I’m not in north Austin very often, but every now and then I head up there for business or chowhounding—or sometimes both. The other day, I spied a taco truck called “Sport Taco” in a gas-station parking lot on the southwest corner of Parmer and Lamar. Of course, I had to check it out.
I tried a couple of tacos: the carne guisada and the barbacoa, both on flour tortillas. The tortillas, by the way, were pretty good. They reminded me of the ones from Don Luis: thin, shortening-rich, and homemade-tasting. I didn’t get a chance to ask about them, but from the texture, I’d guess that they make the tortillas themselves, by hand. The carne guisada was flavorful, but a bit unusual in that there was no “gravy” or sauce at all. It was just moist, seasoned meat. It was almost as though it was made with a dry rub. It was nice and salty, which is always good to me. The barbacoa was of the non-greasy shredded-roast-beef variety. This is not my favorite kind, but at least it wasn’t dry and stringy. They provided little baggies of green salsa that was a bit spicy: not exceptional, but not bad. They also provided a baggie with limes and cucumbers. So, you have some options for doctoring up any less-than-spectacular taco fillings.
That’s all I’ve tried to date. From that very small sample, I’d say that Sport Taco might be comparable in quality (though different in style) to Don Luis, pre-downhill-slide. Those of you who work in the area might want to check this place out. Or, if you already have, maybe post back with details about what you like?