacos in the world.
Finally got a chance to visit this place and it did not disappoint! Al pastor tacos are epic and ALL of the salsas were great (green was my favorite). Tacos are $1.25, what are you waiting for?! GO!
I'm not the biggest fan of tacos but I have to say Leo's Tacos are bomb.com they're amazing! It's always a must when you're in LA. They have different locations and they always have a line which moves fast. They are definitely worth trying. They do accept cash only. Al Pastor tacos are a must!
BEST AL PASTOR TACOS IN LA.
If you are looking for al pastor tacos in late night with a mellow vibe, this is the spot. Roll up to the gas station, stand in line, and watch the guys cut the delicious meat from the two spits of al pastor.
I get 6-8 al pastor street tacos ($1.25) and sometimes if I am feeling zesty, I spring for the horchata. Girlfriend gets the al pastor quesadilla (I think it's $5.75). I love their self-serve salsa bar and spicy habanero onions.
Wait times/lines can be long during peak times. Parking can also be a hectic during their busier times and on weekends, so be prepared to get creative in the parking lot or find some street parking nearby. Don't let this deter you, it is worth it!!!
This place is no frills, it's a parking lot of a gas station, but what I love most about it is the variety of people from all different walks of life/backgrounds that come out for some amazing tacos.
If there was a People's Champion for Al Pastor Tacos, Leo's would be it.
This is a pretty good taco place, the al pastor is the thing to get. I came here on a Saturday during lunch time and it wasn't packed at all. Only a few people ordering and waiting for their tacos. The parking can fit about maybe 6-8 cars, but there's street parking available if you can't find any in the gas station. You come up and order your tacos, wait about 10 minutes and you get your order. Pretty fast. Each taco is $1.25. Not bad for the price!
The place is Cash only. Let me say that in the beginning, cause in 2017, this is now rare. But to be honest, the only way to eat these street tacos is cash only. There is a good reason they have so many food trucks now, there food is great. I came here on a lunch break, and there was about 8 people ahead of me, but the line did move relatively fast. The only downside is the place is a little sketchy, but the people are harmless.
I got 3 tacos Carne Asada, and 3 tacos Al Pastor. They have the salsa on the outside, so fill up as much as you like. Of course, to fit right in, I had my tacos on my car's trunk. Although advertised for their special Al Pastor, which I'll get to in a minute, the Carne Asada was really good. If you are not a fan of Pork, this is a great alternative. The Al Pastor, of course with Pineapple, and the spicy red sauce, compliments each other so well. I had no idea that I would like it, but i figured I'd rather have pineapple on and be able to take it off if I did not like it. The pineapple definitely stayed on, and was worth it. At $1.25, you can no go wrong. Just grab a handful, grab a coke, and get your Taco fix in.
The parking situation and location is terrible. I don't mind eating standing up, I love everything else but the parking situation! Leo's is an L.A. truck landmark for a reason. The food, meats, salsas and all are quite tasty, delicious, cheap, and ample. There will always be a line.. To park or to eat, and it will take a while to get your meal... Sometimes even longer than a sit down but it is WORTH IT. My biggest complaint is this location doesn't have Lengua. But the cabeza is a great alternative.
MY LIFE SAVER my friends and I were so hungry after a concert and it was 2 AM scared that nothing was open but this Taco truck is open until 3AM. Their taco are the best freshly made on the spot with pineapples and sauce bar parking isn't too bad although it gets packed at time but there's always people going in and out. Usually taco trunks do not have Agua refrescas but this truck did!
Was here last weekend after a concert. I had wait maybe 30 minutes but it was well worth the wait! I hope everybody tries the el pastor tacos! mmmmmm!
Landed in LAX and the first thing I said to my friend was, "I need some good tacos in my life before I leave LA."
And voil, that's how we ended up at Leo's Tacos Truck.
Well, that's not exactly how it happened, but at one point I did go, "I don't care what else I do in LA, as long as I have some good tacos before I head back to the east coast."
$5 for 4 tacos.
I got the pollo, asada, carnitas, and al pastor. My favorites were the al pastor and the asada! To be honest, I should have been smart enough to just order a bunch of the al pastor. I didn't really know what their sauces were called (or what was in it), but I got them all and poured them on top of my tacos, along with the mixture of cilantro and onions. SoOoOoO good (and easy on the wallet).
I'm writing this as I sadly think about the taco establishments around my area.
Anyways, my review is just another gold star added to the legend that is Leo's Tacos Truck. I saw them on buzzfeed (shout out to WORTH IT) and my friend (that does not watch buzzfeed) recommended this as well without knowing I already knew about Leo's. It lived up to my expectations. :)
P.S. Bring cash.
Gotta love that leos! You can never go wrong with this place!
I would not recommend the beef tripe, but the other tacos we got were awesome-- and this is an incredible deal, not just for LA, but in general.
Make sure you get the limes, radishes, onion, and cilantro since the mix of all those flavors with the meat and corn tortillas is what really makes the experience.
There's a lot I can say about this place, but nothing that hasn't been said or isn't already known. Their Al pastor tacos are a must for anybody who lives in Los Angeles.
A warning though, I almost always see cockroaches crawling around the area. But nothing to be concerned about in terms of food sanitation.
I've visited Leo's Tacos Truck many times. They always surprise me with their amazing tacos. The delicious choices tacos are what you always expect from them. I've tried different flavors of tacos and all of it were delicious. The place was crowded, but the crew were prompt and accommodate each customers very fast. I will highly recommend this place!
Simply tacos done right. Period. Cash only, parking kinda sucks cuz of the intersection, so if there's people with you drop them off to get in line while you park. The taco truck sits in a gas station lot at Venice and La Brea.
I love this place. It is one of the authentic Mexican place i like to go. Good luck finding parking as there are tons of cars parked.The salsas are good. Service is efficient and they've recently added some folding tables around the parking lot where you can stand and eat.
Tacos at Pastor it's their signature show tacos. Hands down the best in the Westside.
Don't forget about their salsa cart - these enhance the flavors.
The infamous Leo's Tacos Truck serves as both a perfect after hour eatery and a perfect after hour spot.
If you've ever been to LA there's literally a million taco trucks or small vendors on street corners, serving more tacos than there are people in this world. But really sets Leo's apart is one thing: Al Pastor Tacos !
I've probably ate northward of 150+ taco establishments and taquerias, and I haven't had a better Al Pastor taco anywhere else. The put some pineapple on it to top it off and their small condiments stand located near the truck let's you fix it up just the way you like it.
All in everything else was just regular LA Mexican food--although their chicken burrito was very good as well. So if you go, skip the pollo tacos , asada and any other meat choice available and ask for a decent amount of Al Pastor Tacos.
For my singles, you probably could meet a potential date right there on the spot. Leo's taco really made my trip back home feel like home!
The best al pastor you'll have in LA at $1.25 per taco. The wait is long but so so worth it.
Pro tip: Park on the street elsewhere as the gas station the truck is in can be a bit of a cluster.
I came here for real deal tacos, and I wasn't disappointed. any time you get recommendations for a taco truck at a gas station you kind of question it, but this place delivered. we got the am pastor, chorizo, chicken, and carne asada. all in all, really good. I don't think they were significantly better than any solid option in the DC area, but they were really good none the less. the line moved quick and the food didn't take too long. there's a few tables a set up near an old pump to eat at.
Tacos at Pastor it's their signature show tacos. Hands down the best in the Westside.
The food was great! The salsa bar was plentiful! And the prices can't be beat. During a peak time you could wait up to 20 minutes for your order.
Great food truck Mexican food. Tacos were fantastic. Atmosphere was fun and a little crazy, lots of people but service was fast. Places to stand and eat. Highly recommended!!
One of the best taco trucks in town. Well worth the long wait in line. Tacos, militias, quesadillas, Tortas are all delicious. They stopped serving leunga (beef tongue) unfortunately. I always stop by here when I am in the neighborhood. Weekends they are open late till I think about three a.m. I will continue to eat here by far best Mexican food ever for a truck.
I've tried many taco truck and I finally have stuck to this one! Their pastor is so bomb and you can taste the crisp of the charcoal, cooked pork. I would recommend going at night when they fire up the meat, but during the day, the pastor just tastes smushy and typical. There was a time where they didn't have radishes (which totally made the experience way different and not as great). But they have the radishes in stock and all is well in the world! Definitely recommend this place, but parking can be very difficult, especially during peak hours, since it's located at a gas station.
Arrived at 630pm on Saturday before the rush.
Oh lard-y al pastor tacos topped wth a sweet slice of pineapple is Oh-so-good.
The best part of all...no tummy aches so far. We will be coming back here instead of heading down to El Gordo's.
just stick to the alpastor tacos.
The wait was a bit long when we went at around 7-8pm on a Saturday. But it moved pretty fast and at least wasn't excruciatingly painful even though I was starving.
The al pastor was a bit underwhelming, the pineapple was a nice touch..the carnitas were ok. .... but the Carne Asada has got to be the best I have ever had in my life. They added cumin into it and it just tastes SO delicious. Must get. The green salso is also amazing (not the cilantro avocado creamy one but the clear green salsa).
I think when I come back, I am just going to get the carne asada and maybe even try some of the other meats like chorizo and tripas. Extremely cheap and good. I am a major fan.
This is a great taco place on the west side. Cash only. Long lines. I love their pastor and asada tacos!!! Super good salsas too.
Leo's al pastor tacos are my favorite al pastor tacos in LA! They remind of tacos in Baja.
The lines can get long but well worth the wait if you want delicious tacos. If you usually eat two tacos, make sure you order 4.
This is by far the best tacos I've ever had. I would only get the al pastor meat taco. The thin slice of pineapple compliments so well with the meat and then the condiments are all self serve, which I love because I like to overload my tacos with radish. As a New Yorker on a vacation in Cali I made sure to come here once every night or two. Leo's tacos needs to come to NYC!
Wow. These tacos hit just the right spot. They're the perfect LA tacos: cheap, delicious & fresh. All the salsas were very yummy and paired well with the tacos. Pair your tacos with an agua fresca for the perfect lunch. Yum :)
My friends and I went to a concert and was craving drunchies afterwards. Leo's Tacos Truck is probably my favorite now and definitely worth waiting in line past midnight. It's located right next to the 76 gas station on La Brea & Venice.
We ordered carne asada tacos and also a carne asada quesadilla. The chopped beef on both our orders was so tender, juicy, and well-seasoned. Carne asada quesadilla was a tad greasy, but still delicious with all the oozy, gooey cheese. Condiments were on the side for us to add cilantro, onions, sauces, and limes to our hearts' content.
Overall, I think Leo's Tacos Truck will replace King Taco for me now that I'm living in West LA. It just sucks how it's cash only.
best tacos in LA !!!!!! the alpastor and pollo with salsa are bomb i highly recommend it. go as early as possible the lines are super long.
I LOVE LEO'S!! When I'm craving tacos, this is my go-to. I live in SGV but I will make the drive out to LA just for this (usually to the DTLA location though because that's a bit closer). I'm from East LA, so I know good tacos. And this is by far the best al pastor tacos I've ever had. I'm talking about al pastor specifically because that's what they're known for. They have other meats as well, but those aren't as amazing.
I love their al pastor tacos because I've never had anything like them elsewhere. The meat is mounted as a huge chunk and is cooked as it rotates around the grill. Then they slice the meat (instead of chopping it) and serve it on the tacos. The best part is the slice of pineapple on top. Who knew pineapple and al pastor would go so well together?! The juicy/tangy/sweetness from the pineapple pairs perfectly with the well-seasoned al pastor meat. And that's it. Just a tortilla, meat, and pineapple. So simple yet so delicious. No frills necessary. However, you can also add some toppings (onions, cilantro, lime, salsa) for some extra flavor. I love the avocado salsa that they have. Adds a nice creaminess to the tacos. Also, did I mention that a taco is ONLY $1.25?!? What a steal. Cause you definitely will want to order a ton of them.
If you ever want some bombass al pastor tacos (or burrito), Leo's is the place to go! Perfect for late night munchies or just as a regular dinner.
Seriously the best tacos in LA and I've had ALOT of experience the taco department. Only bummer is that this used to be my quick, easy, neighborhood spot years ago, but it's so popular now it takes forever to get a couple of tacos. But good for them!!! They're blowing up!
My friends from NorCal wanted to meet up and eat at this taco truck but for religious purposes I had to be a vegetarian. With that in mind, I was already planning to just order a quesadilla since I knew I wouldn't have too many options. However, to my surprise, when I got my order, the quesadilla had tomatoes, avocado, cheese and lettuce in it! It was no ordinary quesadilla with just cheese and tortilla. I was a happy camper :)
Not only was the food good but I also really appreciate the fact that they put a stand out for all the cilantro, onions, sauces, radishes, and limes. It's all up for grabs and if anyone knows me, they would know that I love loading my Mexican food with cilantro/onions.
I would most definitely come back here!
I have been hearing great things about Leo's tacos for months so I decided to drive to LA to get their famous al pastor tacos. The taco truck is inside a gas station and parking is very limited. You can always risk it and park in one of those tow away parking spots by the gas station. I personally ordered 10 al pastor tacos and trust me when I say this, they were BOMB. The tacos were very flavorful with the pineapple on every taco and you can't beat their self serve salsa station which also includes onions, cilantro, limes, and utensils. The tacos were $1.25/taco and you can tell by the lines that it is definitely worth the price. This place is probably my go to place in LA to get tacos from now on. Until next time!
PASTOR PASTOR PASTOR!
Funny thing is that when I tell people my favorite tacos are from La Brea area, everyone becomes confused. ITS TRUE THO Their Al pastor tacos are literally the best things ever. Especially with the piece of pineapple they add, definitely the game changer. I can have like... 3 of them just cause my stomach can only take about 3 tacos but if not I would eat a bajillion ... Jk
Their salsa/condiment bar is always fully stocked and always refilled. I like to top my tacos off with some onions and cilantro, avocado sauce, a bit of the green sauce (CAUTION spicy), radish, and a spritz of lime.
Pastor taco is about $1.25 each and perfect for dinner and late night meals - opened till 3AM and 4AM on Fridays and Saturdays! You can also catch some prime pastor cutting action right in front of you as they call your number (make sure to listen carefully as they call out the numbers because they usually say it in Spanish first before English).
Don't be intimidated by the line because it moves pretty fast. Always bring cash!! There was a couple times that I went when they actually accepted card, but my most recent trip was cash only. There are a couple tables where you stand next to and eat, other than that people usually do to-go orders.
Parking is a bit hard in the gas station shared lot itself, so I would go look for parking near the residential area. Area's a bit dark so I would definitely hide any valuables in the trunk.
Excellent tacos and hot sauce! Quick line. Will definitely be back!
First time here. Long lines but worth it. The prices are good, the food amazing. Been to ALOT of food trucks. But this one for tacos.. beats all the rest for now.
I love love love Leo's tacos. The truck is parked in the 76 gas station on La Brea and Venice. There's always a ridiculously long line, but service is pretty quick. There's as a separate condiment bar to the right of the truck with baggies and containers to pack everything.
They're known for their al pastor. They even have the spit outside by the truck. I will usually order that and a carne Asada taco. I've slowly been trying different things on the menu, and by far my faves are: al pastor taco, carne asada taco, carne asada sope, and the carne quesadilla. Deliciouso!
Great Tacos!!! But only had El Pastor Pork Tacos with sweet pineapple on top.. very cheap and left happy ... Cheap eats .. Great Flavor... Recommend
Hands down the best tacos I've ever had!! Definitely try the Al pastor tacos with the pineapple the carnitas were also really good, the prices were really fair and they have a stand with all the toppings you want. Horchata was yummy as well. I'm from ny still wishing I could've taken this taco truck back home with me haha. Definitely looking forward to going back to California for these amazing tacos! Big plus is that they're open until late.
Best tacos out there! Carnitas Tacos were . Carne asada Quesadilla was amazing, pretty big. Salsas were full of flavor. Their habanero onions were as well!
No seating area so be ready to eat in your car or standing at tables there. Overall best taco truck in LA.
OMG I love this place we visit LA at lease 4-5 times a year and when ever we do we hit up Leo's taco ... there pastor taco are the best after 12am they have a line around the corner but there worth the wait.
Leo's tacos are known for their al pastor and it definitely lives up to their reputation. I called before driving over and was told there wasn't really a line. I show up and of course there's a line, if there wasn't a line how would you know that it's good! The taco truck is inside of a plaza with a gas station. It's a little difficult to find parking. I got in line right away and luckily the line went by fairly fast. Tacos are $1.25 each, not bad at all. I ordered 12 tacos, 10 al pastor and 2 carne asada. They come with meat and tortillas and you pack your own onions, cilantro, salsas, limes in their self serve station. Great idea because you don't have to wait to long to get your taco! The al pastor was really good, my favorite part is the piece of pineapple in every taco. I'm so happy I made the decision to venture out to LA to get these tacos. I would definitely come back and next time get more tacos!
Yum yum yum. Inexpensive and delicious. Get the Al Pastor ANYTHING and you won't regret it. Don't forget to enjoy all the toppings while you're at it... and the avocado sauce. Mmmmm.
$1.25 per taco?! YES PLEASE. This place is absolutely amazing and the tacos are so good.
Definitely get the green salsa (it's nice & spicy) and the asada tacos.
As they say...theeee best Al Pastor tacos in town or in LA, whatever. Yes they have the best around. My Friday night visit with the long line was truly quick and easy. The moment I got in line, there were two cashiers running shop (it slowed down tremendously when it went down to one cashier). Order the Al Pastor, it'll be quick because there are two Al Pastor spits grillin'. If you order the other protein, that's coming out of the truck itself. It took me 30 minutes from the time I got in line to the time I finished my tacos.
CASH only. Good luck finding parking. Tons of cars, park with some manners in the gas station. I was lucky to double park it in the gas station and was able to park it right away.
Did I mention the Al Pastor tacos? Crispy'ly moist pork, add your own salsa and toppings from the salsa bar (three salsas), limes, radish, onion and cilantro, etc.
I'll definitely be back on a non-weekend night. Mix crowd, not as dangerous as you think, open late on the weekends.
Leo's is a must have whenever I am in LA. I have tried a couple of their tacos carnitas/steak/al pastor, and my personal recommendation to go straight for the Al Pastor tacos. Go ahead, get 4 or 5. Not only is it the best tasting meat on the menu, but as it is served from the fire spits out in front of the truck, it will come out faster than than any other orders. Once you've got your bare tacos, make your way over to the salsa bar to add many toppings as you wish!
You know how everybody talks about LA and its tacos? How the tacos are a little glimpse of heaven on earth? How if they moved away from LA the thing that they would miss the most is the tacos?
Well folks...Those people were talking about places like LEOS TACOS. Don't be fooled my friends, there is a HUGE difference between taco trucks and you will be severly disappointed with many other trucks.
So what makes Leos stand out. Quite simple.
AL PASTOR - I don't care if you don't like pork. I don't care if you always get asada when you get tacos. You MUST try their pastor if you come here. The two spits of meat that you see when you come? Yup. That's the pastor.
They skilfully cut a small slice of pineapple at the top of the spit and put it on the taco. It's quite a sight to see such great knife skills! Heck my roommate is ALLERGIC to pineapples and he still gets the pastor because it's THAT GOOD folks.
I'm not even done talking about the pastor yet. They slice the meat into thin strips which is different from most places which have their pastor in cubed chunks. The meat is charred more in slices and the meat is really crispy but not overcooked.
Do I really need to say more? Come to Leo's and try their pastor, you won't be disappointed.
1. Don't forget to get an iced horchata to wash down that spicy salsa.
2. Their quesadillas are filled with a ton of meat and cheese if tacos just aren't enough for you (though I would argue to just get more tacos. )
Tacos taste great! Very generous with the meat , everything is seasoned well , very clean . Always a long line but they move at a decent pace
Best fast food taco truck out here in Los Angeles . Heads up . Very busy so be prepared to wait . There quick so it's worth the wait
Delicious tacos al pastor!!!! I miss tacos el gordo from San Diego and these totally hit the spot. I would definitely recommend them!
The best tacos al pastor in Los Angeles and maybe in California. Cheap, delicious and great services
This spot has some reallly good al pastor and they top it off with a piece of pineapple - super legit! Stopped by with KYLE to film an episode of my show Electric Taco and was not disappointed! The chicken was really good too. I went early in the day and it wasn't too packed but it get a little crazy at night! Will def be going back. You can watch my episode here: vice.fm/ET_KYLE
Best tacos I've ever had for sure!!
4-star review because of the service.
Be warned that the truck is cash only. We weren't aware, so when we were told we asked the cashier if we could run into the gas station 30 feet away to grab cash and pay him. He told us we would need to get back in line and reorder (they were pretty busy so standing in line was a 10-15 min ordeal at a time).
Wonderful tacos! That's avocado sauce! Man man man. To die for. I have to drive 15 miles to get me their tacos,but the drive is well worth it. Haven't had the burritos but I've heard they are just as good
Leo's tacos are the bomb! Fresh, right off the pig. Their tortas are pretty good too. Chill spot and they stay open late. Usually a line and parking isn't too bad.
We got there a little too early for the al pastor cooked on the spit, but the food was delicious and the prices were great. The only bad things were that it was at a seedy Gas Station and they only take cash. I look forward to returning the next time I'm in the area.
This spot is very delicious! I sampled a chicken and el pastor taco and they were great!
The toppings are on the side and you can help yourself!
This taco truck is located in a gas station which is typical. The line gets very long and the place is packed with people. However the line does move quick!
Will definitely come back again when I come back to Los Angeles!
Fire tacos , I came because I saw the yelp ratings and I was not disappointed. Especially if you love al pastor, this is the spot to go to.
These tacos are great. I compare everything to Tacos El Gordo in San Diego and these al pastor tacos are definitely on par. They are small so you could definitely eat 4-5 for a normal sized person. They are also extremely reasonable in price. Tacos El Gordo in San Diego (or Vegas) are a little more pricey. I would definitely go out of my way to get some of these al pastor tacos. I will say that I do like Tacos El Gordo better because they put a special salsa on their tacos. But, Leo's is definitely excellent for being as plain as they are and you could put on all your own toppings. Parking was fine. We just parked on the street. The line goes super fast. You might be able to get a seat at the fold up table if you are lucky, but it's not hard to eat tacos standing up. If you need a fork and knife for tacos then that's a different issue.
Definitely check this place out and don't worry about the line as it goes fast.
Best al pastor tacos, don't get anything else just al pastor! Even tho they always have a huge line they are pretty fast! Unfortunately they don't take credit card witch is a little inconvenient sometimes.
This is the best taco truck in LA. The alpastor tacos are amazing. The have a great salsa selection and the mix of people who eat here is outstanding. When ever I am in the area I always stop here. Last time I was here I tryed the Carne Asada sopes. OMG! They are so fire!
It's better to come at night to see the al pastor rotisserie but there's no doubt they have the best al pastor in town! Long lines but it's always worth the wait!
Great taco truck!!! Grabbed aome tcaos after the Dodger Game. Open late and great salsa choices. They had habaneros with onions , they were really good but spicy so be careful!!!
Absolutely the best tacos you can get in LA!!
I loveeeeeeeed my Al Pastor tacos, they were just right: juicy, cooked to perfection and flavorful. The line was huge when we stopped by but it moved quickly.
Parking seems like a mess but there's a security guard that helps you get around (it might seem like he can't do much but actually he really knows what's up)
I will stop by here EVERY CHANCE I GET
Don't go into a taco restaurant. Go to this truck instead, trust me you won't regret it.
