LOS ANGELES, CA — When three finest pals in LA determined the pandemic was a career-crippler for his or her livelihoods within the leisure and style industries, they teamed up for a brand new enterprise that showcased their shared love of Mexican meals — Tacos AF, in downtown Los Angeles.
Now these “new children on the block” are working the taco store on West seventh Road within the coronary heart of DTLA’s jewellery district and are garnering kudos from such celebs as Latin singer Becky G and Los Angeles Lakers’ Rajon Rondo.
“I feel what makes this actually cool is that we’re not your odd skilled restaurateurs,” mentioned co-owner Emilio Sanchez. “We’re three finest pals that mixed our ardour for tacos with our branding expertise and threw all of it in a blender, and Tacos AF got here out.”
Sanchez, alongside together with his besties and now enterprise companions, Brandon Thompson and Roman Royale, mentioned they felt pandemic results slowly convey their work to a halt, inspiring them to discover a brand new trade, resulting in the summer time opening of Tacos AF.
The Tacos AF menu includes a street-taco fare, with enter from the companions’ favourite meals. From Thompson’s best choice for yard events comes the Los Compadres Carniceria, and conventional stone-ground handmade tortillas from LA Chapalita.
Different highlights embrace: the Deluxe Breakfast Burrito, with chorizo, sausage, bacon, hash browns, cheese and eggs; and the Elote Bowl, with corn, mayonnaise, lime queso and topped with Scorching Cheetos or Takis.
One other common merchandise, Tacos AF’s carne asada tacos, undergo an eight-to-10 hour marination course of after which are topped with cilantro and onion. The restaurant additionally serves traditional chipotle rooster, al pastor and vegan-friendly mushroom tacos.
Sanchez mentioned their objective is to repeatedly evolve the menu to cater to the colourful, downtown LA neighborhood and to seek out methods to help the neighborhood— highlighted in a latest most cancers profit the place all proceeds from a day’s taco gross sales went to the Downtown Women’s Center.
When Lakers b-baller Rondo confirmed up Oct. 4, working within the restaurant’s kitchen for the Tacos AF’s Ladies’s Heart fundraiser, the looks gained a point out on TMZ.
“We actually love what we do each day and put a lot effort into each element of the visitor’s expertise,” Sanchez added.
Tacos AF, at 312 W. seventh St., is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays by means of Saturdays for dine-in, takeout and supply by way of Grubhub, DoorDash, UberEats and Postmates. To comply with Tacos AF, go right here on Instagram @tacosaf or right here for its website.