Well the mystery is solved as it pertains to what happened to Tacos El Rey aka Tortas a la plancha. As reported on these pages back in 05 the taco wagon that parked in front of the now out of business Mi T Mart(santa monica blvd and westgate) made a kick ass carne asada taco.
Then one day they were gone, just like Kaiser Soze.
But alas they are back and they havn't gone far(just across the street). Turns out this whole time the el rey crew was hard at work putting in motion a plan to go from taco wagon to taqueria. They call themselves El Super Taco. Generic name yes but what's in a name? you could call yourself the crazy taco for all I care as long as you make good tacos. Hmm the crazy taco...that's actually a cool name. El Crazy Taco.
I ordered the trifecta - asada, pastor, carnitas and a tamarindo. There's an all you can drink soda and juice fountain(pina colada, orange bang, tamarindo, orchata) and an impressive selection of meats to apply to burrito, torta, quesadilla, sopes or tacos.(asada, al pastor, suadero, pollo, lengua, cabeza,chorizo, carnitas, buche, and tripas.)Tacos are $1 Burritos $3.50.
The asada was just as I remembered it.The beef was a little salty(which I like), a little greasy(which I like) and very tender. Add well oiled tortillas and a salsa roja with some kick to it and you have one excellent taco.
The carnitas was great as well. Nice and crisp at the edges and soft in the middle. Not too porky as to overwhelm the whole taco.
Nothing beats al pastor de trompo(from the spit) but this was pretty close. The tender bits of pork had a strong spice rub that brought alot of flavor. As good is it can get sans a rotating spit.
A nice touch are the grilled onions that come on your plate. These onions aren't just for show, they are quite tasty.
The salsa bar is top notch as well with a salsa roja, salsa verde, pico de gallo and carrots and jalapenos.I loved having the all you can drink tamarindo fountain considering that the roja brought the heat.
The tacos were so good I got two for the road. Next time I'll try the ensenada style fish tacos($2) and maybe the tripas?!!??
Westsiders rejoice. El Super Taco has put the westside on the taco map.
El Super Taco 11923 Santa Monica Blvd 90025 (310)312-6260 tacos $1 tripas $1.50