Been here 2. Once at 1am after an SC game. The line was at least 20yards long. The wait was about an hour. It was a show. All walks of life which what makes LA great. Def in tha hood. The wait was worth it. The way they shave the meat off the rotisserie. The way the man flings the pineapple with his machete and so gracefully catches it with the taco like a catchers met. The excitement of hearing your order # called in Spanish. The anticipation of your first bite. This is what LA is all about.
Most people go here for the al pastor but its the tripas that I really enjoy!
Definitely the place to be after 130 in the morning when you're leaving the bar or the club they have the best tacos of Alpastor meat if they don't have anywhere for you to say it but there are some tables propped up and there's usually no parking for you to park your car and just eating your car
As a Mexican these are the best Tacos in LA When I saw the line I was dreading the wait but it went by so fast and we got our food so quick..It was delicious
It's worth it! Especially if you get here after lunch and before dinner. I came at 3 and there was no line. Only three others who were enjoying their tacos.
Try it, you won't be disappointed.
Amazing Al Pastor tacos! Best I've had in the states. I ordered 4 wish I'd gotten 6 to treat myself!
I came here at about 12:30 am after a show at the El Rey. The line wasn't long and I got my tacos within five minutes. Of course, you want to come here for their al pastor tacos because that's what they're known for! I loved the fact that I could put on my own toppings/sauces as I pleased. Their green avocado sauce was good and I really liked the small slice of pineapple to go with each taco. The al pastor was well seasoned but the tacos weren't mind blowing. It was a great post concert snack, but I definitely wouldn't wait in a long line for them. The only really big downside is the location. Parking is such a mess because it's located in a gas station parking lot at a VERY VERY busy intersection. I tried coming here once before but gave up after I couldn't find parking. It can also be hard to spot as there are other taco trucks very near by.
I don't usually order pastor tacos, but after trying Leo's.... i order them now, but only at Leo's! Price is right and service is fast, esp for a place like this one.
Taking up half of a gas station parking lot, these guys are churning out some serious food truck morsels. By far the best tacos I have ever had. Coupled with a true Coke from the bottle makes for a complete treat at any hour. Don't take just my review. There is a long list of them for the legend of Leo's found here in Yelp. If your from out of town I highly recommend you make this one of your experiences.
Not too spicy, like I asked! Thank you!
Perfect place to grab a quick taco! Park your car and bam you're there. The smell of the meat being cooked outside hits you and you're instantly salivating. It's a nice set up with condiments and a few tables around. It's definitely a place to visit! Also, very inexpensive. I would have paid more.
Taco's Al Pastor to diiie for. Ask for a single tortilla on each tacos instead of the default two (pro-tip from a foodie friend) - game changing! So delicious, so yummy!
Best al pastor that I've had anywhere. Thinly shaved pork full of flavor in palm sized tortillas. Some onion cilantro mixture, with a squeeze of lime and you're good to go. The avocado salsa is good too. But really, with that sweet pineapple, dressing up that flavorful meat, tacos don't really get better than this.
Secret - the quesadillas are really good too. Stuffed full of meat and cheese. It's not overstuffed mind you, like the atrocities you see at a lot of places but down to the roots of what Mexican food should be - simple, yet filling enough.
I love this truck. The tacos are great. I had two al pastor, 1 beef, 1 chicken. Grilled onions and jalapenos. It was perfect. I'll be back forsure. The LA Food truck scene is booming and just the overall experience of standing in line at food truck, the people, the conversations, the smells! Its unforgettable!! Cash Only!!
I am a big fan of their chicken burrito. Any Indians out in LA try this place and while ordering let them know to make the burrito bit spicy you can have the same flavor in every bite as you taste back in India. You can let them know you don need rice.
Price is 6$ but worth it.
The al pastor taco is on point. the line was long but well worth it .price was good price . the al pastor is best when the crave it from the fire and throw the pineapple on it .
Homerun tacos, and open super late for those druken nights.
They are best known for their Al Pastor tacos, but here are some also excellent offerings:
Lengua (beef tongue)
Cabeza (beef head)
Their avocado salsa is bomb.
Beware of the habanero salsa...
Very fast service. The coolest taco truck I've seen making tacos right in front of you. I enjoyed all sauces. I got an al pastor burrito which was actually a good size, not a massive burrito size so I didn't feel as bad when I ate it all after work. It was amazing.
Wow! I just discovered this LA gem from a recommendation from a friend. Best food truck experience by far. I ordered the asada and tripa. Both were flavorful with the Spicy and avocado sauce. Excellent!
Good grub. When you are in the L.A. area, for whatever reason it may be, this spot is there for you. When you have that late night, clich craving for street tacos, this spot is there for you. When you want to marvel at how good food brings people from all walks of life together, this spot is there for you.
I have enjoyed their torta and tacos al pastor.
This place is delicious! Horrible parking, but delicious! Be prepared to parallel park the opposite direction because it may come to that. Worth it though :) cash only!
This place was so hyped up so I had to come try it. I was super excited to try their Al Pastor because I read many great things about it. My friend and I ordered 4 tacos each. (1.25$/piece). We got 2 carnitas, 2 asadas , & 4 pastors. I love that pastors come with the pineapple because I love pineapple.
Parking is slightly compacted as it's next to a gas station, but we managed to find parking right away. Their was a line when we arrived but it only took about 15 minutes for our tacos to finish.
They have a condiments booth in front of their truck with limes, onions, and sauces. They also provide containers and baggies so you can take them to-go. There is also a portable sink outside so you can actually clean your hands before and after eating! OMG Right? I know. I was so excited too. Usually I have to drive back with lime scented hands.
Honestly, it's not as great as the hype. I've had much better tacos elsewhere for 1.25$ & 1$. But it was good for a first timer. Probably wouldn't drive as far for these tacos as there's better ones closer, but I would definitely not mind coming back.
Only thing is remember it is CASH ONLY as most food trucks are.
I was looking for the some real Mexican food late at night .
I was thought it was gonna be just another taco truck but no these tacos were better then anything I've had in years
Long line but it was worth the wait .
Good tacos, it's hard finding a good taco spot in LA surprisingly. Tacos were a bit cold but good flavor nonetheless. Al pastor is good not great but overall good taco experience.
If I could give this taco truck more than 5 stars, I would. For those that complain about the parking, yes it is definitely not ideal, and yes it's not in the most ideal area. However, its a food truck not a bougie place in Hollywood.
The al pastor is A MUST!!!!! It is DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!
Not only is it the best tacos I have ever had, it is the best Mexican food I have ever had. The taco prices are super cheap as well.
Don't let the line fool you. They move quickly. And, the workers cook the food in front of you malin for some entertainment as well.
To the side they have toppings for the tacos that they are constantly updating as well.
Lastly, the hours are also ideal. Whether it's an early morning or late night hankering. THIS PLACE IS A MUST!
You can never go wrong with tacos here. The Carne asada was flavorful and the al pastor delicious.
This is by far my favorite spot to get al pastor tacos in LA. Not only are the tacos a delicious combination of juiciness and flavor, but it's also fun to watch the workers cut the meat right in front of you (and dat pineapple toss doe ). There's usually a line but it goes by quickly and it's cash only. There's also a small area for parking right in front but it gets inconveniently packed so I prefer to do street parking instead as there's a neighborhood area right next to the truck.
This taco truck is an attraction.
Come late at night to see giant al pastor meat chunks being rotisseried and sliced onto little tortillas and topped with flying pineapples.
Sounds outlandish - it is.
Environment aside, these were the best al pastor tacos I've ever had. Get the ice cold horchata to complete the wild flavor experience that is Leo's Taco Truck.
The home of the famous Al Pastor tacos roasting outside on a spit with the pineapple on top. Just watching them make the tacos is a sight to see. Carving the meat and slicing the pineapple in the air and landing it on top of the taco.
It's always pretty busy especially in the night late time hours, but you should be able to find some street parking or if you're lucky you can roll right up to the taco truck and they got cars lined up all around.
The condiments and salsas are outside where everyone can just take as you please. Doesn't necessarily seem safe with so many people digging their hands around there but if you're not a germophobe then you should be fine. One of the better taco trucks out there to get ya late night snack attack on.
Al pastor and chicken tacos...delicious! The salsas were also yummy and you can take as much as you like. No one is watching over you. Score. Tacos are $1.25 and $1.75 if you add cheese. Line was long at 10:30 pm on a Saturday but it moved fast. We drove around the blocks 3 times before getting a parking spot but this was expected. I would not recommend parking on the gas station lot bc it appeared people were having a hard time getting in and out. I gave it 5 stars because it is really good food. However, there is a cashier woman who was rude before and rude again last night. I don't know her name but she seems pretty over it. I handed my money and placed it in her hand, she returned my change by putting it down on the small counter space even though my hand was out to receive it...ok (passive aggressive much?). Maybe she didn't like that i repeated my order to confirm? Idk. I also noticed she was having some kind of disagreement with another customer after us. Her attitude needs to go or she should work a shorter shift so she's not unpleasant. Other than that love this truck.
I love this truck. The tacos are great. I had two al pastor, 1 beef, 1 chicken. Grilled onions and jalapenos. It was perfect. I'll be back forsure. The LA Food truck scene is booming and just the overall experience of standing in line at food truck, the people, the conversations, the smells! Its unforgettable!!
Follow the crowd. Located at the corner of la Brea and Venice in a 76 gas station. Best tacos al pastor in Los Angeles. Quick service.
Best taco I ever had hands down. The El pastor gives you a slice of pineapple, but you will need to ask for extra pineapple since it's that good. I also tried the trip taco, but it wasn't that great. 10 dollars goes a long way here.
Not sure if this is a review or more of a confession. Bf & I drove out 45mins and welp, most certainly worth the trip. We ended up buying and eating a combined 19 tacos :( This place is so good. We had buche, al pastor, tripitas, chorizo... Im a little bit ashamed but 19 tacos really happened for us.
I absolutely love going to the taco truck the flavor of the Pastore is amazing and very reasonable at $1.25 per taco the condiments like the salsa and guacamole sauce are not limited and very flavorful. There is usually a long line but it goes pretty fast. Keep in mind that this is a cash only spot.
If you don't like pork or can't eat pork, I'd suggest you look for another taco truck because Leo's strength lies in its pork tacos, particularly the al pastor. At $1.25 each taco, this is a well-established no-frills, cash-only taco truck with a LONG line. Worth the wait!
For the al pastor... they carve the meat in front of the truck, and it smells incredible. The tacos are super fresh since as soon as they carve off the meat and a piece of pineapple (which is at the top of each stand), they call out the order from the carving station. I think the pineapple adds a nice touch, since it gives the pork a nice sweetness.
The al pastor is so tasty... moist and flavorful with a slight char on the outside. Ugh, I was in taco heaven. They have a nice condiment bar where you can dump cilantro, onion, lime, pickled vegetables and salsa. Honestly I was OK with onion, cilantro, and just lime... the al pastor really didn't need salsa. The corn tortillas they use are also really good! They don't fall apart easily and don't have a crumbly texture, just nice and chewy. I ate 3 of these and were super satisfied... at $1.25, they are well worth it for street tacos!
Tried the carnitas and the carne asada for kicks - you pick up these tacos at the front, as opposed to the al pastor which you pick up at the carving station. The carnitas was moist and tasty, but definitely think the al pastor is the way to go for a pork taco. The carne asada was really dry and didn't taste all that special. I'd recommend skipping out on that.
Located in a gas station, parking will be very limited and you'll probably be forced to double park (there's an attendant who seems to be coordinating parking in the crammed space). There are no bathrooms (unless you want to try the gas station) and seating is non-existent. They have tables set up that you can stand around to eat.
We drove about 40 minutes from Carson City just to come to a taco truck - worth it in my opinion. Haha! I'd definitely want to come back some day, they were so good and cheap.
GET THE PASTOR TACOS!!
The pastor tacos are the best thing that they offer in my opinion. I've tried the carne asada, pollo asado, and carnitas, but you can definitely get better elsewhere. This place is always packed but a great place to Uber to, and they serve everyone pretty fast! Love each of the salsas they give too, along with lime and onions you can pack yourself. Love being able to see them cut the pastor spit too - looks so tender!
Have only been here late at night after going out in the area, but it never fails to impress me! Again, get the pastor!!
Tacos al pastor are a MUST. Best street tacos I've ever had in my life!!! Tacos were ready in minutes and were absolutely incredible. Can't wait for our next visit to LA so we can come back here!
Best taco food truck around! (So far). They get very busy so you'll be waiting around for a while for your order. Ordered carne asada tacos and a chicken quesadilla and both was very delicious. They have plenty of salsas available. The green avocado and red spicy one are bomb. I'll be back for sure.
Amazing street tacos on the cheap. The Al Pastor tacos are the best I've ever had, and the asada sopas are awesome too. I'd eat here every day if it was closer to me.
Yes yes yes the best of all the west tacos ....
Omg can't belived the are so tasty delicious .
Love the little piece of pineapple given the taco a unic touch and flavor.
Super delicious ....
This is a great place to get tacos if you are in the area. Their Al Pastor set up is awesome and I like how they have a line system that helps to move people through. I would recommend getting the tacos for here and eating them as they are freshly sliced off the spit. To go tacos are good, but I think you loose a bit of the moisture of the meat from it being steamed in itself.
They also have other meats as well, the tripas and buche were both good choices as well! There is the avo sauce, the red and the white so sauce to your liking.
Parking can get a bit tough but the gas station area is the main place to park. Be kind and try not to make up a spot that blocks flow of traffic!
I moved from
Chicago 3 years ago and I have my grandmother send me tortilla back because they ones in LA are just not the same but LEOS TACO TRUCK just hit the jackpot! Al pastor was on point ! There's little standing tables to eat and it's quick service ! Def pin dropping this !
The el pastor tacos here were delicious. Wait wasn't too long, prices very good. We bought 11 tacos for 12$.downfall: cash only
I found this taco truck on yelp one day and decided to go. SUCHHH A GREAT DECISION because their tacos are damn good. I've only tried their al pastor tacos which they roast on a spit. The meat was very tender and juicy. I also love how they add a slice of pineapple to your tacos--adds a nice touch of tart/sweet juiciness to the meat. Customers can help themselves to condiments and toppings on the side of the truck. The lines can get a bit long sometimes but the wait is pretty quick because they work quite fast.
This place never disappoints! You can't go wrong with the al pastor tacos! The quesadillas are amazing too! And the aguas frescas are always a hit with my husband and I. I usually get the horchata and he gets the jimaica. The champurrado is amazing as well when the weather is cold. The lines are long and parking sucks but these are some pretty damn good tacos! Love love love them!
hands down the best taco truck in LA for al pastor tacos. that's it. there's nothing left to say. THERE. IS. NOTHING. BETTER. Leo's is the king of al pastor y pina!
- the line may seem long but it's gone by super fast every time i've gone
- stick to al pastor at this truck. i had their carne asada and it was just ok
- they have salsa and fix-ins for daaaays THANK GOD because i'm a radish fiend
- super cheap
- a must-have when in LA and looking for the best taco truck tacos
Right price (cheap!), authentic, and YUMMY!
Al pastor tacos (best)
Carne asada tacos
You can watch them cut up the al pastor tacos and finalize it with a slice of pineapple. Def a skill because these r the better tacos around.
Best tacos al pastor indeed!! The food had a good flavor and it was fresh. The champurado I would also recommend. First time here but definitely not my last.
We came to the truck on Venice Blvd and National.
I hate to confirm but yes they only take cash.
Come here. Get yo ass in line. Have some one get the salsa from the bar. Limes green and red sauce get some radishes napkins. Then try and find a spot to eat. Get The Al Pastor!!!!
The Al pastor the al pastor. Please!! They Gets Down!!! Sometimes the line might look long...but..they move like ninjas. Get enough tacos dont be scared start with like 10 for yourself. You earned it.
Bomb Tacos. Fast service. Love this food truck, have been several times and am never diaaapointed. The lines may be long, but they move quick. Try the al pastor tacos!
Cash only. Usuall busy at night but service is fast and friendly. A great spot for cheap great tacos.
An LA MUST late night eats or any time of day eats.. the al pastor with pineapple is soo good. And they make mulitas which isn't common at most taco trucks! Bring cash, the food is truck cheappp.
I've been trying to try Leo's but I never really go near LA. Yesterday, Sunday i was with 3 friends, and I was the one with the idea to go. They agreed and when we got here, the line was so long! But the awesome thing was that the line went by fast. I panicked, they only take cash$$! My friend had cash. I ordered 4 am pastor with the pineapple on them. And 1 asada and another carnitas. They are small tacos but oh my they pack so much flavor especially when you add lime, cilantro and onion and salsa of your choice. I was disappointed only in one thing, that I didn't order them all so pastor because they're amazing! There's no place to sit and eat because it's right next to a gas station so either take them to go or eat in your car! I will be coming back.
Damn good tacos. Good at 9 am, good at lunch dinner, brinner, late night, munchies...delicious.
Their tacos are great but their specialty Al Pastor is the best! Omg how they cut the pineapple into your taco. The other meats like buche, cabeza, lengua Etc. are good but the al pastor takes the win. They have 4 locations so check out their website for the other locations
Also BRING CASH!!!!! There's an ATM but come one avoid the fees.
I can't wait to come back.
This is one of my favorite taco trucks! I normally get the asada although the al pastor is their "specialty". The meat is always good, never over cooked, and seasoned or marinated (however they cook it) very well!! One of the best things about this place is they're open late. So after a night out, or if you're looking for a late night eat, or if you just want some good tacos then Leo's is the place. They normally have a line but it's well worth the wait and it moves fast. They just recently upgraded to 2 registers instead of one person manually taking an order so lines go even faster. There's always a diverse crowd here and just recently a churro guy. They ONLY downside for me is they don't have pico de gallo which isn't horrible because the tacos are bomb but it would be a plus for me personally. Anywho, if you're looking for a good taco truck Leo's is one of the best in LA!
Best Tacos I've ever had in my life and I've had many trips to the homeland. Waited 5 minutes in line to order and get my food. Pastor is the best!!
Hands down the best taco truck I've ever been to and it's because of how good the al pastor is. Seriously it's really that good. The al pastor tacos with pineapples are the best tacos I've ever eaten. The al pastor meat is so tender and cooked and seasoned perfectly. The carne asade is good too but not the best I've had. I'd recommend getting anything on the menu with al pastor. Highly recommended!
I loved the tacos at this place, Everything was fantastic, the service was fabulous and unlike usually mexican food which puts in excessive amounts of chillie , here we saw a perfect balance between the spices.
Tacos were nice and crispy ! and loved everty bit of them . Definitely going to come back here with my amigos
These Tacos bring a tear to my eye... you don't know a taco till you've tried Leo's. They have basically ruined all other taco trucks for me. Other places I once loved pretty much taste like a dumpster fire in comparison. Their al pastor is to die for. I recommend coming on an empty stomach with $20 and just going ham.
I drove at least 30 miles for late-night tacos and I have to say, WORTHHHH ITTTTT!
Fair warning though, don't park in the area of the truck. Park in the neighborhood bc GOOD LUCK getting out of that plaza once you're done... Cars are gonna be piled up behind you. Unless you're planning to be there for a while, don't do it.
The line formed quickly and goes quickly so don't be alarmed when you see a line. Order, PAY CASH, get a number and wait. Al pastor will come from the left and all other orders will come from the truck.
I got myself 5 al pastor tacos (with pineapple), a. al pastor mulita, and I tasted the Champurrado.... MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. All absolutely delicious!
A mulita is basically a freshly made quesadilla with meat, smaller but packed with flavor.
The condiments are on a cart and they provide all of the containers you need there. BEWARE the green salsa is NOT mild... I learned that one the hard way. Go for the creamy avocado salsa if you can't take the spice.
They provide 4-5 tables for eating, no chairs, just standing. The taocs are BOMB.COM! no regrets. Came hungry, left happy.
Remember BRING CASH!
The best of the best for al pastor tacos !! The place is a madhouse for a reason... parking is hit or miss..the guy that cuts the pork off the roasting spit and then cuts a piece of pineapple for your taco, has some skill ! Love the toppings too.
Came here with my boyfriend as a spontaneous road trip. Best tacos I've ever had highly recommend
Okay but how can you be mad? It's $1.25 when it's piping hot and still $1.25 when it's not so juicy. I'm from the east coast, so it's a deal either way, I can never complain! I will admit though, it tastes intensely better once on a blue moon when the meat on the spit has been roasted just right, and not too long, which makes the meat dry. Man! I wish we had these back home. The pickled onions and salsa verde are the icing on the cake. I say go at night, you have a better chance of getting fresh off the rack and just-cooked al pastor tacos.
Hands down best al Pastor. It's better than all the sister Leo's Taco Trucks popping up around the greater LA area. Al Pastor tacos, mullitas, & alambre always a winner!
Everything I've had here was delicious, some of my favorite burritos in LA and I've had a lot of burritos, good luck with parking and prepare to wait especially if its late night, totally worth it tho
Best tacos al pastor ever!!!!!! My bf and I watched a video about them online and we searched for them... it turned out to be so close to us.
We bought 20 tacos!! We loved them! The lines are long, the place is always packed! Friendly service!
This is the best taco truck EVER! If you are out late in LA, and need some food, this is THE spot! al pastor was a must have! If you are familiar with El Gordo in San Diego, this truck is as good. al pastor is not al pastor unless it is on a spit grill! I won't post pictures since there are enough pics on this. Lebanese immigrants brought the shawarma style cooking to Mexico in 19th century. This is the only way to eat al pastor! And don't forget the pineapple! I must've eaten like a dozen tacos on my own. LOL. You may have to wait few minutes for your tacos, but it's worth the wait!!
One of the best taco trucks in LA.. I usually get the carne asada burrito which is one of the best I ever had... well worth the wait in the long line they usually have. However, sometimes their food is extremely salty but not usually..
Okay but how can you be mad? It's $1.25 when it's piping hot and still $1.25 when it's not so juicy. I'm from the east coast, so it's a deal either way, I can never complain! I will admit though, it tastes intensely better once on a blue moon when the meat on the spit has been roasted just right, not too long having been standing there. Man oh man! I wish we had these back home. The pickled onions and salsa verde are the icing on the cake. I say go at night, you have a better chance of getting fresh off the rack and just-cooked al pastor tacos.
Amazing tacos! Yelpers are right about the tacos al pastor being the absolute best - tender, perfectly seasoned and full of flavor. I also had an asada taco which was great. My husband loved his chicken tacos, but the clear winner is the tacos al pastor. Tacos are small street taco size, so they recommend you order 4 if you are hungry. Parking is an issue. You may have to park around the neighborhood to avoid the mess in front of the taco truck. Leo's is now in my top 5 for tacos in LA.
My BFF took me here for a late night snack on a Saturday around 8:30 pm and the place was packed!
We each ordered 3 Al Pastor tacos but because it tasted so good, we probably could have devoured one more. If you're coming for a full meal, you probably should order at least 6 tacos! The Al Pastor was $1.25 each.
There's a stand with taco toppings such as shredded cabbage, diced onions, chili peppers and 3 different types of salsas to choose from. My favorite salsa was the creamy green one. They have sandwich bags and small salsa containers for those that ordered the tacos togo.
For togo orders, they wrap the tacos in foil. If eating there, the tacos are served on a paper plate.
Good luck finding a parking spot on the lot. Nearby street parking were pretty much all taken too.
Have been reading Yelp reviews on this place for awhile now. I decided to come here today for lunch. I loved the setup adjacent to the gas station. Parking was a breeze. I ordered four Al Pastor Tacos and Four Cabeza Tacos. Each order receives a bag of cilantro, onions, lemon wedges, and radishes. The guacamole sauce is very good as is the red sauce. Both the Cabeza and Al Pastor were delicious. I look forward to coming back here.
