Every weekend this lonchera parks at the corner of Main St and 23rd in downtown LA. While most of the weekend trucks in the area serve up plates of mariscos and shrimp cocktails this truck specializes in one thing and one thing only, barbacoa de cabeza.
The barbacoa at this lonchera is estillo Capulhuac(from central mexico),which is traditionally lamb cabeza. In northern Mexico cow cheek is the norm. If you're at your local Chipotle chain the barbacoa is shredded beef.Chipotle has probably done more to confuse the American taco eating public when it comes to barbacoa. Even I'm confused while writing this. One thing you can count on though, if it's authentic barbacoa it's cabeza. Whether it's cow or lamb will depend on which part of Mexico the recipe originates from.
At this lonchera you can buy it by the lb($7) or individual tacos for $1. If you buy it by the lb your order comes with corn tortillas and containers of salsa, onions and cilantro.
Lamb cabeza is definitely an acquired taste. The meat was incredibly soft and tender but there was a gamey aftertaste. The salsa had a rustic spicy flavor to it but the meats flavors really dominate everything. I can't really compare it to anything because my experience with barbacoa is very minimal and lamb to me is always a little gamey.
But I think more loncheras that specialize in one type of recipe are excellent additions to the LA taco scene whether it is barbacoa estillo Capulhuac or traditional tacos de trompo they all bring a bit of Mexico to LA.
Candy lonchera, 7am-3pm saturday and sunday only, tacos $1
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