The corner of Redondo and Adams at the R Bodega Market has been claimed by different taco trucks over the years. A couple years ago it was Leo's and Don Jose but I haven’t seen either at this corner in ages. Nowadays Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara is the lone truck during the day. At night Tacos El Primo parks in the alleyway just North of Adams.
Judging by the name and the other orders I saw being prepared the tacos at Tortas Guadalajara may not be the main event but I was pleasantly surprised. With LA taco trucks there is greatness which is rare, there are the truly dreadful trucks that you wouldn’t allow your dog to eat off of and in-between there is the vast middle - tacos that while not great by any means have something about them that is satisfying. Maybe it is eating on the side of the road that makes them more pleasurable than they should be but whatever it is sometimes average tacos under the right circumstances taste very good.
The meat tastes very fresh here. The carne asada was cut thick and cooked to order, the al pastor had a nice crispy texture and the carnitas had just the right amount of fat to crispness . I watched as strips of flap meat were tossed on the flat grill then diced up and scooped up onto well oiled corn tortillas and finished with onions, cilantro and a chile salsa. There was an al pastor spit but I didn’t see any pork on it (they may use it at night). The al pastor and asada went well with the tomatoey salsa but the salty carnitas didn’t mix well with the peppery taste of the salsa . I prefer a salsa verde and the sweetness of tomatillo with carnitas.(my faullt, they did have two salsas in squeeze bottles- verde and roja)
Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara is really known for their namesake, the Torta Ahogada which is a torta drenched in hot sauce. I had never heard of this delicacy until I read the review at losanjealous . It sure does look like a delicious mess. I’ll have to give it a go heartburn be damned.
Tortas Ahogadas Guadalajara
5212 W Adams Blvd
after 11am til late night