Wednesday, August 4, 2010

West Coast Tacos

Have you ever had a cosmic dining coincidence?  Have you ever just wanted to eat something so bad that the universe actually lead you there?  Well, either FLOE is in good with the stars or the luckiest SOB's in town 'cuz that is EXACTLY what occurred today.  We were driving to the Children's Museum and started to muse about how much we would love to try that beloved taco truck we have heard so much about.  We had no idea where to look, then was right there before us!  On one of our favorite dining spots, Mass Ave.!  *angel chorus*

So psyched to stumble into some kind of wonderful, we grabbed a nearby parking spot and rushed into the stifling heat to the short line at the corner of Mass Ave, Delaware and New York.  There was no menu, but Fred felt confident and all was cleared up when the young man at the window announced these simple words..."We have three meats today, chicken, pork or beef, and a green or red sauce...what would you like?"  Well, that was simple enough!  Three beef with red and three pork with green and a chicken sans sauce for the kids...well, for Stella.  Great!  Back to the car to enjoy our cosmic treasure!

As if we were meant to be comfortable in the swelter, a breeze blew through the Element and allowed us to take it all in.  First, the pork with green sauce...light, fresh with hints of cilantro and onion(and that was ok).  Just delightful and refreshing.  Piled on two corn tortillas it was a light bite and as good as we had hoped.  Then, there was the beef with red sauce.  Libby actually moaned a little.  Could it really be this good?  Fred, while feeding Stella bits of chicken that her mouth gaped open for, was unable to speak. But his eyes spoke volumes...yes, yes, yes!  How could something so delicate and simple from a truck be so incredible?

After Fat Dan's, we are beginning to wonder if this uncomfortable weather thing and incredible eats just go hand in hand...Sadly, Ozzy had no interest and was holding out for his dear mac 'n cheese at the Children's Museum cafeteria...whatever.

So, in summary, this is a must experience.  The much revered West Coast Taco truck moves daily.  You must either facebook, tweat, or be guided by the fates to enjoy this light, zesty lunch.  You won't want to miss out on this Indy phenomenon!

Wrap Up
Price-$, $5 for three small tacos that will knock your socks off.
Atmosphere-?-Kind of depends, but they picked a nice shady spot for us! ;)
Service-****, For a lunch truck, they were accommodating, polite, and fast.  Works for us!  They were even so kind as to break a large bill at the beginning of the lunch rush.

Fred-A, I've been happily burping it up the rest of the day!  Both red and green sauces were awesome and the seasoning on all three meats was superb!  No hiding anything here with cheese, sour cream, lettuce, or tomato...just perfectly cooked, incredibly seasoned meats in wonderful sauces. 
Libby -A, I could eat the beef with red sauce all day!  Actually, all of it was can't go wrong here.
Ozzy- no vote...amateur. This kid has no idea what he is missing!
Estelle-A+, Stella chowed on a bit of everything and was only to happy to get another bite, and another, and another.

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Jenny C said...

I found these tacos to be terrible. Dry chicken, tough steak, too much tortilla, no spiciness. Cilantro in the salsa was the only thing they had going for them. It's a novel idea to serve tacos from a truck. I really just wish they were good tacos.

Fred, Libby, Ozzy and Estelle(Stella) said...

Wow. We really couldnt get enough of them. Wonder if quality control is an issue if one day they're amazing and another they're dry & tough... :|

Rhonda Lee said...

There was so much hype, I expected a life-changing experience. I've had mobile food for years in cities all over the country (and other countries) and this just doesn't stack up. It's not bad, but it's not worth standing in line for (or paying $5 for 3). The taco trailer on West Washington St. (El Taco Veloz) is a far better mobile taco (and a better deal).

For non-mobile tacos, I go for Chris' Ice Cream (on 86th St. by the Monon Trail) or El Sol de Tala.

Fred, Libby, Ozzy and Estelle(Stella) said...

We absolutely LOVED El Sol de Tala while it was downtown, but we've never made it out to the original east-side location. maybe we'd want 1 more taco to completely fill us up, but for $5 it's about the price of taco hell and 10x the flavor. Of course no one's saying you can't order more than 3 either...

Tell us more about Chris' Ice Cream. Don't think we've ever heard of it!

Jenny C said...

Perhaps it was just a mishap that my tacos were so bad. But I mean, they were SO bad after I heard SO many good things, that I can't even bring myself to try again. Not even when they are sitting on the corner directly outside where I work. So disappointed :(

I haven't heard about El Taco Veloz... I will have to check that out!

Scooter said...

Jenny, you must be a little older because I heard tastebuds deteriorate over time. I stop by there about every other day and they've always been a-1.

Sally said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE WCT tacos. I grew up on the west coast and one of my biggests complaints about the midwest is not being able to find good authentic SIMPLE tacos. The steak w/ red sauce is AMAZING. Love the chicken, too, but the steak is my fav. I HATE the heat, but I was willing to brave it to get my second dose of these fab tacos earlier this week.