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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Henry's Tacos to Close for Good

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Well this is bad news. It looks like Henry's Tacos will shutter this month for good. A taco stand loved by locals and non-locals alike, Henry's has been serving some of the best "gringo" style tacos in LA for over 50 years. The googie architecture taco stand has been a fixture at the corner of Tujunga and Moorpark for half a century, yet efforts to get the building declared a historical site fell short.Now, inexplicably their landlord is threatening not to renew the lease.

From Henry's Tacos Facebook:

I am very sorry to have to announce to everyone that it looks like Henry's will be closing for good on December 31. As some of you know, Henry's is just too much for me as a single, childless woman approaching 60 with no family within 1700 miles. I have had several prospective buyers committed to continuing the tradition, but all have been turned down by the landlord. The current prospective buyers have agreed to all the landlord's terms, but he has ceased communicating with them. Therefore, I have given my notice and it has been accepted by the landlord. I believe this all goes back to my unwittingly angering the landlord by nominating Henry's for Historic Cultural Monument status. As Councilmember Krekorian put a stop to that, the landlord may want to bulldoze Henry's and build something else. I am hoping to get some media coverage in the next few days. Needless to say I am heartsick that after 51 years, Henry's may end for no good reason. Thanks to you all for your support.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Gringo Taco Showdown - Rick's Drive In vs Alberto's

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As far as gringo tacos go it’s hard to beat Rick’s in Pasadena. Only, now it’s called Bobby’s Place. But the food is the same: the spuderito, the beef and bean with hot, and of course the crunchy ground beef tacos, are all still ridiculously delicious. This hybrid taco-burger stand is legendary.

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The taco comes with ground beef, lettuce, tomato slice, cheese, and hot sauce. The shell is pre-fabricated and has a good crunch to it. I’m not sure what the secret is with these tacos but they are some of my favorite gringos.

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About a mile east of Bobby’s, across from Pasadena City College, is an Alberto’s Mexican Restaurant. Alberto’s is a chain that is mostly in the San Gabriel Valley but I’ve seen them all over the place. I’ve only ever ordered a bean and cheese burrito at Alberto’s and depending on how generous they are with the cheese they can range from being great to just barely edible.

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The beef taco at Alberto’s was just okay. For gringo tacos I prefer pre-fabricated shells and ground beef. Alberto’s has a sturdier taco shell and they use shredded beef. The beef is fried together with the shell so there is a lot of oil that gets trapped inside the taco. There was plenty of cheese but the taco was so oily and greasy that it was hard to find much flavor.

The gringo taco at Rick’s wins this challenge hands down. The taco from Alberto’s did nothing for me. For those that have yet to try Rick’s I suggest you head out to Pasadena. When you get there order couple of beef tacos, a beef and bean spudderito w/ hot, and a large root beer. You’ll thank me later.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tacos El Chavito - Huntington Beach

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It’s hard to beat four tacos for two bucks. But sometimes you get what you pay for. And on this day, the tacos were of poor quality.

Tacos El Chavito has a certain kind of legendary stature in Huntington Beach. This is partly due to the fact you get two tacos for $1. But get this; they also give away free pineapple juice. Two bucks gets you a plate of tacos and something to wash it down with. That’s pretty incredible. I feel kind of cheeky for complaining about my tacos.

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cheap tacos but the meat was too fatty on this day

I ordered al pastor and carne asada. Both meats were fatty, the asada particularly so. The salsa was of medium heat with good flavor. The tortillas could have used a little more grill time. I washed the tacos down with a coke instead of pineapple juice. Sometimes I like a coke with my tacos.

The guy in line before me ordered ten tacos “para aqui” and the woman inside the truck gave him a curious look and said “ para aqui or llevar?” He repeated “para aqui” and I thought – oh no, i’m never going to get my tacos now because of this gordo. But it turns out they weren’t all for him. His family was waiting for him, and one by one he brought over plates of tacos and cups of pineapple juice.

2.5/5

Tacos El Chavito
Morgan St
Between Slater Ave and Speer Ave
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Monday, April 23, 2012

Tacos El Gallito - Westwood

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A few years ago if someone said that they ate some good tacos from a taco truck in West LA you would probably want to punch them in the face. Or at least call them a newb for not knowing what a good taco is. But its 2012 and I’m here to announce that the era of bad tacos on the streets of West LA is over. Well, you’ll still find bad tacos from taco trucks in West LA, just not at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Westwood. At this corner you’ll find good tacos.