Our go to for delicious, affordable, late night taco cravings. The al pastor is amazing when it comes off the spit with a slice of pineapple. Tip: Bring cash.
If I still lived in CA, I'd likely be at Leo's at least three times a week. Of course, like anything else I really want, the location is no where near the area I would live. Leo's stay open pretty late, so I'm sure I would drag my husband out of the bed and make him stand in line to fetch my tacos. And the line is ALWAYS long. Long enough that I found myself waiting in the car for my order to be called...and as I waited I saw the most glorious plating of al pastor tacos. Maybe it had to do with the flick of the wrist...the guys at the roasting pork bar are...in a word: elegant. In another word precise. Exacting in aim. I don't know, but watching them slice bits and pieces of pork then reach up to to slice a piece of pineapple was...intriguing. My eyes got big and mouth watered as I waited patiently on the car.
And when my name was called, of course I made my husband pick it up while I waited near the salsa bar (and if you're a finicky food truck goer, don't judge the fact that I really don't care about germs when the food is piping hot and the salsa is spicy. I think I read an article on peppers and citrus killing off bacteria. Or maybe I just thought it up in my head, but who cares when we're talking about good tacos. I tried them all, but I must say the carne asada and al pastor were my ABSOLUTE favs. Al pastor is crispy and juicy, seasoned very well and the pineapple is the gift that continues to give me life. The carne asada was also a bit crispy, but very tender. Mmmmm thinking about it might put me in a comma.
If I lived in CA I would definitely be here at lease three times a week, might just grab a Corona, leave my husband at home and call it a mental health night...I saying.
By far , the BEST Al Pastor tacos in LA!!!! The meat was well cooked and juicy, the pineapple slices added to the tacos really have a great kick making these tacos stupendous. There is quite a good amount of people here but they work at an incredible pace which gets your food out in no time! Was really pleased with my experience and will be coming back for some more Al Pastor
Best al pastor tacos I've had soo far. I was in LA and decided to give the taco truck a chance after knowing about it in a YouTube video. The line was long which is understandable, parking is not that good since its right next to a gas station. The service was fast, the green sauce was also good. The asada tacos were okay nothing special about them wish I lived closer.
This is Hands down the best place to get Tacos and or Burritos from in Los Angeles, put it to the test if you don't believe me and order up you want be disappointed. The steak burrito which is my favorite will definitely leave you satisfied and wanting more.
I'm surprised that this location is only 4.5 stars...
Seriously this place deserves 5 stars...
First of all price is very cheap, I have not been there for couple month now,
so I am not sure if there is any price change but taco was $1 until my last visit.
Most of taco trucks will charge you $1.25 - $1.35 per taco and they are not that good.
This place is known for having best al pastor. They will serve the taco with grilled pineapple on top. Yum! Simply the best.
All they put in that taco is meat and pineapple. I mean you can add some sauce, cilantro, onions but without it, it's still good.
I forgot the name of the dish i normally get. It's the meat with bell peppers and mozzarella cheese with tortillas on the side. Well it's really good. I really think this place needs more locations :D
Love love love Leo's tacos. The best tacos ever. My friends and I always eat leo's tacos and we never ever get disappointed. If you haven't already try it then you should definitely do because very tasteful tacos i must say.
Highlight of this place is their Tacos de pastor other than that, everything else is just basic tacos like every other taco spot around Los Angeles. But if your looking for a good taco de al pastor this is your spot to try
I'm kinda salty tacos are now 1.25...however best tacos ever!! I love this truck and they're open late!!
I can't even explain how amazing these al pastor tacos are. I'm a huge taco foodie fanatic and these hands down are some of the best in LA as far as taco trucks go!
If I still lived in CA, if likely be at Leo's at least three times a week. Of course, like anything else I really want, the location is no where near the area I would live. Leo's stay open pretty late, so I'm sure I would drag my husband out of the bed and make him stand in line to fetch my tacos. And the line is ALWAYS long. Long enough that I found myself waiting in the car for my order to be called...and as I waited I saw the most glorious planting of al pastor tacos. Maybe it had to do with the flick of the wrist...the guys at the roasting pork bar are...in a word: elegant. In another word precise. Exacting in aim. I don't know, but watching them slice bits and pieces of pork then reach up to to slice a piece of pineapple was...intriguing. My eyes got big and mouth watered as I waited patiently on the car.
And when my name was called, of course I made my husband pick it up while I waited near the salsa bar (and if you're a finicky food truck goer, don't judge the fact that I really don't care about germs when the food is piping hot and the salsa is spicy. I think I read an article on peppers and citrus killing off bacteria. Or maybe I just thought it up in my head, but who cares when we're talking about good tacos. I tried them all, but I must say the carne asada and al pastor were my ABSOLUTE favs. Al pastor is crispy and juicy, seasoned very well and the pineapple is the gift that continues to give me life. The carne asada was also a bit crispy, but very tender. Mmmmm thinking about it might put me in a comma.
If I lived in CA I would definitely be here at lease three times a week, might just grab a Carona, leave my husband at home and call it a mental health night...I saying.
SOME GOOD TACOS.
I've been here twice and I've only gotten the tacos, but honestly, just come here they are so good. Tacos are like $1.25 each and served pretty fast.
Everyone comes for the al pastor, which they cut right in front of everyone. Quite an experience to be able to see it in person. Honestly, all their tacos are pretty great -- really can't go wrong if you order any of them. But would say my favorites are the al pastor and the carnitas. Also, definitely go to the side bar for the extra sauces and flavor.
Parking is kind of a hassle because it's literally at a gas station, but would say it's worth to come here for a fun dinner or just a late night craving.
Note: Cash only.
Al pastor tacos!!! Get at least 4 or 5 to satisfy hunger. Not as big of fan of the al pastor burrito bc the meat is ground up. Tacos are the way to go!
The line moves fast, so don't worry. Worth the wait!!!
I was really hoping that this spot would not make it to YELP and be my hidden secret forever. Aside from myself I've only seen one non-Spanish speaking person here ever, but alas Tasting Table did a write up on it today so I guess the secret is out.
While everyone waits at El Chato, I'll go down the street to this place and eat their outdoor spit pastor tacos (unfortunately it looks like the cops took the spit). Their pastor tacos are amazing especially with a pineapple;;;;;;
but there's something better..............get the al pastor quesadilla with pineapple (sweet gooey salty and crunchy all together in one bite, can you say AWESOME) and plus you get to dress it anyway you want
I went for my 3rd visit last night, this time with a large group of friends. The al pastor table wasn't set-up when we arrived at 6:30 PM. But around 7:30 PM when it got dark they brought out the al pastor set-up and fired up the spit. Delicious! I also recommend trying the lengua (tongue) and tripas (tripe). The tripas is served crunchy, almost chicharones style with a slight liver aftertaste. Remember that all tacos are just $1!!!
I found out that evening that they serve freshly made horchata ($1.25) and champurado ($1.50). My dining group left happy and satisfied.
Went back last night. The spit wasn't there, but the al pastor tacos are still really, really, REALLY GOOD.
And they're still $1.
I believe the spit grill is on weekends only. Went on a Friday and Saturday and they had it.
As everyone knows, the pastor is the bomb, but the tripas are also a revelation.
Thought the al pastor spit was pretty cool~ I was actually surprised that it was there! All the other reviews said that it was taken away. The guy running the spit is experienced. I love seeing him cut away some al pastor and then cut a piece of pineapple off and catch it with the taco. The little piece of pineapple is awesome with the taco!
Plenty of toppings/salsas! Located in the gas station on La Brea and Venice. You'll have to stand while you eat with the locals.
$1/taco. What a deal.
I honestly consider myself a al pastor professional and enthusiast. I can honestly say that i have tried more al pastor from here to TJ than most other human beings will ever try. It is vital for pastor to be cooked correctly and Leo sure understands how important the off the spit flavor is. Even more important than the spit is the slice of PINEAPPLE (not lard as stated below) per taco that rounds the flavor out. I highly recommend everyone go to tacos de Leo but make sure it is on a FRIDAY SATURDAY OR SUNDAY when the spit is out. Trust Good ol' Donnie.... you'll thank me later.
Epic. Real. The truth.
Most amazing Al Pastor I've had. Pineapple and fresh salsa is amazing.
Some of the best pastor you can find in LA. If El Chato right down La Brea isn't open yet or you just want to see your pastor being charred in front of you, head over to Leo's for some phenomenal tacos pastor.
They have a great method of adding a little slice of pineapple to the pastor which gives it a little sweetness and takes the edge off the hot (assuming you added some large quantities of salsa...they have a great selection to choose from.)
There's something very fun about waiting around a gas station, while watching your tacos pastor being created right in front of you.
Check it out!
We tried this place for the first time about a week ago and it was awesome! The al pastor tacos are the best, the other meats I tried were also very tasty.
The first time I went I had three tacos: al pastor, tongue, & buche. The al pastor was so well seasoned and moist that I didn't need to add anything to the taco. The tongue and buche tacos were also very well cooked, I had them both with the green salsa - delicious!
Oh yeah, the tacos are only $1!! Cheap and delicious - best combination!
OK, El Chato is still my favorite because their burrito is the best burrito I've ever had, BUT my stars are for the al pastor carved straight from the spit. It really is amazing, it melts in your mouth and has a great char flavor. The spit is only out on weekends, and while the pastor from inside the truck is fine, it's just not as good as from the spit--it's a little dry, and the cuts are not as smooth. Your best bet is to get al pastor tacos on the weekends, with the meat and pineapple cut straight from the spit. I am a burrito person, so I also get a pastor burrito--make sure you request pineapple in the burrito otherwise it will be a little dry. (This is why I prefer El Chato.) I have to say, their burritos have been very inconsistent. The first one or two I got (once I knew to get pineapple) were great, but recently they haven't been as good, and one time it came with cheese, which was random, and hasn't happened before or since. But, the bottom line is, this is definitely the best al pastor meat in LA and it is the star if you go for it in its purest form, in the taco.
I had some taco Al Pastor, Cabeza and Chorizo.
The Pastor was seriously the best I've ever had, so flavorful and juicy. Together with their red salsa it was pure food porn! My mouth still salivates from thinking of it.
Same goes for the Cabeza. I love the texture of it, but at many places the flavor is very meaty and not in a good way. Here it was tasty and oh so fatty! ;)
The Chorizo is pretty good where ever you go, guess it's kinda hard to mess it up. No difference here, it was definitely good.
Two thumbs up for Leo's. They're parked next to a gas station and I have never been to a gas station that has smelled this good!
I can't decide if it's a blessing or a curse that Tacos Leo and El Chato are so close together. More often than not I'll neglect Tacos Leo in favor of El Chato, but then there are those incredible nights, where due to the right mixture of circumstance, substance abuse, and gung-honess that I say fuck it and gorge on both trucks. Mmmm, lets go with blessing.
The star of the show at Tacos Leo is the al pastor. Carved from an outdoor spit directly onto grease fried tortillas and topped with pineapple skillfully sliced and flicked by the taquero's knife (taco truck equivalent of the shrimp flick at Benihana), the al pastor is the best I have ever had. I wouldn't even categorize it with other al pastor, as it is in a league uniquely its own. So good that I don't even care that it is sweet and has pineapple in it (hate pineapple in anything savory, sorry hawaiian pizza lovers). The kick of the salsa roja more than makes up for the overt sweetness of the meat and in fact compliments it very well.
As for the other meats, I have only tried the lengua and cabeza. Pass on the lengua but if you're looking for a non-pastor related option, definitely go for the cabeza. Not the best I've had, but very good. Silky smooth texture laced with fat, just as it should be.
Tacos Leo also has great salsa in both its salsa roja and salsa verde. Both have a decent kick and even better flavor. Wasn't a fan of the avocado salsa though, it was a little bland for my taste.
Your best bet is to load up on al pastor at Tacos Leo and get everything else at El Chato. The wait is pretty long at both places, but what in life is worth waiting for if not tacos?
Crazy long line. It was the first stop on my taco crawl. Only had the pastor and it was amazing...second only to taco's tamix.
Amazing flavor and texture on the al pastor
Having grown up in Mexico, I know what Al Pastor is supposed to be, and this is the best I've found. I have tried Al Pastor at 10 places and every time I'd rage when I just got a taco with pork that was covered in some red sauce. I don't understand why the hell that stuff passes for Al Pastor in LA. Or anywhere for that matter.
This right here is the best you can find. Topped with pineapple, onion, cilantro, a little lime. It does not get better than this outside of Mexico. And for only $1?
Don't even think about it. Go try it. I have not tried anything besides the Al Pastor so I can't comment on the rest, but it's worth going for that alone.
I don't think I could ever leave LA just because I'd miss all the tacos too much. Tacos Leo is amazing! Arguably the best tacos al pastor in Los Angeles. This humble stand slinging amazing $1 tacos can be found at the 76 gas station on the corner of La Brea Ave and Venice Blvd in Mid City LA. Bill Esparza, a friend of a friend who writes a website called Street Gourmet LA, recommended this place and he hasn't led us astray yet!!
So back to the al pastor. The massive spit of of stacked pork slowly turning against an open flame is what you come to this place for. The taquero masterfully slaps the tortilla to the hunk, and with a few deft sweeps of his foot long knife and a flick to the pineapple crowning the pork, your taco is ready. Seriously, the dudes' ability to cut and flick a little sliver of pineapple from the top of the spit and catch it in the taco awaiting below is every bit as amazing as the taste of these tacos.
The meat is sweet and savory and the salsas were spot on. Go now and give it a try! And as with all good food that comes from a stand, this joint draws all walks of life: cholos, grandmas, yuppies, hipsters, kids, and cowboys. So don't be put off by your preconceptions or prejudices - everyone's there for good food and that's all that matters.
$1 al pastor tacos! I dare you to find a more beautiful sentence fragment.
I am familiar with greasy taco truck that patrol around East Oakland. You know the taco trucks located in places where you could easily fall victim to the "jack move," if you wear the wrong color or say the wrong things.
Tacos Leo (or Leo's Taco Truck) fits the bill quite nicely. It is located in area of Los Angeles where I wouldn't dare wear red or blue; I'd much prefer to don the gang neutral color of periwinkle. This place is swarming with shady characters and crazies; shoot, they even had a guy selling bootleg DVDs right next to the truck.
Despite the seediness of the area, Leo's serves up delicious al pastor (marinated pork) tacos for an unbeatable price of $1. The meat is marinated just perfectly with the right amount of spices. They top this delicious taco with a hunk of pineapple as well. They have a rolling salsa bar (thank goodness it has a sneeze guard) filled with various salsas and toppings.
Honestly, it's hard to complain about any food item that is just a $1. The food is pretty darn good relative to its price. Plus I made it out alive (this time) with my periwinkle shirt on my back, free of the "jack move" and able to eat for another day.
I usually don't do the food truck thing simply because it's so hard to make sure you're at a good one. I was taken here by a couple friends who swore up and down that they found "The Spot" for good tacos. Having had some amazing Mexican street food in Mexico and being subsequently let down by places that advertise mulitas in the past, I was reluctant at first. I have to say though, this is easily the best Mexican street food I've had this side of the border. It is intensely good. You cannot beat this place. Period.
Be warned though, there's a truck across the street that's trying to compete and maybe take away their business. Don't be fooled.
You haven't had al pastor until you've had is sliced straight off the giant revolving vertical rotisserie and onto the tortilla by a skilled taquero. But even then, there's more to al pastor than a spit and pineapple. This place is one of the best I've found in LA. Perfectly marinated, tender slivers of pork topped with a thin slice of pineapple unnnfffff.
I do believe they only set up the outdoor grills on the weekends (Fri/Sat/Sun?). Last time we went they had two spits up and running with the biggest hunks of meat on em I've ever seen. A testament to how good this place is.
If you go on a weekday, most likely they won't have the outdoor spits, but the al pastor is still pretty good. Asada and lengua are also good options.
Look for the 76 Station, the truck is parked in the lot. It can get a little packed parking wise though. Enjoy!
read about the al pastor, I apparently didn't come on the right night because it was clearly cooked on a plancha and not sliced off the rotating apparatus. I did appreciate the pineapple on it though. Tacos were pretty good, solid and the price was right though.
Had the Lengua, Cabeza, Asada and the Al Pastor, I liked the Cabeza the best and liked the condiment cart to the side.
Area is sketchy as are most of the patrons though.
This taco truck is hyped up for a good reason, the pastor tacos. They are damn good. I have had this same exact style of taco in Puerto Vallarta several years ago, and while those were better, Leo's still delivers the goods.
The only regret I have about moving from Mid-City to Culver City is Tacos Leo. Even though I have to make the drive, its still worth it. Tacos are only a dollar! But they taste sooo good. Plus its one of the few places I can find "mulitas." Mulitas are two corn tortillas sandwiched together with melted gooey cheese and your choice of meat in the middle. Oh so yummy. The best taco is the al pastor taco. Love the slice of pineapple on top. Wow. Although there are those leary of food from "roach coaches," I have never gotten sick from their food and I have been going here at least once a month for over a year. They have a nice little salsa bar off to the side which not alot of trucks have. I would have given 5 stars but some nights there is a bit of a wait for your order. I have tried other trucks in the area (like Tacos Gallito) that charge more and are not as good. Another reviewer mentioned this being a sketchy area. But its located a block away from a police station, lots of cops driving by. They have a lot of male Mexican patrons. They are harmless I am sure, just there for cheap good food like anyone else. I am a 20 something Mexican female, never had any problems and have been there as late as 10:30. This is definitely a must try!
Dee-licious. The al pastor tacos are great but honestly the chicken tacos are my favorite. No vegetarian options, sorry. The salsas are good. Service is efficient and they've recently added some folding tables around the parking lot where you can stand and eat.
One note -- I have never perceived the area or the people to be 'sketchy' or 'shady' as some other reviewers have noted. I'm usually there around 10 or 11 pm, and it's usually packed with a mix of people, including families.
These are great tacos! My taco-loving friend and I went in search of good tacos the day previously. I had recalled seeing Tacos Leo but it was not there when we went in the late afternoon, so we went across the street to Tacos El Gallito, which served up some tasty fare (pretty good chicken tacos which is not always the thing to order, roadside at least).
Today I decided to return to see if the truck was there. It was! and had quite a few people even around 6pm. I ordered pollo, asada, and the legendary al pastor. The pollo was okay but not spectacular. Asada was very good and the al pastor unparalleled.
The salsas definitely made it for me, the verde was really my favorite, but not to knock the rojo! I am in this neighborhood now and excited to go back soon.
After touring all over the county for taco trucks, I can personally say that no taco truck has served me as well as Tacos Leo. The price is fixed with reason. Most importantly, the taste and quality of the food is euphoric.
My personal favorite is mixed chorizo/pastor burrito. However, I'll tell you I've tried everything and it's very satisfying.
There's also a complimentary self-serve station for your taco needs of cilantro, onions, sauces(3), radish, and etc.
I think the only reason why this truck is not as well known as others such as El Chato and such is due to its location. It is kinda ghetto but nothing life-threatening.
The reason for coming here: the al pastor tacos. The best around. The trompo out front manned by a bonafide taquero speaks for itself.
He uses the drippings to oil the flat top for the tortillas.
His knife expertly flicks a slice off the pineapple topper, it lands on the taco.
I always wish I bought more.
tacos al pastor... not the only reason you should go, but it should be the main reason...
heavenly slices of marinated pork stacked on a gigantic spit rotating and searing slowly.. the master tacquero will expertly slice some of that goodness and a lil slice of pineapple into the warm tortilla... sauce it up as you choose and enjoy!
this will tell you how much i like this place-- ate 10 tacos here once! 5 is about my usual limit at most of these other stands... soooooo.. ya.
It is absoltely delicious for what you pay for. And its only a dollar!!!
I was so happy with the quality of the food for what you pay.
Talk about best tacos around!! The al pastor comes right off the spit with the pineapple on top. It's magnificent. The lengua is fantastic! I can't wait to go back!
Get the al pastor tacos, trust me. Or get al pastor anything, I just tried a pastor quesadilla the other night and it was as good as I had hoped it would be. The other cuts of meat are really tasty as well. The atmosphere is fun, how a food truck should be (I don't understand why all these people are hating on the neighborhood either). There are a lot of salsas and toppings to pick from and you'll have to discover your own favorites.
Beef burrito was big, somewhat spicy but great flavor. Definitley worth going back
Best tacos al pastor ever!! Unrivaled. Very good lengua and asada tacos too. Pass on the carnitas. So dang good I went twice in one night cuz I just couldn't get enough! I live in Oc and everytime I go to la I will go out of my way to make sure I get to tacos Leo
This place is the best part of my week.
I have this problem with addiction, and much to my boyfriend's (occasional) dismay, my current addiction is tacos. If I could eat tacos from Leo's every single day for the rest of my life, i would be the happiest being alive. I want Leo to walk me down the aisle at my wedding. I want Leo to have a threesome with my boyfriend and I. Yes, that's how serious I am. That's how deeply I feel for this magnificent taco stand and the gross, scary parking lot it inhabits. Last time I was there, I said the following to Leo (literally): "Leo, you are our favorite person in the world. We love you."
How have I fallen so deeply in love, you ask?Tacos Al Pastor with the meat fresh off the spit. Nuff said.
For the best possible experience, go on the weekends as that is when they have the outside spit which is MILES better than the indoor one. Garnish with a dash of the red hot sauce, and a lime. The meat and the pineapple are so fresh and delicious, so perfectly balanced as a team--you won't want to overpower it with too many accessories. Let it speak to you in its simple, spectacular splendor.
I love Leo and his taco truck, even though he never remembers my name (and he sees me almost 5 times a week). I can't wait for this place to get another truck and put it right smack dab in my living room. Or on Cahuenga. Hey, a girl can dream.
Go here. As you take that first sumptuous bite, silently thank me. I'll be silently whispering 'you're welcome' back....
i know it sounds weird but get the lengua (tongue) Quesadillia!!!!!
horchata was tasty too..i dont like my drinks spicy so this had just the right amount of cinnamon flavor..
The BEST tacos I've had in LA so far! The Al Pastor tacos are amazing! Like finger licking good amazing! I've tried the Al Pastor, Lengua, Carnitas and Carne Asada tacos, and the best ones are the Al Pastor and Lengua ones! The salsas have so much flavor and are spicy and the pickled jalapenos are super hot! The best part? Tacos are only $1! This is a must try for any taco lovers out there!
These are the best Tacos I've ever had in my life!
$1 for fresh Al Pastor on a Spit? Game over.
If being the foursquare mayor of this truck doesn't prove my loyalty, I don't know what does. (Don't judge. Some people do Farmville, I do Foursquare).
Meats: For the official, 5-star experience, you want to hit up the truck on a weekend (Fri-Sun) when they have the spit out: beautiful, tender al pastor meat marinating and sizzling with a pineapple crown sitting on top, all supported by a metal rod and skillfully handled by one man and a blade. Yup, I say crown because it adorns a royal hunk of meat. When the fresh al pastor is there, I'd just go for that meat only because it's so delicious.
For variety or on weekdays when they don't have the spit, asada is a great option, flavorful and not too dry. Lengua and cabeza (tongue and cheek) are oh, so tender but not as inherently flavorful as asada, so you can add more flair from the salsa bar when having those.
