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Memelas Take the Pain Away: La Oaxacana Taco Truck

Dommy! | Jun 30, 200508:50 PM

If you don’t mind me bragging for a second… This has been my best softball EVER. Not only because our team has a winning record… but also because our home field is right on the intersection of Lincoln and Rose in Venice… The same intersection as the La Oaxacana Taco Truck!

Well, last night we got beat… … SPANKED…. HARD… ugh… So I headed over the truck afterwards because there is nothing like good chow to make you forget that error you made in the 5th.

Lets see… about one game a week for the last few months… Hmm… lets just say I’ve made many visits to this truck and have worked my way through its menu. It has all the taco truck standards, Tacos, burritos, Quesadillas. But what makes it special is their Oaxacan specialties, like Tlyudas, and Memelas.

Of the meats, I prefer their Carne Asada, its flavorful and grilled to perfection. (I love diving to the game and seeing the truck spilling huge plumes of smoke on Lincoln) Their cabeza, which I had for the first time last night, is just AMAZING. Some of the best I’ve ever had. The soft chunks of cheeks were SO flavorful and tender. It made the pot roast I had at Jar last week seem like shoe leather…

Their lengua, sadly does not measure up to the salty richness of some other taco trucks I’ve tried. Their el pastor, I don’t even think is cooked on a spit! It’s dry and is barely charred or spicy. I generally don’t like the Oaxacan meats, Cecina and Tosajo (Too salty) and I haven’t tried their Milanesa or Chicken, because I can make those at home easy. And sadly, they do no have carnitas.

Everything they sell is cheap… Nothing over $5. The burritos, tacos, and tortas are standard size and come with all the standard fixings. The Tlyuda, the most expensive thing on the menu, is HUGE and is the best version of this ‘Oaxacan pizza I’ve had. Still, every time I go almost always order a Burritos or Tortas. They also sometimes have Tamales and other specialties, be sure to ask! .

Their ‘extras’ are also amazing. Fresh baked sweet breads (Including these pastry horns filled with the most luscious custard) and other desserts (Like that super rich and yummy Mexican rice pudding in a cup!) They carry all sorts of Mexican sodas in glass bottles (My favorite is Sidral, the apple soda, but they do have Mexican coke) and even champurado which is perfect to have in your hands while you wait for them to fill your order on those chilly nights!

Last night I tried their Memela for the very first time. Memela is an ULTRA thick corn tortilla that is VERY soft (I usually get these plain at Guelagetza to use to scoop up their amazing black mole.). Theirs are fresh made, and are the size of a soft taco tortilla. It’s smothered in black bean puree, sprinkled with your choice of meat (I choose the Cabeza), cheese, lettuce, salsa and guacamole.

Because the tortilla is so soft and they just pile on the toppings, this is an item to take home! Eating a Memella there would be a MESSY affair! And I tore right into it when I got home, smothered it with tons of their awesme salsa (Which is flavorful and packs a bit of heat!) and all those memories of those five runs the other team scored in the 3rd just washed away… Hmmm… I can’t wait until our next game…


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