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Good tacos in Corona

Jeremy Osner | Dec 13, 2001 08:11 PM

It had long been a holy grail of mine, to find a taco truck in Jackson Heights, Elmhurst or Corona that served good food -- I say "had long been" because I gave up about a year and a half ago after one too many stale tortilla/greasy, flavorless meat combo.

I was driving through Corona this evening and decided to check up on La Espiga, where I have not eaten for too long a time -- I drove around it in ever-widening circles, looking for a parking spot, until I decided to throw in the towel and head home taco-less. When serendipity struck! As I turned onto Roosevelt from 108th Street I noticed a taco truck and a parking space right next to it! So I parked and had one, and it was so good I had another.

I reckon these would just about stand up to La Espiga tacos in a taste-off. They are different -- truck tacos are always a bit sloppier, not as refined -- but the tortillas were absolutely fresh, and the meat was good. (I had tongue and carnitas; both quite tasty but the carnitas was a little fatty.) The sauces on the counter were pleasantly piquant and the onion-cilantro mix was not too old.

The place needs another few visits to make sure I didn't just hit lucky, an unusual night; I hope to make those visits in the near future. The truck is on the north side of Roosevelt in between 108 and 107, and is painted blue and white with "Tacos Mexicanos" painted around the passenger-side window, a list of sodas to the right of the service window, and a list of tacos to the left. The cook is a 40- or 50-year old woman who speaks a little English.

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