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Jul 9, 2010 01:55 PM


I bumped into an old friend the other day who also is a "foodie' and he told me about Taqueria Madrigal‎ "Taco Truck" in Lakewood, NJ who has the Best Tacos around....only on Fri/Sat/Sun they park the Truck in the Shenandoah Park parking lot on Clover naturally I had to venture out today and try some Tacos....let me tell you my friend was more the right, when I got there there was a line up to the truck, and a nice truck it is all stainless steel and very clean...the menu has only a few kinds of tacos they serve...grilled Beef, Pork, Shredded Beef, Head, & Tongue....OMG!! they were so fresh and delicious and only $2.50 each! a fresh grilled Corn Tortilla filled with grilled seasoned Beef with fresh cilantro, white onions, or Shredded Pork in a nice seasoned sauce...I had one of each 5 total, lol..... all were super good, bags of Fresh Chicarone, ice cold Mexican sodas served truck side too.....they come with home made fresh Salsa Verde also YUM! I'm told they also have a restaurant in cedar Bridge Ave in Lakewood also just past the railroad tracks in the shopping center next to the laundry across from the ball field.. I WILL be back!

Taqueria Madrigal‎ Restaurant
105 Cedar Bridge Avenue,
Lakewood, NJ‎ - (732) 534-7155‎


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  1. The Tacos were so good yesterday that today I brought the wife today to try them we went back to the Taqueria Truck in the rain in Lakewood and tried 4 different ones OMG!! soooo good!....then we went to their restaurant in town and took home some Torte de Pastor Shredded Pork Mexican Sandwiches also.....

    check it out sometime

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    1. re: Tapas52

      Today I had to get my Taco to try more delicious Tacos at Taqueria Madrigal Restaurant in Lakewood WOW !....same people who run the great Taco Truck in Shenandoah Park on Clover Street... Fri,Sat,'s a picture of what I ordered ...."Taco al Pastor" (Marinated shredded pork)....Tacos de Asada (Grilled seasoned Beef )...Tacos Campensinos ( Beef, chopped Onion, Jalapeno Pepper) Tacos I ever had.

        1. re: tuxedo

          The address is at the bottom of the original post...

          Taqueria Madrigal‎ Restaurant
          105 Cedar Bridge Avenue,
          Lakewood, NJ‎ - (732) 534-7155‎

          1. re: equal_Mark

            right you are...funny thing I know exactly where this place is...I pass it on my shortcut from monmouth to ocean county...was this a fried chicken and fish place at one time?

            1. re: tuxedo

              It was a dunkin donuts before this.

    2. I'm pretty familiar with the area that the restaurant is at... next to the liquor store at the end of MLK Blvd. I'm not so sure I'd be comfortable going there without a flack jacket, no matter how good the food is.

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      1. re: RUeating

        RUeating....I never had a problem at all around there & I have lived in the area 25 years my family & I have eaten in both places many times..... don't judge a book by it's cover ;) can always go to the Taco Truck in Shenandoah Park Fri/Sat/Sun also...

        1. re: Tapas52

          I just went there today. Nice place, tacos were good, soda cold, waitress friendly.
          Neighborhood is a little odd with the mix around there but not dangerous.
          That said...The best tacos that I have had in a long time, including Mexico are at
          The Bradley Cafe on Main Street in Bradley Beach. Soto and his wife Graciela
          put out some great food. Worth the trip for breakfast or lunch..

          1. re: fatnut

            We hit the taco Truck in the Park Yesterday afternoon usual simply delicious....3 pastor (seasoned pork).....3 (asada beef) with home made salsa verde....doesn't get any better! washed it down with a Mexican Jamaica Soda YUMMM!

      2. I was in the neighborhood, and decided to try out the store for some tacos due to the great reviews.

        I must tell you this was my first taco experience. Never had 'em before. These were great! I had a sampler of four different ones. They came on hand made corn tortillas.

