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Antojitos Tavo, Sonoma Valley

Melanie Wong | Jan 31, 200209:38 PM

Monday night around 9pm I was tooling up Hwy 12 and stopped by the local taco truck, Antojitos Tavo, which is parked a couple blocks south of the Sonoma Mission Inn from about 5pm to midnight. The soft tacos are $1.25 and I ordered one carnitas and one cabeza para aqui. Even though it was close to freezing outside, no taco improves with transport.

The cook here isn't afraid to use oil on the flat top which adds extra flavor and grease to the griddled corn tortillas and meats. The cebollitos (green onions), served on the side with some sliced of cucumber and jalapeno, are also delectably greasy. The tacos were good as always with fresh garnishes and the thin almost bitter chili sauce.

What was new this time was a handwritten sign, "champurrado, $1" and "pupusas, $2.50". I asked for a sample of the champurrado - the taste suited me but what was especially welcome was clutching the hot liquid in my hands on this cold night. The thick porridge-like drink tasted of corn and a faint bit of spicy chocolate that you needed to reach for to detect. It was only slightly sweetened and left a welcome warm glow within.

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