Friday, December 9, 2011
Post-Cognac Al Pastor: El Matador Taco Truck
What's the best place to get cheap eats after a night of Cognac
(or rum) at La Descarga, the rum bar on Western just south of the 101? The clear answer is the El Matador taco truck. Situated in the parking lot of mechanic on Western that advertises "Smog Transmission" just across the street from La Descarga, El Matador is recognizable for the line that forms every night after dark.
There's good reason that people line up, they've got the full menu of meats including sesos (cow brain) and buche (pork stomach). I went a bit more conventional and tried tacos with carnitas, al pastor, lengua and cabeza. All of these were very good, but the al pastor was a stand out. Heavily seasoned pork (not sure if they spit roast theirs in the traditional style) in nicely fried bits with plenty of crunch along with the satisfying spice. Really addictive stuff.
I may go out late just as an excuse to eat here again. And with four tacos for five bucks, you can't afford not to go.
Tacos El Matador Truck (nights)
1174 N. Western Ave (@ Lexington)
Los Angeles, CA