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The monster tacos of Boyle Heights

BOYLE HEIGHTS – If a taco is so big that you have to eat it with a fork, doesn’t it become something other than a taco?

Whatever they’re making at Los Cinco Puntos in Boyle Heights, LA Weekly describes a plus-sized taco that’s more meal than snack: Thick, homemade tortillas layered with meat, guacamole, salsa and nopales – for about three bucks.

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In fact, the hallmark of Los Cinco Puntos seems to be delicious food in bulk – often ordered to go: A guacamole gallon, a tortilla tower, $30 for two dozen enchiladas, $16.99 for a dozen tamales, $28 for enough rice and beans to feed 60 people.

Los Cinco Puntos is located in the 3300 block of E. Cesar Chavez in Boyle Heights.

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8 comments

  1. G**Dammit! Before you know it, there’ll be lines for $15 “monster tacos” at 5 Puntos(?!?). Anyway, at least it’s a positive break from all the negative crap usually posted about Boyle Heights around here, which is a catch-22. Once it’s out, the “scene” arrives and it’s no longer convenient or affordable. THAT’s the primary objection to “change” in the varrio.

    • Oh for Pete’s sake, you wanna live in some unchanging time capsule? I’m sure the folks at 5 Puntos will be happy for the business!

    • You really need to see a professional with regard to your obsessive/compulsive/paranoid proclivities if you feel the need to go there over a story about tacos.

      • Put down the haterade, love this spot.

        @procopio hey man, the more business the better! As long as the grub is still amazing

        • They get enough business to have been there for as far back as I can remember. In fact, far enough back that I’m over it. Meanwhile, what’s everyone getting so bent about? I explicitly emphasized convenient and affordable. Whose against convenient and affordable? I’m resisting the “change” of paying double-digits for a taco(?!?) for as long as I can. Can’t we all at least agree on this fundamental quality-of-Angeleno-life principle?

  2. Good job to los 5 puntos! Now I have to go try those tacos 🙂

  3. That place is great and I agree with the author that those are some seriously big portions. There’s also a cool monument to Mexican-American veterans (if I’m remembering that correctly) in the triangular lot in front of the restaurant.

  4. This place is great, they list this place every few years all over the place so the idea of it being ruined means you haven’t been around long enough to notice this has happened before with no change.

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