Good taco trucks on the eastside?
- gmm Apr 25, 2010 07:03 PM
There's a taco truck in the parking lot of the 76 gas station in West Totem Lake. Their bbq pork tacos are tasty, though very greasy. I wasn't that impressed with their carne asada, and their salsa is kind of blah. Are there any other good taco trucks on the eastside (Bellevue/Kirkland/Bothell)? Open on Sunday would be a plus because I'd love some tacos right now.
Alas, the Eastside is not Seattle and I personally have not seen any taco trucks. However, there are a couple of good places you can get freshly-made soft tacos. One is La Cocina del Puerco in Old Bellevue that offers taquitos that come three to a plate, along with rice and beans. My personal favorite filling is carnitas, as good a version as I've had anywhere. They even make their own corn tortillas on a griddle. The taquitos plate, however, is not exactly cheap, which may be important to you.
The other place is La Venadita Taqueria in Issaquah whose tacos are definitely taco truck priced ($1.29 each). Fillings include asada, chicken, cabeza, lengua, chorizo and adobada. My favorite is the adobada. You can order tacos singly or in a combination plate.
Because both places are sit-down restaurants, they offer other things as well, many of them quite good.
Taqueria Guadalajara is a taco truck in Bellevue. It is in the 76 gas station parking lot (corner of 148th Ave and NE 24th. It is the best taco truck on the Eastside. It can be good but can be a little bit inconsistent. The lengua (tongue) is pretty good. The al pastor was great a couple of times but really dried out one time. Overall, a good taco truck.
Finally tried Taqueria Guadalajara today. I don't know what they were like when they first opened, but after the meal I had there today, I wouldn't be caught dead recommending this place. Meats were dried out and utterly infused with the flavor of old grease. My carne asada taco was served to me with bits of black paper strewn amongst the meat. The al Pastor just tasted bizarre, couldn't quite put my finger on it. Pollo was the best of the three I had, but still dry and extremely greasy. My stomach is still doing somersaults.
Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.
Well, to be fair - the OP was asking about taco trucks on the eastside. That is simply the best taco truck on the eastside, but it's due to a general lack of options. There is another one in Kirkland that I mention further down below, but it's of a similar quality level.
I've been to Taqueria Guadalajara a couple times, and I've never had dried meat. My principle complaint is the general blandness of the food, but it's alright in a pinch.
There's a place (non truck) near downtown Bellevue that's similar in style to El Puerco Lloron at Pike Place Market, but not really near its quality. If I'm paying ~$10 for that kind of food, I'll usually just make the trip downtown instead.
El Puerco Lloron
1501 Western Ave Ste 200, Seattle, WA 98101
There's one that opened not too long ago in the Chevron station parking lot on Central Way in Kirkland (I believe it's called Tacos El Guero.) I have only been there once, and don't recall it being too memorable, but need to give it another try before passing judgment one way or the other.
But I'd agree and say that Taqueria Guadalajara is probably your best bet for a taco truck around here.
Taqueria Rinconsito on 140th is an actual restaurant, but the food is a bit better than the Guadalajara truck and the prices are taco-truckish.
On Redmond Way, there's Taqueria el gallo. I consider it only average, having been there only once. Again, a sit-down restaurant serving taco-truck food.
In Bothell, there's Aca Las Tortas. As the name implies, they're a torta shop that also serves other side things like tacos. They've since moved into an actual store and have a website.
Aca Las Tortas
22910 Bothell Everett Hwy, Bothell, WA 98021
I actually ended up going to Taqueria El Rinconsito on Sunday. They are open until midnight and they were totally packed around 7:30pm. Four tacos only cost $3.48 with tax, so it was actually cheaper than some taco trucks. The adobada was a bit fatty for my taste, but the carnitas were good. I'd definitely like to try some of their other menu items.