Salsa bar: one of the more comprehensive ones I've seen. Obviously, as with any truck, the earlier you go, the fresher and fully stocked everything will be. I personally want the meat to be the star and don't like overpowering it with spicy salsas. My recommendation is just a bit of cilantro, onion, avocado salsa and lime/lemon to enhance the flavors. Less is more when getting pastor (remember that convenient rhyme next time).
Price: $1/taco. Best. There are more expensive trucks giving equal/smaller size tacos with meat that's usually dry/chewy, over-salted and nowhere near the quality of Tacos Leo's al pastor.
Bonus: Horchata for $1.25. This is also one of the better horchata's I've found. Other places are overly sweet. It's a refreshing complement to the heat (both in temp/spice) of whatever you are having and you can have them put as much ice as you want (none/some/snow cone).
Parking: In the 76 lot or in the island adjacent on Venice. It's never been a problem even when crowded.
Time: A mystery. They never seem to close. I've been there as early as 7pm and as late as 3am. Again, you'll have more of a crowd but fresher everything the earlier you go but 3am Tacos Leo is always a blessing after a late night.
Condensed version of my review... Awesome!
Now, in case you still want to read my ramblings here's the full version. First of all, if you go on a Sunday night (at 9:30 pm) you can't miss the truck. It's the one on the corner gas station lot with the 20+ cars double parked on it with a hoard of locals standing around. Parking was the worst part of the outing, but well worth it. Just a warning, be careful where you park or you might get blocked in.
I stuck with the Al Pastor tacos and didn't mess around with anything else. I placed my order and the machete-swinging taco magician sliced off several big slices of meat from the huge spit, and topped it off with a slice of fresh pineapple. The addition of the pineapple really puts it over the top. There is a big condiment stand with lots of choices. Be careful of the pickled onions. They look tame but are soaked in mouth burning peppers. I definitely will be back but will get there earlier to avoid the crowd.
If someone can find me a better "Al Pastor" in California please let me know and I will drive there tomorrow...I've scoured the entire State and am usually so disappointed with the way everyone (trucks, restaurants, stands, taquizas, my family) makes "Al Pastor" or "Adobada" (as it's known in many parts of Mexico) that I often just wait for a chance to cross the border to have a decent taco and my urge is satisfied (in Tijuana it's known as adobada)...
Of course the best "Al Pastor" tacos in the world have to be in Mexico City imho (there are so many great ones there that the competition keeps them sharp)...the next ones from what I hear are in Pueblahattan but I have no plans to travel to the east coast just to try some tacos (or for any other reason for that matter)
I've stopped at every mom and pop location you can think of in East L.A. and Boyle Heights, San Gabriel Valley, SFV, Long Beach and the Bay, Inland Empire, Bakersfield, Wasco (got family there), Fresno, Selma (got family there too), Sacramento, Fruitvale (family there), Gilroy (family there), San Jose (family there), Oakland (family there), San Francisco (family there), Santa Rosa (this stop was for beer...but we found tacos), Napa ( a taco stand by the road), even San Diego, Indio, Coachella, Calexico...nothing even close to Tacos Leo.
The image of the spit full of marinated pork makes me want to bring a candle and light it at it's altar...the priest (aka Taquero) wielding this huge shapened knife artfully carves grilled portions from the spit that are placed on a tortilla and topped with a piece of pineapple that is slowly cooking over the entire altar of pork.
I only order the "Al Pastor" tacos when they are busy because the speed of the Taquero is amazing, otherwise you will have to wait for carne asada or the other offering they have there.
They also have a salsa bar with the usual suspects like rabanos (radishes), limones (limes), cebolla picada (diced onions), cilantro (same), crema de aguacate (avocado sauce), and the various versions of green and red salsas.
Some people complain about the sketchiness of the location and to those I say please don't come back...you make the lines bigger for those that are actually there for the food
Note: If you live in any of the places I mentioned above, come down and prove me wrong...the drive will be worth it
It is very possible that Tacos Leo would have received the full 5 stars had I eaten the tacos at the location. A friend brought me some to my place and a taco just isn't the same if it's been resting for a while.
AL PASTOR TACO = GET IT. Not a huge fan of pork in general but their meat is something else. You question how it is so amazingly delicious and figure their adding something to the meat. But the al pastor is marinated, cooked, and sliced right before your eyes so you know these guys know what they're doing. The piece of pineapple on top adds the perfect finish to the taco as well.
Carne Asada is great too, if you're looking for a burrito, I suggest getting the asada.
Now I gotta actually go there and try these amazing tacos fresh out of the spit.
One of the best trucks in LA. I still prefer El Chato just up the road but this is a close second with a much shorter line. I've tried both the asada and pastor and both were great. On the weekends, they bring the spit outside and the pastor is carved fresh when you order. Great hot sauce bar as well with more variety than most.
Al Pastor: 5/5
My Food Rating = A
My Experience Rating: B
My Convenience Rating: B
- $1 tacos. You won't find a cheaper place west of Downtown LA.
- One of the best al pastors. Sliced straight off a vertical revolving rotisserie. Slice of pineapple on top, though I'm not a fan of pineapples.
- Easy to find. Corner of La Brea/Venice. 76 gas station. Big sign w/ big letters. Tacos Leo.
- Close to the 10 fwy La Brea exit.
- Opens late. At least until 3am.
- One of the most complete salsa bars of all the taco trucks in the city. Radishes, pickled onions, limes, diced onions, cilantro, avocado sauce, green and red salsa.
- While very tender, both the cabeza and lengua could have used a bit more flavor.
- The cabeza was also bit fatty and gelatinous.
- The carnitas taco is not that good. Skip it.
- The truck is parked at 76 gas station. Potential health hazard.
Tip: There is another yellow truck parked across the street. Don't confuse the two. That one is Tacos El Gallito.
Tip: If you were greedy like me and ate a whole bag of tasty pickled onions from their salsa bar, not knowing they were soaked with burning peppers, do yourself a favor and buy yourself a horchata to cool it down. It's only $1.25.
Bottom Line: Skip the wait at El Chato and come here. The tacos are cheaper and better. Altogether, this is probably the best taco truck west of Downtown LA. I'll definitely be coming back.
Beats El Chato hands down. Love the little slice of pineapple on the Al Pastor! Definitely, no hipsters to be found and that's just fine!
Taking a look at some of these reviews I wonder what is this chato truck ya'll speak of.
Anyway I ended up picking this truck over el Gallito which was on the other corner of La Brea because there were a lot of people there unlike gallito which had one or two souls to be exact.
I got asada tacos and thought they were on the dry side and did not have much flavor. Ordered some al pastor for my dad who upon trying them said they were great and upon trying them thought so myself. Had him try asada and he also agreed that they were not that good.
If I am hungry and in the area I plan on stopping by and just getting al pastor. The asada turn out alright after you add lemon and salt (mainly salt) but the main attraction for me would have to be the al pastor as they have it on a trompo. (the spinning dreidel thing lol)
OH! They are small tacos so get plenty. I had 5 and could surely have eaten 5 more but since they were to go, could not do so.
OMFG THE AVOCADO SALSA is OrgasmOOO! Don't skip it, trust me!
I come here for the al pastor tacos. I get really giggly when I see the guy outside shaving the flame-roasted al pastor off and into the tortilla, then he tiptoes up with a presumably sharp knife in hand to slice a piece of pineapple soaring into the air, then he catches it in the other hand holding the dollar taco. Talk about dinner and a show! ;) The tacos are just the right amount of sweet and savory, and the meat is uber juicy.
Tip: Get here before 2am when all of the Hollywood clubs let loose! This glorious truck is right on the corner of La Brea and Venice, the crossroad peeps take to avoid the po-po checkpoints ;)
This truck has replaced my favorite taco truck on the westside (on redondo and washington) because of the avocado salsa... definitely!
Asada burrito...yum. And pastor tacos are excellent.
I love tacos! This is not the best tacos I've ever had but they are pretty good. $1 each is a good deal. I don't care much for the avocado salsa because it is all you taste when you eat the taco. I like to taste the meat. I like to keep it simple. I like the fact that everything else is self serve. You can get greedy with the spicy salsa, onions, cilantro and the avocado salsa everyone else seems to love.
I don't like the parking and sometimes the crowd can be.....well lets just say it is not comfortable to go there alone, specially if you are a young pretty lady like myself.
My advice is to go after a long night of drinking.
What can I say that hasn't already been said? Get the al pastor tacos, watch the meat being shaved off that huge hunk of spit-grilled marinated meat followed by the flick of the knife that sends the pineapple arcing onto the plate (at least most of the time), and load up at the self-service salsa bar. Watch out for the orange salsa - the spice sneaks up on you and lingers - so good.
You have to love LA. We did an expensive afternoon tea at The Boxwood Cafe by Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood, followed by $1 tacos at a gas station. And the food was all fantastic. I don't think I could find this kind of experience in any of the other cities I've lived in.
Best in LA. Awesome. You don't know mexican taco truck till you go to Leo's.
After trying the El Chato truck ( yelp.com/biz/el-chato-ta ) down the street, I had to try Tacos Leo as well since the lines I've seen here have usually been longer. The taco seletion at Tacos Leo is similiar to El Chato. The major difference is that Tacos Leo does not put any condiments on your tacos and has a 'salsa bar' sitting a few feet away from their truck.
My order from Tacos Leo consisted of four carne asada and two chicken tacos. They were really good, but I would say just a slight step down from the ones that I had at El Chato earlier this week. Call me lazy, but I hated having to put my own condiments on while trying to balance everything and manuevering through other customers. I was also spoiled by the El Chato truck giving me grilled onions, because there were none at Tacos Leo.
Tacos Leo has some really good tacos, but in my opinion the tacos at El Chato are better. This place is always packed at night, so lots of people seem to like it. It is just not the best, and why settle when there are better tacos down the street?
I LOVE Tacos Leos. Sadly pretty much the only reason I discovered Tacos Leos was one night when El Chato was unexpectedly closed...
My favorite here is similar to many others... the al pastor with the little chunk of pineapple = YUMMY. Only $1 per taco... you really can't go wrong. ASK for grilled onions on the side- they literally give you a FULL grilled baby onion! So cute! Tacos are small so get at least 4... yep. If you just get one, you're going to finish it and want more immediately. Speaking from experience haha :P
I love the condiments bar on the side stocked with little to go sauce containers and plastic bags so you can grab as MUCH as you want! The avocado salsa is REALLY GOOD (I would totally choose this over regular salsa) and it's less spicy than their red salsa just fyi.
There parking lot is way bigger than El Chato so parking is not too bad of a situation but it can definitely get really busy. I love this place! El Chato was always my go to place but now there's this truck too. And they open at 5pm which is amazingly early compared to El Chato! Definitely MUST try!
these compas know how to move the line!
best stop after they kick you out the bar- frreeal
parking in the gas station area/plenty on st.
YOU CAN SEE EL GALLITO CRYING FROM X THE STREET :'(
YUM!! tacos al pastor i LOVE! i am in awe by the spinning meat, i am MORE in awe by the skill of the chef who cuts the meat off. Have you seen the guy cut pineapple off the top?? he flings it into the air and catches it in the taco. pure magic.
it's cheap, it's fast, the sauces are abundant, and the service is friendly! what's not to like about Tacos Leo??
TACOS LEO IS THE PERFECT TACO TRUCK..
And I say that with confidence.
They simply have the best
and very quick service!
The pastor is uh-mazing. It's cooked outside on the spinning grill.
The flick of pineapple adds a sweet bite to the savory meat.
And they have the best AYCE/HELP YOURSELF salsa bar in TOWN!
pico de gallo
and all the basic toppings.
Grab a bag, grab 10 if you'd like, and start packing it down!
Tip: bring some moist toweletts to wipe your hands afterwards!!
Gets super busy but the parking lot is pretty large.
Yo quiero Tacos Leo! Just another ordinary looking truck chilling at the 76 Gas station on the corner of La Brea and Venice waiting to feed the hungry people. This is a true, authentic taco truck...not your "I'm a gourmet truck so I'll overprice everything."
Every time I drive past this intersection, my stomach grumbles a little bit thinking of the tacos and quesadillas. You must get the al pastor taco, it comes sliced straight off the revolving grill which has been cooking the pork into tender pieces. They put a piece of pineapple on top and you are free to pile up all the sauces and goodies at their awesome ayce salsa bar. I'm impressed with their separate salsa bar which ranges from different types of salsas to onions and jalapenos. You can pack it up in little containers to go as well. My favorite is the salsa guacamole, pico de gallo with a good squeeze of lime...mmmmm!
Another favorite is the quesadillas! The type of cheese they use hits the spot real good. It's served crispy on the outside as the cheese oozes and melts in your mouth.
You can say goodbye to those $1 tacos at Jack in the Box. The truck opens late and it's a great place to stop by with friends after a night out. Best to eat it there fresh, it's never the same when you bring it back.
Make sure you bring yo cash!
I have a special place in my heart for this place. I came across it just driving by and seeing a crowd of people gathered around a blazing flame at night and wondering what amazing thing the truck had that I had not tried before.
That night I had my first tacos al pastor from Tacos Leo. We've been coming here every now and again for a while. The prices are low, the quality is high and the service is good. There can be a line but it moves quickly. The quesadillas are also tasty (we usually get it with carne asada or pork). Will need to try the burrito next time, I hear it's good.
I highly recommend this place because it's tasty and fun.
It's cash only and parking is a bit weird since it's on the corner where a gas station used to be. You can park on the side street past the truck pretty easily though.
Omg love this taco truck it's the best on this side of town. My favorite is the Al Pastor taco the thin slice of pineapple sets it off. The line might intimidate you but it moves quick. I wish they had homemade tortillas for tacos. Nevertheless Leo's taco are additive.
I L-O-V-E Tacos Leo.
So much that at the precise moment my thoughts wander into fantasies of standing at the dear Tacos Leo truck, my heart sings a ballad in yearning for the Al Pastor...
Seven Al Pastor please,
a dollar a piece,
screw getting obese,
I'll eat all of these.
Oh darn there's a line,
it goes quick so its fine,
so soon they'll be mine,
if not I will whine.
the taste of pure gold,
right when you unfold
what Leo's bestowed.
I guess I could go on for like 2 more verses, but I'm sure you get the idea.
Leo beats any other taco truck that I have been to. If love at first bite were a real thing, then Tacos Leo would be the Mr. Right of tacos.
In all seriousness, no other Al Pastor taco has come near to the perfection that is served here. The carne asada and the lengua were comparable to any other place, but I try to save all my stomach space for the al pastor so I don't want to bother with them next time. Can you believe that I was even here on Christmas day? I think I ate 10 that night.
Tacos Leo has the BEST Al Pastor tacos EVER.
Don't trip, this place is DA BOMB. plus the dude serving them up is quite the treat to watch! He's like a pineapple samurai!
tacos al pastor. i like them. it's the only thing i order.
made a mini documentary about this place:
I had the al pastor and tripas tacos and they're the best I've had in this fair city.
Thanks to the greattacohunt.com for the heads up.
Have only been in LA for a few years so I'm not the best Mexican food critic. The al pastor taco is pretty much the best taco I've eaten since I got to LA. They have it on this huge flaming spit with a pineapple on top, which they slice off a sliver for each taco. It's brilliant. Drive here, even if it takes your 15,20,30 min.
All i've had was the al pastor and its great enough for 5 stars. The best this side of the border!
pineapple on top of warm pork off a spit...they make hundreds or maybe thousands of these a night. the pork is tender, moist, and absolutely delicious. the turnaround is super fast. the condiments are plenty, including a thicker green avocado based sauce.
the community of ppl that gathers here to eat al pastor tacos is also quite remarkable. a melting pot of sorts.
Five stars, but I must make something clear...
***THIS IS NOT A FIVE STAR/FIVE DIAMOND RESTAURANT ON WHEELS***
It is a food truck! Not the most famous food truck, but I bet they've been making awesome tacos WAY before someone decided to put korean barbecue in them...
Like most of the reviews say, this place is great not only for their $1 tacos but because they're open ridiculously late during the week and even later on weekends. Tacos Leo is almost always the next place to go after a night of bar/club hopping and lately its become that place for many many more people. The taco truck can be easily found on the corner of La Brea and Venice where a very long (but quick) line is forming in a small gas station full of cars. It's also across the street from another taco truck that has almost no business all the times I've been to Leo - as if leo was the playboy mansion and the truck across the street were the lifetime bans.This place can get very busy late at night but you'll never hear them blasting cholo music at 2 a.m. or see anyone flash you gang signs while you eat.
What I order: ***AL PASTOR*** - it's the item being carved in front of you on the flaming rotisserie while your order is being taken. They carve it up with a slice of roast pineapple and its what most people order when they're here. I've also tried their chorizo, pollo, and lengua tacos, and they're all tasty. The lengua especially is as tender as tongue should be.
The complete and self-serve salsa bar is probably what sets this place apart from other late night taco trucks. The tacos may look small at first but not after you pile on the fresh salsas and veggies. Their guac' sauce is a must try and if you come here thinking to yourself whether anything is sanitary, it's time to kick those concerns aside. Don't be that guy! Pick a taco, build your taco, and take a bite.
Parking can be a pain if its late at night but there's always parking nearby if the gas station is full. **Cash only, and they're out there whether it's raining or not.
At $1 a piece, they're great tacos without the food-snobbery. Best way to end a Friday/Saturday night!
tacos leo al pastor is as good as it gets. unbelievably delicious. i would eat here everyday if i could. seriously the best tacos of my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BEFORE I SALIVATE TOO MUCH AND RUN OUT AND BUY TACOS:
- $1 TACOS.
- AL PASTOR TACO = Tortilla, meat, and SLICE OF PINEAPPLE. TASTE BUDS EXPLODEEEEE
- ALL YOU CAN HANDLE SAUCES, JALAPENOS, AND PICKLED VEGGIES. Watch out for the spicynesssss!!
- Late night. I've driven by around 4-5pm and have seen them set up. And I've been there until like 2:30am, so I'm guessing they are open around those times.
- Gas station on the corner of La Brea and Venice - Even they know the late night royalty that is known as Tacos Leo. They pretty much took out two rows of gas pumps so people can park and order and eat.
If I had the option, I've give it 6 stars.
(*Watch out for the homeless crazies!!*)
Located inside a gas station lot on the corner of Venice Blvd and La Brea is this taco truck that suppose to sell the best tacos in town. So we get there around 2:30 give or take and yes I see a ton of people and no where to park. The crowd already doesn't give me a good vibe but hell I love tacos (food in general) so I wasn't gonna NOT try it. There is no place to sit other than in your car or just standing up. I order 4 tacos De Asada 1 tortilla and just the meat (plain taco! Yes that's how I like them) anyway they get the orders done quickly which is good, you wouldn't want to make super drunk person who just got out of the club wait too long. The salsa wasn't anything special not even close. Now the tacos... not the greatest either. So after my first taco I couldn't understand what the bug fuss about this place was. I finished my four and my friend offers me one of her Al Pastor tacos. Wow! That was the best Al Pastor taco I have had. This is the reason why I'm giving this truck a four. Their tacos Al Pastor are amazing. I will not go out of my way for the tacos but if I am around and with the craving of some tacos I will def make a stop here.
My new found favorite truck.
Located in the gas station parking lot next to my friend's body shop, I always wanted to try it out. Finally, it was my turn to grab dinner for my small/big group. Perfect!
50 tacos please!
I got an assortment of al pastor, carne, buche, and carnitas at $1 a taco.
Out of these four meats, the clear winner is the al pastor. It was top 3 al pastor I've tried and I've tried a lot. The carne was pretty good too. However, I was a little disappointed in the buche. It's ok though, the al pastor covers all.
i love the 1 dollar tacos, the el pastor with the pineapple just hits the spot. the food is prepared pretty fast and that's always a plus. what i love the most is that the sauces and other toppings are basically open and you can get how much you want, and to add on top they have the little bags and little sauce cups with lids very convenient. located in a gas station, fill up and get some grub for the road.
that stands for ORGASMIC. MOTHER-FREAK'N. GREATNESS
My friends from church always be bragg'n of how great the tacos were.... so we went there yesterday after hanging out for my friend's birthday......and let me tell you.....they were right on the money.
It's a straight up taco truck, sittin on the same lot as 76 gas station.
They sell about like...8 different types of meat. From Carne Asada, to cow tongue (forgot what the meat was called). It's 1 dollar per taco (and they don't tax u).
For newbies. Before someone who's been there already slaps you for making a newb mistake.... Get the Al pastor... THAT IS CLEARLY THE GEM AND DIAMOND OF THIS TRUCK. They got the meat straight up cook'n on a stick/fire thingy.... and they have a pineapple at the top. So basically... the dood slices some meat off, and slices off a piece of pineapple to your taco. Now... I don't usually like fruits in my taco, but that one slice of Pineapple does the trick. No joke. IT'S SO good.... That I've seen people just eat the taco straight up with no hot sauce, no onions, nothing.... And so I did that too...and it was delicious
If you're hungry, get like 8-10 tacos (i'm serious). Which is equivalent to...like getting full off of 2/3 or a full burrito from chipotle. The tacos are small, but O.M.G.
Aye.... Quality of Quantity....but the good thing is, you can buy more, so you get best of both worlds.
You can buy glass bottled soda = 1.50
and I'm a heavy soda drinker....so let me tell you guys... it is ALWAYS better from a glass bottle....Always.....
THEN lastly... they got like a salsa bar on the side. I shoulda taken a picture but I was too hungry and salivating like a dog that I just slapped them on the tacos and inhaled my food from I-don't-even-know-which-holes-of-my-body.
They have red sauce, green sauce, a different kind of green sice, diced onions, cilantro, jalapenos, red onion(?), free napkins, etc.
They ain't shiesty like El-Taurino... FReak'n HATE shiesty places.
Not this place though...not this place.
O. So I loved it so much, and I ate it so late in the night...that I had to go back on Sunday to try it.... Went there around 2:00pm after church with my brothers. THEY WEREN'T THERE. I stood on the parking lot... and cried. :''''(
Don't know when they are open. Prolly only at nights?
If you come here just order the TACOS AL PASTOR, order anything else and you may just be underwhelmed.
Bf and I watched the Clippers game last night and planned on stopping by here for their Al Pastor Tacos, and boy was it a good idea. As we got closer I was almost tricked into going to pulling into the El Gallito truck spot, but we remembered Tacos Leo was in a 76 gas station lot, luckily I spotted that before we pulled in.
2 Lengua Tacos (eh)
1 Al Pastor Taco (*****MUST ORDER*****)
1 Carnitas Taco (Good outside crispy texture, and flavor)
2 Lengua Tacos (eh)
3 Al Pastor Tacos (*****MUST ORDER*****)
1 Chorizo Taco (eh, thought this was a little oily but also dry, is that possible?)
1 Cabeza Taco (eh)
Overall it's a must to get the TACOS AL PASTOR, the Carnitas also gets an honorable mention, all other meat we tried were just ok. Look out for the salsa bar filled w/ avocado salsa, green salsa (which is hotter than the red), red salsa, pico de gallo, pickled onions and peppers, radish, cilantro & minced onions.
Lastly if you can't wait to eat your tacos tell them you're eating there so they'll arrange your order on a plate and it'll be easier to top your tacos w/ all the fixins. We were unsure so said "to-go" and they rolled our tacos in foil, luckily they kindly gave us paper plates when we asked.
$1 canned soda, & $1 tacos, not sure of any of the other prices.
*Like all others mentioned they do put a slice of pineapple on your al pastor, ususally I'm not a fan of pineapple in general but w/ the al pastor it was delish!
My sister took us here when we went to visit her from Vegas. Best tacos al pastor i've had, outside of Mexico. I loved the salsa bar!! There is not alot of parking space so be ready for that. We went on a saturday night and it was pretty busy, but the line moves fast. These tacos are the Bomb!!!! we will definitely go back next time we r in town.