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carne asada $1.50 each

I’m not sure what’s been going on with El Gallito but I like it. The carne asada they’ve been slinging at this truck and some of their other trucks has been top notch. Back in October I gave a mixed review for the El Gallito truck that parks day and night at the corner of La Brea and Venice (bad during the day , good at night). That truck busts out the charcoal grill at night and has developed a bit of a following despite parking across the street from the legendary Tacos Leo.

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at night the counter is stocked with salsas and all the fixins

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el gallito carne asada...I think ur freaky and I like you a lot.

For what its worth I’ve also found the carne asada to be slightly better at the Westwood location at night, though they're still pretty good during the day. I’m not sure why this is but I’ve been eating from the El Gallito truck for a few weeks now and it seems to be the case. The al pastor and carnitas are okay but are lesser tacos when compared to the carne asada which is just a ridiculously addictive taco. For optimum flavor drizzle some of their salsa verde over your tacos and have a freshly grilled jalapeno ready to chomp on.

4/5

El Gallito
Westwood Blvd and Santa Monica Blvd
Tacos $1.50

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Gringo Taco Showdown- Tacos Por Favor vs Taco Plus

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For the second installment of the Gringo Taco Showdown I decided to pit two Westside taco establishments against each other. Tacos Por Favor is pretty well known to anyone who eats tacos and lives on the Westside. Their chorizo and cheese taco with the spicy salsa roja never disappoints. The carne asada is above average as well. It’s the Westside so you’re going to pay more. Soft tacos are over $2 each and the hard shell taco I had was around $3.60 with tax. But generally everything at Tacos Por Favor is pretty good.

Taco Plus however might be the blandest taqueria in all of LA. Now and then someone will tell me I need to try the tacos at Taco Plus. I can only gather that these people have never been east of La Brea if they think these are good tacos. Not to mention they are also around $2.25 a taco.

The Tacos Por Favor hard shell taco came with carne asada which was suprising. I don’t think I’ve ever had a carne asada hard shell taco. It also came with pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole. The asada was fresh and seasoned well and the shell was nice and crispy. I’m not sure this taco falls into the gringo taco category. It’s not what I generally look for when I get that gringo taco urge and I probably wouldn’t order it again. But it was good for what it was.

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I was looking forward to the Taco Plus gringo taco. They even call it a gringo taco on their menu. It comes with the three main ingredients associated with the gringo taco: ground beef, lettuce, and grated cheese. However, this may be the worst gringo taco I’ve ever had. The ground beef was cold, unseasoned, and tasted like it had been sitting around all afternoon.

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Sometimes for a treat I will cook up some ground beef for my dog. After draining the fat I’ll let it sit and cool for a bit and then spoon some in her dish. The beef has a very bland, beefy, unseasoned taste to it but she loves it. Well, that’s what this beef tasted like. My dog loved this taco but she doesn’t blog, I do.

Winner: Tacos Por Favor

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011 Taco of the Year - Tacos Leo's Al Pastor

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Tacos Leo busted on to the LA taco scene in 2010 slinging ridiculously good tacos al pastor. With perfectly seasoned pork that was shaved from the rotating spit then topped with a snippet of pineapple from a skilled taquero, Tacos Leo mesmerized the LA taco eating public. The euphoria however was short lived, as the city, jealous of the attention Tacos Leo was getting, decided to shut down the trompo.

But Tacos Leo is a survivor and quickly adapted by only serving al pastor outside of the truck on the weekends when the city could care less about their taco ordinances. Soon, harmony between the city and the populace was restored. Now even the police man eats at Tacos Leo.

Tacos Leo's al pastor! your 2011 taco of the year!



Saturday, October 29, 2011

Paloma Selestial - Pico & Sepulveda, West LA

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Sometimes all you need is a couple of tacos, a grilled jalapeno, a bottle of Mexican coke, and the sun in your face.

They don’t even have to be great tacos. They just have to be good enough not put you in a bad mood for the rest of the day.

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And if they are good enough you may wave to the man inside the truck as you leave. If they are real good you may lay a buck on the counter.

