The history of the taco truck scene on the westside is a fickle one. Some trucks find a place to call home but many disappear after awhile . Take for example the history at Santa Monica Blvd and Westgate. Three trucks have come and gone from that location in as many years and the last truck at the location, Tortas a la plancha hasn't been seen in months.
So what's wrong with the westside and why are so many trucks going elsewhere? It could be that taco trucks go where the night life is but if that was the case why aren't there any taco trucks in Santa Monica? Then again Santa Monica has never been a friend to the taco truck and probably has laws against them operating after a certain hour.
So I headed to Mariscos Tatiana, a taco truck that parks some nights at Venice and Mountain View in Mar Vista. There is a nightclub across the street called Good Hurt that I don't frequent but have been to before.
Judgeing from the name they specialize in mariscos(the truck not the nightclub...the club specializes in barmaids in tight uniforms) but I was curious how they turned out a taco so I ordered two asada and one al pastor.
When my tacos were ready the first thing I noticed was that two of my tacos had salsa verde on them. I don't mind a salsa verde when it's the house salsa (like Garcia Bro's excellent salsa verde) but the salsa verde here was really bland while the roja was clearly the better salsa. It was a curious choice by the taco chefs to douse my tacos with their weaker salsa. I did mention to them that I am on a taco mission and only their finest slabs of meat will delight me(In my stewie from family guy impersonation)but they didn't take me seriously. Or maybe they did take me seriously and covered my tacos with their weaker salsa to try to coverup meat that was less than fresh.
Nice try Mariscos Tatiana! Not only did you serve me your weaker salsa but you also served cold meat that was already grilled and tossed on the grill again(I know this because I saw the cooked carne tossed on the grill).
carne asada taco
You did everything but kick me in the balls.
But do you know why I am hard on your Mariscos Tatiana? I am hard on because you are capable of much more. The beef could have been much better if it were not twice grilled and served cold . The salsa roja was excellent and wasted by the lazy preperation of the meat.
I'm eager to point out taco greatness when I witness it but I must also point out taco lazyness. I will revisit in a couple weeks but for now my taco rating reflects my satisfaction with these tacos.
Mariscos Tatiana is at Venice Blvd and Mountain View in Mar Vista. Tacos are $1.25