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Cocina Azteca Taco Truck - Update

Joe MacBu | Nov 19, 200412:40 AM

I finally got a chance to try out the Cocina Azteca de Oro truck at the Mi-T-Mart parking lot [Westgate and Santa monica]. I got there at 7.30p, just as they were setting up shop for the dinner rush. The idealized hours of operation are 7pm until 1 or 2am. But bear in mind that this IS a taco truck, subject to the whims of the taco truck gods.

A friend had previously raved about the chicken chile relleno torta, but I decided to try some of the smaller items in order to sample widely.

Carnitas taco: Oh yeah! The meat is in shreds, simultaneously crispy and slightly chewy. Not intensly porky, but it hit the spot. Definately a good start.

Al pastor taco: Dissapointing. The meat was more like a barbacoa, tender and juicy. I was hoping for intensly spiced and charred chunks of red and black pork. I will continue go to the taco truck across the street for a better version [I wish Taqueria Sanchez set up a truck on SM Blvd].

Memela with carne asada: The asada is good. Next time I would get it on a taco. It it nicely grilled, tender with slight crispness. Especially tasty with the bits of grilled onion. Unfortunately the memela is a bit too dense for me. The bread/tortilla could have been fresher and lighter. It comes with a black sauce which simultaneously reminded me of mole negro and pureed refried beans, but really doesn't do either well. It's good in small doses, but not in slathered quantities.

Flautas: Mmmmm. There's chicken inside and they deep fry it while you wait. Excuse me, they deep fry it PERFECTLY while you wait. Light, crunchy and a little bit greasy with the flavor of lard. It comes 4 to an order with a little bit of the aforementioned black sauce, a pile of lettuce, bits of avocado, and a glop of sour cream on the side. But really, it's about the fried tortilla. The meat inside is garnish. Get it with all the extra crap on the side, so that they don't soggify that crunch.

The only drinks they have are atoles. Apparently Mi-T-Mart doesn't want them to sell sodas, so you'll want to go inside the store to quench that indigestion.

They just need to set up some benches in the parking lot, put up some Christmas lights and bring out the Mariachi band for a ncie festive atmosphere.

3 tacos, 2 memelas, and an order of flautas: $8 !
Maybe they forgot to charge for something, but I'll make it up by being a regular customer. The people running it are friendly as well.

P.S. They have deep fried quesadillas. Wow.

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