Oakland Taco Trucks
- Ruth Lafler
I have some time this afternoon for chowhounding, so I thought I'd go out and survey Oakland taco trucks (the one I used to frequent is gone, and haven't found one I like as well).
If you have any suggestions, would you post them (with location!) and I'll check back later.
Thanks in advance!
There is a place in Oakland that has been strongly recommended by an acquaintance, who claims it was the best taco/burrito place in the East Bay. It is on East 14th Street (now known as International Boulevard), officially known by the ackward title "El Taco Zamorano Taqueria", right near the corner of High Street, next to a very good Mexican Supermarket.
The neighborhood is a little iffy (I am not talking Mission-iffy, more like south Oakland-iffy), daytime might be better than dinner.
Your acquaintance is right. Taco Zamarano truck in parking lot of the Mexican grocery store on High and East 14 was my favorite Oakland truck but last time I drove by it was gone and another truck had taken it's place. The Taco Z restaurant was still at the side of the parking lot and down the street but the truck was gone. I'm eagerly awaiting Ruth's analysis of the Oakland trucks.
Having a chowhound taco truck tour sounds like fun!
We could either each hit a different one and meet at one that has tables and compare notes, or we could do it like a progressive dinner.
Before we pick a day, though, I'd want to take a drive by on a weeknight and see how many are there, since my first survey was on a Saturday night.
Maybe we can convince some taco truck doubters to come with us (my Mom, on hearing of my current project, also expressed concerns about whether the trucks are hygienic -- as far as I can tell, they're as clean or cleaner than most restaurant kitchens).
re: Ruth Lafler
Suggestion....gather monthly to hit a couple. make it, like, the first saturday afternoon of every month. Work through 'em. I once had a "Great Roast Chickens of New York" group that met along those lines.
In fact, if someone will bring a digital camera and take photos, we could rig you an ongoing photo diary/article to present the fruits of your research.