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Napa Valley Taco Trucks

My work takes me from Los Angeles, up into the Napa Valley for the entire month of October and I know there are quite a few Taco Trucks that run up and down the valley. I was wondering whether anybody has had the time to find any diamonds in the "carne asada" ruff amongst them. If not, what about any standout taqueria style eateries or mexican in general?

Coming from LA, we're a bit spoiled by the sheer numbers of quality mobile and stationary taco joints.

I know someone out there is as obsessive as I about their Tacos.


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  1. This is a really good situation for using "places" -- a search of "Napa taco truck" turned up three places listings (which include threads that link or mention them) and 170 topics.

    1. My favorite is the Herradura truck parked next to Kragen Auto Parts on Jefferson @Lincoln. It's all about the Al Pastor there. Taqueria Tres Hermanos on 1st. St. downtown is also a killer hole-in-the wall taco shop, try their Carnitas. La Luna Market in Rutherford might have the best burritos in the valley.

      1. Speaking of someone who is obsessive about tacos: http://yumtacos.com/

        1. If we're strictly talking trucks: Tacos Garcia (Chevron parking lot @ Salvador/Hwy 29) has a delicious carnitas burrito -- request it with a couple sides of their guacamole salsa.

          1. I think the Michoacan trucks are excellent.
            If you want to drive a bit, the Dos Hermanos truck in Vallejo is sublime.

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            1. re: Earl Grey

              I like the Michoacan trucks as well, although the Garcia's truck has replaced the Michoacan truck at Salvador and Hwy 29. I've also visited the brick-and-morter Michoacan restaurant in Napa, which is relatively new. It was pretty bland, and somehow not up to par with their trucks.

            2. My fav. is (god the name always escapes me) truck on Soscol, facing southbound, south of Lincoln very close to the car wash. Big "Fish Tacos" sign on the dash. Go for the fish and/or camaron tacos. It's directly across from the new Westin under construction and popular with the construction workers. Also have the other classics too like tripa, cabeza, etc.

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              1. re: Dan Wodarcyk

                Agree with Dan. It's La Esparanza on Socol, facing south, very near McKinsitry. Their fish tacos, chorizo tacos are excellent.

              2. Tacos Garcia-Salvador at HWY 29. Mario is the man, Chile Verde burrito is the way to go. I love the taco truck so much I have had him cater 3 parties at my house! Imagine the truck rolls into your driveway, opens up and takes orders, the crowd goes wild!

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                1. re: SGroth

                  Can you tell us a little more about his catering? How do you arrange it? What does it cost? We get requests several times a year from people asking about taco trucks that come to your house, and there's very little information from people who've actually done it.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    Mario's cell phone is 707-815-0443- He charged me $550 to feed unlimited amounts of food to 50 people. Best catering prices in town! The novelty of having the truck roll in...they even put out their own garbage cans. Mario can create any menu you want. I usually select 3 meats for tacos, burritos and quesadillas but he always brings some orders of tongue, cactus and other specialties for those who really know their taco truck. He usually asks for a small deposit and I always drop by the truck with my address, phone contact, date of event etc...

                2. Thanks for the skinny on all fronts. Was up last week and tried Luna Market. Not too shabby. Look forward to others.

                  Can I get anyone to second that "Dos Hermanos, Vallejo" recommendation?

                  Either way, thanks

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                  1. re: WileysHungryAgain

                    A second on Dos Hermanos in Vallejo. Was just there again on Saturday. The food is good, and they have picnic tables in the parking lot to enjoy your food. Very good; the carne asada on Saturday was tender and perfectly spiced.

                    I still prefer La Esparanza in Napa for two reasons: they have fish tacos and chorizo tacos (Dos Hermanos doesn't offer either), and I give cooking talent/edge to La Esparanza.