Wednesday, June 13, 2007

La Que Si Llena

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If you thought your best chance of finding a great street taco was when the sun goes down , think again my friends. Many of LA's finest taco trucks operate both day and night. There is the two headed monster of La Estrella and El Pique that park side by each in Highland Park. There is the 50 cent taco special at El Capitan, the roasting al pastor spit at The Surfer Taco and lets not forget the senoras of La Golondrina that serve up enchiladas straight from the lonchera.

Now we can add another to the growing list of lunchtime taco truck eats (that's if you eat lunch at 2pm like your humble taco correspondent.)

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Taqueria La Que Si Llena parks in front of the Superior Warehouse market at the corner of Cesar E. Chavez Ave. and Rowan Ave serving up solamente tacos,burritos y tortas.

It was about 1:30 in the afternoon when I strolled up to the window of the truck.

"un taco pastor, y un taco carnitas por favor"

"no carnitas hoy "

They were out of carnitas so I got adventurous.

"dame un taco de lengua por favor"

"un de lengua?"

I know she expected me to say asada. I expected me to say asada. But I said lengua. And I said it like I was a seasoned lengua eater.

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The tacos came wrapped in thin paper. Two large fresh corn tortillas packed with meat, onions, cilantro and a light salsa de chile arbol.They were the size of small burritos and only $1.25 each.

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I opened the lengua first. Thick cuts of beef tongue spilled out on to the plate, a beefy aroma filled my nostrils and after a heavy squirt of lime I dug in. The beefy strips of lengua dominate the subtle salsa and lime and it's a bit overwhelming but also very satisfying.

My taste buds had to adjust to the saucy al pastor and once they did I couldn't get enough. The fresh corn tortillas soaked up the achiote stain from the pork and the salsa and lime provided the perfect balance.

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Cesar Chavez Ave is somewhat of a taco paradise . Whether you seek the fiery red salsa roja of King Taco, or the crisp battered fish tacos from El Siete Mares or the authentic dishes from La Parilla you will find it on this avenue where LA and Mexico collide.

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Taqueria La Que Si Llena
3600 Cesar E. Chavez Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90063
Tacos $1.25

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10 comments:

  1. Between these amazing tacos and the possibility of Bar Losanjealous, I'm seriously contemplating a move to Boyle Heights.

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  2. ha

    this taco truck parks right across the street from that bar.

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  3. After I couldn't find the taco truck at 3889 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd., I decided to try this one. The tacos came out as big as described by Bandini. They were filling and tasty but without some salsa roja they were not complete. They charge for extra hot sauce so it is a good idea to come with your own cause their's isn't that great anyway.

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  4. Latin Playboy is not in Boyle Heights. It's farther east. There's white folks spotted at Nueva Carioca and at Sereneta if you need a honky hangout. It's near the train too. Is this predictable or what?

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  5. chef carlitos1/27/08, 7:12 PM

    For your info guys ,the owner of this truck N THE NEAR BY RESTAURANT IS THE SAME OWNER AS LA ESTRELLA TAQUERIA AND RESTAURANT (ON THE LORENA STREET AND WHITTIER BLVD..)PICTURE ON YOUR SPLASH PAGE ,ON THE TOP RIGHT CORNER.

    The tacos are very good and a top ten value wise dollar for dollar.

    Jose Moreno the owner has been cooking mean tacos since the late 80s
    , a good friend an one of eats la must try IMHO.
    chef carlitos

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  6. chef carlitos1/27/08, 7:14 PM

    sorry , the estrella taqueria and lonchera ,are feature on the top left corner of your splash page..oops.!!

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  7. La Hija del Michoacano12/9/08, 9:57 AM

    This is hilarious because the owners of La Estrella, La Que Si Se Llena, A que Tacos and La Flor de Sahuayo all started out with my dad..the restaurant and truck used to be El Michoacano and the recipes they use were all my dads. I still go to La Estrella it reminds me of my dad and all the hard work he put into it.

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  9. chef carlitos5/18/11, 9:24 PM

    sorry , the estrella taqueria and lonchera ,are feature on the top left corner of your splash page..oops.!!

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  10. Latin Playboy is not in Boyle Heights. It's farther east. There's white folks spotted at Nueva Carioca and at Sereneta if you need a honky hangout. It's near the train too. Is this predictable or what?

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