I am excited to say that I ADORE all four of these places and would be happy to eat them ANYTIME with ANYONE.
If you are a true LA taco fan and haven't tried all four, you will... by Sunday. That way you can make an educated culinary decision rather than a "fraternal" one.
On Taco Talk, we made videos of all 4 of these places. See below.
Here is my suggestion for your FINAL FOUR TACO TOUR.
Start at around 2pm at Mariscos Jalisco. They are on Olympic, just S. of Soto a few miles S. of Downtown LA. Say hi to Raul for me and get a deliciously golden-browned crispy shrimp taco with avocado and cabbage slaw. If you are really hungry, try his Agua Chile. Shake his hand, tip his daughters, thank him for his tireless taco efforts and head south.
About 15 miles from Raul on Whittier Blvd. near Atlantic, you will come to the tiny little authentic taco place with a heart, Tacos Baja Ensenada. You might have to wait in line, you might not. Grab yourself one shrimp and one fish taco. Don't eat too much because you still have 2 places left to go before your taco tour is through! Be sure to load up on the free Guero Chiles they have next to the salsa. If you must have the Manta Ray soup, get it to go and eat it the next day!
Next you will head to Guisados. The easiest way is to probably hop on the 5 and go back to Caesar Chavez near Soto. Say hi to Armando Sr. and Jr. for me. Eat the 4 Chile Taco in honor of the Final Four. Wash it down with their Horchata. Ask Armando Sr. to make you something special. Eat and get FULL. Go to the market next door and buy some fresh tortillas and other goodies to take home. Get some tamales to go too.
By now maybe it's 5 or 6 and you are full. Maybe you need a drink. Go back to Downtown LA and hit the bar of your choice. But don't have any snacks. Have one drink and get hungry again. Wait an hour and then head up Figueroa (cross Sunset) to Mexicali Taco Co. Sure, have a taco. I love their Chorizo and their smokey Carne Asada. You can even add a fried egg to it. But you MUST have a Vampiro. Tell them the Taco Maven sent you and annoy them further by asking for EXTRA garlic sauce and then tip extra.
At the end of the evening you will think to yourself... "How the heck am I supposed to choose ONE of these as the best?" You will also think... "Dang. I'd better hit the gym tomorrow first thing." But you will be happy, and you will sleep well, and you will know without a doubt what the LA Taco Scene is all about.