No one seems to know how to spell “Sinaloense”—not even the owner of the taco truck selling food from that part of Mexico—but one hound says that when it comes to the pupusas from El Sierreño Sinalouense Taco Truck, you might as well spell it “d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s.”
Ruth Lafler scouted out the El Sierreño truck on Oakland’s Coliseum Way, and rushed back to recommend the pupusas. On first seeing the truck, Ruth was after fish tacos—Sinaloa is a state on Mexico’s northwest shore, and classic dishes from the region feature seafood as well as sun-dried meat called machaca and a fried pork dish known as chilorio. But Ruth changed her plans when she saw an employee roll a free-standing pupusa griddle to the front of the truck.
She didn’t regret it. “Outstanding, with a delicately crisp surface to the tender, fluffy masa,” Ruth says of the pupusa. She tried a cheese pupusa and one with a filling of “porky, well caramelized” carnitas. Both were served with a generous helping of crisp, lightly pickled curtido.
On weekdays, you can find the truck parked on the Oakland Embarcadero near Fifth Avenue, though shanghaikid warns that he tried a burrito during one of their Embarcadero stops and it wasn’t very good.
El Sierreño Sinalouense Taco Truck [Mobile]
No formal address, but parked weekdays at Fifth Avenue & Embarcadero, Oakland
No phone available