I thought I had been to all the taco trucks in Pasadena. But it turns out that El Chavo has been at the corner of Fair Oaks and E. Holly Ave for 16 years. And no it’s not run by the internet’s El Chavo; this is a different El Chavo. But they do have veggie tacos so maybe it is the internet’s El Chavo.
I found out about the El Chavo Truck from their facebook. Traditional taco trucks are slowly starting to use social media, but there aren’t many of them that do compared to the gourmet trucks. Even though the traditional lonchero is more stationary, having a facebook page puts you on the map. It’s also a great way to keep in touch with your customers and attract new ones.
asada and al pastor
I ordered my usual: al pastor, carne asada, carnitas. The tacos came garnished with onion, cilantro and salsa roja (they also have a milder salsa verde). The salsa roja is King Taco-esque in its heat, which is a good thing if you like your forehead to sweat a little, which I do. With a dominant salsa, for the taco to be really poor the meat has to be really lacking. And although this meat wasn’t the greatest; the al pastor was too greasy, and the carne asada a little dry, the salsa served as the perfect propaganda to convince me I was eating a good taco.
I devoured my plate, the heat puckering in my cheeks, and threw the lady inside the counter a curve ball. Uno mas, I said, hesitating to glance at the menu. Uno mas…..de veggie. The veggie taco came topped with rice, lettuce, guacamole, cilantro, and pinto beans. I didn’t expect anything else really, and it was about as good as one would expect these ingredients to be together. If anything it probably scared me away from vegetarianism for life, not that I was a very good candidate anyhow.
15 E. Holly St.
Pasadena, CA, 91101
Tues - Wed:9:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thurs - Sat:9:00 pm - 2:30 am
Sun:9:00 pm - 2:00 am
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