Whenever I waiting at corner of Venice and Labrea late in the evening there always had people line up to order, so I decide to get some to see what the fuss is all about. So I order three Tacos and the service was fast, and I put on some condiment on it few feet away. These Tacos so amazing and delicious and it fill me up for the rest of my drive home.
I swear Iv been here about 40 times if not more within the last year and they still dont know my name! I see em twice a week sometimes! its all cool though b/c that just shows how many people come threw each day. seriously this taco truck is TOP DOG no foodtruck comes close to it. they aint getting fancy ether!
Al Pastor Quesadilla!! (eat it first)
Chorizo tacos (eat em while you eat the quesadilla, they need to be right out of the grill)
they open from 6pm to 4am
it gets busy on the weekend.
if you see the table nexto the white truck empty...run to it or your going to need it haha
Yo , this is all u needs to know about it ..
Leo be cookin up the most fantabulous Pastor outside of Mexico.. make sure to come on a Friday or Sat night when the Trompo is out big chunk of pineapple - word is born
Staff is cool as well
TACOS Al PASTOR.. um... ENOUGH SAID!!
The later the night gets on a weekend, the more busy it will be. It is located in a gas station and prepare to see all the parked cars crowding around this taco truck. It's kind of interesting to people watch here because you have all the different types of people from all ethnicity and crowd come to visit this place. That is when you know Tacos Leo is doing something right!
Freshly sliced Al Pastor that has been spining and cooking- GOOD!!
Freshly sliced Al Pastor with carmelized pineapple- VERY GOOD!!
Freshly sliced Al Pastor with pineapple and all the red or green salsa you want on your taco- REALLY GOOD!!!
I think the last time I came here, I had like 10 tacos (al pastor and carne asada)?!? All $1 each! Can't beat the awesome price for good quality tacos!
Yup, if little old me can eat 10 tacos in one night, YOU KNOW it must be pretty bomb!!
If Elvis were to come back, write me a personal song, dip a guitar in pure gold, sign it, ask me to go on tour with him one last time before he goes back to heaven, make me the top-selling artist of all time, give me Graceland and all the profits from the tours, teach me how to do my hair like he did and not die on a toilet, it STILL wouldn't be as amazing as the Al Pastor taco from Tacos Leo.
Hands down my favorite taco truck! Go straight for the Al Pastor!
My friends and I drive here all the way from the IE just to get their Tacos Al Pastor! It's like no other. Plus if you go on a weekend night after 9 they make your al pastor taco outside and you get to watch the guy flip cut the pineapple into the tortilla.
The salsas are a little misleading..lately. The salsa verde was spicier than the salsa roja this past week. I don't know why.
My only caution, Listen carefully for your name, sometimes it doesn't sound like your name. Luckily there's no other way to pronounce my name hehe.
Have to say, except for the al pastor, I like El Chato better, but the tacos here are still pretty good. The meat is fairly tasty and they give you a lot of meat for $1. The tortillas are also doubled up, unlike El Chato which uses single tortillas. I went on a Thursday night and they had the outdoor spit! I was sooo happy, b/c I had read they only have it on weekends, so I was resigned to not getting to eat the delicious outdoor spit meat. They have a great salsa bar too. Great deep flavors. Btw, I'll be comparing the tacos here a lot to El Chato, since I just ate at that truck last week so it's fresh in my mind and both trucks are near each other and have similar ratings on yelp.
Wait: Maybe 10 minutes. Way shorter than the line I waited in at El Chato.
Al pastor: Delicious. OMG the guy slicing the meat and pineapples off of the spit is amazing. He's so freaking fast and he slices a piece of pineapple from like 2 feet up and catches it on the the taco, all with quick precision. Anyways, back to the taco itself. The pieces are large thin slices of deliciously roasted meat. There's just a tiny piece of pineapple, but the sweetntess of the fruit really brings out the flavor of the taco. The meat is tasty and flavorful and I didn't need any add ons or sauce to put on it. I just ate it as is.
Asada: I think Tacos Leo probably uses better quality meat than el Chato, but I thought the El Chato taco overall was tastier (to be fair though, I'm comparing flavoring between the tacos as is, meaning without me adding anything on. But El Chato adds some type of sauce/marinade/meat juice? (I don't know what exactly) and lots of onions in their tacos when they serve it to you). But this was a decent taco, lots of meat that was tender and soft.
Carnitas: the meat was tender and slightly smoky, but I wasn't super impressed with this taco. I added a buttload of salsa to it.
Chorizo: would not get this again. It's tiny minced meat in a taco with little flavoring. El Chato's was much better and more flavorful.
All in all, I would come back here for some of the delicious al pastor and pineapple, but for the other types of tacos, I'll head down the street a few blocks.
Never tried anything but the al pastor, and honestly I probably never will...it's that good. This is the go to place to show out of town friends what's up. It get's mega busy but there is a reason for that...it's worth the line.
You come for the al pastor taco.
al pastor taco
order the al pastor taco
JUST ORDER the al pastor taco
Tacos for $1!!! The al pastor has this delicious caramelized pineapple flavor, it's sweet and juicy. The taco comes out unadorned -- corn tortilla with a generous amount of al pastor. Go over to the salsa bar and load up as you see fit. I especially like the raw onions. Yum.
Yes, it's in a gas station parking lot. And yes there' usually a long line. These peeps are efficient and the line moves rather quickly.
This is LA -- taco truck done right!
Okay, seriously... where do I begin.
I love Mexican food and I truly believe that the salsa has a lot to do with whether or not a taco or burrito. Tacos Leo has a "salsa bar" that is self-serve. GENIUS! All their different types of salsa are really yummy and add that special kick to each taco or burrito. Usually get the chicken or carne asada tacos and I don't even like al pastor but here, I will eat it. It is so tender and their freshly sliced al pastor with pineapple on top is so good! I would go to this place a LOT more often if I lived closer hehe
It's a perfect place to stop by after a night out (a-hem, drinking) =P
Just writing this review is making me salivate. seriously!
I signed up for Yelp just so I could write this review.
I was born and raised in Northern California, went to college in San Diego and now have lived in LA for nearly 10 years...meaning I've had my share of Mexican food and I can honestly say the al pastor tacos are the best tacos I've ever had. I haven't tried everything on their menu but I've tried some of the other tacos that Leo has to offer and I always prefer the al pastor. If you're in the area and they're open it's definitely worth stopping for.
Best taco truck tacos in LA!
I normally only eat chicken tacos. But after reading all the rave reviews on here, figured I had to try the al Pastor.
My boyfriend picked some up last night. We got the al Pastor and carne asada tacos. He also got the 'lengua'. Which, EW. Just, no.
The al Pastor was juicy and flavorful. Someone had mentioned in another review that the pineapple was carmelized. Mine was raw. But that was okay, tasted just as good.
The carne asada was also very tasty.
My only complaint? They put everything together in one plastic bag. I'm talking little bits of raw chopped onion, lime wedges, radishes (which I don't eat) and containers of salsa all tossed into one bag. My boyfriend said that's the way they give it to you. Not sure if that's true. Or if he was just saying that to cover his ass, since he knows I don't like a big condiment mish mosh.
In the end, it didn't really matter. Just separated everything. Added a bit of onion and lime to each taco. Splashed on some hot sauce and enjoyed every tasty bit. OMG! So good! Just as amazing as everyone said it was.
Even if you don't normally eat pork, you have to try the al Pastor. Hundreds of Yelpers can't be wrong!
BEST. AL PASTOR. EVER.
I'm really that easy to please. Chunk of roasted pineapple with my taco? I vote yes. Eat 4 of them even though I think I'm going to explode? Why yes, I think I will.
The five stars is for the al pastor tacos and nothing else, I should clarify, because everything else I tried there (salsa, chorizo, pastor quesadillas) were par for the course. But why would you order anything else?! Seriously. Seriously! Man, I really need to sit down or something, I'm getting all flustered. But these tacos... I'm so passionate about them!
If you go before the clubs/bars close, somewhere between 1 and 2am, the crowd is manageable, the line is pretty short, and you still get your late-night fix without going crazy from the wait. And the best part of all--you get to watch the amazing al pastor guy work his magic with the roasting spit, the hunk of pork heaven, and the pineapple above it... all with the corn tortillas frying in lard and sizzling by his side. It's poetry in motion.
Just kidding, now I sound pretentious and stupid. It's nothing as artistic as that, but it still brings a smile to my face... mostly because it makes me hungry for tacos all over again.
Because I came early, parking wasn't an issue and I was able to pull up right in front of the truck itself. And if I remember correctly, the tacos are a buck each. Not bad for a lard-fried, fire-roasted taste of AWESOME. Viva al pastor!!
Great Al Pastor, one of the best in LA, Salsas are a bit mild but decent.The Taqueros are fun to watch as they shave fresh meat... This truck is what made me want to buy my trompo and go into business!
Please. Don't go here.
It's so terrible. The lines are so long. The nice man with the delicious al pastor is....
Just go and make the line for my neighborhood taco truck even longer. Fine. Get the Al Pastor burrito.
But order quickly! I'm hungry.
There's always a crowd when we pass by, so this time we stopped in. The wait isn't too bad but even if it was, the tacos are totally worth it! Really good favors and a side bar with lots of toppings makes these $1 tacos a delicious late nite snack!
I love this truck. I always get the pastor tacos. One dollar dollar dollar and so very delicious! On the weekends the guy is outside tending to the pastor meat on the spit. He slices it very thinly with this huge knife. It's actually more like a saber. He catches the meat with the tortilla in his hand and flicks the knife up again to slice off a bit of pineapple, which he also catches. He's done this thousands and thousands of times, for sure. Even if there is a bit of a wait, I don't mind. I just watch the pastor guy work his magic!
They used to have a set up outside with their salsas and other condiments but now they give them to you with your order. I heard the health department cracked down on them. Pfffff. Come on. Why can't the health department just leave some stuff alone? It was a pretty sweet set up and looked legit to me. It even had a sneeze guard, like a salad bar.
Indeed one of the better Al Pastor tacos I have had. Great, robust flavor with a strong pineapple undertone. When cooked on the trombo (spit), these tacos are downright magical. And the toppings bar...man, it is so extensive. It is everything I could wish for. And at a dollar apiece, they also represent an incredible bargain.
Oh, and I despise LA Weekly and Serious Eats for making what was an already crowded taco truck even more crowded. The outsiders in their Lexus and hybrid sedans are pretty easy to spot. That said, the lines are usually manageable. Surprisingly enough, unlike many taco trucks, parking is ample, with half of the 76 station devoted to Leo's patrons.
All things considered, Tacos Leo takes the neighborhood taco truck to the next level. A shame, though, that it took a cross-country move to realize that this gem is a mere 3 minutes from my house! I am definitely rectifying that, though..one al pastor taco at a time.
I'll start off by saying, I love, love Leo's Tacos. The tacos alpastor are to die for, my brother drives from West Covina to this taco truck, insane? Perhaps! The only problem is the long line, but actually runs pretty fast! I have a passion for food, and tacos are on my top list, so best believe I know a good taco just by its looks, maybe that's just my inner Mexican. Leo's is probably best known for those amazing alpastor tacos that are carved from a spit and topped with a piece of pineapple (drooling) however the other types of meat are good too. The mulitas are great if you know how to properly top it off over at the salsa bar! In my area there's 5 other taco trucks, but I prefer Leo's hands down even if I have to wait in line 15 -20 minutes to get my tacos, because once I bite into that alpastor taco, it pays off. Oh and another thing, tacos are $1 a piece, doesn't get any better than that! :)
I never eat Alpastor tacos, never liked them. I am a big carne asada taco eater. This places alpastor tacos have a unique flavor. This place has the best alpastor tacos I have ever tried. And I have tried a lot of different taco places. #1 Alpastor.
Don't be afraid. These aren't the first tacos I ate from a gas station, and they won't be the last. So pull your car up to the "parking lot", get in line, and as always, bring cash.
The al pastor tacos bring the people in. It's so showy, with the big fire and monstrous hunk of meat. Every taco comes with a little sliver of pineapple, and we all know pork plays well with pineapple. These are definite winners, and at $1 why not get two or three... or more!
We were surprised that we liked the carne asada burrito even more. Great marinade on it, and proportions in the burrito were perfect. Not always consistent; sometimes ricey, and sometimes really hot! I like to control my heat, so I go for no hot sauce in the burrito.
The salsas are pretty good. Nice and spicy, and you can take as much as you want. I'll admit, I abuse the privilege, and maybe take too many salsas. But man these are some good sauces!
It's become our go to. Can't think of anywhere else? Tacos Leo! Gotta love the new logo, too: classic lion on hind legs, but cutting al pastor! How fitting!
$1 delishes al pastor Tacos!
1.25 Horchata! YES PLEASE!! It gets crazy crowded, so good luck finding parking.
I wouldnt get anything but the al pastor here!
Last night, I was sitting by myself watching TV and I had a sudden craving for tacos -- specifically, al pastor.
I remembered reading about Tacos Leo on a taco blog so I thought, why not drive down to check them out. I drove all the way down from West LA. It was July 4th. It was a nice drive as the streets were basically completely empty. I arrive there and I'll be honest, I was a bit weary about just rolling up as a young white guy in his 328i alone but I put my judgments and fear aside and I just said what the hell and went for it and boy was I glad I did.
I get into line and it is a beautiful dark night and out of nowhere, fireworks just start exploding everywhere and I mean, literally, everywhere! I am standing in line all alone behind families enjoying their July 4th together and here I am, a man riding solo, only in it for the al pastor! I got 4 al pastor tacos and 2 chorizo tacos. I ordered from the famed guy at the table and added a Jarritos to the order as well... I stood around for a second and everything was ready in less than two minutes. I watched the dude cut the al pastor meat straight from the spit and add the pineapple that was nestled on the top. It was a friggin awesome experience.
I only tried a bit of the green salsa so I didn't get the chance to try out everything but I'll save that for next time. I took my tacos to the trunk of my car and just grubbed like there was no tomorrow and oh boy was it a glorious experience. Truly, one to remember! Highly recommend! Viva Tacos Leo!
Congratulations Taco Leo, you just received the elusive 5 star rating from a picky Chinaman!
Here are the three things that you should get:
1. Cabeza taco for $1.00
2. Cabeza taco for $1.00
3. Cabeza taco for $1.00
The pastor receives a lot of hype and the construction of which is fun to watch but don't let the good looks fool ya
The best kept secret in food trucks. I go to the second location on Venice and Vermont. Loved the carne asada taco and tried the Al Pastor on a whim. Wow, I've been back every week ever since. The slice of pineapple is delicious, as well as the pickled onion and habanero mix. My mouth waters whenever I think of it. When they told me each taco was a dollar, I thought there was some kind of mistake. This is the one food truck I'm proud to have discovered, told my friends about and now is the talk of my circle. Open after 5PM.
Great $1 dollar tacos any time of day from your dinner taco cravings to your drunkin stupor munchies.
Def try the al pastor tacos and al pastor burritos. Probably one of the best tacos in LA
Look at the pics above and if that doesn't make you want some tacos idk what will...
Mouthwatering tacos. I salivate as I drive to this taco stand.
Pastor is uhhh-maaa-zzzzingggggg. I love that they put pineapples in their pastor tacos. The topping buffet is amazing as well.
Tried the pastor mulitas for the first time and....*** droooooL***
i think i ate here 4 times in one week once.
and still not sick of it.
Now this is why LA is the best place for tacos!
Their al pastor tacos are one of my all-time favorite foods. $1 for a generous carving straight from the spit. They top it off with a slice of pineapple too. The red salsa is also one of my favorite salsas; it's not too spicy and complements the pastor well. The green salsa is spicier if you want more of a kick, and they have an avocado salsa if you prefer a non-spicy sauce. The pastor is definitely better than at El Chato down the street, the servings are more generous, and it's less busy. A+
Best taco truck I've ever had.
The al pastor tacos deserve 6 stars.
Love the separate salsa bar with all the fixings so you can customize your tacos to your own taste.
I crave this once a week.
This truck has the best Al Pastor tacos that I've ever eaten!! Leo's tacos have been on my radar for quite a while but I haven't been able to try it until this week.
I pulled into the 76 gas station and witness the crowd of people devouring their tacos. The best part was when I walked up to the truck and the taquero whips his knife pass the pineapple and catches it in the tortilla. He's so quick and compose when he did it that I was caught off guard! I knew I was in for a great taco. I put a little bit of red sauce and some onions/cilantro on my tacos. Then... I took my first bite and it was the most tender al pastor that I had. Overall, the tacos I had were delicious!
The staff here are quite friendly, especially Alberto the one who's in charge of stocking the condiments bar and parking. I've been back 3x now and he always greets my sister and I when we come and is quite the gentleman.
Try the al pastor tacos and the quezadillas, they're delicious! Even though, the place is always packed, the service is very efficient and worth the wait.
BOMB $1 tacos, especially the al pastor tacos, which they serve with a sliver of pineapple. The carne asada tacos are pretty standard as well, and my friend got a quesadilla which he said was pretty good. But if you're hitting this truck up, please do yourself a favor and get the al pastor tacos. You're welcome.
Tip: come before 9pm, we got here around 8:30 and left around 9pm, right when the line started getting quite long (although the line moves quickly) and the lot started filling up with cars in random parking spaces. Happy eating!
Best taco truck in town!! The al pastor and carne asada tacos are the best I've ever tasted. This is my go to spot after a night out drinking as this is the best food in town open late night!
-Specialist of tacos al pastor.
-Al pastor tacos: great porky goodness with a slice of pineapple on top, a great touch. The tacos are consistently juicy and flavorful. With that said, I believe El Chato's al pastor is better when it comes to flavor.
This is our Friday night taco spot.
About 7:30, as you get further into the summer the spit comes out laterand so it begins. These tacos remind me of Mexico. If you blindfolded me and put these tacos in front of me I wouldn't know the difference. Not to mention the salsa bar and the pickled habanero and onions.
Tacos for a dollar, no tax? Count me in! Not only are the tacos really cheap but they are delicious, especially the Al Pastor! You've gotta get the guacamole sauce with it (not sure if it's actually guacamole. It's the watery green stuff that you probably think is guacamole). Only problem is the parking, but it's a small price to pay for it.
Also the mulitas are really good, though a little pricey.
Amazing al pastor on weekend nights. The absolute best in the city.
This is by far my favorite taco truck in the area, and I know a lot about good tacos.
pastor tacos. the best ive ever had. fresh bite of pineapple. fatty, flavorful, just the right amount. i can eat these things by the truckload. perfect two biter tacos. condiment table with plenty of sauces, toppings, etc. tacos are $1 i think. im not sure, i would pay gold for some of these tacos. you know its good because orders came out quick and what was everyone ordering? pastor tacos!
its SOMEWHAT sketchy area, especially if youre a female, its late at night, and youre not hispanic (like me). i would never eat here alone late at night. this doesnt mean that i felt unsafe! everyone is friendly enough but its a sketchy area, especially when youre here after hitting the bars
parking can be rough. its on the side of gas station, and it gets filled up quick! its THAT busy. but no worries, people eat and go, theres no lingering, so you should be able to find a spot
would i come again? yes! :)
AL PASTOR TACOS.
These tacos are so damn good. And I mean the "every time someone mentions them I groan in wistful desire" good. The key is showing up when the flame broiler is going, and they shave off a good heap of sizzling pork and lop off a piece of pineapple. Perfect amount of juiciness, seasoning to blend with the pineapple.
And they're only $1 each!
Can't say I've tried anything else. Why would you??
Al pastor + pineapple??
First place I've ever had a taco served like this, and MY OH MY. The sweet tartness compliments the savoriness of the pastor. This pastor is legit. Charbroiled by a blazing flame to perfection on a spit, and sliced off upon ordering. And I'm so amused watching the flying sliced piece of pineapple land right into the taco (you'll see!).
The asada is quite tasty as well. They've got a full salsa bar as well, so you can top off to your hearts content. All this for just $1 a taco.
The only thing I'm not fond of was their corn tortilla. It wasn't heated or warmed up, so it tasted kinda bleh. But no fret, you can also try their mulita, which is pretty much like a quesadilla...meat and cheese sandwiched between two corn tortillas and cooked on the stove. Warm, chewy goodness!
When scouting out for this taco truck, don't be confused by the other ones around. Look for the bright flashy sign in the 76 gas station, which also doubles up as a parking lot lol.
This is a taco truck you must visit . I definitely recommend the al pastor tacos with extra pina (pineapple). For $1 tacos, it's definitely the best place. I have tried the taco truck right across the street but it's not as good and it's $1.75 per taco.
You're gonna have to eat it in your car or on top of the hood/trunk of your car, whatever floats your boat. Their sauces are great, but don't be surprised or sad if the guacamole salsa run out that night. It's their most popular salsa. This is the lighter green salsa when compared with the other green salsa (sala verde I believe).
Drinks will cost you $1 for water and canned sodas and I think $1.50 for bottled Mexican beverages.
The al pastor is a must. The carne asada is flavorful too. $1 tacos; $4 burritos. Bring cash.
Yum all around.
Get there between 6 and 8 to avoid the late night lines - and make sure you get enough salsa.
I had heard about this taco truck who has the best tacos al pastor w/pineapple... So my bf finally took me last night. My first impression "there's a line, ok means these tacos must be good" we got our tacos at $1 each - u can't go wrong! My only complaint: the greedy ass ppl getting the condiments Uuggghhhh there was ppl filling bags and bags of salsa holding up the line n then giving u a dirty look for standing in line behind them WTF? R u serious, co'mon ppl we all need salsa in our tacos! Oh but the tacos themselves where delicious ;-)
IF YOU HAVENT TRIED THEM, I'D RECOMMEND THEM!
Love me some Leo! Soo cheap, it's crazy. I'm a Jew and I still like to go with the al pastor (pork with pineapple). It's delicious and amazing.
Tacos are $1 and burritos are only $4 so a homeless person can even afford it. It's great and I highly recommend this place! If you're lucky, you'll even get a glimpse of the adorable stray cats that wonder around. The ambiance is upscale (gas station) so definitely wear your black tie attire.
Best Al Pastor is Los Angeles! The pineapple gives it a nice touch. Their other tacos are good too (Carne Asada and Pollo) but I definitely think the Pastor is where they stand out. The tacos are small, but they're only $1, and while they are filling, they're also REALLY addicting! Why would you go elsewhere when you can get amazingly delicious tacos for only $1 each here?
I decided to give them another try. Seems the first night was an off night, though perhaps they just had a good night this time. The pastor was incredibly thinly shaven, and crispy all over. Just beautiful. So beautiful I couldn't even bear to mare it with the tortillas. I put a bit of salsa on it, and ate the delicate meat straight.
Really something. I wish they had an option for just ordered a bunch of the meat on a platter by itself.
I know my review does not matter at all anyhow though; the people that frequent the truck don't read yelp anyway.
But, just to correct my prior review, Tacos Leo is certainly worth a trip. When the right guy cuts it in the middle of the night, and they serve it right off the spit, it's heaven.
Calorie soaked heaven though...did you know a single al pastor taco is 220 calories? I did not. For whatever reason, eating a mere 5 of these things does not feel like you are downing 1,100 calories. The meat is the light, and crispy that it feels like you're walking on air as you eat it.
I suppose it's better to order just 3, and tip an extra $2, the guy wielding a knife like a sword master surely deserves it.
On the corner of La Brea and Venice Blvd you will find an abandoned gas station parked with cars and a giant taco truck. The parking gets a little insane and they even have someone helping with the parking.
