The Westside taco truck landscape got a little more interesting with the arrival of Tacos El Gallito at the corner of La Cienega and Venice Blvd. Many know of Tacos El Gallito as the other truck that parks on Fair Oaks Blvd in Pasadena a couple blocks from El Taquito Mexicano. I wrote about both trucks before here.(The Pasadena truck still parks on Fair Oaks)
Setting up shop here is a pretty smart move by El Gallito. The taco truck fare is seriously lacking the further west you head on Venice Blvd and there isn‘t much truck activity until you get a couple miles east of La Cienega . The Garcia Bros truck across the street can always be counted on for their spicy salsa verde but I’ve always thought the actual tacos were too inconsistent.
I went to El Gallito on back to back nights not because the first night blew me away but because it didn‘t. It didn‘t quite taste like the El Gallito I had tasted in Pasadena. On both nights the al pastor was seriously lacking and tasted as if it had been sitting awhile. The asada and the suadero though were very good and El Gallito’s provides an excellent salsa and condiment bar with convenient cups to fill up extra salsa as you need them.The salsa roja is made of guajillo chiles and has a smoky flavor and a good kick to it. If you want something a little milder try the salsa verde.
Maybe El Gallito deserves the benefit of the doubt on the al pastor. The Pasadena location has an al pastor spit but I didn’t see one here. I can’t really complain though, the suadero beef and carne asada with the smoky salsa is better than anything else you can get from taco trucks on the Westside.
Tacos El Gallito
Corner of La Cienega and Venice Blvd after 5pm
Tacos El Gallito
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