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Oct 8, 2008 01:29 PM

Need Taco Truck 101

I am newish to Los Angeles need basic information on the famous Taco Trucks. Are they always in the same place at the same time? What are usual Taco Truck hours? Are there a small number of "can't miss" Taco Trucks that are worth the drive no matter where in LA you live? Are there any Taco Trucks near Olympic and La Cienega (where I live)?

I tried to search chowhound archives to see if this has been addressed before, but I couldn't find it. If this subject has already been addressed, please point me in the right direction.

Thanks for your help.

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    1. The best feature of CH is local reporting - we look forward to your investigations.
      Catering trucks usually serve locations that are underserved by fixed eateries.
      I don't travel long distances to find a truck since they can move without warning.

      From your location I'd head south and east to find more suitable territory. Early evening is a better time to search, although trucks are fairly common in industrial/commercial areas around lunchtime.

      1. If you travel East to Olympic and La Brea, there's a local taco truck that's pretty good on the South West corner, opposite from the gas station. It's usually here after 7.30 PM.

        And if you go South on La Cienega, there's a taco truck on Venice, a little bit West (like, 100 yards West) of the intersection. I've never tried that one. I'm in this area on Saturday nights, when I go to the Culver City openings, but I'm pretty sure this truck is there week nights too. I think it comes after 8 PM.

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        1. re: bad nono

          Following up on "bad nono's" post, the truck at LaBrea/Olympic is the El Chato truck. I like the tacos and the quesadillas best. They come in from Rosemead so with traffic they might get there a bit late but they are around until about 1am. They are there 6 nights a week except Sunday. Not too sure about the truck he refers to on Venice just west of La Cienega. I only got a burrito once, but I preferred the Don Jorge taco place a few blocks west (also on the north side of the street). The Don Jorge guys used to have a taco truck, but opened up a small joint that's open until 1am (might go to 1:30am on the weekends). I've not been going to Don Jorge since I found the Beto's taco truck on Jefferson near Cloverdale (the location is between La Cienega and La Brea). They are there from 6pm to 11 pm every night. I think their food is (to my tastes) is generally the best of the places I list, but I think the El Chato quesadilla is better. El Chato serves a cheap and tasty jamaica (drink). I have seen the Beto's truck still working after 11pm on the weekends and grabbed some food from them. I'm kind of late when I'm on the prowl for my taco fix after I've gone to hear music so I adjust my plans accordingly.

        2. Here's a great resource... it may be what burgerboy was posting up but I don't see the link.

          A good rule of thumb is..... if you see a truck with a crowd it's probably worth a stop.

          Also if you get into real taco country gorilla taco stands can also be a great find.
          Look for a string of bare bulbs, cart and a al pastor spit. They usually start popping up around 5 to 6pm.

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            1. re: The Wiz

              There is a Taco Table on Vermont, just north of Washington on the east side of street. I think they are there thursday-saturday after 6 or 7pm. Great stuff!

            1. re: JOHNO2

              He may be paid to eat at Taco trucks but has Rambos up there as one of the best and it's pretty average.... Especially when there are so many options in that area.

              The cool thing about Rambos is the Rambo painting on the truck itself.

              It's pretty classic!