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tacos carne asada $1.25 each

You know that you’ll never find a great taco truck on the Westside. Whether it’s just the lack of competition or some unwritten law in the taco cosmos that says for great street tacos one must head east. So you get over it.

3/5

Cemitas Poblanas Paloma Selestial
Pico and Sepulveda
West LA 90064
tacos $1.25

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tacos Monchis - Arleta

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When I look at the map of the taco trucks I have covered so far on this blog the San Fernando Valley seems to be neglected. Yeah the Eastside is where a lot of the action is but for me the SFV is totally unexplored territory. There’s no dominant player in the SFV like there is on the Eastside, which makes it all the more interesting. So I paid the SFV a visit.

It was late at night and I had been driving around for a while. My iPod was turned to Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and I drifted through the streets as gracefully as one does behind the wheel of a couple tons of rubber and steel. The streets were dark and I felt like I was completely lost, both physically and in the music. I thought about the old days when I barely knew any part of the city and would just drive around until I saw the flashing lights of a taco truck. And then out beyond the traffic light I saw a flashing taco sign mounted to the roof of a wagon. I had no choice but to acquiesce.

There were a couple of other gents waiting for their tacos. They were surprised to see me. Everyone is always surprised to see me. Not that they knew I was a taco reporter, although it’s possible they did, because of the photo taking and all, but I think they were more surprised to see the guero who looks like he took a wrong turn somewhere off Sepulveda.

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chorizo, al pastor, carne asada $1.25 each

I ordered chorizo, carne asada, and al pastor. My tacos came topped with a bean tostada, which is customary with SFV taco trucks. I ate the bean tostada before snapping the photo then noticed that some of the beans had escaped. Their defiance only bought them a few seconds more of freedom as I devoured all but one of them with my first taco. The remaining bean I flicked off into the night as a warning to any future beans that have thoughts of mutiny.

The thinly sliced cucumbers were a nice touch. As for the tacos they were above average. The tortillas were nicely oiled; the asada had good flavor and was missing those fatty bits that so often can ruin a taco. The chorizo actually had a sausage-like texture. I think I enjoyed this taco the most. As for the al pastor it was edible but far too oniony. The salsa, a mix of guajillo chile and chile arbol was spicy enough but some variety of different salsas would have been preferred.

I drove around a little more but the night was growing old on me. I felt like a cold beer more than I did another taco. And I wasn’t having any luck anyway. So I got back on the 5 freeway and headed home.

3/5

Tacos Monchis
Nordhoff St (2 blocks east of Woodman)
Arleta, Los Angeles 91331

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Sunday, October 09, 2011

Tacos El Gallito- La Brea and Venice

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Tacos El Gallito parks at the corner of La Brea and Venice day and night. The first time I went it was daytime. I ordered three tacos and a grape soda. Then I took a few bites of my tacos and wondered what had happened to Tacos El Gallito. The tacos were terrible. The meats were dry and flavorless; the tortillas were wilted; the salsas were bland.

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I put off blogging about the experience. Weeks passed by and I heard that El Gallito had started cooking carne asada on a charcoal grill at night outside their truck. I figured they deserved a second chance so I went back.

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When I arrived they had just pulled the carne asada off the charcoal grill. The meat goes from the grill into a tin container then is taken inside the truck where it is chopped up. It’s a difficult setup but it’s understandable given recent city crackdowns.

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There was a good size crowd. It wasn’t Taco Leo, which from across the street looked like a small taco riot but there was a steady flow of patrons. That’s a must when taco trucking at night; all the good trucks have a crowd.

It took awhile to get my carne asada tacos. Ideally you would want that carne chopped up right after coming off the grill then scooped up into corn tortillas then garnished. But these were pretty good anyways and had a nice charcoal taste. The meat was much better than it was during the day; so were the salsas. The salsa bar was stocked with four different salsas: roja, verde, avocado, pico de gallo as well as all the fixins: radishes, onions,cilantro,and limes.

El Gallito has been moving westward the last couple years with outposts at La Cienega and Venice, another at La Cienega and Sawyer and recently at Westwood and Santa Monica Blvd. Eventually I’ll get to them all.

