La Isla Bonita is a popular Venice Beach taco truck that parks on Rose Ave just west of 4th St. Parking can be difficult and if it’s the lunch hour there is likely to be a line and about a 15 minute wait for your food. The mariscos are the most popular items here : the shrimp cocktail and shrimp tostada are superior to La Playita, another popular mariscos and taco stand on Lincoln Blvd.
(carne asada and carnitas)
The tacos are topped with onion, cilantro, a mediumly spiced chile arbol salsa and pinto beans. The beans add a little character to the taco. The flavor of the beans are too subtle to counter the chile or the meat but they do add something interesting to the taco. The carnitas is crispy at the edges with soft porky flavor in the middle. The carne asada is finely chopped and lightly seasoned. There are no loose bits of fat and the beef is very understated. On it’s own the beef would be too bland but when you add all the other ingredients together combined with how fresh and hot the tacos are the weakness of the meat is disguised. At $1.50 the tacos are pricier than most taco trucks but when you get this close to the beach everything seems to be marked up.
I usually get a couple of tacos to go with some mariscos. Either the shrimp tostada, which is loaded with shrimp and slices of avocado, or a shrimp cocktail. With a cold bottle of Mexican coke this combo is hard to beat. Especially on a hot summer afternoon.
La Isla Bonita
Rose and 4th Ave
tacos $1.50 each
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