Eating in the City of Commerce takes a little effort. As a newbie, I didnt know the best catering trucks; and the prospect of sitting in the food court at the Citadel shopping center wasnt that appealing.
I needed to find a little place that was reliably good.
Super Antojitos was about a block away from where I was working, and the sign made the place sound like it had everything I love: mariscos, tacos, burritos, and on and on.
The first time I struck out. I ordered the burrito al pastor. It was good-sized, but the meat tasted like it had been sitting a while. The burritos are $6.50.
The second time I did better, but not great. I ordered the carnitas burrito. It was good when it was good crusty on the outside and stringy on the inside, but there was just too much fat.
Then came the home run: carne asada tacos. Theyre $1.75 each, so 3 tacos with a canned soda was about $7 with tax.
The tacos are full-sized, not the little ones like Tacos Villa Corona in Atwater (which I love). Each taco has two tortillas, the meat, cilantro and some hot sauce. The meat is browned to the point that the flavor is at its peak. And the sweet corn flavor from the obviously fresh tortillas (they dont make them there, but they taste very fresh), melds with the meat and condiments to produce a really good balance that makes you want to take the next bite.
For an office worker like me, its a lot of food, and I probably would have been satisfied with 2 tacos. My philosophy is to order just less than what I think I want. Then I can order some more if Im still hungry. In this case, I over-ordered, but finished it anyway. It was that good.
I think what makes this place so great is that the cook must be the owner. There are different girls up front taking the orders (only 2 people work there at a time), but the cook is always the same.
There are 6 tables inside and 4 outside on Slauson. The clientele is truckers and local factory workers. Most of the communication is in Spanish, although the ladies at the counter understand English, especially as it relates to the menu.
They play a Spanish game show on the TV which is obviously the equivalent of Family Feud. Its fun to see the hosts and the contestants react the way you would expect, except in Spanish. Theres also another game show on the Spanish channel that looks like Lets Make a Deal. There are a lot of people in the audience dressed up in costume, and they compete for prizes. The trip is that they win like $139, and theyre jumping up and down and all happy. Can you imagine if a contestant on some game show on NBC (or any of the networks) won $139? Theyd probably kick the host and walk off the set. But it's really a kick to watch these shows as they're obviously trying so hard to be fun and entertaining.
And the carne asada tacos are good. So I say it's a win all around.
Super Antojitos Mexicanos
7518 E. Slauson Avenue