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Taco truck in Arleta

Yclops | Apr 21, 2004 07:14 PM

Bumbled into a pretty good but fairly out-of-the-way taco truck in Arleta last weekend. It’s located in front of a produce stand at Van Nuys and Vesper Avenue – across from the Gigante supermarket at Woodman and Van Nuys, right at the elbow of the curve that turns Van Nuys south.

Semi-lost (as usual), hungry and with chowpups in tow, I spotted the truck called Axel’s Something or other (Catering ?), and instinctively swerved into the lot where it was parked. They had the usual meats and organs, served in tacos, tortas, burritos, etc, and a self-serve counter with the usual toppings (onions & cilantro, salsas, radishes, jalapenos, lemon wedges, etc.). Not being a big organ fan, I tried the carnitas, al pastor and “deshebreda” tacos ($1 each). All were solidly good, but nothing to inspire a mass pilgrimage. The carnitas were moist and fairly piggy rather than crispy-chewy, the pastor was well-flavored, and the deshebrada -- which turned out to be stewed, shredded pork with bits of onion and tomato -- was decent, if a bit too sloppy. The salsas were very good: the green was tangy and the red had a strong dried chili flavor and appreciable heat.

I was able to teach the ‘pups a lesson in greed, gluttony and selfishness that day; they didn’t get very much (but liked what they got).

I don’t know any details about time and/or frequency, so I don’t know if the truck is there regularly or only on weekends or what. Still, if you find yourself in the area making a Gigante run or whatever, it’s worth a stop. It may not be a home run, but it’s a solid standing double with two runs scored in my book (and far better than the Que Ricos next to Gigante).

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