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El Cabrito

equinoise | | Apr 15, 2014 01:37 PM

I happened upon this Oaxacan-flavored truck on Rainier Avenue today. It sat in the former Stan's Drive-in lot (now Altercare MMJ) just north of San Fernando Roasted Chicken. As the truck photo depicts, a new visitor gets the sense there is a higher-level artistic vision behind Cabrito than prevails at the average mobile taqueria. The photo-menu here displays the Oaxacan specialties, including tlayudas, barbacoa, enfrijoladas and large square-shaped mole-infused tamales. More conventional tacos and burritos are also sold. Black bean paste/sauce seems to feature prominently, as one might expect from this regional cuisine. Said paste formed the base for the tlayuda I enjoyed (pictured) which also had slices of an unusually tender adobada-style pork, queso Oaxaca, tomatoes, shredded cabbage and a smoky red chile salsa. The tortilla was wider, lighter and more crispy than prior versions of tlayudas I have had; the cook offered me an alternative folded style, but I trusted her judgment favoring the flat. Quite nice. I will return for other specialty items mentioned here.

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