The downtown LA Taco Sensation Sonoratown opens in early June

Sonoratown’s downtown taco restaurant is ready to launch its sophomore midtown location, with an arrival date planned after next weekend. The access comes more than a year after it was first announced.

Owner Jennifer Feltham tells Eater that the new Sonoratown will begin light service next week, starting Tuesday, May 31. That doesn’t mean the restaurant is fully operational, though; On the contrary, in fact. Early on, expect Postmates and UberEats to deliver and pick up only as the Feltham and Two Diaz co-ownership team figure out what the site’s modified service model will look like. The downtown location, in the Fashion District, is a quick casual place where customers line up for tacos and wait for their food (usually on the patio), so expect a setting similar to the new one at 5610 San Vicente.

Sonoratown’s second arrival is great news for the Los Angeles and Central Westside crowd, many of whom have made the trip downtown for the restaurant’s famous flour tortilla tacos, carne asada, and chivikangas—but not without a bit of annoyance. Adding a downtown location means not only attracting a whole new audience, it means seeing more repeat action from old fans who live in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, West Adams, and beyond. Eventually there will be on-site dining in the mall’s parking area (the building is currently being fully rehabilitated by the owners) and along the sidewalk, so groups will be able to hang out together while enjoying the same Northern Mexico menu.

For those unfamiliar, Sonoratown is a six-year-old Fashion District restaurant that serves what most consider the best tacos in all of Los Angeles. The colorful little restaurant opened in 2016 with a cut menu of mesquite-cooked meat served on tortillas (using flour brought in from Sonora weekly) and cooked in a style befitting the food of San Luis Rio Colorado, Teo Diaz’s hometown.

In the years since, Sonoratown has been discussed at length both locally and nationally, and has even starred in an episode of Netflix’s Taco Records – A well deserved turn led to endlessly long queues at the little shop for quite some time. While bargains have been coming for some time, Diaz and Feltham have been slow to grow beyond their home region, choosing to self-finance this second location as a way to ensure the quality and sense of community that is so important to them. Look out for Sonoratown Mid-City, which opens at 5610 San Vicente on May 31, with extended hours and on-site dining available in the coming weeks.

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