A wrong turn on Sunday lead me past the brilliantly painted Tacomania truck on Coleman @ Taylor in San Jose. Naturally, I had to detour to check it out. Rather than a truck, this turned out to be a huge trailer, plus a shaded seating area with its own parking.
The weekend special is Barbacoa de borrego, sold by the pound or as tacos plus consomé. When I tried to order this at the window, first I was told it was sold out. But after conferring with the taquero, I was told there was enough to make one taco but not the full trio. No problema and soon I had one taco de barbacoa, $2.99 and a cup of consome, $1.95. And I added a regular taco de suadero, $1.83.
The consomé was packed solid with white rice. Good thing as the broth was crazy salty. Still it was super flavorful with meaty depth and filaments of lamb. Adding a squeeze of lime helped tone down some of the saltiness, as did addition of extra diced raw onions. The lamb on the full size taco was buttery tender with no stringiness or visible fat. Thankfully not oversalted like the broth, the full bodied seasoning integrated well with the mild lamb. The taco was covered with a stupid amount of excess cilantro and onion that I transferred to the consome. I would happily order the barbacoa again.
A small refrigerator is set up under the canopy for self-service salsas. I liked all three salsas, especially the creamy orange one. It goes one better over La Victoria's legendary orange sauce, offering equivalent silkiness and smoky nuance but with more spicy kick than La Vic's. And the salsa roja and salsa verde both were more picante than taquerias in San Francisco's Mission would dare to serve.
The taco de suadero was my foil for tasting the salsas. Translated as brisket here, the suadero had some big chunks of fat and was dried out in part. The salsas far outshined this carne.
I asked the cashier when the Mountain View location would open. Very soon was his answer. He seemed pretty excited by the upcoming opening because it would be a full-blown restaurant. A branch in Alum Rock will be opening soon as well.