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Three Brothers Taco Truck - Bay and Las Pulgas (Palo Alto)

Cecelia Jul 27, 2006 12:51 PM

I had been watching Three Brothers taco truck move from tree shade to building shade and back these past two weeks, eyeing that rolling food haven. Yesterday, I stopped worrying about getting across the Dumbartan Bridge and up the 880 corridor before traffic snarled.

I ordered three tacos: de pollo, carne asada and lengua (each 1.50, I'm pretty sure). The tortillas weren't handmade, but are they ever at taco trucks? Even so, they came out nicely grilled and ensured that the tacos were piping hot. You get the choice of spicy or mild salsa. I went with the tomatillo not caring whether it was the spicy or the mild one.

The chicken taco and the tongue taco were scrumptious. The steak taco had an odd flavor and the meat was just a little dry. The chicken taco was composed, not of grilled chicken, but of meat stewed in a flavorful red salsa. Topped with onions and cilantro and a squeeze of lime, just delicious. The tongue taco was also good. Tender meat also topped with cilantro and onions. I used the radishes to add just a bit of bite to the taco.

All in all, a good way to fortify yourself as you head away from the Peninsula and up into the East Bay.

  1. Melanie Wong Jul 27, 2006 05:10 PM

    Cece, sounds like a good find. I've not found pollo guisado offered often around here. It's something I miss from my intern days in downtown LA.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      Jefferson Aug 6, 2006 05:43 AM

      > pollo guisado

      I wasn't familiar with this term. I think this might be what the cashiers at Taqueria La Bamba in Mountain View call "boiled chicken" (which I would call stewed chicken). Very tasty, and good for those looking for the low fat option on the menu since it is made with chicken breast meat.

      1. re: Jefferson
        Melanie Wong Aug 6, 2006 05:45 AM

        A direct translation for pollo guisado is indeed stewed chicken. Glad to know that La Bamba has a tasty version. Also glad to have you posting again!

      2. re: Melanie Wong
        chocolatetartguy Nov 1, 2006 06:23 PM

        Sofrito in Fruitvale serves a Puerto Rican version of pollo guisado: chicken stewed with lot so onion, garlic and olives.

      3. The Chowhound Team Aug 4, 2006 04:00 AM

        Where exactly is this? We'd like to include this tip in Digest (aka ChowNews)

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        1. re: The Chowhound Team
          rworange Aug 4, 2006 07:16 AM

          It is the corner of Bay Road and Pulgas Avenue, actually in East Palo Alto.

          Here's the map, but ignore the address that pops up. It is just a local school so I could get a map of those two streets on the map


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          fiddlr40 Aug 4, 2006 05:30 PM

          Three Brothers also has a restaurant in E. Palo Alto, at 2220 University Ave. Not only do they have great food (including gorditas, tortas, and other items), they have some of the best agua fresca I've had, usually including several fruit flavors and horchata.

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          1. re: fiddlr40
            dmel Nov 1, 2006 04:49 AM

            I had lunch at Three Brothers restaurant today after passing on my way to work. It was great! Three tacos - two chicken one steak. All were tasty and the spicy guacamole was a real treat!

          2. cfarivar Jun 12, 2008 04:44 PM

            I went to this truck today and enjoyed a fantastic carnitas and pastor taco with a so-so asada taco as well. The carnitas and pastor were very crispy and were served on grilled tortillas. Fantastic!

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