$1 tacos... wait for it.... they are life changing. The authentic tastes of the tacos and array of salsas are just unbelievable. It's unmatchable.
I will have to come back and try the el pastor taco everyone on yelp is raving about, but this review is based off the 15 tacos, 4 burittos, and 4 quesadillas me and 3 of my friends shared. Tacos are the size of your palm. Bring lots of cash and I'd even suggest eating it there in the parking lot when it's hot and fresh. Can't stop thinking about these!!! I can easily eat 10 tacos on my own. And careful, the red liquid salsa is very spicy and tasty so delicious. I love how they have fresh lime wedges available in the salsa cart too to squeeze onto the tacos and they have chopped cilantro too... they are perfect.
Go here for their al pastor tacos. 5 stars for their consistently juicy al pastor right off the spit with a slice of fresh pineapple, but 4 stars overall. Would be 5 stars if the rest of their tacos were as good as their al pastor.
worthy of a detour ;)
Awesome Pastor Tacos. An interesting experience with customers from all walks of life. Can't beat the price for one dollar each.
My friend told me to wait to get tacos once I moved to LA, until I could go with him to "his taco truck."
By "his taco truck," he actually meant Tacos Leo, of course.
The wait in line was long, and you usually have to wait awhile after you order, but gosh it was worth it! I've been here several times - it's become sort of a weekly ritual.
The tacos al pastor are THE THING TO TRY, and I also suggest the chorizo or asada quesedilla.
There is a salsa bar with a green salsa, red salsa, guacamole, pico, cilantro, onion, and peppers. The green salsa, guac, and pico are all a must-try.
Now I can understand why it's so popular.
This is my favorite taco truck in LA! I always crave their pastor con pia (pork & pineapple) tacos and molitas (mini quesadillas); I wish these guys brought their truck closer to us!
The food is well priced, the salsa bar is fresh and plentiful, the service is prompt and the experience is always a joy! Support this business, I promise your stomach and wallet will thank you.
$1 tacos al pastor and they come with a show! Just watch the dude making the tacos - he does a little pineapple flip that has been perfected after making thousands of them. He must have made 150 while I was there!
The place gets crowded but the line goes quickly. I only had the al pastor tacos, which were juicy and flavorful, so next time I will check out the rest of the menu. But it will be hard to switch it up. That giant spit of marinated pork is like a bug zapper for me. It draws me in like I'm hypnotized. Hell, I almost crashed my car the first time I drove by the place.
AL PASTOR TACOS. Such a good deal. Very tender meat with some pineapple...can't go wrong with geting meat straight from the spit. $1 tacos...and you can douse it with any sauces that they have at the salad bar. There's a lot of people who stash their fix in plastic bags...just in case you want to grab some free sauces, etc.
I've had their burrito which is awesome and Champorrado is always great. You can park in the side streets since the gas station can get crowded at night. Watch out for solicitors who want to get money from you...only experienced that around midnight.
This is the best place to go late night for tacos. The Tacos the pastor are to die for. The food comes out fast and hot. Once you leave the clubs or bars its almost a guarantee to run into some of those people at Tacos Leo.
Really really good. But for me Chiquis Tacos on melrose by western had better al pastor.
The al pastor tacos are the best I have ever eaten. The sides (guac, onions, etc), which are free and endless, are fresh and amazing, as well. This is definitely the best street-style Mexican food I've eaten in L.A. If you live in L.A. and like Mexican food, this is the place to go!
Best al pastor taco. I love the portion. Most importantly, they give you enough pineapples. $1.00 tacos!
You've just spent more money than you planned on drinks for the evening. It started out carefully, but somewhere between the cranberry vodkas and shots of patron you lost count of all the drinks.
As you painfully reflect while smoking the last cigarette of your ridiculously expensive pack, you get hit with those beautiful late-night, post drink, post-cig munchies. You can't afford BCD's, much less any of those late night pubs since you gleefully spent all but a few dollars on drinks for girls who snuck it to her waiting friends.
Taco's Leo. Open until 4AM. $1 Al pastor and pineapple tacos. Stand there and drool as the pineapple guy (whom I now dub Pastor Al) skillfully pares off slices of al pastor and catches chunks of pineapple with the tortilla. Pastor Al looks like he could work that knife in a mafia movie and cut the tip off someone's eyelashes.
Pay the guy $10 and get ten al pastor tacos with pineapple. Best late night meal ever.
Came here after a night at the club because I was told these were the best al pastor tacos around. There were quite a few people out in the freezing cold waiting to eat, so I said why not!
The al pastor was flavorful and with the combination of the avocado sauce and pia it was perfect! There was definitely a party in my tummy, so yummy so yummy!
Not sure about the cost because I was so kindly treated by my friend. There are a few tables on the lot but no chairs. Despite the freezing cold i was quite pleased. This is definitely a must try!
Amazing tacos, awesome people, great no-nonsense place. One of my local favorites. Drop in on the weekend and get the al pastor.
If your an al pastor fan you HAVE to come here.
Mulitas and tacos de al pastor are bomb!!
Thats their specialty.
I recommend the champurrado also.
El pastor tacos are amazing! The lines can be a bit ridiculous, but it's worth it for the Pastor tacos!!
Delicious. Stay away from the chicken, and stick with the carne asada.
al pastor. just do the al pastor. $1/taco.
add the avocado sauce, if you like. add some of that green salsa, too. some cilantro. some chopped onion. but mostly, it's the little slice of pineapple that makes the entire thing just amazingly, insanely delicious.
seriously. like, so good that as i'm writing this, i'm considering downgrading some of my other 5-star reviews, because i can't possibly be as ravingly in love with the dishes there as i am with these ONE DOLLAR TACOS.
okay, sometimes there's a little too much fat. or oil. SHUT YOUR FACE. there's a slice of pineapple! he chops it off, right there, in front of that face that you just shut! did i mention that the tacos are a buck apiece, and ridiculously delicious?
btw, if you go on a weekday and there's no magic dude with a hatchet and huge slab of porkymeat, don't worry -- it's just inside the truck, being shielded from the prying eyes of the weekday public. actually, just rejoice, because it means there's less of a crowd attracted by the huge porkandpineapple slab, which means more parking & less wait time for your DELICIOUS TACOS AL PASTOR.
leo, whoever you are, you deserve a fancy restaurant devoted to your one perfected taco, but until then, i'm glad you have a 76 station.
You can't beat $1 tacos that are actually delicious. I normally get the al pastor, carnitas and asada then load up on toppings while I wait.
I've been coming here for a while, and seriously, all the other comments say it: It's the best Al Pastor you'll ever have. I've tried all their other meats, which are all okay to good, but their al pastor is just to die for. Do it. Now.
It's all about the Al Pastor here. Probably the best Al Pastor I've ever had in the US and Mexico for that matter.
There aren't any seats so you just order your tacos and your bottle of Coke and eat it on the hood of your car.
Really nice owners and staff. Just simple and great Al Pastor tacos.
The best al pastor taco truck
I keep thinking I'm going to get mugged here but it hasn't happened yet.
Good tacos. Weird people who occasionally do not wear pants. Prefer El Flamin' Taco.
Al pastor!! and load up the goodies at the salsa bar!
Love this place. Definitely LA's "hidden" gem. All of their tacos are great but Al Pastor is a must.
May be the best taco truck in LA. The al pastor tacos are the best I've ever had.
An absolute must.
I live in Las Vegas but my family doesn't live too far from here. I not only love the food and service, but it's also become a quick family trip tradition. When my mom runs out of my favorites, she says "quieres ir a los tacos?" lol... I know she's referring to Leo's, and I say YES!
Have to knock em' down a star for something legitimate though. I don't know what the "B" is for on the window the last time I was there. It must be for BEST =)
My friend Andy brought me here to check out the famous Tacos Leos and the tacos did not disappoint. I think for the price, these tacos are hands down my favorite. My favorite part is the salsa station to the side where you can load up on lime, cilantro, salsas, onions, etc. There are also little to go containers for you to fill up if you are taking the tacos to go. Some cheap ass guy took all the napkins for his one taco but whatever...cheap-ass.
We ate the al pastor, carnitas and chorizo. I love the pineapple slice you get with the al pastor. Should have tried the quesadilla after seeing all the reviews but next time i will.
There really isn't much to say other than, this is the premier taco truck in Los Angeles, as far as Al Pastor goes. $1 a taco. Super affordable and worth the trip if you're in the vicinity or passing it. El Chato taco truck is right up their with it in my opinion, but I give Leo a slight edge based on their cornering of the Al Pastor taco market. Really, really good.
This has to be THE best taco stand ever. The meat quality is fresh and non greasy. Wayyyy better than any other nasty taco stands I've tried. Try this and you won't like any other tacos :)
Leo's is so good it brings business to other Taco trucks!!! I know this for a fact because I ended up at the one across the street (NE corner) which was the first taco truck I saw heading west on Venice. Leo's is actually on the northwest corner and I really can't tell the difference between either of the two trucks. I enjoyed the Al Pastor and Chicken Quesadilla equally at both.
Oh and Violet? You're fucking weak. Sorry you felt afraid to be at the corner of a hugely lit major intersection that is 1 block away from a police station. Someone should have smothered you at birth because the world is far too scary for you to live in. Hope your bf dumps your ass after reading you bitch about salsa and dirty gas stations.
I love al pastor. I mean I looove al pastor. I remember the first time I ever had it was in Mexico from a little food cart and immediately I fell in love. I dated someone who lived in San Diego and I indulged at El Gordo's but my heart was always sad that nothing even close to that quality could be found in LA.
For years I searched high and low, roaming from one taco cart, stand and restaurant to the next only to find that nothing came close to quenching my al pastor thirst. Then I heard of Tacos Leo and after looking at the pictures I knew I Had to find this truck and I had to eat there. Dude best al pastor in L.A. hands down.! I mean you know they're doing it right when they have a separate truck just to handle the pastor needs. They do it right here and by right I mean on the spit with a pineapple. They put a nice char on the meat, swipe a piece of pineapple off the top and give it to you on a nice lil tortilla. My dreams came true and I'm as happy as a pig can be eating pig.
1dollar tacos, al pastor shwarma style with some pineapple?Down! Cant go wrong when you got the late night munchies. Everything on the menu is worth a try, and i have yet to be disappointed, stick with that al pastor and you will be in a very happy place. Parking is difficult because its on a busy street (venice and la brea) and expect a line but they move quickly.
My boyfriend and I tried Tacos Leo the other day. As al pastor goes....this is the top of the mountain. The greatest al pastor I have ever tried. I don't like spicy food but my boyfriend loved the salsa roja. The fixing are fresh (onions, cilantro) and for $1 per taco, its one of the best deals around for such quality food. I can't recommend this place enough, check it out!!!
Best al pastor tacos in Los Angeles. There is no seating so be ready to eat in the car or standing. Champurado is great salsa needs improvement.
The other taco truck a couple of blocks north on La Brea (El Chato) has better tacos, but this place is open for dinner. We come here and get burritos a lot. It's really good, and they're really cheap compared to restaurants ($5 per burrito). The veggie, carne asada, and al pastor are all outstanding.
This place used to be really deserted but it's super busy these days so be prepared to wait in line.
Better than what I got in Mexico just days before. Absolutely amazing. I'm always looking for good al pastor and these guys make a great taco. Highly recommended. My pineapple wasn't very caramelized but it was juicy and the meat was very flavorful. There's a reason they call it taco madness.
Found this truck on our way home back from a nightclub. It's absolutely delicious fresh, clean and cheap. Love the Asada and Pastor tortas AMAZIIIING and the salsa bar by far the best always stocked up and fresh!
Ok, so we all know the al pastor is amazing... But lets not forget to pay tribute to the asada and chicken too! SO GOOD.
Taco trucks used to be a thing for drunk weekend nights when the only other option is Denny's... But not anymore! I'll do Leo's drunk, sober, day, night...anytime! They also have amazing champurrado, for those cold winter nights! (or spring, or summer, or fall...ya...champurrado...mmmmm.)
Alot of people here keep mentioning El Chato further north on La Brea. They're good too, (and I think their asada may even be better the Leo's) but no comparison for the al pastor. Leo's has that one, hands down. :)
Absolutely THE BEST al pastor.
I've had better asada elsewhere, but the al pastor is amazing. It's crisp, yet tender, not greasy, and just the right amount of flavor. Top it off with freshly sliced pineapple. I like the al pastor served with their guacamole salsa sauce. The lines are long and you'll know why once you try their al pastor tacos. They open till 3am! Only $1/taco.
There are no seats and not enough places to put food down to eat on site. Everyone just stands around eating. I didn't mind because the food is so good. Also, use common sense and pay attention to who's around you. Each time I've been there, there was always some weird white man who would go around asking people for money. It's Located at an old gas station, and there is another taco truck across the street. Look out for the bright orange Leo's Taco Truck.
Once I tasted the Al Pastor tacos with grilled pineapple last year here, I was hooked. I was at the orange Tacos Leo truck again last night at the Unocal 76 station with day laborers, skateboarders, gardeners, couples on a cheap dining date, and whole families chowing down on mostly al pastor tacos. The gas station is well-lit and there are always plenty of diners so no one should feel unsafe here.
Al pastor is the Mexican version of gyro meat on a spit, in this case, pork, that is grilled on the spit then shaved off the surface layer for tacos, tortas, and burritos. Get in line and a man will take your al pastor taco order (as well as payment), and ask if you want the grilled pineapple in your taco - by all means say "Yes!" The sweetness of the pineapple adds a great counterpart to the savory goodness of the pork. Accessorize as needed at the salsa bar and eat standing up. It's too good to take it to go even a short distance so give in to instant gratification as soon as your tacos come out.
THE place to go to get Al Pastor tacos in Los Angeles! real cheap too!
Be ready to eat standing, or in your car. There are beggars around, and some interesting folks roaming around as well as a very cute cat that just roams around for scraps.
All this adds to the taco truck atmosphere that reminds me of how it is in Mexico.
I have NEVER gotten sick from their food and I have eaten here almost nightly for over two years.
Best al pastor tacos in Los Angeles! I come here every chance I get. Every time someone visits from out of town I would bring them here. I love the habenero onions. Hands down the best tacos!
Al Pastor killed it. Show me a place with better Al Pastor in LA.......Actually respond to me, I will go to try it and come back to this review and announce the new king. Until this then....this place rules!
We went around 11PM and had a few tacos and I also ordered a burrito. I personally tried the al pastor taco and normally I don't like pineapple but it worked very well with the taco. The carne asada burrito was tasty but not the best quality of meat. My friend also had the tongue and cabeza tacos and enjoyed them. I look forward to trying more meat varieties as well. 1 taco = 1 dollar.
You get what you pay for but you aren't getting any *unusually* good deal for your money. Plus the place gets busy as you must know if you read any of the reviews for the place and so your order will take a while to come out. Even though they open around 5:30PM I read from other Yelp reviews that even by 7:30PM they may not yet be fully set up so that is another factor to keep in mind. Various factors like inconvenient times and waits and nothing unusual in the way of value make it around a 4 star review.
I've been going to Tacos Leo for some time now and just haven't reviewed them. But man, did they hook it up this time. First off, the tacos, burritos, tortas, alambres, horchata, cahpurrado, etc here are the best you'll find from a taco truck or restaurant anywhere in West LA! The Al Pastor is by far my favorite meat served here because they cook it fresh and add a slice of grilled pineapple to top it off.
This time...man, this time they really went all out for me. I wanted to get a large order for a potluck party with some friends. I went through their website and emailed them about three weeks ago to ask if they could accommodate a very large order. I told them what I wanted, they quoted me a price, and they did not disappoint. They had everything ready exactly at the time we agreed on, freshly cooked not kept warm for a while, an the tacos were the hit of the party.
As for eating at the truck, the parking can be a bit difficult to find inside the lot where they are parked, but there's a strip of parking adjacent to it, just along Venice Blvd. Inside the gas station where they are, they have a dedicated area for Tacos Leo parking and someone there to direct traffic when it gets full. It gets busy after 8pm, especially on the weekends, but well worth the wait.
This is my FAVORITE taco truck. It's located on the corner in the gas station parking lot.. Shaved al pastor tacos topped with a slice of grilled pineapple. Umm and for $1 each...... I just had dinner and my mouth is still watering thinking about this place. Definitely a must try when your in LA on a budget. Heck, even without a budget.... AND they have a salsa cart which means unlimited hot sauce, onions, cilantro, and radish (a must have for me with Mexican food). ;] I always get 4 tacos to eat in the car and 4 tacos togo.... Yeah, its THAT bomb.
Al Pastor on a spit with a grilled pineapple... for a $1!! $1 for the most amazing taco ... EVER!!!!! In addition to the awesome green and red sauces, chopped up onions, cilantro, limes, tomatoes, .... it's all there and little plastic baggies and containers to put it all in. AND THEY HAVE paper towels.
Granted it's located next to a 76 station and the general customers don't come off as the nicest folks but man... WORTH IT!
I moved from LA to SF and every time I visit LA this is a must visit. I can't compare anything in SF to this lonchera. I recommend everyone to come here. I am missing it as we speak which is what spurred me to come to yelp and write about it. I want to make sure this place gets so much business that when I come back down it will always be there although I doubt they need my plug.
I ordered a combo of tacos. The Pastor was the best. I also had a carnitas and it had too much fat. The chicken was good but the Pastor was the best. There were a lot of people waiting so they do get busy but the wait was not too long. All this for a buck each and a large assortment of salsas. .
Fresh al pastor cut in front of you. Amazing! Love the fresh pineapple too and it opens till 4am! Best part of it all is that each taco is only $1!
I went to Lucy's drive in north of Venice and wasn't impressed with their food.. thank goodness I decided to check out the hype over here.
a. $1 tacos!! -- who finds those kind of prices in LA anymore?
b. open til 4am -- nocturnal taco craving? no problem
c. spinning grilled pork -- mMmmm.. greasy
Tried the al pastor, carne asada and carnitas tacos and all great! And they do taste different from each other, the carnitas was also very tender and the meat peeled into strips very easily -- major plus.
YES! self-serve salsa bar and they're gracious enough to provide plastic bags for the cilantro/onion or other goodies. My favorite salsa was the verde. The onion/carrot pickled thing is delish but it has kick, a BIG KICK, don't be fooled by it's blanc-ish color. The guys working there are super friendly -- they got me fresh onions/carrots without me asking.
Line might seem long but it goes by fast. The satisfaction you get from picking up your taco at the truck window and devouring it next to the fold out tables is so worth it.
Parking is a bit annoying, but the food is great (although basic), cheap and quick (despite the lines). I had the Asada quesadilla and a few tacos. Their pastor and chorizo tacos were highlights. Will be going there again especially on those late lonely nights.
Sometimes you feel like eating good food at a fancy restaurant, and sometimes you feel like eating good food in a random parking lot.
We came here after a night out and I got two tacos - al pastor and carne asada. The carne asada was good, but the al pastor was delicious! I love all the condiments and to go packaging (foil, little containers, etc) provided at one of the side tables.
Next time I'm getting three tacos.
I have to bump this up to 5 stars because I'm seriously in love with their al pastor tacos. The best dollar you'll ever spend! The combination of the al pastor + pineapple is perfect! I always top off my tacos with avocado sauce + red sauce + lime. The line gets long late at night so expect a wait.
this place means everything to me!!!!
i wish i could give it 20 stars for filling my life with joy.
leo's will be catering my wedding.
lime and red sauce on an al pastor taco will whisk you away to nirvana!
"Love, love, love Leo's taco truck! My friends and I drive from Orange County regularly just for tacos, quesadillas and alambres. Their carne asada and al pastor are really good. The staff are friendly and efficient."
I recently tried Leo's for the first time this past weekend at Tacolandia. I have to say, Leo's was the BEST taco i had all day! super moist and packed with flavor. The employees were so friendly and they had a fully stocked taco condiment bar! Im so excited to be a regular customer, i could literally eat these babies all day! orale!
Having lived in NYC for the better part of 14 or so years, it's nice to come back to my old stomping ground to find that LA still has the best Mexican food North of the border- even on the streets of Venice and LaBrea.
Al Pastor is by far my favorite, but the rest of the meat selections rarely disappoint. All the food is rapidly prepared by friendly people that know their craft very well.
Full disclosure: The first and only time I ate here during the day, I was sadly disappointed. Maybe the nighttime stock is fresher, maybe the nighttime chefs are more adept, who knows. But I only come here at night because of it.
great al pastor tacos with pineapple. I also tried the asada tacos and they were not as good, it was more like ground beef.
For a taco truck, this is definitely as good as it gets. $1 !! $1, people! What can you get for a dollar these days? Well, at Leo's it gets you one tasty little snack - the al pastor is probably my favourite since it comes with a tiny sliver of roasted pineapple, at the top of the gyro-looking spit that they carve the al pastor from.
And as if that's enough, there is a smorgasbord of condiments that you can self-serve. Self-serve is an understatement - I saw tons of people leaving with a literal bag haul full of gaucamole, salsas, cilantro, limes - those little plastic containers they provide are delightfully useful. The condiments are a food truck in itself.
I tried the carnitas and lengua as well. Beef tongue was good, a bit pricier - maybe $1.25 instead of $1?
Wishes I lived close by! One of the best taco trucks I've been to. The line is long so expect to eat within an hour or ordering. The meat is good. The al pastor is freshly cut, the carne asada doesn't have excessive fat, the chicken is good too. They would be 5 but the traffic & the waiting is way too long.
Al pastor tacos are pretty good especially on a busy day. The salsa not so good, needs improvement.
I recommend this place.
Best tacos in LA.
Here's what you do:
1) Get there
2) Get Al Pastor tacos with pineapple (Get too many as opposed to too few, trust)
3) Eat it
4) Thank me
Tasty. Inexpensive. Been a customer and fan since high school...will continue. Clutch late spot with my peeps.
I frequent this truck often. I live in PLB, Leos truck is the place I go for Mexican food. The tacos are good so is its price. The burritos are standard. It opens late and around dinner time there is always a line. Parking is limited. If the gas station is full, park down the street.
Al pastor is made the way its supposed to be, with rotating flame at night usually around dinner time.
The taco truck across the street can never beat Leos taco truck.
When @ the corner of la brea & pico you will find the most delicious tacos on this side of town. The best options are the fixins bat where you an add as much homemade hit sauce as you'd like. The bonus: the open faces tacos are only $1, yes!
Best late night $1 tacos in LA. If you're going to be indecisive about what you want, just get the al pastor with pineapple.
Everything you need to know is evident when you pull up to the packed gas station parking lot, look across the street, and see a different taco truck with no line and two sad-looking tourists who just realized that they picked the wrong truck.
Life-changing tacos. Al pastor, with grilled pineapple. Drool-worthy, with lots of flavorful sauces and spicy pickled onions. Plus, you get a show with your meal - the dude slicing the meat also flips a tiny piece of pineapple with his knife and catches it in the tortilla!
i love Leo's tacos, specially AL pastor. i usually get mulitas which are hand made tortillas with cheese and a meat inside, they are sooo good. :) best taco truck!!!!
The tacos here are delish!! The El Pastor is the best!! You get a taco with pork sliced fresh off the spit with a slice of pineapple. Layer it with diced onions, cilantro and hot salsa and you have the most perfect bite. Acid, citrus, fat, heat and freshness. So good. And at $1 a piece, you need to go there now.
