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The once and future taco trucks

squid-kun | Oct 25, 200203:26 AM

One nice thing about being a relative newcomer to the site is stumbling across older posts. Someone will link to an earlier thread, and someone in that thread will link to another, then you'll spot an intriguing subject line nearby, and find a link yet further into the past, and -- well, soon enough you're eavesdropping on Ohlone hounds debating where to stash their empty oyster shells. Sure, some of the info is out of date; you can generally figure out its half-life by the nature of the post. But much of it remains entertaining and informative reading many months later.

I mention this because I just now happened upon Ruth Lafler's four-part Oakland taco truck opus, an amazing feat of hounding. Some of the details have changed, but it's still a mouthwatering introduction to the territory and what one can expect to find there. For anyone else who wasn't around in August and September of last year -- and I know there are lots of us -- here's where to read those posts. (For subsequent updates you're on your own.)





I did have a reason for clicking ceaselessly into the past, and that's the Dia de los Muertos festival, which takes place Sunday right in taco truck country (there's a link below, not especially helpful beyond time and place). What I was wondering is whether this would be a good day or a bad day to check out the neighborhood chow. Are the trucks even there, or do they get displaced by stages and booths? Or is it just too crowded to bother? Any guidance is much appreciated.



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