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Lookin for the best taco truck

AteTooMuch May 25, 2008 07:47 PM

I see 'em around...never had the guts to try one...now, I am ready.

any suggestions? San Fernando Valley preferred, but I will go as far as LA if the accolades point that way.



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    Jwsel RE: AteTooMuch May 25, 2008 08:28 PM

    In the San Fernando Valley, Tacos La Fonda is a truck that parks at nights at the car wash at the corner of Vineland and Vanowen. All tortillas are handmade, the salsas are great, and the meats are usually excellent. I always go for the asada and, if it is available, the chorizo. The al pastor is quite goos, as well.

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      estone888 RE: AteTooMuch May 25, 2008 09:36 PM

      Your best bet is to consult The Great Taco Hunt blog: http://tacohunt.blogspot.com You'll find everything you want there. It hasn't been updated since last year, but it's still very useful for most neighborhoods around town.

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        bulavinaka RE: estone888 May 27, 2008 07:40 PM

        I used to follow his blog actively but it wasn't updated for a while. Looks like the recent rumble in LA County Sups meetings has fired him up again. Even still, his blog is a great reference for sourcing great tacos...

      2. blackbookali RE: AteTooMuch May 27, 2008 05:38 PM

        taco zone. get the suadero. on alvarado, in front of the Vons by Glendale Blvd.

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          ns1 RE: blackbookali May 29, 2008 09:17 AM

          2nd, I'm partial to the carne asada. very healthy compared to other taco trucks IMHO

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            blacksab67 RE: blackbookali Jun 1, 2008 08:24 AM

            I "third" Taco Zone. North of Sunset Blvd (on Alvarado). I'd die without it... and wish they would jar and sell their red sauce.

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            sbposter RE: AteTooMuch May 27, 2008 06:18 PM

            There is on at night on Barry and Santa Monica in West LA that is really good

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              Norm Man RE: AteTooMuch May 28, 2008 11:58 PM

              My favorite taco truck is located at the Southwest corner of La Brea and Olympic and operates Monday through Saturday starting around 7 PM.

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                mdpilam RE: Norm Man May 31, 2008 06:46 PM

                El Chato. This is my favorite, namely for their al pastor which is fantastic.

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                hpcat RE: AteTooMuch May 29, 2008 10:56 AM

                Here is my ode to Highland Park: El Pique on York and Ave. 53 and La Estrella on York and Ave. 54. The La Estrella truck on Figueroa north of York is also very good. I love the carnitas, al pastor, and lengua at all of these.

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                  exilekiss RE: hpcat Jun 1, 2008 08:15 AM

                  I second hpcat's ode. :)

                  BTW hpcat, have you been to El Pique recently? I swung by around 11:00 a.m. 2 weeks ago (they've always told me they serve from 10:00 a.m. through Midnight or 2:00 a.m. (I forgot which)), but the truck was gone! :( I hope they didn't fall victim to the new LA Anti-Taco Truck law.

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                    blackbookali RE: hpcat Jun 1, 2008 03:32 PM

                    just tried el pique - the carne asada was so juicy i wrecked my shorts and a good chunk of side walk.

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                      exilekiss RE: blackbookali Jun 1, 2008 03:40 PM

                      Hey blackbookali,

                      Ah cool, phew! Seems like they must've gone away that one day I visited for some reason. Glad to hear they're back.

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                      Bjartmarr RE: hpcat Jun 2, 2008 10:19 AM

                      I picked up some al pastor at the York&54 Estrella last night. They smelled wonderful (an odd clovey-anisey smell), but the meat was pasty and unappetizing. Drowning them in salsa helped a little.

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                      andytseng RE: AteTooMuch May 29, 2008 11:45 AM

                      If you couldn't tell from the responses in this thread so far, there really is no "best" taco truck. They're mostly pretty similar. It is no coincidence that every person's favorite is also the taco truck that is on their route home after a night of drunken debauchery.

                      Mine is El Taquito Mexicano on Fair Oaks in Pasadena.

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                        AteTooMuch RE: andytseng May 29, 2008 12:31 PM

                        Ya, I gonna be checking out La Fonda tomorrow nigh, its about 5 min from me. the others will take a considerable drive and with the price of gas these days, gonna be hard justifying huinting for tacos away from SFV...

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                        agodcalledpastor RE: AteTooMuch Jun 1, 2008 11:38 PM

                        Give El Matador a try, on Western and Lexington, great pastor tacos. Also, make the trip to El Pique if you get the chance, it's definitely worth it.

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                          exilekiss RE: agodcalledpastor Jun 2, 2008 07:42 AM

                          Love your CH name :) - So where have you had the best Al Pastor Tacos in LA? El Matador on Western & Lexington? Or elsewhere? Thanks!

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                            agodcalledpastor RE: exilekiss Jun 2, 2008 10:45 AM

                            well, it really depends. The Al Pastor at El Taurino on Hoover has a delicious flavor and a pulled pork consistency that is super-unctuous, but I do miss the crispy, chewy texture of the spit roasted variety. I hear that on the weekends, El Taurino has a truck in their parking lot that does have Al Pastor on a spit, and I've heard only good things. For the meantime, El Pique, El Matador and even Taco Zone had some really tasty, crispy style Pastor tacos.

                            I'm glad you like the name. It was embarrassing to call my wife and start talking about this 'taco truck we haven't tried here on hyperion, they must have great pastor tacos... oh, its got a funny name, and it's got bible quotes...oh wait a second... not a taco truck."

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