Tacos Estrellas was mentioned in our last comprehensive taco truck round up, but although I've driven by it many times, today was the first time I stopped to check it out. It has an extensive menu that includes not only the usual meat suspects but fish and shrimp. They also have a masa specialist (or access to one), as they had pork and chicken tamales and atole and offered two platillos: chile verde and chile relleno. My friend checked out what the "locals" were eating and based on that, ordered a quesadilla especial with lengua. Although it wasn't my thing, it looked pretty good: overstuffed with cheese and meat, topped with crema and lettuce, radish, etc. garnishes. I ordered my usual al pastor taco and a carnitas taco, and they were both good, although the tortillas were a little oily. The carnitas was of the drier style, with the meat separating into shreds, some of which had been fried crisp. The al pastor was well spiced and not barbecue-y. I also ordered a pork tamale, which surprisingly had been removed from the wrapper and toasted on the grill. The filling was finely ground and not very porky, but generated a pleasant glow from a generous amount of equally fine-ground green chiles.
The quality and variety at this truck definitely puts it in the upper eschelon of Oakland taco trucks. I'm looking forward to going back and trying their atole (which I reluctantly passed on because I already had ice cream from Nieves Cinco de Mayo).
The truck is parked in a dirt lot behind the Purcell's paint store at High St. and the High St., exit from 880 southbound (the entrance is toward the Home Depot on Alameda Ave.). The locator is the address for the paint store:
4169 Alameda Ave, Oakland, CA