After the fiasco at Howdy's I needed to feel a real taco in my belly again so I called Big H ,an eastside taco informant with lots of knowledge when it comes to eastside taquerias. I told him about my lettuce taco at Howdy's and how I needed an authentic East La taco to get me back on track.
"Lettuce on your taco? only on the Westside" he said
"It was vile, I was insulted..It's made me stronger though..more determined"
Big H pointed me towards Sergio's Tacos in the city of Commerce. "During the day it's just the taco hut,if you go at night they open the taco truck in the parking lot too" he said.
Commerce is an industrial city that borders Montebello and Vernon. When most people think of Commerce they think of Commerce casino. That and the dodgy roads because of the hundreds of big rigs that deliver goods to the warehouses in the area every day.
When I walked into Sergio's it was standing room only but It's one of those places where you can't really tell how crowded it is until you walk through the door and once you do everyone in the joint turns to see who you are. Nothing to see here I wanted to say,just a taco reporter from the westside.
I was met quickly with a smile and ordered my usual(carnitas, asada, al pastor).
There was nowhere to sit so I took my plate of tacos outside. Big H was right, these were beauties. The al pastor- thin cuts of seasoned pork and caramelized onions,the asada soft and full of sabor and and the carnitas moist and salted perfectly. They were finished with the best salsa roja I've had in recent memory.
Sergio's is definitely in the upper echelon of LA taco establishments. The tacos are estilo mexico, authentic and delicious. They were a quick reminder of the excellence and simplicity of LA tacos.
I was refocused and more determined than ever to continue the journey for the great tacos of our city, to find that perfect moment when the tortillas, meat and salsa come together with that cold beverage in hand waiting to quench the heat of that chile fire . But first it was time to take the hunt back to the beginning where I first started. It was time to head back to King Taco.
2216 S Atlantic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90040
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