Mock ground beef + pickle tacos from Malo; or, as a friend lovingly describes them—grease pockets.

Malo’s got two locations—one in Silver Lake + one in an old jewelry store in historic downtown LA (that one’s called Mas Malo)—and, for modern Mexican-inspired cuisine, they’ve got a decent number of vegan options, chief among them, these deep-fried tacos, filled (when ordered without dairy) with just soy-based, well-spiced mock ground beef and dill pickle slices. Good when you’re looking for that kinda thing. Which is most times for this writer.

The restaurant also offers a vegan soup and a number of other vegan-izeable options. And free chips + salsa at the table!