Summertime in LA.
Tacos are good year round but they seem to have an extra bite in them when it's hot out and you have an ice cold beverage in hand.
I was on my way home from Fry's Electronics in Manhattan beach when my stomach started to growl. I had two choices : eat at Chipotle or find a taco stand.
I have no beef with Chipotle. When you are in the mood for a burrito with a gummy tortilla and basmati rice accept no substitute.
But when I need a real taco, I need a real taco and no corporate substitute will do.
It wasn't long until I found Tacos El Vaquero, a taco stand on Inglewood Ave in the city of Inglewood. When I saw the tortillas hecha a mano sign I couldn't resist.
Once inside the taco stand I noticed a steam tray a which looked like tacos al vapor.
"que cocinar?" I asked the taquero
"lengua" he smiled.
"oh, my favorite"
I lied though. Lengua is not my favorite. I'm still trying to acquire a taste for it and a part of me orders lengua just so the taquero will think I'm cool.
"dame un taco de lengua , un asada, y un pastor"
Each taco came on a single corn tortilla hecha a mano. Lengua was soft and a little fatty and was a little slimey going down. Both pastor and asada had that char taste and were excellent.Points off for the empty bowl of onions and cilantro at the salsa bar but other than that these were great tacos.
Tacos are $1.25 each. Mexican coke and jarritos available as well as horchata and aguas frescas. Outdoor patio seating is relaxing and on weekend nights they sell tacos from a taco cart in the parking lot and grill carne asada on their outdoor grill.
Tacos El Vaquero
10020 S Inglewood Ave
Inglewood, CA 90304