Buttonwillow -- a decent one and a half taco trucks
Passed through Buttonwillow in both directions this past holiday season. Heading
south, the most promising-looking place was a taco truck in the Shell station parking
lot by the north entrance to I-5. (The Indian restaurant also looked like a possibility
but I remembered a friend describing it as "eh, ok" and looking around this board
that seems to be the consensus).
I'm not sure if the taco truck was the one associated with Tita's which has been
positively reviewed here. It was definitely making claims to being Salvadorian though.
I had a torta de carnitas. It was very, very good. It was a big-chunks, roasted, meaty,
moist version of carnitas, not the crunchy brown crispy style, which was nice because
that's how I prefer it. It was huge. $5 and upwards of 3/4 lb of meat, some lettuce
and tomato, slather of beans and a squirt of cheese. Could really have used a dollop of
hotsauce as well but by the time I was sloppily eating on the highway it was too late.
The truck has posted hours of 10am-1am so I made sure to time the return trip right.
Unfortunately, when I got there at 11:30am on a saturday, the truck was nowhere to
be found. Disappointment. Took a spin the 4 miles west into town and the only option
seemed to be a brightly painted place on the main drag (easily identifiable until it fades
as the -only- brightly painted place on the main drag) festooned with "grand opening"
banners but not actually open at 11:40 am on a saturday.
Back to the highway strip. At the back of the Shell parking turns out there's another
taco-truck-looking place all painted red in front of a restaurant-looking place also painted
entirely red with a sign saying Planeta Rojo. A slightly confusing operation, you order
at the truck (actually a trailer) go inside the building to pay, then come back to the
trailer where the food is cooked. Then go back inside to eat it. No carnitas on the
menu. I got a decent but greasy and heavy breakfast burrito of eggs, chorizo, rice,
and beans. Tasty though next time I'd drop the rice. Huge. $4. Not for the delicate-
of-tummy if you're looking forward to a few more hours in a car.