A group of about ten of us set out to sample some tacos along a few blocks of Eastern Avenue. Below are my general thoughts on it all in order of the stops:
El Taquito Mexicano, 1744 Eastern Ave.: Arrived late, scarfed down two half tacos, one of chicken and one of lamb. Didn't pay tons of attention to the flavors, but the chicken was bone dry, and the lamb good, but not the least bit memorable.
Palomino, 1700 Block of Eastern Ave.: This place had such amazingly weird vibes that I don't think I tasted anything. It wasn't that your an outsider here type of feeling, which I could deal with, but just everything being off. (Plus, the fact that the restaurant was in the late, lamented Sunlight Ethiopian space didn't help.) Heading to the back of the restaurant for the bathroom, which was right near the kitchen, I was confronted with an incredibly awful smell. The staff was trying to deal with it by spraying cans of Lysol around. The basement door was also open. I don't know where the smell was from. I don't think I want to know But, frankly, it turned me off of this place big time. The tacos could have been good for all I know. I don't remember then. I just remember wanting to leave---and quick.
Tortilleria Sinaloa, 1716 Eastern Ave.: Like many in the group, I had been here before. After being at Palomino, directly across the street, this place was a breath of fresh air, both literally and figuratively. Had delish fish tacos, and carnititas, both very good. As always, the tortillas were fresh and spongy and wonderful. Also sampled barbacoa, great and smokey, and tortilla chips, which have been likened to a pastry, and I wouldn't disagree.
Las Palmas, 1622 Eastern Ave.: The surprise of the bunch to me. A simple but bright and clean place. Fantastic salsa verde and good tongue tacos. What really shined were some of the beverages, delish horchata and wonderfully refreshing watermelon juice. Also the dessert of fried sweet plantains with swirls of icing was a great ending.
Since, we were all stuffed at this point, and we were at Palimino's for close to an hour, for some mysterious reason--maybe having to do with smell, but I soooo don't want to go there--we passed on the taco truck.
All in all, delish, filling, and informative day!