LA’s REAL Taco Truck

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I thought I had known everyone in LA’s taco truck club, but this past week I met a new member.  My friend had been telling me for weeks about getting tacos at 1st and Beaudry.  I actually thought it was a taco stand called “1st and Beaudry.”  He kept raving, “Perv, these are the best tacos, I can’t believe you haven’t been yet!” and I couldn’t either.  I finally cleared my schedule to try these so-called amazing tacos.  I’m always down for an adventure that involves food.

We sipped Quita Penas, a smooth tequila at Mas Malo Downtown before going taco crazy. Mmm.  That was some good tequila.  When we were happy, but, hungry around 10:30, we left the bar so I could see what the fuss was about.  I had let the anticipation build to a palpable intensity.  My mind was fantasizing about my first bite.  I was ready to do this.

We arrived at 1st and Beaudry.  It was an empty parking lot.  Almost empty, except for yard-sale-chic, red plastic tables and chairs, a modest white tent, two pick-up trucks, a grill and a table full of taco toppings.  I looked closer at the grill, and there sizzling softly were sheets of finely sliced carne asada, breasts of chicken, and chorizo.  Next to the meats were the deal sealing tortillas, corn and flour, warming easily above the heat of the flame, taking on the savory flavor of the meat smoke.  Oh, and tacos weren’t the only items on the menu.  Let me tell you what a vampiro is.  It’s a quesadilla filled with crushed garlic, cheese, and your choice of meat.  Even in my many travels to Mexico I had never had garlic in a quesadilla and it was explosively perfect.  BAM.

Javier and Esdras grill with a passion, I know this because I tasted it.  “Mexicali Taco & Co.” is home of “The Original Flame Broiled Taco” and I only know this because I asked for a business card.  These guys don’t need signs, websites, facebook, or twitter.  They have their pick-up trucks, grills, and meats and a compelling trust in, “If we grill it, they will come.”  Don’t let downtown LA scare you, for the love of tacos check out these guys!


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Author:The Food Pervert

Tara Redfield, The Food Pervert, is an actress, writer, host and obviously food lover. She started her blog and website, "The Food Pervert," in 2010 after an incredible visit to New York City. Her soul acknowledged a genuine passion for food and a desire to share her experiences with friends and family. She’s been sharing ever since. One of her most exciting experiences living in Los Angeles has been working on the TLC reality cooking show, “The Take Home Chef” with the charming and talented Curtis Stone. Redfield has a true love for cooking, dining, travel and story telling. She continues to spread the food love by visiting restaurants, markets, and food festivals as often as possible and sharing her finds through photos and stories. TV Host Representation: Paul Barrutia Commercial Talent 9255 Sunset Blvd. Ste. 505 West Hollywood, CA 90069 310.247.1431


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