I love tacos. When I'm not out in the city finding new taco places i'm splashing some marinated carne asada on my grill and eating tacos at home.
Part of the adventure when trying a new taco destination is not knowing what to expect . A taco is a simple creation but it can be interpreted in so many ways. No two taquerias prepare their meat and salsa the same way. Not all corn tortillas are created equal either. Which brings us to El Charrito. A new taqueria on Virgil Ave in East Hollywood.
I'm not sure of the taco history on Virgil Ave and although I am not a taco historian I do play one on this blog and I can with confidence assume that there was a time when outlaw taco carts roamed these lands. At one time this may have been the pantheon of taco exploration where taco merchants rolled out their fare and perfected their craft. They may have been surplanted by taquerias or they may have evolved themselves into taquerias.
I ordered two asada tacos and took in the scene. The smell of burning rubber with workers in mechanic uniforms pushing stalled vehicles into their shops while stray dogs dodged two lane traffic and vendors sold pinapples and mangos from their carts. There was something happening here but I didn't feel a part of it. I felt like a spectactor to it all . I wanted to run across the street and help push the broken down vehicle into the garage, or dance through traffic to grab one of the stray dogs or stand next to the vendor selling fruit and tell him a joke but instead I ordered two asada tacos and took a seat on a stool at the counter.
Before picking up one of the tacos the first thing I noticed was how fresh the corn tortillas looked. Each taco had a fistful of charred asada on top of a single fresh homemade corn tortilla. I dressed my tacos with onions, cilantro and salsa roja from a container on the counter. It took eating a full taco to realize how tasty these tacos were. I think it was how fresh the tortillas were. Homemade fresh tortillas can really make the taco. The beef was a little greasy but there were no fatty bits and the salsa roja was very good and didn't overwhelm the taco. I was pleasantly surprised and I will be returning to El Charrito.
El Charrito is on Virgil Ave in East Hollywood one block North of Melrose Ave. Tacos are $1.25 each