Spent a super weekend in Santa Cruz hanging with old close friends and making great new ones. I'm totally inspired now to wear a suit vest on a regular basis and learn the fine art of cocktail making. But I digress and tonight just sharing some street tacos from the El Taquito Mexicano truck in Pasadena. Swung by last night on the drive back down where the small detour was time well spent before trekking out the final stretch.
yet to try the other truck up the street which I've heard was
decent. But you could say I'm partial to these $1.25
tacos that were a staple during my college years (I remember first bumblingly mentioning about back in 2010).
Was a bit surprised to find the vehicle now painted fire engine red and
gratuitously decorated in stickers. A shelf table even stretched across
one of the concrete walls at the otherwise longtime unchanged
Nishikawa Auto Service space.
least superficially things seemed to have changed some but glad to
report the tacos were still quite good as they were. In the above photo
starting from the bottom going counterclockwise--Cabeza (head), Lengua
(tongue) and two Al Pastors. The doubled mini tortillas here are the
style rejuvenated by steam instead with some grease on a hot griddle.
Light and fluffy I always thought went well with the more finely minced
meats and roasty hot salsa. The chopped cilantro and onions are fresh with further accent sprite given by a light squeeze of lemon.
Cabeza taco this time was more neutral in flavor but still with nice
small bits of fat speckled about. Maybe on the mystery side in
consistency but definitely unctuous. Can't eat many but usually
order one a visit.
Lengua in some shops I occasionally run into
ones chopped into large chunks that at least for me has a rather
unpleasant texture. Here instead it's a finer shred that along with an
enjoyable light gaminess also makes them undeniable good eats.
The Al Pastor
from this truck is not directly carved from a vertical spit but
always flavorful and moist, if missing those tasty charred
Wouldn't care to compare El Taquito with the county's best as it would be
missing the point. Better tacos aside they surely are ones that I most often miss and
El Taquito Mexicano Truck, (Nishikawa Auto Service lot after 8PM?) 510 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105