3/5 for the carne asada

Tacos El Gallito
La Brea and Venice Blvd
12pm until late night
tacos $1.25

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

El Antojo - County USC

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I was meeting someone but took a wrong turn when I saw El Antojo. I was early and hungry and I remembered someone emailing me about a taco truck that parks near County USC. It was too good to pass up.


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I ordered carne asada, adobada, and chorizo. My tacos came garnished with onions, cilantro and a splash of salsa roja. The grilled serrano pepper was a nice touch. I expected a taco truck at this location to be a little pricier but these were only $1 each. Another pleasant surprise was the flavor. These tasted like Eastside tacos. The kind that taste better than they actually are after you’ve lubricating yourself all night. But I was sober and these were delicious.

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El Antojo parks in front of USC county hospital during the daytime. Would I drive out of my way for El Antojo? Probably not. But if I ever get checked into County USC someone is going to be making a taco run.

3/5

El Antojo
1640 Marengo
in front of County USC
Los Angeles, CA 90033

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Urbandig - Taco Street

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The people at Urbandig asked me to create a 5-stop taco tour and I happily obliged. Urbandig is a popular mobile app where curators create tours offering tips about the city they live in.

How it works (via Urbandig press release)
After downloading the app to their iPhone, users choose their location to find guides of interest to them such as LA dive bars or Best Food Trucks in SF. Guides can range from ½ day to multi-day experiences and contain insider tips, beautiful photos, and recommendations of what to do, eat, or drink at each stop along the way. The Urbandig Feed lets users see what guides their friends have tried and their friends’ favorite spots. As a user travels to new locations, the app will notify the user of cool guides in different areas.

What taco stops made the tour? Well you’ll have to download the app to find out! By the way, it’s free!

download the app here.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Taqueria Velazquez - South Central

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I have been to Taqueria Velazquez a couple times. The first time was maybe eight months ago. But on that night the batteries went dead on my camera. My first impression was the tacos were above average. This impression was re-enforced with the second visit a few months later.

This isn’t the safest of neighborhoods but your fine if you stay on the main boulevard. There are a lot of parts of LA where you feel safe and don’t even realize your standing in territory that is disputed by multiple gangs. And then there are areas where you feel the tension the moment you leave your car. This area can sometimes be like that. I remember this night because there was a taco truck parked down a dark side street off Vernon and I made a U-turn to check it out. I was curious why a truck would park down such a street when there was plenty of curb space on the boulevard. It was a pretty stupid curiosity now that I think about it but sometimes the sense of adventure gets the best of me. So I parked on the street, walked towards the truck, and got about halfway when I had this creepy feeling that someone was watching me. I turned back to my car but didn’t see anyone. I looked all around. Then I saw a dog run by me nervously. It was a pit bull or Staffordshire bull terrier or a Rottweiler or maybe not even a dog at all. Something told me to just go back. The truck was so bright, the street was so dark; the bulbs hanging from the wires along the truck were like lights on a runway guiding me in. I got the feeling I wasn’t ready for this truck. Whatever it was I wasn’t ready for it. I didn’t need it. The people standing near the truck stared over at me. They knew I wasn’t ready for it. I knew I wasn’t ready for it. Everyone knew. Even the dogs knew.

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asada, chorizo, al pastor $1.25 each

I was back on Vermont driving north when I saw a truck at the corner of Gage at a car wash. I parked on the lot and walked up to the counter and ordered. I was ready for this truck. The girl inside the truck smiled. The patrons smiled. I ordered my tacos. I popped open a jarritos and chugged it down. I ordered another jarritos. “Another?” she asked. “Yes” I said. “I’m thirsty”. But I caressed this one with tiny sips until my tacos were ready. The al pastor was cut from the spit but not directly on to the tortilla and there was no pineapple. The flavor was good though, and the overdone bits gave the pork a nice charred taste. The carne asada was polite in its presentation; no fatty bits, no tough bits, and with a medium spiced salsa roja went down easy. The chorizo was a greasy mess but I devoured it anyway.

I got back in to my car and turned the iPod to random play; Maggot Brain by Parliament Funkadelic came on. I drove north on Vermont all the way past MLK until I came to the 10W. But that’s all I remember.

