LAX Taco: The Every-Day-of-the-Week Kogi Stand

Sitting on the tarmac, dreaming of true LA flavors? Taco on, traveler.

Friends traveling together tend to discuss, in hushed voices, a number of topics on a plane, with certain subjects getting a lot of play once the airplane has touched down in its destination city. A) Can I get my pillow back? B) Where'd you park the car again? And C) tacos.

C) applies, very much so, in Los Angeles, where travelers returning home have been away from the Best Tacos on the Planet for far too long, across the board (even if that traveler was gone for a weekend). Naturally they'd rhapsodize about eating one upon landing, and they don't have to go far to do so: There's a Kogi BBQ Taco Stand in Terminal 4 of LAX.

Which means jet-laggy, taco-craving globetrotters do not need to go in search of one of Chef Roy Choi's famous trucks, the on-wheels taco deliveries that have thousands of Twitter followers (followers who will gladly journey to wherever the quartet of Kogi trucks park next). 

One only needs to be in Terminal 4 between 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., seven days a week, to nosh upon a freshly made short rib or chicken taco or burrito, a dish that can also be made with tofu or arrive with kimchi. 

And while 6:30 a.m. may, at first glance, seem early for taco-eating, 10 out of 10 Angelenos would likely disagree (at least in our dream scenario, which, given our burrito-seeking ways, is probably a fairly accurate assessment). Plus, who can say what time it is on the traveler's watch? 

It may be dinner time in the place from which the returning-homer just left. So, you bet, tacos are the topic on the tarmac, for many a SoCaler. Fingers crossed -- or legs crossed, given that you're probably still sitting in your row, between two other passengers -- that you're plane is pulling up to Terminal 4, and it is somewhere after 6:30 in the morning but before 11:30 at night.

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