Last month I posted a request for recommended taco trucks for a rather bizarre jaunt for the holidays with my co-workers, tour the areas taco trucks in a limo with a great bunch of folks, a passion for food, a zest for fun, and several different sipping tequilas (if you come across a tequila by the name of Jerezito, seize it and enjoy it to the last drop).
Now, on to the taco truck report. First stop was La Oaxaquena truck on Lincoln Bl. south of Rose Ave. We started with a winner. The lengua taco screamed with flavor. The asada taco was a resounding favorite. The pastor taco was solid but not the hit of some of the other choices. Note: this truck tops most tacos with an avocado sauce (we found it very good). Next, we heard of another truck south of this location, but found nothing.
Zach, our driver maneuvered a u-turn and we were headed towards Santa Monica Blvd. east. The tequila was slowly settling in. No truck at Bundy Dr., which struck disappointment as we had heard so much about it. The we came upon Juquila truck at Stoner. We all tried the usual fair and nobody was impressed. Certainly, not bad...just not noteworthy.
The Arsenal saw us bob in and out for a cocktail (it was a holiday party afterall) and it was off to Venice Blvd. for what we researched to be three trucks. Only Taco Chato east of Sepulveda was set up. Not impressed. Perhaps we were influenced by the unable-to-walk drunk was was hanging out; relatively entertaining, though, as he mistook a compliment for a put-down and reacted by trying to commit bodily harm to the plastic 3' Santa who was accompanying us.
On to the winners. On Western just north of Santa Monica Blvd. (if you hit the freeway, you've gone too far) on the east side of the street in a parking lot are two trucks side-by side). Both are worthy of a visit, but the southernmost truck was heads and tails above any we visited. The al pastor taco was heaven. Perfectly spiced, moist, yummy. All the other meats were great. We had consensus amongst us for this top honor. This local was just a great scene.
Our last stop was the El Taurino truck (factory) at 1104 S. Hoover. We waited a long time for our food (was it the two guys who ordered 57 tacos right before us?). It's 1:00am and the patrons behind us were a seven-year-old in her party dress barely keeping her eyes open but clearly estatic about being out dancing with her obviously proud father. The cap to the evening out...a taco. And good tacos they were. Worth the wait. Solid asada, pastor, and more.
What a night! In order the best were: Southernmost truck in lot on Western just north of Santa Monica Bl., La Oaxaquena on Lincoln Bl. south of Rose Ave., and El Taurino. Thanks to all you hounds with your suggestions, we will get to the rest of them next time.