This is my favorite LA Taco truck. I'm not alone, there's always a line every time I've been here. It's like Pink's Hot Dogs but with really good food. And it's not just the $1 tacos, you look across the street and there's another taco place that's never as busy. It's not that other places don't have good tacos and burritos, but this place just has amazing food! Make sure you go to this one though, it's the one adjacent to Union 76. The one with the lines and the big salsa bar.
This place has 3 differentiators that keep bringing me back: First it has this giant spinning spit of Al Pastor (pork or maybe lamb?) being roasted next to the truck by an electric roaster. They also have beef, chicken, chorizo, etc. but I've always stuck with the roasting bbq pork and been completely content with that.
The next thing you notice is the huge ayce salsa bar that is frequently being refilled with homemade tasty salsa (4 types) as well as chili peppers, lime, chopped parsley, and chopped tomatoes and onions. You just pick up some plastic containers or bags and serve yourself.
The 3rd thing is the menu. With tacos you get a slice of pineapple in it, which really makes a difference and adds sweet contrast to the marinated meat. Also, they serve $3 mulitas which is basically a sandwich with your choice of meat and a whole lotta cheese between 2 corn tortillas, and for us wheat free customers it's a godsend! I haven't seen that in other trucks so I'm just limited to tacos normally.
The food is fresh, it usually takes about 5-10 min after ordering to get the food, depending on the number of people in line. But that's fine, just enough time to get your salsa and chilis ready from the salsa bar. Food is always delicious, I've never had a problem so far. Huge win!
Was up in norcal the other day to watch my Padres play the dogers...unfortunately they lost.
My doger friends and I decided to head off to Roscoes to eat...on the way, they tell me of this great Mexican food truck that's always crowded and the owners are from Oaxaca! I hear Oaxaca and real Mexican food...im hooked! They tell me it's up ahead, and I say lets skip Roscoes and we pull into the parking lot of the gas station where the truck is.
Looks pretty packed, but I'm told that in about an hour, midnite, the parking lot will be full with twice as many people in line.
I love roadside stands that you find all over Oaxaca so food trucks don't scare me.
I have the tacos al pastor, 5 to be exact, with the sliced pineapple, like what you would get in Oaxaca! Comfort food!! They have a great salsa bar with fixins once again, what you would see in Oaxaca.
The owners are from Oaxaca which makes total sense. To be honest, if you looking for "mexican" food, meaning the type you might find at edbertos, joebertos, mikebertos...pick your bertos, this might not be the joint for you.
Next time I'm in the area, I will be back, and with an empty stomach.
"$1? For any taco? You cannot be serious?" Said Tennis champion, John Mackenroe
Tacos are smaller than others but big things come in small packages, or so I've been told. These tacos don't disappoint. Make sure to ask for pineapple on the Pastor!
Best Horchata I've had!
carne asada burrito always hits the spot! and for the reasonable price of $4?! heck yeah.
Leo's is the first truck that comes to mind when I want tacos. The well-seasoned al pastor and generous ayce salsa bar never disappoint!
This place is AWESOME!
The guys are there are friendly, order is fast, and for me personally, it's the best damned Al Pastor hands down.
I'd wait for the ... ...spinning... thing... bobber that they use to cook the al pastor. Don't get it from inside the truck. It tastes... different.
As I wrote in my review of El Chato, both serve great al pastor, with a big difference being that Tacos Leo serves it with less sauce cooked into it. Also a much different crowd, with the Tacos Leo crowd being much more Latino, and the El Chato crowd being hipster/gringo, if that tell you anything. Leo also opens much earlier. Highly recommend both.
Mexican street tacos in LA for $1? I'm sold! These tacos are smaller in size so you have to get multiple to satiate your hunger. I ended up getting four: the carnitas, lengua, pollo, and al pastor. Forget the first three and just go straight for the al pastor. I believe it was spit-grilled pork with slices of sweet and crunchy pineapple. Throw on some self-serve chopped onions, cilantro, and lime and you're golden. The salsa verde was disappointing as it lacked any and all flavor, but it was only necessary for the other meats. Do not ruin the al pastor with the salsa. I liked the lengua, but the carnitas and pollo were forgettable.
As good as the very best in Mexico. The tacos al pastor are incredibly delicious and the torta al pastor too. The best I had in the US and my fianc said it was the best he ever had. Go ahead and order one of each food item.
Too good love These tacos the al pastor are too good with pineapple ftw love this truck
My new favorite taco truck in Los Angeles!
It's all about the al pastor tacos. It's a must-try. Rolling up in my car, the meat could be seen on a spit placed in front of the truck. How could I not get it? The line looked long, but it went quicker than expected. The al pastor tacos were only $1 each. Cheap!
After waiting about 5-10 minutes, the order was ready. Each al pastor taco had a small slice of pineapple on top. It must be good together. I then loaded the tacos with toppings from a small cart. Onions, cilantro, salsa, and other sauces were available. Fix it up however you like! I chose onions, cilantro, and salsa roja.
First bite happened like this: eyes widened, mouth happy and a huge grin on my face mid-chew. Loved it. The meat was juicy, slightly crispy, and flavorful. The pineapple surprisingly worked well with the al pastor, too. A burst of extra flavor in the mouth. Yummy.
At a dollar each, can't beat the price and tastiness of these tacos.
This food is good enough for me to risk life and limb riding my bike down La Brea to get here. Even though I'm a gringo, I know the authenticity index is off the charts, because when I gave my name as "Evan" the nice burristo wrote it down as "Keben".
Went here on a Sunday night at 1:30am and there were about 6 cars there. This place is crackin'! We got al pastor tacos and carne asada tacos; both were so delicious we inhaled them in less than 10 min. I was good with 2 tacos, but I could probably eat 4 tacos on a really hungry visit. I can't wait to go back and try the other ones! The green and red salsa are both pretty spicy, so I wouldn't be too heavy handed on those to start. I made that mistake, but the tacos were so good, the heat didn't stop me. My mouth was burning for a good 10 min afterwards though. :P
Been here several times now, I have to say, one of the best al pastor I've had! I just don't eat this anywhere, very picky when it comes to this, but hands down, they have their pork down to the T! Bombay! Stick w/ the al pastor! Can't wait to go back for more.
tacos are pretty good at this place i like how its open late i can catch a quick bite to eat when i dont feel like cooking that late will be back soon
Best al pastor tacos on the west side, period! Well worth the wait and the fight for parking. Salsa bar is awesome too! I've never regretted having anything on their menu. Anyone that knows good tacos knows Leo's are the best.
$1 a taco, unlimited condiments, they cut the pork right off the BBQ stick and served with pineapple, cheap sodas. WHAT ELSE MORE DO YOU NEED TO KNOW!? GO!!
My favorite taco truck in town ... Fresh, tasty and cheap, they don't have chairs but there's always line, because they worth it ... Hopefully they'll get chairs someday
I get off the airplane and I am hungry. So I through into Google, best tacos in LA. This place comes up as the best al pastor. I am a huge al pastor fan so I am off to the truck on a Sunday night at 8pm.
As I roll up, in my new rental car feeling a little out of place, I spot the guys working the al pastor spit. The skill, precision, and speed making tacos is impressive. I place my order, 3 tacos and one coke in the bottle - $4.50. Amazing! After about 5 minutes they called my name, and I proceeded to the salsa bar to doctor the tacos. I quickly ate them, watching over my shoulder with the diverse crowd, wanting at least 2 more. I would have, but did not want to wait.
I do think that the best al pastor taco still belongs to Tacos el Gordo in Vegas or Chula Vista. However, I will come back here next time I am in LA.
What did I learn today? Why do you not see Hispanic homeless people? Because their work ethic keeps them employed.
The best taco truck I've had yet in LA, and I've been to a lot of taco trucks. Was on Fairfax and Pico when I went.
The alambres were enough for 2-3 and amazingly delicious, especially with a pickled pepper. Incredibly fatty though, as you might expect from pork, bacon, and cheese.
Use caution when coming here, could be a bit shady. Al pastor, one of the best and for just a buck!
I did a Tacos Leo vs. Tacos Tamix $1 al pastor taco crawl/showdown. The only way to compare is to eat both at once, and they're really only a few blocks from each other.
Tacos Leo was more tender, perhaps fattier and has the same salsas and additions except much fresher. The much brighter lighting in the gas station doesn't hurt either. It's a much livelier/full place at 11 pm on a Saturday night than Tamix. The al pastor strangely reminded me of really great char siu, complete with a reddish orange hue and sweetness. I appreciate that both places griddle tortillas in pork fat and slice the pineapple up top and catch it on the tacos at the bottom of the spit. At the end of my taco tasting, I think I prefer Tacos Tamix.
I used to sing about El Taurino for the last five years. When I came back from the east coast after a year, I literally cried at El Taurino.
But I think Tacos Leo's will be my new El Taurino.
The most amazing al pastor tacos in the universe WITH as much salsa onions and cilantros etc as you want! $1/taco, on the corner of La Brea and Venice, at a gas station. Cash only!
I absolutely love this truck but the one off of Pico Blvd and Fairfax. The staff treats you like you are part of the family! Awesome food!
Thank you yelp for telling me about this hidden LA gem. Now whenever I go out and need to eat 2 am I know these guys are out there making the best tacos in town!
Best thing about Leo's taco truck are the al pastor tacos. The rest are just meh!!
First Impression: Tacos in a parking lot of a gas station? Count me in!
My bf and I came here before catching a movie and we parked up against the street divider that runs parallel to Venice Blvd. We ordered a horchata, 2 tacos (1 asada and 1 al pastor) and 1 pollo quesadilla. The total came out to $8.25. There was minimal wait at 7pm on a Saturday night and the food was quickly brought to the front of the truck.
Once we got the food, we quickly filled up our plates with the various sauces, pico de gallo, onions and cilantro found in a little stand off to the right of the truck. The salsa verde was good but the red chili sauce was a bit too smokey for my liking and not quite spicy enough.
The asada taco was alright but the stand-out was definitely the al pastor with a cute, little slice of pineapple placed on top the meat. The red-orange tinged meat was tender, juicy and grilled to prime perfection! I had to stop myself from finishing the whole taco in 2 bites! The pollo quesadilla was extremely big and cut into 3 large pieces--the perfect hand food! The cheese to pollo ratio was good and I got a decent bite of chicken in every bite. Washing down the meal with the creamy horchata was truly the cherry on top of our extremely filling meal.
Bottom line: Just go and order as many al pastor tacos as you can! They are worth every penny!
I don't believe I haven't reviewed this place yet. I've been going here for a few years and it's only now that I've moved out to Austin is when I decide to write a review.
Tacos Leo has the best al pastor tacos in the city. Maybe the country. Hell, maybe the world. I have yet to taste an al pastor taco so succulent and delicious. I dream about them. Every night that ends with a Tacos Leo al pastor taco is a great night, no matter what came before. If what came before was amazing, then this taco is the perfect night cap. I believe sonnets were written about these tacos, and if not then they should be.
I don't even think a review is in order. I have gone on LA-wide searches looking for the best taco trucks in the city and this place is consistently on every online list I find. Do a search for "best al pastor tacos in los angeles" and you know what the first search result is? This yelp page. Case closed. Go get a taco.
Awesome Tacos Al Pastor! very juicy and flavorful and I don't eat pork! but this tacos were great, fresh pineapple on top. So cheap too! $1 per taco. Great for a quick snack. In the other hand The Burrito al Pastor was very salty... noting like the taco.
Not your standard, saucy el Pastor. That being said, it was awfully delicious.
As many others have already stated, this is a food truck parked in a gas station that can be very busy in the late hours of the night.
Al Pastor with a slice of pineapple - straight from the rack, carefully and quickly sliced.
Lengua - tender, tender, tender.
Cheap tacos with a variety of toppings/salsas/add-ons. Definitely a must try!
Worth the drive. Make sure to get at least 4 tacos if you are hungry, they are smaller than you will be expecting.
Perhaps the best Al Pastor truck taco's in greater Los Angeles county. Now with other great trucks like El Chato, Tamix, Korita and Mariscos Jaliscos serving up tons of competition I'm specifically speaking of the al pastor when I say that.
The secret to tender pork is the pineapple juice they marinade and not just serve as topping it breaks down the pork. I'm sure most places do this, but perhaps not as long. The smokiness comes from the chili's as they don't actually wood burn it like the original recipes from Mexico call for. With traditional al pastor you can taste the smokiness as well as the mesquite effect separately.
Gas station to most add to it's authenticity and it's been proven that with taco trucks location matter least behind the food, price and hours apparently. It's far enough from it's closest competitors that they all get good traffic and following.
When I make al pastor I use pork shoulder, pork belly and sirloin and within the chop you can taste the difference due to cut and fat content. I could easily tell the shoulder, but could not decipher the other cuts. For $1 it's even harder to beat. Not the most achiote red meat coloring, but it's in there. Quite a few condiments to choose from for finishing. They are no large taco's the small 2 bite per sided packages. Hours are good and catered to the late night 3rd shift crowd. I like the baggies and the onions, but wish their salsa's had the bite that could counter the refreshing pineapple used.
I found their burrito's small and not wrapped tightly enough, the tortilla was overcooked and fell apart due to partial over saucing as well.
Bums, minimal parking and a usual wait are what you should be ready for, but prepare your taste buds for glorious flavor to caress them.
Carne asada mulita, and DONE.
So delicious, slightly crispy tortillas sandwiching carne and cheese. Spicy sauces, onions, and all the fixings make this a winner.
Tacos are also good, but the meat pieces are cut a little too large for my preference.
Friendly staff, convenient location to our casa. I will be back.
Yes, Yes, Yes... everything that is great about street food = Leo's.
Fantastic Al Pastor tacos right off the spit in front of you. The pineapple they toss in makes it even better. $1 for 1. Sometimes the gas station parking lot gets a little crazy so you might want to park on La Brea itself.
Super friendly staff even to us gringos :) Perfect snack or dinner after a long day (or night).
Al Pastor tacos, $1 each, pineapple slice inside.
This is one of my favorite Street taco experiences! Picture a food truck in a gas station parking lot with a guy directing traffic, a long line of people, a spit with a hunk of al pastor being cooked by fire, a dude with a huge knife slicing off pieces of al pastor topped with pineapple, and paying $1 for each taco. Bam! It's so good!
When I first started coming here, I thought it was just good drunk food but it tastes even better sober. Just try it! They have a very impressive set up with a full salsa bar.
A favorite! Everything is great. You are a fool if you skip the al pastor. It's well worth standing in line for. The tacos are great, the burritos are solid, the quesadillas are magical. Don't skip the red sauce, and if you haven't tried tongue before, I highly recommend it here. I say, skip the soda, this is one of the few places in LA where you can still get real horchata.
After several attempts to locate the unicorn (el chanto) we decided to abort that mission and try Leo's. Boy am I glad we did. Order ordered several different items that were all really good. The Al pastor quesadillas were hella meaty and cheesy, the chorizo tacos were good when you add their special green sauce to them. This place has it own following because the place was packed at 1AM. It will definitely be on my list of place to return to.
Leo's Taco is probably one of my favorite taco trucks in LA if not my favorite. The al pastor taco it serves tops with a slice of broiled pineapple. The cabeza (beef head meat) is incredibly soft and tasty and moist. The tacos are also very inexpensive and really well priced, especially for how delicious they are. I love the tacos there and it gives me the feeling of part of what living in LA is about. Can't wait to go back for more.
The best tacos I've ever had. Very cheap and extremely delicious. It gets mostly crowded on Friday & Saturday nights. Their horchata drink is to die for. I love this taco truck! Absolutely my favorite.
Fantastic food! I always get the Asada Burrito and my wife gets the chicken quesadilla.
And they're not stingy with the hot sauce either.
I love eating there and I need to try all the menu items!
MY TRUE [FOOD] LOVE! My choice is the Al Pastor Taco. Leo's Taco Truck! You are the one of the reasons I fly to Los Angeles all the way from Philly! I used to live in San Diego where Mexican food is at it's best, but this truck is still my favorite!
I don't know.
Maybe it's because it was 2am.
Or because the truck's shadily parked in a 76 gas station with a random crowd and your adrenaline starts rushing.
Or because it was cold and I was hungry and multiple drinks/shots in.
But these al pastor tacos were just mind-blowing. All I could think was...
I need more.
And for $1/taco, not too shabby either. Handmade tortillas, tender al pastor, pineapple on top, and the rest of your toppings/salsa at hand, it's a perfect way to end an already amazing night :D
The Al Pastor tacos are amazing, some of the best tacos I've had in LA. Solid salsa bar. The red salsa had a nice mellow smoky flavor with a good amount of heat without being overbearing. Prices were very cheap but I needed about 6 to fill up as the tortillas are a little on the small side. Tortillas tasted fresh and didn't seemed to be dipped in oil before being tossed on the flat-top which I liked.
Leo's Taco Truck is so Los Angeles that you'll be saying gracias amigo all the time! But all kidding aside, Leo's Taco Truck serves some fantastic tacos that will make you order more and more.
I'm a huge cabeza and lengua guy and I have to say that the cabeza from Leo's is outstanding, however the lengua was forgettable.
I had to order 5 tacos and that still was not enough for me. So if you're a big eater like me than I would strongly advise you order a burrito.
Overall Leo's is a great taco truck that serves some of the best cabeza I've ever had. Leo's further accommodates their customers with a complimentary salsa bar and some tables to stand and eat around. Leo's will surely become your amigo! To good eatings! :D
Nominee for best taco ever is Leo's al pastor. They go the extra mile in authenticity by adding pineapple. Great salsa bar to ravage, always worth the wait, and yes, parking can be a challenge. I like to go when they open since the line isn't very long, get like twelve tacos. I share a couple. I often wonder how many people go to the taco truck across the street thinking it's Tacos Leo. Maybe the one or two people sitting there genuinely like it better.
Oh no. It's taco'clock. Half pastor! Yo quiero lengua. Dmelo!
Only handmade tortillas could make the Al Pastor tacos here better. Excellent, and very-well priced.
This is it, pastor heaven, it doesn't get better. I will drive my ass from the 626 for this! I am officially screwed now because I cannot eat pastor anywhere else except here.
Not my favorite late night taco truck in LA, but it does snag the #2 spot.
Tacos are $1, and you get delicious Al Pastor straight from the spit. Watching the guy cut this thing up is fascinating, and pretty much worth coming there alone. Plus watch how he flings the chunk of pineapple in the air after he cuts it off. Such grace! Such finasse!
While the El Chato truck is only a hop-skip-and-jump away from here (and earns the #1 spot), the parking at Leo's is MUCH easier and I definitely faster service, as I need tacos in my face immediately (especially between the hours of 12-2am).
If you want to get the full al pastor experience, skip the condiment bar with their onions and other fixins, and go straight with the taco, meat and pineapple only.
It might be one of the only things you don't regret doing that night.
Best Taco truck for Mexican until I taste different..Asada is marinated well.. Cooked fast and hot.. Pastor is off the spit... Wonderful!! Smarvolous !!
Not exactly an elegant venue to take the folks on an anniversary dinner, but they sure know what they are doing when it comes to making famous two bite (or one?) tacos. Pork is the best and you have to ask for it crispy!! I ate 10 tacos and my husband had 18 like it was nothin'. Best part was watching the taco man Slice off a tiny sliver of pineapple, shooting it 10 feet in the air with his monster machete knife and landing it right in the center of the taco.
Great place for Mexican street style tacos. It is an Orange truck located on the corner of Venice and La Brea, in the parking lot of the 76 Mart. They have an assortment of tacos as well as other Mexican foods. And can't forget the drinks. They have traditional Mexican drinks for all. Very clean and delicious. If you order Al Pastor they will cut the meat right off from the grill outside. If you go during the night expect to wait, there are a lot of people that love to come here. And if your coming out of the club or bar on a weekend, expect to see a lot of people just waiting to get tacos from them. My favorite from them are the Tacos Al Pastor with a slice of pineapple. Just writing about it makes my mouth water.
Cheap tacos, check.
Legit tasting food, check.
Free salsa bar, check.
Beautiful club chicks, check.
As someone who lives two blocks away its hard to supress the urge to ignore leftovers and wanting walk over and order a alambre.
Oh yea! Alambre, check.
Tacos are great here... probably at the level of "El Chato". But definitely the best al pastor tacos i have tried in town... the actually cut the meat from the"Trompo" (the only thing is you need to go after 8pm, otherwise they will serve you the al pastor meat that was left the day before...)
Great tacos, nice place, nice sauces and easy parking for many people... recommended.
Leo's Taco Truck is a great meal which will provide you with a quick bite to eat and will not break the bank.
I have been to this taco truck for over a year now and have always had great food experience. I will provide a review based on my experience through the year(s).
One word to describe each taco is CHEAP. Each street taco will cost you $1.00, that is correct just $1 for a variety of choices: Meat, chicken, Al Pastor, and much more. These tacos are not your Americanized tacos from Taco Bell, but Mexican street tacos just like you would get down south.
Burrito pricing is $5 for your choice of meat and included inside the burrito is: Rice, beans, onions, cilantro, and red sauce. Additional charge for sour cream, cheese and more.
Food & Food Quality:
I have only personally tried two types of meat from this taco truck: Carne asada and chicken. From other reviews, I've read Al Pastor is a popular option, but this type of meat is not my cup of tea.
Both the carne asada and chicken have good flavor, little fat (from what I've had), and good quality. I'll be honest and one should be conscious that this meat is wagyu beef, but it's tasty enough to satisfy a hunger.
Overall, for the price the meat is of quality and never disappoints.
Taco Salsa Bar:
One huge plus is their salsa bar, which appears to be always fresh and always replenished. They have recently, I believe intelligently, pre placed salsa items in bags for your convenience. Now you no longer need to try to place the onions inside the bag, since it has already been done for you. This also helps the cleanliness of the salsa bar.
The provided items are as follows: Onions, pico de gallo, lemon/lime, and various salsas and chills.
This is a taco truck and not a sit down restaurant, so don't expect a lavish table seating area because this taco truck is located adjacent to a gas station. I guess you can fill up your tank and your stomach all in one stop!
The taco truck does have a few tables around for your standing dining experience. It's a quick bite to eat, so standing is bearable. Studies have shown, standing while eating helps digest your meal quicker, so we should thank them!
The only downfall to this truck is the location, which is located in a gas station. The parking in the gasoline lot can be difficult to times, but there is a side street with parking.
You also get a very diverse crowd, but I've never felt threaten or feared for my life. It's Los Angeles you must expect a diverse crowd.
I cannot subtract any stars for these downfalls because it is not the trucks fault for these flaws.
Be safe and enjoy your tacos!
Great tacos! I had 2 carne asada and 2 al pastor. I love tacos and I always thought "a taco is a taco" they are all good and taste the same; however, Leo's showed me that there is such thing as GREAT tacos!
The meat is fresh, the tortilla is not greasy and the tacos are only $1! The salsa bar is great and is constantly being cleaned and the service is fast. I just wish it was a bit more organized. Took a while to get the famous al pastor tacos. Also I don't like the fact that you have to stand around the shady gas station or go to your car to eat.
Overall it's great food and a convenient place that is open late and cheap!
It's 2 AM and you want to reward your digestive system after relentlessly abusing it all night with Jameson. I can't think of a better way of saying "muchas gracias" than with a plate of LA's best al pastor tacos.
Juicy spit-grilled pork & sweet pineapple making passionate love to each other on your tongue bed ... this is the glory of al pastor!
My only two complaints about this place are it can understandably get packed on weekends, and the red salsa is more salty than hot - try the green salsa instead.
I LOVE those tacos... Me and my co worker go to Leo's every monday. Only thing I don't like is when the bums come around. You also gotta watch out for people trying to take your food from the pick up window. I like the carne asada tacos and al pastor.
