Forget a box of chocolates and consider a Valentine’s Day box of tacos from Evil Cooks. The pop-up — recently a James Beard Foundation Awards semifinalist — is noted for its wild dessert tacos and a trompo spinning black al pastor or pulpo. But for Valentine’s Day, it’s serving 10 savory tacos that are artfully arranged in large red heart-shaped boxes on Feb. 9, 11 and 14. Each set includes your choice of filling, such as carnitas or veggie green chorizo — though if you’re celebrating a black-hearted Valentine’s Day, the pitch-black pork, asada or vegetables stained with a delectable burnt-chile paste is the clear choice.
A smaller heart box packed with your choice of two dessert tacos also is available, with flan or churro cheesecake. There are preorders for these boxes, but limited walk-up boxes also will be on hand. Find Evil Cooks’ heart-shaped taco pop-up Feb. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Feb. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. at 2461 N. Eastern Ave., Los Angeles; and Feb. 11 from noon to 3 p.m. at Smorgasburg (777 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles).