La Estrella Taco Truck | 99 Essential Restaurants 2015

La Estrella Taco Truck

photo by Anne Fishbein

You could be plopped down just about anywhere in Highland Park and stumble onto a fantastic taco, many served from trucks. But our favorite in the neighborhood is La Estrella, a truck that has served the neighborhood for two decades and is worth seeking out even with all the other taco bounty that surrounds it. (Not to confuse the matter, but there are quite a few taco spots called La Estrella in L.A. and even a couple in Highland Park — we are talking about the inconspicuous white truck parked at the corner of York and Avenue 54.) There’s a particular magic to a perfect street taco, and La Estrella has it down. For $1.40, you get two or three of the best bites of food you could ask for. The meats are tender and delicious, the tortillas warm and sweet, the salsa tangy and smoky, the onion and cilantro scattered in just the right way. No wonder it has thrived on this York Boulevard corner for more than 20 years. Here’s to 20 more.— Besha Rodell