Taqueria Velazquez
6219 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90044
tacos $1.25


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Monday, July 18, 2011

Tacos El Tito - Gardena

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In two days time I head to New York for a week to put NYC on notice. But I’m still in Los Angeles so I thought it wouldn’t be right to leave the city without one last taco report. The truth is I’ve been eating tacos like a mad man the last few months and have a ridiculous amount of photos and notes waiting to be shaped into blog form. I should have been blogging like a mad man but instead I just stare at the blank screen and listen to Arcade Fire.

Tacos El Tito is a little taco trailer that parks at the corner of Vermont and 167 St in Gardena. In a neighborhood with very few street taco options El Tito is pretty consistent. The first time I ate at El Tito I was pretty sure they overcharged me. But this time I made sure they knew I was from the Internet and I was only charged $1 a taco.

The tacos came packed with meat on two medium sized tortillas. The al pastor wasn’t cut from the spit and was pretty forgettable.. The asada and the chicken (yes chicken) though were more my fancy. The asada for simple reasons; the greasy beef with the onions and chile salsa was just a classic LA taco. The beef may not have been of the highest quality but the salsa roja had enough punch to make me reach for my cold bottle of Mexican coke.

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I never order chicken from a taco truck but I got a tip from a source that said El Tito makes a pretty good chicken taco. It was the same source that tipped me on Tacos Tamix, one of LA’s best al pastor spits. The pollo, a taco made of shredded chicken tinga had great flavor. Chicken tinga is a rarity at LA taco trucks. If you’re at El Tito skip the al pastor for the pollo.

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The bowls of nopales and habanero, cucumber and red onions on the table looked a bit peculiar and out of place. For someone that eats from taco trucks I can be neurotic about something as simple as where a bowl is placed. If these garnishes were in tubs next to the salsas on the trailer I likely would have had some. But there was something grimy about them and the lone cucumber that had escaped that made me wary.

Well there you have it my friends. One last LA taco blog post before I head off to NYC to take the town by storm. Are you ready NYC? Can you handle this shit? You lucky bastards. Think of me as the Howard Dean of tacos. We’re going to be all over this town. We’re going to Manhattan, we’re going to Brooklyn! To Queens! We’re going to Hells Kitchen! To East Village! We’re going to the Bronx ! We’re going to Harlem and then we’re going to need lots of toilet paper!! Raaaaaaaaawwwwwr!!!!

3/5

Tacos El Tito
16702 S. Vermont Ave
Gardena, CA 90247
tacos $1

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Kikin's - West LA

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I pretty much know every taco truck that parks on the Westside so when saw a taco trailer parked near Olympic Blvd and Barrington I got very interested.

Kikin’s is kind of a cross between the traditional lonchero and the gourmet food truck. The menu: tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and ceviche are standard truck fare, but the preparation that emphasizes healthy eating with soybean oil and leaner meats you would never see on a lonchero.

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The price, 3 tacos for $5 is gourmet-ish. So is the whole twittering thing (Kikin's doesn't have a set location like your standard lonchero). So who will Kikin’s appeal to? The taco truck crowd or the relatively new I’m-not-afraid-to-eat-from-a-truck-anymore-because-everyone-is–doing-it- crowd? Probably both. These are damn good tacos.

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First off, three of these tacos for $5 is a bargain. They’re big tacos with quality meats and fresh tortillas. These aren’t just good tacos, they are easily the best tacos I’ve had west of the 405.

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While the meats for my tacos were grilling I watched as masa was pounded, formed into shape, and toasted on the grill. Yeah, lots of places make homemade tortillas, but I don’t think I’ve had a fresher tasting tortilla anywhere.

I ordered shrimp, carne asada, and pollo. The pollo had a good char to it with little crispy skin bits and tender bits of chicken. The carne asada was top quality and lightly seasoned to bring out the flavors of the beef. Both tacos were topped with fresh tomato and onion. The shrimp taco was a little more adventurous with a chipotle mayo dressing covered a bed of red cabbage and tomato. Under all that was some pretty tasty shrimp but after just one visit I’m pretty hooked on the pollo and carne asada.

If there's one thing I could have used was something spicy on my plate. The salsas provided(salsa roja and avocado salsa) were good but neither was very spicy. A grilled jalapeno placed on top of my tacos would have really sealed the deal.

4/5

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Saturday, July 02, 2011

Taco Truck Rankings 6/11 - El Chato Back on Top

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Friday night crowd at El Chato. The line moves quickly at LA's most popular taco truck.

