Thanks to RL I finally put a name to the Fruitvale taco truck that I have been going to for at least five years.
I stopped off at El Novillo on the way back from dropping my sister at the airport. The carne asada in my tacos was crisped a bit at the edges and very beefy and made to order. The carnitas were good, but not as good as the ones I had had the night before at Cancun. I think my favorite thing at this truck are the chicarrones. The fat is nicely browned and crisped and turns creamy in the mouth. There are also bits of crunchy meat attached. Their red sauce is very earthy tasting and their radishes always sweet.
After making the turn towards the freeway, I pulled a U-ey and went to El Ojo de Agua. I tried the atole de nuie (sp?) made with pecans. It tasted like a barely sweetened maple syrup. I didn't really detect corn/masa other than a vaguely earthy flavor, but it was very comforting beverage.
Then I ran across the street and bought six tamales from The Tamale Queen. All this within a block and a half. I showed up at work an hour late, but last night's emails all but resolved a problem, so who's to notice!