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Last week's taco report -- el parian (los angeles), el super burrito (pasadena), and a random taco truck (pasadena - fair oaks/california)

The Oracle | Aug 14, 200611:03 PM     10

On my quest to replicate my transcendent taco experience in TJ a couple months ago, I've been on a so cal taco quest. Thanks to 'hounds research, I have a long list to work with. My first stop, was the highly rated El Parian.

Visited on a Wednesday night, about 8pm. Only 2 tables filled -- didn't think that was the optimal time to go. Ordered 1 asada and 1 birria taco (how big can they be, I thought?) The answer: BIG. The asada was very good. Thick chunks of meat - cubes really, very tasty -- a bit too juicy for me -- i like juicy, but a ton of juice dripped out as I took bites). The birria taco I was very much looking forward too - but was disappointed. It was WAY too oily and not very flavorful. The tortillas were disappointing and a bit dry. The chips served were atrocious - very stale -- as if they'd been sitting out for a week. (Tacos are $2.25/each). When in the neighborhood, I'll go back and give the asada taco another try.

The find of the week was El Super Burrito. Trying to figure out what to do for lunch, and still on my quest to find a good taco, I drove by the shack. A few people eating at the outside tables. I know I've driven by this place many times, I think it's been there for years. Ordered 1 asada and 1 chicken taco to go. $2.60 was my total. As I waited for my order, I looked over the menu.... lots of tempting items (they seem to have just about everything -- burritos, quesadillas, taquitos, tostadas, enchiladas, pozole, menudo, and a lot more). When I got back to work, I discovered my gems. Both tacos were wrapped in one foil package - keeping them nice and hot. The chicken was very tasty -- perfectly juicy and delicious. The asada was also good -- not completely mind blowing, but definitely on the upper scale of asada tacos and satisfied the craving. Served with chips, a bag of pickled carrots and something else I can't remember... I thought it was a fantastic find!

Random Taco Truck -- I think it said 'mexicano' on the side. It's the one that's on the east side of Fair Oaks, about 1/4th of the block up from California Blvd. A friend touted these as the best tacos he's ever had in his life... so, we went. About 10:30pm on a Friday night, and the place was packed. I'm getting excited. 1 asada and 1 al pastor. I looked at my plate suspiciously. The asada was reduced to meat crumbles. One bite of really dry meat. SUCH a disappointment. The al pastor was ok -- no real flavor to speak of. I think they were $1.25/each. The only positive comment I have was that the tortillas were decent. Oh well, at least I crossed one more taco place off the list and can rest easy with the El Super Burrito find!

El Super Burrito
3631 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 792-4482

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