El Chato has regained the top spot in the Top 20 taco truck rankings replacing Marsicos Jalisco, who held the top spot for two months. There have only been two trucks to hold the top spot but the top 5 is starting to tighten up with all five trucks within a couple decimal points of each other. Elsewhere in the top 20, Tacos Leo dropped from #7 to #10 and Kogi dropped from #18 to #20.

From this point forward the rankings will be posted bi-monthly. Under each taco truck review you will see a widget to register your vote for that truck. If you’ve been to the truck register your vote.


1. El Chato 4.6 (39)

2. Mariscos Jalisco 4.5 (30)

3.El Taki Taco 4.4 (33)

4. El Tauro Tacos 4.3 (12)

5. El Matador 4.2 (22)

6.La Golondrina (4.2 (12)

7. Tacos El Korita 4.1 (18)

8.Tacos Sinaloa 4.1 (15)

9. Tacos Leo 4.0 (37)

10.Tacos Tamix 4.0 (13)

11. La Estrella 3.8 (18)

12.La Isla Bonita 3.8 (13)

13.El Navagente 3.7 (11)

14.La Estrella- Eagle Rock 3.7 (10)

15.El Taquito Mexicano 3.6 (20)

16.Taco Zone 3.5 (22)

17.El Pique 3.5 (10)

18.Tacos El Pecas 3.4 (19)

19.Ruben's Tacos 3.3 (13)

20.Kogi 3.2 (24)


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Para Tacos El Guero - South Central

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Friday night is taco night in Los Angeles. Friday night is when the trompos come out. From Highland Park to Montebello to South Central the streets are alive with al pastor. The rotating spits of pork line the streets in even the grittiest parts of town and the tacos cut from them are some of the best in LA.

A few years ago it was rare to find pineapple on top of an al pastor spit in LA, but not anymore. The bulbs of onion that crowned many of LA’s al pastor spits have been replaced by the more traditional al pastor condiment. Al pastor vendors use different methods of preparation though, from the more traditional style of cutting the pork from the trompo directly on the tortilla, to the more common practice of cutting the pork from the spit on to the plancha, mixing it with grilled onions, and scooping it up with corn tortillas. The former is rare in LA, with Tacos Leo and Tacos Tamix being the only known purveyors of this method.

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"mira we are going to be on the internet" ..."ayy chistoso"

They run a pretty tight operation at Tacos El Guero. One man takes the orders and handles the money, another mans the al pastor spit, while another is in charge of cooking the offals, sausage, and carne asada; all of which are cooked in a cylinder grill, except for the buche which is crisped up on a flat top grill. Inside the truck cooks prepare tortas and burritos, but the action is outside the truck; most people are here for the tacos.

On occasion the taquero cut the pork right from the spit on the tortilla but as the orders started coming at a faster rate he used the flat top next to the trompo. The pork wasn’t crisped up on the flat top. Instead, the taquero would cut a large amount of pork off the spit on to foil, then rest the foil on the flat top and make up all the tacos. This was probably not the most theatrical manner of taquero-ing, but it got the job done.

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Once my tacos were ready I attempted to garnish them from the salsa tubs on the table next to the truck but I was no match for the salsa baggie lady, who for the next 10 minutes reigned over the table as if this were the Game of Salsas. Getting past her to garnish my tacos was like throwing a lamb chop past a wolf. The cups weren’t enough; she thought it necessary to ladle the salsa into the plastic bags that are meant for condiments like onions, cilantro, and radishes.

There was no pineapple on my al pastor, a fact I didn’t realize until I started eating my tacos. I may have been distracted by the fact I was in South Central (Yeah, they changed the name to South LA a few years back but it’s still South Central). Nevertheless, the al pastor was excellent .The seasoning had a little spice to it and the meat had the right balance of tender and charred bits. With so much flavor only a little dab of salsa was needed.

The carne asada was just okay. I always order at least one asada taco when I’m taco- trucking, but this time I should have gone with buche, which was being cooked up just the way I like it – dorado style. But missing out on the buche gives me another excuse to head back to the corner of Vernon and McKinley in South Central. Also, next time I won’t forget to ask for piña.

Para Tacos El Guero
Vernon and McKinnley
Los Angeles, 90011
tacos $1.25
4/5

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