Where do you take your little princess the day before she runs the Los Angeles Marathon? To a taco truck, of course.
This is my first taco truck on the tour. They are not nearly as prevalent in Chicago as they are in Los Angeles. I’ve read a lot about the camaron taco at Mariscos Jalisco (including on one of my competitors blogs). So, we headed east of downtown LA to see how it tastes. We got lost a couple times trying to find it, but eventually found our spot.
The first thing I noticed was all the people hanging out on the street as if they had nothing to do (so California). There were a few tables inside a bare building, but it appeared the way to eat here was to just plop down on the ground. There’s also another, eerily similar truck, about 50 yards down the street.
The next thing I noticed, was they only have one taco. I generally try at least three different tacos, but could only try one here. They sell other mariscos (ceviches, pulpo, etc.), but would not put any other seafood in a taco for me. So, I bucked up my $1.75 and waited for my order.
The taco is fantastic. It’s a little different than a traditional taco. They deep-fry the tortilla with the shrimp inside. It comes out almost sealed shut. Then, they lay the taco on its side and pile on cabbage, salsa roja, and avacado (so California). It’s pretty
messy, a little greasy, but altogether very good. The taco itself is among the best I’ve ever had, but I can’t rate this a great taco spot based on one taco.
Maybe they should expand the menu? Here’s what I thought:
- Location: 3040 E. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA (Boyle Heights)
- Tourists: Josh, Julia
- Tacos sampled: camaron (that’s all, folks)
- Toppings: cabbage, salsa roja and avacado
- Salsa: hot sauce
- Extras: none
- Tortillas: corn, deep fried
- Atmosphere: food truck, sparse neighborhood, people lounging on grass and sidewalk, relaxed
- Price: $1.75/taco
- OVERALL RATING: 7.0