In many cities, the best food is also the most expensive. That is certainly not the case in Los Angeles, where you're just as likely to find food nirvana on a street corner as you are in an upscale restaurant.
Latin American Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA, United States
This small restaurant specializes in the eponymous huarache, a thick, oblong wedge of masa shaped into something that roughly resembles a men's size-7 sandal, then fried and topped with zigzags of cream, crumbles of cheese, lettuce and meat.
Vietnamese Restaurant in San Gabriel, CA, United States
Here, rice noodles, eggplant, shrimp, pork belly and catfish are submerged in a complex, murky broth with a profoundly fishy umami, which can be traced to the fermented anchovies that owner Larry Ta imports from Vietnam.
Mexican Restaurant in Los Angeles, CA, United States
Everything will be improbably crammed into a toasted seeded roll that's softer than its crunchy exterior would suggest. The sandwich is filling on its own, but you may also want to grab a taco arabe, filled with shredded pork rolled in a soft tortilla.