Tacos at Taqueria 16th de Septembre

There are so many taquerias and taco trucks in Fruitvale that it is hard to keep track of them all, let alone try them all. At first I had no idea what I would get for lunch today. I thought that I would go for the old standby of a carne asada super burrito at El Farolito, or a torta at La Torta Loca, or tacos at the La Michiocana truck. Those images went out the window when I saw the steam rise from an outdoor grill in front of a non-descript taqueria on International Blvd and 35th St called Taqueria 16th de Septembre. I’ll have to drive by it again to see if I got the name correct.

I ordered the usual, 2 al pastor, 2 carnitas. The carnitas wasn’t the stringy type, but was more chopped up bits of carnitas. Not my favorite, but it was tasty. The al pastor was one of the better types that I’ve had in the area. They didn’t come from a spit and was already ready in it’s tin water warmed container. The al pastor had heft and meat to it. It wasn’t wimpy and the chunks were sizable. The seasoning was flavorful without being too greasy or oily. I was pleasantly surprised by it. As a side perk, they had grilled jalapenos and a red onion, radish mix that was readily available as a free side condiment. I also got two types of salsa with the taco, one salsa verde that was typical, not too sweet, not too spicy, and the other was a thicken tomato puree style salsa that didn’t quite work for me.

All in all, with so many choices in Fruitvale, it’s nice to know that I now have another option as an old standby.