Five Week Rotating Pop-Up Taqueando Takes Over Church and State Space in DTLA

Kicking off Thursday, Oct. 22, guests include Chef Ray Garcia (of the now closed Broken Spanish) and Chef Eduardo Ruiz (of Chica's Tacos).
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Taqueando, an all-you-can-eat taco tasting festival, is popping up in DTLA starting Thursday, October 22, for a five-week stint. Taqueando — which launched with its first event in 2019 — has made the now-shuttered Church & State space its home, at 1850 Industrial Street, in a slightly different format. Church & State closed its doors nearly a year ago.

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“While mass gatherings aren’t possible, Taqueando’s organizers are keeping the spirit of the event alive with Taqueando Takeover, a five-week rotating pop-up of taqueros and taqueras curated by Bill Esparza (a James Beard Award winner in journalism for his coverage of the Los Angeles taco scene) at the former Church & State restaurant space in Downtown LA,” a spokesperson told What Now Los Angeles in an email.

Each week will feature a special guest and special menus available for takeout and for dine-in on a first-come, first-served basis on the restaurant’s patio from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The bar will also be open for dine-in and take out. 


  • Week 1 (10/22 – 10/24) – Chef Poncho Martinez of Poncho’s Tlayudas joins for three nights of Oaxacan cuisine from the Valles Centrales and Sierra Norte regions. 
  • Week 2 (10/29 – 10/31) – Surf and Turf Taco Night with Mariscos Jalisco and Tacos El Ruso serving their signature shrimp and carne asada tacos, respectively.
  • Week 3 (11/5 – 11/7)- Chef Priscilla Curiel, San Diego’s birria queen, is bringing Tuetano Taqueria to DTLA for three nights.
  • Week 4 (11/12 – 11/14)- Chef Eduardo Ruiz (Corazon y Miel, Chica’s Tacos) presents three nights of Modern Mexican-American tacos. 
  • Week 5 (11/18 – 11/21) – Chef Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish, BS Taqueria) shines a light on Alta California tacos for a four-night run.

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak (CJS) is the Founder of What Now Media Group, Inc., the publisher of What Now Atlanta and What Now Los Angeles.
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