The daytime taco scene near downtown LA is a competitive one . Many trucks park outside supermarkets and public transportation hubs with a clientele made up of workers from the nearby shops and commuters.
Tacos Kimberly is one such taco truck. Parking in front of the Smart and Final at 1500 West 6th Street they offer the deal of two tacos for $1.50.
I ordered asada and carnitas, popped open a bottle of mexican coke and waited.
But then something dodgy happened. I saw my plate of tacos passed to another girl and watched as she fingered through the carnitas asking if it was chorizo and then handed back the plate to the boy inside the truck. A quick chat between the cook and the boy and I could sense what was about to happen. The girl had been given my tacos and I was about to get them back!
Geez! Sound the health code alarm. But did I refuse the tacos? No! I am a taco reporter and this is part of the story. This taco crime must be documented.
I wanted to interview the señorita about the facts of the case but she didn’t speak much english. She smiled sheepishly and giggled.
“I will not eat the carnitas taco but not because you have touched it but because it doesn’t look right.” I said to her.
“It's no chorizo” she smiled back.
“the carne asada though I will eat just to show that I am not offended that you at one time had possesion over my tacos”
“haha! ok! and sorry sorry...I orden chorizo...y...eso es no chorizo!”
And this was true..the carnitas was pure pork blubber and one bite of the pork fat would have probably killed me.I could see the headlines now: Taco hunter collapses after injesting pork blob.Mysterious Carnivore known as Bandini succumbs to pork fat overdose.
After the proper photo documentation I discarded the pork into the bin and went for the asada. Not bad, but not great. The salsa had some kick to it and hid the beefs shortcomings but overall just average.
I wanted to thank this señorita for saving my life but when I turned around she was gone. Who was this mysterious girl that saved me from this untimely demise? my guardian angel? a gift from the taco Gods?
I walked down 6th st thinking to myself and as a bus roared past and the smog and dust settled I saw her, her big smile gleaming through the bus window. And when she saw me she waved and I waved back.
Goodbye señorita, because of you this taco journey continues.
Tacos Kimberly 1500 West 6th Street(cross street Union) tacos 2 for $1.50