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When it comes to food, Los Angeles has no shortage of places to eat. It’s truly a melting pot of cultures and cuisines packed with edible delicacies gifted to us from a city comprising generations of immigrants. On my most recent trip to LA, we were inspired to seek out the humble taco. If the late LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold taught us anything it’s this: your most important restaurants don’t have to be your fanciest.

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