Leo's is a great truck for some late night Mexican food. The tacos are amazing, but the burritos are average. Not the best food truck but definitely great for the price.
Hands down THE BEST taco truck in LA. I personally think it's better than el chato. The al pastor is the BEST. Love love love this place. Sometimes when I'm too tired to make dinner we order the alambres for $8. It's any meat u want with bell peppers onions and bacon. It's so bomb and makes like 8 tacos.
5/1/15 the aka alambres portion has been cut in half. Not sure if it was a one time thing. Hope not!
OMG this place is the bomb for late night munchies ...
It's in the 76 gas station lot on the corner of La Brea and Venice.
Their pastor tacos are what it's about. They have a giant leg of pig grilling over an open flame, with pineapples on the skewer too ... you order and they slice the meat right off with a little flick of the pineapple. So good. You place the order, then pay for it (cash only) then go over to the condiments cart and get your stuff. They have little cups and they also have plastic bags if you are getting bunch of stuff. Usually I just pack a couple plastic baggies butt of pico de gallo and onions, and use the cups with lids for salsa.
The burritos are okay too at $5 and are pretty filling, but the pastor tacos at $1 is where its at. I take off one of the tortillas so I have more room for more delicious tacos.
The downsides are parking is an absolute pain, and there is no seating area. When its not cold out you can just stand and eat it ... but when it's freezing we tried eating in the car and it took like a week for my friends car to smell normal again.
You can drive past on Venice and go in the little side street and try to park somewhere there if there is no more space in the lot.
AMAZING Pastor tacos!
This place does not look like much while your driving down the road, but this place has my favorite tacos in all of LA and my favorite pastor's that I have ever tasted in my mouth. The best time to go is at night because that is when you can get the fresh pork off the spit. I also love the red salsa in the salsa bar.
Ps: I always make sure to ask for extra pineapple.
I cannot believe how amazing this place is! Their burritos and tacos are a must try, especially the pastor!
I've been to Mexico City. I've rubbed shoulders with Chilangos at several al pastor stands on the streets. This place is just as good, if not the better. al pastor gringas all the way.
One thing that really separates this place is the PINEAPPLE on your tacos and the salsa bar next to the truck so you can outfit your tacos in any way you desire. Just add a little onion, cilantro and red salsa and you're sorted. The Al Pastor is also good in tortas too. This place is definitely worth a try esp. since its only $1/taco.
The parking here is much better than at El Chato and while the lot to the gas station does get full spots do open up faster and more frequent. A quick glance at the patrons at both trucks will quickly tell you that Leo's is absolutely more authentic which should mean it is good. Waiting in line here you are surrounded by Spanish speakers which almost never happen at El Chato. I come here for one thing, AL PASTOR. If you don't know which one that is, it's the big hunk of meat roasting on the spit.
I had some very tasty and flavorful al pastor tacos here. That alone for me proves it worthy for a 5 star. Everything else.. I thought was ok.
Like all taco trucks, the food is generally hard to judge by from the outside. But one thing for sure, when you see that juicy chunk of pork butt on the burner right outside, you can begin to imagine how youre going to sink your teeth into a bite that plays over and over again until this alone can bring your cravings to a satisfaction. The dude thats carving the pork must be totally feeling it because he is doing an awesome job making sure each taco is nicely packed with evenly cut meat. If by chance you ordered 3 tacos you'll come back for 6.
There are just too many good tacos in LA. I hope that this place will be one of the longstanding ones.
5 stars despite guys using bare hands to make tacos. Always a line in the evening when I drive past. El Pastor is so good I haven't tried anything else.
Drunk munchies after turning up in LA? Leo's Taco Truck is all I got to say. I come here possibly every night after clubbing or hitting the bars and always leaving satisfied before I have to hit the road back home. Al pastor tacos all the way!!! Served with a slice of caramelized pineapple and only $1, that's insane. If I could, I would pay to take a bite out of the meat wheel. Too good.
$1/taco. Known for their al pastor. It's in the 76 gas station parking lot. There are 2 taco trucks at the La Brea, Venice intersection. This is the orange truck, not the yellow truck. No place to sit to eat, so eat standing up. There are a few folding tables around the truck. There's a parking lot attendant directing you where to park. Just do what he says. On a Sat night, there was a crowd of people eat, waiting for their food. Even with bodies everywhere, we got our food within 10 minutes. Delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!
We came here because a different taco truck was closed. However, I was not disappointed. The al pastor was definitely my favorite meat of all the choices. The lengua was passable, but I much prefer getting lengua elsewhere. The array of sauces to choose from a sidecart made assembling the tacos so much fun.
I tried some quesadilla from a friend and it was pretty delicious. The cheese was so gooey and hit the spot for my late-night meal.
Al Pastor tacos are the only thing you need to get cause there is nothing more amazing! Fresh slices before your eyes with a slice of pineapple for that sweet/savory taste you want. And since they're only $1 you can kill it for 5 bucks! Doctor them up at the do it yourself salsa bar! Line is usually long but well worth the wait.
Seriously...go to Leo's!
The food king of LA took us here late into the night on a crazy drive through the streets of LA. Leo's was sitting on a random corner in a gas station parking lot the night we found it. The food king follows Leo's like a stalker and we benefited greatly from his obsession over all things food. You park wherever the hell you can find an open space and you order tacos. Pastor, carne asada, and then there is this little makeshift condiment table just sitting there and after picking up your tacos you help yourself to the fixings. The pastor is served with a thin slice of pineapple, you add cilantro, hot sauce, and onions and you are good to go. Both of my tacos were the best ever. The carne asada was so juicy and tender and flavorful - unlike anything we've had anywhere else. I can see what all the hype is about. Leo's consistently makes the top ten food truck list in LA. It was buzzing when we were there, people were coming out of the woodwork, and did I mention the tacos are only a buck each?! Yea. It's like that.
Being new to the Los Angeles food truck frenzy, I was mildly nervous about approaching a shady taco truck on an even shadier street corner.
However, I would now gladly strap my mattress to the top of this truck and follow it anywhere. I had a chicken burrito and the tacos, Al Pastor. So delicious. Our service was super friendly, and I loved the grab bags of radishes and sauces.
Great food, great service, greater leftovers the next day.
So many people have told me Leo's is better than El Chato, so I had to try it! I'm sorry... but I'm still an El Chato fan. hehehe :D
But, Leo's was still pretty freaking delicious! I had their el pastor burrito and it was FULL of flavors. :) The tacos are $1, and quesadillas and burritos are $5 each. I would definitely come back!
Oh, and they're pretty fast too! :) I LOVE TACOSSSS
But El Chato.. still number 1. Leo's number 2. El Flamin number 3.
Please go try all three and tell me I'm right. hehehe :)
You know why this place always has a line right? They have the best pastor tacos, burritos or quesadillas in Los Angeles. I have to tell you that this place has been a staple of my life. I have been here over 100x probably and they always are on point. Its simple, you go in order 5 tacos and its $5...COME ON!!! Where else in LA can you get an amazing meal for a great deal. Highly recommend that you go in and order the pastor anything.
This is one of my fave taco trucks in LA (thus far).
-Super cheap, only $1 per taco and the meat portions are actually pretty generous
-The carne asada is delicious. Juicy and flavorful, not overcooked.
-Al pastor is pretty good. I know it's their specialty but I had a few dry pieces in my tacos. Maybe because it was the end of the night. I actually like their carne asada better, but I'd still reorder the al pastor. Nice touch with the pineapple.
I'm with it... Would definitely come back and recommend if you're in the area.
After a Malkmus concert I decided to hit a food truck. Driving through I saw this place which had a giant line. So we stopped and got food, I had a Hawaiian Alhambra and my partner had a quesidilla , both were actually very good. The only downside I can think of this place is how hard it was to get parking here, it was like a zoo. I don't think it is their fault, but it is definitely to be noted. Otherwise I generally liked this place. The food was cooked well, it had amazing flavour, it had great texture, it was new and something that i had never had, but I didn't regret it. It came in great food sizes, and the pricing was very decent.
01/13/16 - Update: Great food and great service now that Arturo is no longer there. Friendly cashiers and friendly attendants.
07/25/14 - Update: Arturo no longer works there...I go to get an 'alambre de al pastor' religiously on Friday nights. Love it!!!
04/04/24 - I'm a regular at Taco's Leo at least twice a week. I'm a very considerate customer and they are usually very accommodating but today I had an unpleasant experience. Sadly, I have a serious allergy to raw or grilled onions. I often ask for a baggy of cilantro when it is not available to fill myself as they sometimes have bags mixed of cilantro and onions. Every time I'm there I ask for it and it never seems to be an issue but today I asked the gentleman who was stocking up the condiment caddy if I could get some and he said there wasn't any and rudely pointed that I should take the bag with cilantro and onions mixed (which is mostly onions).
I'm the customer and I'm paying for my food. I'm not begging or stealing and if I want cilantro I should be able to get just cilantro. Waited for my order to be ready and then asked the guy who handed me the food for some and he called for 'ARTURO' which was the same guy that refused me the cilantro. He started yelling from the other side that there is bags there that I should take those. I explained that those are mixed with onions and I don't want those. The guy came out of the truck and asked him to get it and 'ARTURO' still refused to get it and walked away. The guy, I should have gotten his name to give him kudos, got it for me and I saw that he went looking for 'ARTURO' as he had ran off somewhere. So childish and inappropriate treatment or behavior before customers.
I'm seriously considering not going back there as I didn't like the feeling I had when I left and didn't really enjoy my food after. If I do go back I must make it a point to thank the other gentleman who helped me out.
I would give it a 4 star usually but 'ARTURO' killed it for me. He should stick to monitoring the parking lot like he was before. Even the he was rude in general.
Pretty good mexican food all hours of the night!! This place never dissapoints. Great mexican food truck with amazing horchatas. Try the alambres!!
I spent a week in LA and went here at least 5 times. Amazing al pastor tacos, with fresh sides. Please open one in NYC!
DEFINITELY go for the al pastor taco. They add a piece of carmelized pineapple on top which to me goes so well that I really didn't need the condiments.
Tip: eat it there, so you can get the meat and fresh fruit off the spit
Was introduced to this place by my best friend after a night of drinking and debauchery and HOLLLY this place is mouthwatering delicious. I've been to many food trucks around LA and this truck def wins my vote. The al pastor tacos with the caramelized pineapple is possibly everything you want in a perfect street taco and more. AND its only 1$. The pork is shaven off to order and its so succulent and marinated just right. Moreover for that extra zing they have a whole line of Mexican condiments: pico de gallo, cilantro sauce, salsa verde, radishes, limes,etc... My mouth is just watering from thinking about my last meal here.
Go do yourself a favor and get some al pastor tacos here.
I ordered carne asada tacos. $1 each. If you order lengua (tongue) or tripa (intestines) the tacos are $1.50. I don't eat anything but carne asada when I order tacos and these were good. They were juicy and tasty. Find condiments/add-ons in the front of the truck. The wait was not long at all.
Go to the orange truck at the 76 station!
Great tacos, but not extraordinary ... have had much better. Guess running into this truck at 1am must be heaven for many.
The only other taco truck that comes close to taco man on Soto. Can't go wrong with this spot for an after party.
Best tacos in LA. Make sure to go in the evenings for al pastor off the spit.
You just can't beat their Al Pastor with Pineapple! Enough said.
Pretty good late night tacos. Get the al pastor tacos with pineapple toppings! Love their megaphone announcing of my order even though they mess up my name every time!
The best taco truck I've tried so far! Went there Sat night, crowded but lines moved fast. The al pastor is served with pineapple, SO GOOD. Carne asada is also super good! Will def be back.
Finally, some 100% authentic, on a vertical spit, AL PASTOR TACOS just like you find in Acapulco, and other areas of Mexico. I've NOT tried anything else on their menu, but why would you? From what I've seen, all the other menu items can be found all over LA, but really good, Al Pastor is not so common. And this place has it. Plus, the assortment of salsas, and condiments make it even better. The Al Pastor is only available starting at 8pm, or so I'm told, and I've never had a bad batch. They are always fabulous. Having eaten these in Acapulco over 50 times, Leo's Al Pastor really transports me back.
i love this food truck , i could eat tacos al pastor every day from there, the salsa bar its amazing!, some night the line can be really long and more late night round 12 to 2 am, drunk people going to get some tacos , but its always funny. its worth the wait, and the service its always fast and great! ,
$1 dollar tacos!
Get the al pastor tacos! They're super delicious and the truck is open late. The al pastor tacos come with a slice of grilled pineapple on top. The tortillas are whatever and when they're busy sometimes they don't even grill them before making your tacos, but the al pastor meat is what you're coming for anyways! Just order a couple tacos and make super tacos on your own and leave some of the tortillas uneaten. Tip: i only come on weekends when they have the al pastor spit out in the parking lot so the meat tastes even better. On weekdays (not sure if it's because they have lower volume of business or because of city ordinances) they don't have the spit out and the meat comes from inside the truck and tastes less good.
This is the best taco truck in LOS ANGELES!!!! The meat is seasoned well and the green salsa is the absolute best!!! I like to add cheese to my tacos but I love this place I would eat it everyday if I could!!!
Came here for the first time last night since our usual taco truck spot is closed on Sundays. Felt so wrong but so right to cheat on our usual taco truck spot.
Arrived around 9ish and there were a lot of people around (eating, waiting for food) but no line. Once 10pm hit that's when there was a crazy line. They move pretty fast so we didn't have to wait long for our food.
Parking is a little easier than El Chato (there I said who I cheated on) since they have a larger lot for parking. Even if the lot is packed, there is neighborhood parking right next to it.
Prices are comparable to other taco trucks in the surrounding area. CHEAP! Don't forget to bring your cash!
On to the tacos! My friends and I ordered the al pastor and carne asada tacos. Both taco meats were juicy and flavorful, but I liked the al pastor waaaaayyyyy better than the carne asada. The al pastor has a small slice of pineapple in it which compliments the entire taco. The carne asade taco was good but wasn't impressed by it. We also had their horchata which was just the right amount of sweet, cinnamon, and delicious.
My friends enjoyed the sauce bar (which is something El Chato does not have). Along with the sauce bar was all your necessary condiments you needed to complete your taco (onions, pico de gallo, lime, cilantro, etc). Some days I enjoy spicy and some days I enjoy the milder side. Tonight was a spicy night LOL. I tried their red sauce and compared to other taco places I've been to it was meh.
Will definitely come back here, though it will be a hard choice to pick between El Chato and Leo's. Both are very delicious in their own way. Instead of depending on me to pick which is better how about you just try both. You will not be disappointed with either.
This place has the Gold Standard of al pastor! Forget the other trucks in LA. This place is the best!
Best al pastor in town! They slice it right in front of you and have the tastiest pineapple chunks. Best $1 meal in town!
Last time we started with 7 tacos each, ordered a burrito after and killed it with a plate of just al pastor meat.
The line can get out of control at times, but I've always been lucky with my arrival times and never mind the wait.
I would give the place 5 stars, but have never liked anything that I ordered minus the al pastor.
My daughter doesn't eat anything but chicken and carne asada tacos, she devoured her tacos and my al pastor tacos, that's how good the food is. Guacamole is delicious, red salsa wasn't my thing, green salsa7/10. Line was long but went by quickly, parking is the only thing that sucks. Meat was so tender and delicious, mouth watering.
And a bonus - the Mexican coca cola!!
This place is so good! It's not super convenient from Santa Monica, but without traffic, the drive is pretty quick. I just wish it was open for lunch on weekends. I've been here twice, but my more recent experience was definitely better than the first.
The first time I came was sometime during the winter, late-ish on a Sunday night. I was so cold waiting in line for my tacos! In addition, since it was a winter night, nowhere in LA feels really that safe. This place was no exception. This is definitely a diverse crowd, age-wise. Ethnicity-wise, I would not say it was diverse at all despite this neighborhood being one of the most "diverse" in LA (whatever that means... does it mean non-white?). My boyfriend and I were the only non-latinos, which I'm used to sometimes seeing since I'm from California, but was a serious culture shock for my boyfriend who is from Pennsylvania. I was hungry, tired, cold, and didn't know how big the portions were, so I just ordered some amount of random tacos and took them home with me. I remember them being really good, but had no idea what I had ordered.
The second time I came was a Friday night in June. The line was a lot longer than the first time and there was no parking!! It was more racially diverse, but less age diverse. I found street parking nearby, and ordered 4 al pastor, 2 carne asada, and 1 lengua taco. I also got a carnitas mulita and a horchata. Everything was really good, but the al pastor definitely stands out. Actually, I didn't really like the horchata because it was too powdery. It had a lot of cinnamon powder or something similar at the bottom. This was the only thing I remembered definitely getting the previous time I came, so it's what brought me back. I would definitely come back, but really wish there was one on the west side!
Very good al pastor tacos and decent lengua tacos. Very reasonable value.
Came here for dinner, Jun '14.
I was intrigued to come by because my good Yelp friend John N mentioned the food was lacking in salt. I'm actually the very opposite and don't care for heavy handed use of seasoning in cooking, so I know it'd be worth looking into. Being interested in finding a good al pastor taco, I could not resist. I decided to eat on location inside my car. I wish I brought beer with me.
I ordered 4 al pastor tacos and tried 2 lengua (beef tongue) tacos. I decided to add no salsa or onions. part of me wanted to savor the meat as much as possible. More honestly, I was just too lazy to grab salsa and stuff. Some notes on the food:
- Al Pastor Taco $1 (dish rating 80%)
What I liked about the tacos:
- Good serving temperature. It was nicely warm I think the taco was served shortly after being cut from the cooking spit. I would be reluctant to take it to go because of this.
- Best thing was balance between the fat and the lean meat. Its certainly one of the fattier al pastor ive had. Both the meat and the fat seems really tender. It's not unpleasant fat bits that you can't chew and have to spit out. It just melts away in your mouth, while the lean bits offer a nice contrast in texture. because the fat isn't highly intense in flavor, I think it works best for me without salsa.
- The spice from the al pastor is subtle, yet noticeable. I agree with John N that the food doesn't offer much in terms of a salt presence. Not only do I think the meat is so good it doesn't need much seasoning, but I prefer it without it. There's no right or wrong, its just a preference.
- The pineapple wedge does work well. Although its more aggressive flavor wise than the pork, it doesn't appear to be a distraction. the bit of sweet kick that comes from it seems to cut through the heaviness of the pork fat.
- Quantity of meat given was quite generous for a mini taco. Hard to ask for more with $1.
Things I thought were ok:
- There is no notable weaknesses, so Im nitpicking here.
- The tortillas were not awful, but not special either. If they are considered fantastic, its something I missed.
- Although I loved the pork fat, the lean bits of pork were more muted in flavor. Still, it was not an issue for me, given the fat and pineapple were more than enough to hold their own.
- Lengua Taco (60%) $1.50 each
Pretty good taco, but not as strong as the al pastor. While I enjoyed it, I would not be so sure to order it again. I think it would work better with some onions and salsa, and regret I had it just with the meat and tortilla.
- Although the flavor and texure are nice, its a bit simple. I liked how the meat was very tender, and remains quite juicy. Its capably cooked meat. Nonetheless, the texture is more one note than the pastor. Adding some crunchy onions should easily address that.
- Flavor wise, the meat seems a tad more muted than I'd prefer. I like beef tongue that tends to be more aggressive. The seasoning is again not aggressive. Adding a dab of salsa or just sipping some beer might easily remedy that.
- Quantity of the meat was once again slightly more generous than I'd expect.
Value is good. I was very happy spending $7 on 6 tacos well executed tacos. I wouldn't have complained honestly even if were double the price.
Service is cordial and pretty efficient. I went on a weekday night around 8:30 and there might have been 2-3 ppl in line in front of me. I waited 10 mins, which wasn't bad. not sure if it were cash only, but that seemed likely.
The area seems safe enough and wasn't uncomfortable. Parking wasn't hard. As much as I don't like eating in my car, it seemed like the best compromise.
Opening hours are great. Im glad they open relatively earlier for a taco truck at 5, yet close late. I don't always want to have dinner late.
Good taco truck overall. Not a bad choice for a budget meal. Recommended.
Update to my review. Most recent trip to the always delicious tacos leos was slightly disappointing. I always get the alambres and split it with a friend due to the big portion. This time the portion was almost half of what we typically get. I'm not sure if they were low on asada or something but it was a disappointment.
Read my original review. This place is still #1 with me but when I went on a THURS at 11pm ish the outdoor bbq rotating spit was not there. WHY!? Does anyone else have insight into this? The food looked and tasted different as I assume it was pre cooked. Thur nite would have bumped it down to 3 stars; the salsas were good. I will only come here on the weekends, which is when I assume the rotating spit guy is there.
I recommend the quesadilla de Al Pastor con pia also known as La Gringa but they don't call that here.
So I'm on this thing where I'm finally trying all the taco trucks in the area this one was next. Yummy ..super crowded but moved fast, when I went to get salsa it was out but refilled quickly..the salsa verde was really really really good and it was hot ...loved it!!!
I got a chicken taco and 2 al pastors. The chicken was really good. I mean it was literally just chicken and a tortilla shell and I could have eaten it like that with no salsa that's how flavorful and perfect this chicken was. The al pastor equally good I think I like the other trucks better for reasons I cant quite out my finger on yet but these were good as well. I'll definitely be back
Love the pastor tacos at Leo's and the habanero onions are so yummy. The pastor off the spit on the weekends is the best!
This has been my go-to taco spot for a while now. I usually get the Asada burrito or tacos and they never disappoint. I also love their champurado, it has a good flavor to it. It can get crowded at times, specially at night, but line moves fairly quick.
AmAzing food!! we had the tacos, tortas, quesadilla, mulitas... Their salsas are great
came here one random afternoon and loved their carne asada tacos. their green salsa has a kick to it, and is very tasty. menu is a litlte hard to follow because there are no prices, but the tacos are $1/each. that's all i've ever ordered.
came back on a sunday night at 1030 pm after dropping off a friend after a movie in hollywood, and there was a big line. the al pastor was being cooked on a spit and sliced with pineapple.
i tried two al pastor tacos and six asada tacos, and i think the pastor tacos were actually more tasty.
i'd be back. very cool and cheap taco spot. gotta love LA for places like this.
A couple weeks ago, my friends treated me to a spectacular dinner at Gjelina for my birthday. After consuming about $250 worth of food and drinks amongst 3 girls, we hopped on over to a bar in downtown for some more drinks and ended up ordering a huge cheese plate. Then, apparently that wasn't enough so we skipped on over to Escala in Koreatown to nibble on some elote while scarfing down shots of whiskey, or vodka, or was it tequila? By that point, I had no idea what I was forcing down my throat. You'd think that would put us over the top right? Wrong. Dead wrong.
The night just didn't feel complete. You see where this is going?
Long story short, our fatasses made it to Leo's tacos around 3:30am and I ordered 20 tacos for the 3 of us. 10 al pastor and 10 tripa EXTRA CRISPY. Oh my LAWDDDDDDD. I was prancing around like a retarded little girl with Tourette Syndrome, randomly shouting out words like "OH F*CK!" "YEAH!!" "TACOS!!" "SH*T" "TRIPAAAA!!"
It was a GREAT ending to my birthday weekend.
Love love love them!!!
Officially my favorite taco place in all of LA. They have their now famous al pastor tacos that are too die for. Their sauce could use more flavor but other than that everything else is on point. We go to their truck at least twice a week and they never disappoint. The location isn't the best but hopefully one day they'll become an actual restaurant. They're that awesome....
Truly hope they never lose their authenticity and great taste. This is one taco truck that I highly recommend.