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Joe MacBu | Jul 19, 200502:50 AM

Tonight around 10pm, as I was on the way home from the lab, my roach coach radar went off. I looked around and low and behold, there was a new truck at the Mi-T-Mart parking lot. How would this truck add to the legacy of the Mi-T-Mart lot's previous incarnations? I'm ecstatic to report that it is a worthy follower to Rico's Tacos and the short-lived truck whose moniker escapes me (but the flavor of their chicken chile relleno tortas will always remain). Behold TORTAS ALA PLANCHA! I hope this one sticks around a while.

One of the great things about this truck is that it adds diversity to the cuisine offered by the other neighborhood trucks. The specialty, of course, is the torta. These tortas are pressed my friend, like a panini or cubana. Unfortunately I didn't get one of those. Nor the clayudas. Nor did I partake in the cecina, asada, tasajo, cabeza, quesillo or jamon. They did not have the pastor I was craving (they can be forgiven since the truck around the corner has a good version), so I got myself a plateful of the suadero.

As I waited, I wondered what they'd do with the 10 pounds of grilled onions being piled into a bucket. It happened to join the radishes, salsas, limes, cilantro and raw onions of the condiment table. Yum!

The suadero looked and tasted very much like carnitas. Chunky, shredded, porky goodness with enough rendered fat to lightly crisp the meat and coat all my arteries. With a moundful of the grilled onions (for the extra oiliness), and lime and cilantro to cut the fat, nothing could have been better then (except maybe a cold Corona in my other hand).

Go friends. Fast. Before this truck dissapears into the black hole of the Mi-T-Mart parking lot. Try the tortas, pressed. They looked great.

Santa Monica Blvd at Westgate

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