Marielas Tacos: Cheap Street Tacos on Third

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Cabeza Tacos at Marielas Tacos
Photo by Farley Elliott

Koreatown has a certain fascination with Mexican food. Despite the overwhelming Korean demographics, taco stands, trucks and sit down Mexican restaurants litter the neighborhood. Many of them offer late night hours as well, ensuring your hours-long Hite beer and soju binge won’t go unrewarded.

On Third Street in K-town, between Kenmore and Catalina, you’ll find Marielas Tacos. It’s the sort of hard-backed booth, tile floor and harsh lighting taco joint that this city thrives on. And while Marielas isn’t the late late kind of spot (they close at midnight), you can find much of the same rowdy demographic pouring in through the glass doors on the weekends. It’s a nice contrast to all of the Jesus bumper stickers and quiet workers behind the counter.

Farley Elliott is a food and travel writer living in Los Angeles. He is the Senior Editor at Eater LA, and has bylines everywhere from LA Weekly to Los Angeles Magazine to Thrillist to Tasting Table. He’s also the author of Los Angeles Street Food, a guidebook to LA’s amazing street food culture. Oh, and he’s that guy from that Tiny Hamster Eating Tiny Burritos video.