        I had the pastor, marinated pork meat. This one was very tasty, but the greasiest of the bunch. Then came the campesinos, which was beef and jalapeno peppers. Lots of peppers in this one, and a nice bite! The asada (beef) was good, but not the standout in the bunch. Since this was a first for tacos, I decided to go all the way out on the limb and get lengua (tongue). This was terrific, and nothing I imagined it would be. It was very beefy and delicious.

        I got plenty of lime segments to dress the tacos, and also red and green sauce. Both were very good. I ate each taco hald red and half green. I chose a Jarritos soda from the case, Tamarind. I'm not sure what it is, but I enjoyed that too.

        For those of you worried about location, don't! I am the biggest chicken on the planet, and I felt comfortable in the shopping mall. The restaurant is very neat and clean, and there were a few tables occupied, since I was there after lunchtime.

        I'll be visiting again. Maybe I'll eat in and try the flautas, which you can't take out.

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        1. re: Heidi cooks and bakes

          Heidi.... I'm so glad you got a chance to try Taqueria Madrigal's the real deal !! When the weather gets nicer they open the taco truck at the Shenandoah Park lot a few blocks away....they also make nice dinner specials too sometimes.....Tamarinda soda is made from the tamarind seed....also the main ingredient in Worcestershire sauce also.... I go there at least once a it !!

          1. re: Tapas52

            Hit the Taqueria Madrigal‎ Restaurant again for the 2nd time in two weeks OMG they are simply the best I have ever had anywhere and the REAL DEAL Mexican style unlike most of these so called offshoots.. ;-)
            I ordered three Pastor (pork)& two Campencinos (beef)...home made salsa Verde, and Hot Caliente` sauce is to die for down it with a nice Ice Cold Mexican Soda Yum!!

            1. re: Tapas52

              I'm from Lakewood, though I've been living in Los Angeles for the last 15 years (LA has so many taco trucks it's not worth counting).

              My culinary memories of Lakewood are Wawa Shortis, Chinese, pizza and Italian food. No Indian restaurants, no Korean. The first Japanese sushi place opened on Rte 9 back in the mid 1980s when I was a kid, and I remember thinking how strange it was that they served raw fish.

              But I absolutely love reading that Lakewood has a real taco truck. I have little to do with Lakewood nowadays, but it tickles me to know that we at least have this connection.

              Mr Taster

              1. re: Mr Taster

                I agree with you Lakewood has changed considerably, but if you look hard there's a few gems like the Taqueria Madrigal‎ Taco Truck & Restaurant!!

        2. The wife and I had a craving for Tacos off we went to Taqueria Madrigal‎ Restaurant AGAIN!!.....simply IMO the best Tacos anywhere in the area., home made salsas also, ...
          They added some really nice things to their menu also apps, entrees, drinks too..
          all Authentic Mexican food...fried Mojarra fish, Pozole soup,Salted Beef) Torta. Cecina, Champurrado (thick Mexican Chocolate Drink) and a host of other great things...15 min away it's definitely one of my favorite stops..btw besides the restaurant their Taco Truck is now also parked in the Shenandoah Park parking lot Fri, Sat,Sun also due to the nice weather...

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          1. re: Tapas52

            Just to report another wonderful Taco lunch today at Taqueria Madrigal‎ Restaurant....not the truck,
            we ordered the 8 taco special 4 Pastor, 4 Compensino, their home made hot roasted pepper salsa on top...sooooo gooood!!

            1. re: Tapas52

              You're killing me....I don't get down to Lakewood too often except to shoot at Shore Shot, How far is the restaurant and truck from exit 88 or Airport road?

              1. re: Duppie

                Its not too far away from exit 88....just past the Blue Claws stadium on
                rt 528 ( Cedar bridge Ave ) just over the railroad tracks in a small strip mall ....
                restaurant is on the end across from a small BB field... enjoy

                1. re: Tapas52

                  Thanks...Lakewood is about 45 minutes from me so if I'm already in the neighborhood might as well eat some good Mexican.